Perfect for a romantic getaway, a special occasion, or just because... this holiday combines some of Namibia’s very finest accommodation with the chance to enjoy aerial views over spectacular landscapes as you fly from lodge to lodge.
- Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes
- Explore the picturesque NamibRand Nature Reserve; an International Dark Sky Reserve
- Track desert adapted elephants in Damaraland
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein
- Spend three nights discovering the remote beauty of Kaokoland
- Stay on a private reserve near Etosha
- Game drives through the renowned Etosha National Park searching for wildlife
- Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom at luxury lodges
- All meals
- Internal flights
- Road transfers
Fly over Namibia enjoying breathtaking bird’s eye views of picturesque and diverse landscapes. Discover all the country’s main highlights including some of the highest sand dunes in the world and the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park, as well as travelling off the main tourist trail to explore the picturesque NamibRand Nature Reserve and the remote and beautiful Kaokoland region.
This leisurely 11-day fly-in safari starts with three nights at the stylish Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, ideally positioned to discover both the scenic NamibRand Nature Reserve and Sossusvlei. This area is an International Dark Sky Reserve and boasts a resident astronomer. Next, you will head north for two nights at Damaraland Camp. From here, you will enjoy stunning vistas across stark plains and breathtaking mountain scenery, as well as searching for desert elephants and visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein.
Continue to Serra Cafema, one of the most remote camps in Southern Africa, situated on the banks of the Kunene River and surrounded by sand. Your final stop will be the exclusive Little Ongava. Located on the private Ongava Reserve sharing a boundary with Etosha National Park, this intimate lodge features only three spacious bungalows.
Prices & Dates *
Airfares start from around £700 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.
From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom
|Departure||Duration||Accommodation||Twin Price (pp)||Single Price|
|Year round||10 nights||Deluxe||£7,632||£8,734|
- Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom (superior/deluxe) at luxury lodges
- Fully inclusive basis, all meals included
- Internal flights
- Road transfers
- 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
- No surcharge guarantee
Itinerary & Accommodation
Itinerary & Accommodation
Arrive at Hosea Kutako (Windhoek International) Airport, where you will board a small plane and fly to the NamibRand Nature Reserve, from where you will have excellent opportunities to explore the oldest desert in the world. The Namib Desert is commonly referred to as the world’s oldest desert, dating back at least 55 million years. The desert is a large expanse of moving gravel plains and dunes of all shapes and sizes. Part of the desert, towards the centre incorporates the Namib-Naukluft National Park, which is the largest park in Namibia (50,000 square kilometres) and the third largest in Africa. NamibRand is an International Dark Sky Reserve (the first place in Africa to be given this title), boasting one of the darkest skies measured on Earth and offering unparalleled star-gazing.
Today is free to explore Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon. The best time to visit Sossusvlei is close to sunrise, avoiding the heat of the midday sun and taking advantage of the natural light to bring out the best of the strong and constantly changing colours of the dunes - warm tints of apricot, orange, red and maroon, which provide excellent photographic opportunities. Sossusvlei itself is a large, white, salt and clay pan. However, the name ‘Sossusvlei’ is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area, including Deadvlei and other neighbouring rust-coloured sand dunes. A climb up the dunes is rewarded by spectacular views and is highly recommended. The most popular dunes to walk up are Dune 45 (80m), one of Sossusvlei’s most iconic dunes, and Big Daddy which at 325m is the highest dune in the area, boasting great views of Deadvlei. Close to Sossusvlei, Deadvlei is a clay pan characterised by dark, dead camel thorn trees which stand in stark contrast against the white pan floor. Shaped by the Tsauchab River over millions of years, Sesriem Canyon is one of the few places in the region that holds water all year round. The canyon is 30 metres deep in places and only three kilometres long. You can explore the canyon on foot, admiring its stunning rock formations and cooling off in some of its refreshing pools along the way.
Explore the scenic NamibRand Nature Reserve, one of the largest private reserves in Namibia at almost 200,000 hectares. The nature reserve offers incredible contrasting scenery including red sand dune fields, purple granite mountains and grassy valleys. The NamibRand experience is primarily about nature and landscapes rather than wildlife, but you are likely to see oryx, kudu, springbok and ostrich here.
