Experience Namibia Flying Safari
13 Nights from £12,929 per Person Including Flights
- Flights & taxes
- Checked baggage
- ATOL protection
- In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
One of Africa’s most naturally beautiful nations, Namibia’s landscapes draw dreamy images of golden sand dunes plunging down into the glistening sea, and perfect dead-tree valleys within the famous petrified forest; meanwhile, a scattering of glorious mountain scenery runs through the heart of the country – Damaraland, the Naukluft Mountains and incredible Fish River Canyon are just a few of the potential sightings you could encounter on this phenomenal 13-night flying safari.
On arrival in Windhoek, you’ll begin your Namibian adventure. A few of the destinations that you will visit include Sossusvlei, where red sand dunes tower amid arid desert landscapes. Soak up the otherworldly beauty of the Skeleton Coast, the dramatic scenery in Damaraland, and the wildlife-rich landscapes of Serra Cafema. The final stop of this phenomenal tour will be Hoanib, situated in one of Africa’s most remote corners framed by harsh desert landscapes, Skeleton Coast’s rugged mountains and the deep canyons of Hoanib River.
- Witness the magnificent scenery of Namibia, soaking up glorious mountains, desert landscapes, sand dunes and cobalt ocean
- Experience a wonderful diversity of Namibia’s exotic wildlife on guided nature walks and game drives, from zebras, endangered rhinos and giraffes, to lions and desert-adapted elephants
- Immerse in the rich culture of the locals
- Stay in a choice of wonderful, hand-picked accommodation in each destination
Arrival in Windhoek
On arrival in Windhoek you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. You'll have some time to relax before your car is delivered and our representative's briefing on your itinerary. You then have the day at leisure to explore Windhoek, Namibia's capital with its unique architectural sights, historical buildings and plethora of shops.
Windhoek to Sossusvlei
This morning, you’ll be transferrd to Windhoek Eros Airport where you will board your flight to Sossusvlei. A large ephemeral pan set amid sweeping red sand dunes that tower up to 325 metres above the valley floor, Sossusveli is located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, within the Namib-Naukluft National Park. One of the major attractions of Namibia, Sossusveli offers a wonderful range of accommodation and activities, which you’ll enjoy over the next couple of days.
The best way to experience this breath-taking region is to climb a dune, which is a particularly popular activity in Sossusveli. This area is actually home to some of the highest dunes in the world, and spoils photographers with wonderful photo opportunities at sunrise and sunset, and the reflections of the surrounding dunes from the lake are utterly beautiful – this area is actually one of the planet’s most photographed spots. When the pan fills, it can hold water for as long as a year.
Spend another day exploring the numerous attractions around Soussusveli, soaking up magnificent sights of the Sesriem Canyon, Dune 45, Hiddenvlei, Big Daddy and Deadvlei; all of the attractions are easily accessible. At the end of the 65km 2WD road from Sesriem, you’ll find the 2WD car park – only 4 x 4 vehicles can drive the last 4km into the Soussusvlei Plain itself; you can choose to walk, or catch the shuttle to cover the remaining distance. Despite the region’s harsh desert conditions, you’ll be likely to come across some of the unique plants and animals which have adapted to survive.
Sossusvlei to Damaraland
Today, you will fly from Sossusvlei to Damaraland, journeying over the Namib-Naukluft National Park and the Dorob National Park along the way. Damaraland is easily one of Namibia’s most scenic areas, adorned by dramatic landscapes and wonderful wildlife-watching areas; it’s home to the critically-endangered black rhinos, desert-adapted lions and elephants, as well as the full range of Namibia’s famous native species such as zebra, giraffe, spotted hyena and gemsbok.
Hidden within the rocky terrain, you’ll find Twyfelfontein, which contains some of Southern Africa’s greatest pre-historic rock art and engravings. Damaraland also features a ‘Petrified Forest’, which is a deposit of large tree trunks that have “turned to stone” through a process of diagenesis – there are at least two large tree trunks here, each of which are 45 metres long; This spectacular site is located 42km west of Khorixas town.
