Namibia Fly-In Safari

Arrive in Windhoek where you have an option of a city tour or simply time to relax at your hotel. Then fly to the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei to witness amazing red sand dunes which rank among the tallest on earth. Your journey then takes you on a scenic flight path to the coastal town of Swakopmund, for a tour of this German colonial resort town as well as the industrial harbor town of Walvis Bay. You continue on to Damaraland, an area of interesting geological sites and home to desert-adapted elephants. Your safari ends with two nights in Ongava Game Reserve, with possibilities to see lion, cheetah, eland, mountain zebra, giraffe, various antelope and gazelle species, and to track white rhino on foot.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Windhoek, Namibia

Olive Exclusive Garden Suite Arrive at Windhoek International Airport where you will be met and transferred into the city of Windhoek to your hotel. Time permitting, there is the option of a brief city tour en-route. Meals on own account today.

Day 2: Windhoek / Namib Desert

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before you are collected and transferred to Windhoek's domestic centrally-located Eros Airport in time for your light aircraft flight to the Namib Desert. From Eros Airport you will be flown south over desert landscapes to your desert lodge where you will stay your next two nights, situated in stunning desert scenery. This afternoon enjoy a sundowner drive or possible other activity such as a river bed walk. Your stay at the lodge is fully inclusive of meals and activities as described, as well as local drinks.

Day 3: Namib Desert & Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Early morning rise for a magical 4x4 vehicle guided excursion into Sossusvlei, experiencing the ever changing shapes and colors of the massive sand dunes at first light. Explore the area with your lodge guide, visiting Deadvlei and Sossusvlei, after which a picnic brunch will be served under the shade of a camelthorn tree in the dunes. Sossusvlei is a clay pan set amidst towering star-shaped dunes that stand up to 300 meters above the Tsauchab River Valley and rank among the tallest dunes on earth. Sossusvlei is the biggest of four pans in the vicinity. Another, famous for its gnarled and ghostly camelthorn trees, is Deadvlei which can be reached on foot over 1 km of sand. DeadvleiÂ’s striking camelthorn trees, dead for want of water, still stand erect as they once grew. They survived until about 900 years ago when the sand sea finally blocked the river from occasionally flooding the pan. Return to the lodge in the early afternoon, stopping off to view Sesriem Canyon enroute. Later in the afternoon you may like to join another guided excursion into the local area as offered by the lodge.

Day 4: Namib Desert / Swakopmund

Hansa Hotel Suite Today you will take a scenic light aircraft flight to Swakopmund. Fog permitting, you will have an impressive bird's eye view over Sossusvlei and the great sea of sand stretching out to the coast. You will then fly along the coastline over abandoned diamond mines, the Eduard Bohlen shipwreck, Sandwich Harbour, Walvis Bay lagoon and salt pans, before landing at Swakopmund Airport. You will be met at the Swakopmund airport by a representative and transferred to a centrally-located colonial style hotel. After lunch at your own, you will be collected from the hotel for a guided tour by vehicle of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay where you will be shown the highlights and given an overview of the interesting history surrounding these two coastal towns. In contrast to the colonial resort feel of Swakopmund, Walvis Bay is an industrial harbor town centered around its deep water port which is significant as the only of its kind between Cape Town and Luanda. Return to the hotel later this afternoon, with time to freshen up before dinner this evening at the Tug Restaurant which specializes in tasty fresh seafood (a voucher for your dinner is provided, and drinks are at your own expense).

Day 5: Swakopmund / Damaraland

Mowani Mountain Camp Suite You will continue north and inland today by light aircraft to the scenic region of Damaraland. You will be transferred back to the airport in time for your flight to camp, located in the heart of Damaraland. An area of interesting geological sites and vegetation, Damaraland is also home to the desert adapted elephants. This afternoon you will be taken on a guided excursion to visit the rock art at Twyfelfontein, the Organ Pipe rock formation, and Burnt Mountain. You may even be lucky enough to see the elusive desert adapted elephants that roam the ephemeral Aba Huab River - if they are in the area. Your stay at the camp is fully inclusive of all meals and activities as described, but any drinks taken will at your own expense. Day 6: Damaraland / Ongava Game Reserve (Etosha National Park) Your light aircraft flight takes you in a northeasterly direction today to land at Ongava Game Reserve. From the aircraft you will be able to glimpse the expansive white Etosha Pan below you which covers much of Etosha National Park. You will land at Ongava's airstrip on the private Ongava Reserve and be transferred to a nearby camp for a two night stay. Accommodation at Ongava is on a fully inclusive basis covering meals, local drinks, and activities which include morning game drives to Etosha National Park and afternoon and evening game drives on the reserve. Within the reserve, you can also track white rhino on foot if it appeals. This afternoon you will meet for afternoon tea and then set off with your lodge guide for a game drive within Ongava Game Reserve. This 30,000 hectare private game reserve acts as a vital buffer zone between Etosha and the surrounding farming communities. Game that can be seen on the reserve includes lion, black & white rhino, eland, mountain zebra, giraffe, various antelope and gazelle species, and waterbuck.

Day 6: Damaraland / Ongava Game Reserve (Etosha National Park)

Little Ongava Suite Your light aircraft flight takes you in a northeasterly direction today to land at Ongava Game Reserve. From the aircraft you will be able to glimpse the expansive white Etosha Pan below you which covers much of Etosha National Park. You will land at Ongava's airstrip on the private Ongava Reserve and be transferred to a nearby camp for a two night stay. Accommodation at Ongava is on a fully inclusive basis covering meals, local drinks, and activities which include morning game drives to Etosha National Park and afternoon and evening game drives on the reserve. Within the reserve, you can also track white rhino on foot if it appeals. This afternoon you will meet for afternoon tea and then set off with your lodge guide for a game drive within Ongava Game Reserve. This 30,000 hectare private game reserve acts as a vital buffer zone between Etosha and the surrounding farming communities. Game that can be seen on the reserve includes lion, black & white rhino, eland, mountain zebra, giraffe, various antelope and gazelle species, and waterbuck.

Day 7: Ongava Game Reserve (Etosha National Park)

Little Ongava Suite This morning you will be taken on a guided game drive into Etosha National Park in a specially-modified game viewing vehicle. You will be given the option of a half day or full day game drive into Etosha. If you opt for a half day then you will return to the lodge for a late lunch, or a picnic lunch will be provided in the park if on a full day game drive. Etosha National Park is renowned worldwide for its game which inhabits one of the harshest environments on earth. Variously translated as “the place of mirages,” “the great white place” or “the land of dry water,” the silvery calcrete clays of the Etosha Pan seem to stretch endlessly into the distance. Etosha National Park covers 22,270 sq km of which approximately 5,000 sq km is the “Pan,” an area classified as a saline depression. The Park boasts some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species and the Etosha Pan is one of the most important breeding grounds for southern Africa's flamingo population. Wildlife that one might see includes elephant, lion, giraffe, wildebeest, eland, kudu, gemsbok (oryx), zebra, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger, and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala.

Day 8: Ongava / Windhoek

Your return light aircraft flight will take you to Windhoek International Airport. Lunch and dinner (if required) will be on own account today.

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