During your stay here you may wish to partake in a sunrise hot air balloon ride over this magical landscape; an unforgettable experience. This is include in low season.
Depart Sossusvlei and head north to Damaraland. One of the most scenically beautiful regions in Namibia, Damaraland is also the best place in the country to see animals completely unfenced and in the wild. You will not see animals in large quantities here, but the sightings can be more rewarding. Desert adapted elephants are probably the best known of the region’s unique wildlife but it is also possible to see desert adapted rhino, giraffe and lion in this area too. Damaraland is also home to many interesting geological formations and some of the best examples of bushman paintings and engravings in Southern Africa.
Searching for desert adapted elephants is a highlight of a trip to Namibia. Namibia is one of only two countries in the world where you can find desert adapted elephants (the other is Mali). They are not categorised as a separate species but they are special because they have evolved to thrive in the dry, semi-desert environment by having a smaller body mass with proportionally longer legs and seemingly larger feet than other elephants. Their physical attributes allow them to cross miles of sand dunes to reach food and water. Nobody knows how many desert dwelling elephants there are in Namibia, but estimates are between 100 and 600.
This afternoon, you may wish to visit the rock art at Twyfelfontein. Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein features 2,500 examples of bushman paintings and engravings dating back 6,000 years. The rock engravings are found on a number of smooth rock surfaces and most of them depict animals and their tracks. Explore the site with a knowledgeable guide.
Today you will fly to Kaokoland, which is one of the most remote areas in Namibia. The landscapes here are some of the most dramatic in the whole country with barren rocky mountains, sweeping open valleys, rolling sand dunes and the mighty Kunene River, which marks the border with Angola. The stunning Epupa Falls are located here too, a series of rapids and waterfalls, the tallest dropping 37 metres. In some areas there are huge herds of oryx and you may see baboons and crocodiles near the river. You may also encounter some of the semi-nomadic Himba tribe in this area, continuing to live as they have for generations. Spend three nights here; float down the Kunene River on a boat trip, explore on foot and traverse sand dunes on a 4x4 safari.
Please note Serra Cafema is closed from mid January to mid June 2018 for refurbishment. During this time, we recommend Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp as an alternative.
Today you will fly to Etosha National Park, where you will spend the next two nights on the private Ongava Game Reserve which borders Etosha. Set off on game drives to explore both Etosha National Park and Ongava Game Reserve. In between, relax at the lodge, perhaps sitting in the underground hide to watch animals congregating at the waterhole just in front of the lodge. The wildlife jewel of Namibia, Etosha National Park is one of the best game reserves in Africa. Etosha is huge; at 22,270 square kilometres it covers an area larger than Wales and is home to over 100 species of mammals, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibians and 1 species of fish!
Etosha is dominated by a huge mineral pan, which covers a quarter of the park and was once a lake the size of Holland. Surrounding the pan is a variety of grass and woodlands amongst which live a wonderful variety of animals, birds, insects and reptiles. Etosha’s highlight is its waterholes; there are dozens of them, some natural while others are artificially fed from boreholes. During the dry season, staking out a position at a waterhole viewpoint is a rewarding way to watch game without moving from one spot. The most numerous antelope species in Etosha is springbok, which can sometimes be seen herding in their thousands. Other common herbivores are giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, kudu and oryx. Black rhinos are more rare but still regularly sighted. Herds of fifty elephants are not unusual and often walk right down the middle of the road giving people in cars an incredibly close and thrilling encounter. When it comes to predators, lion, of which there are thought to be over 1000 inside the reserve, are the most visible. For birders there is a large variety of birds including ground hornbill, lilac-breasted roller, eagles and vultures.
Sharing a common boundary with Etosha National Park, Ongava is considered one of the finest private game reserves in the region, enjoying global recognition for exceptional conservation; ground breaking research and exciting safari experiences. Ongava takes great pride in keeping the experience small and personal by only allowing a limited number of visitors at any one time. At 30,000 hectares, Ongava is one of the largest private game reserves in Namibia and a haven to large concentrations of wildlife including lion, black and white rhino, elephant, giraffe, cheetah and several species of antelope including the rare black-faced impala. Then, head back to Windhoek Airport where your holiday ends.
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