You may choose to enjoy some of the wonderful nature activities on offer during your time in Damaraland, including a great selection of guided nature walks, game drives, rock art excursions and cultural activities in nearby local communities.
Damaraland to Serra Cafema
You’ll have the choice of staying in Serra Cafema, or along the Skeleton Coast for the next night.
Serra Cafema Wilderness Camp is one of the remote camps in Southern Africa, offering a chance for guests to truly disconnect from the outside world. Spectacular nature walks, interaction with the semi-nomadic Himba community, low-impact quad biking excursions and boating (water levels permitting) to complete the experience.
The Skeleton Coast is a truly unique region adorned by rocky and sandy coastal shallows, rusting shipwrecks and soaring dunes. It’s a protected area that stretches from Sandwich Harbour, Swakopmund and the Kunene River, taking in around 20,000sqkm of dunes and gravel plains. This is a starkly beautiful place to stay, with a serene ambience, phenomenal views and lots of wildlife-viewing activities / excursions to the bay and river to enjoy.
You’ll have a day at leisure today to enjoy the wonderful scenery and great selection of activities within your chosen accommodation / destination.
Serra Cafema to Hoanib
Situated within one of Africa’s most remote corners, Hoanib is framed by the harsh desert landscapes of Kaokoland, which meet with the Skeleton Coast’s rugged mountains and deep canyons of the Hoanib River; this creates a unique home for some of the continent’s most unique wildlife, inhabiting 75% of Namibia’s endemic species. You can explore this incredible region by foot, from the comfort of a safari vehicle, or even by camel, and you’ll be sure to experience phenomenal scenery, wildlife and photo opportunities each time.
You could spend your time today exploring the nearby Skeleton Coast National Park, or make the most of Hoanib’s spectacular desert wilderness with sundowner cocktails around the campfire, exhilarating game drives and guided nature walks. Depending on your chosen accommodation, you may even spot wildlife nearby as you cool off in the swimming pool.
This is your last full day in Hoanib, so we recommend heading out on a nature excursion to track endangered rhinos, desert-adapted giraffes and elephants, whilst also looking out for hyenas, zebra, lions and other native wildlife in north-west Namibia.
End of Tour - Departure
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your flight to Windhoek International Airport in time for your departing flight.
- Your choice of hotel for the duration of the itinerary, based on 2 people sharing
- International flights
- Internal small aircract flights and transfers
What’s Not Included
- Park fees, where applicable
Our suggested hotels for this itinerary are:
Family – Rivendell Guest House
Luxury – The Olive Exclusive
Family – Desert Homestead Lodge
Luxury – Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Family – Camp Kipwe
Luxury – Mowani Mountain Camp
Family – Shipwreck Lodge
Luxury – Serra Cafema Camp
Family – Hoanib Valley Camp
Luxury – Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
SMALL AIRCRAFT TRANSFERS - LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS
Please note that there are strict weight restrictions for luggage if your itinerary includes travelling on a small aircraft. Please ensure your luggage weighs no more than 15kg per person, inclusive of hand luggage. Soft sided bags (flexible bags) are required to ensure all luggage can be transported to your chosen lodge.
Departure Dates & Prices
|Departure Dates||Prices From|
|16 Jul - 08 Oct 19||£13189|
|09 Oct - 03 Dec 19||£12929|
|04 Dec - 11 Dec 19||£12959|
|12 Dec - 24 Dec 19||£14069|
|25 Dec - 31 Dec 19||£13299|
Prices correct as at 6pm on 15 Jul 2019. Please call for final price. Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing a room. Other durations available - call for quote. Daily departures . Different hotels of a similar standard may be used on certain departures. Supplements may apply on dates within certain dates during peak travel periods. (ATI)
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|Business Class (one way)||£1119|
South African Airways flights are available from Heathrow (via Johannesburg). Regional connecting flights are also available. Air fares vary considerably so a variety of airlines may be included in your quote to ensure you are presented with the best available price. If you would prefer to fly from a different airport or with a different airline, our Travel Consultants will be happy to adjust this at the time of enquiry and a supplement may apply. Alternative airlines with flights to Windhoek include British Airways and Air Namibia.
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