All Namibia Luxury Fly-In Safari
On the All of Namibia – Luxury Fly-In Safari, participants are shown the best that the country of Namibia has to offer.
The safari visits some of the most remote and spectacular landscapes imaginable while staying in top-class lodges and tented camps. Participants are treated to amazing landscapes and wildlife encounters.
- Cruising Speed: 280km/hr
- Cruising Altitude: 10 000 feet
- Maximum Range: 1380km
- Seating Configuration: 4 Passengers; 1 Crew
- Standard checked luggage allowance – 15 to 20 kg per passenger.
- The final luggage allowance per person is subject to the total body weight of all passengers, the number of passengers, the distance flying between destinations and the type of airstrip used for landing.
- Each flight and aircraft luggage allowance is individually calculated and amended according to the above-mentioned factors. ONLY SOFT BAGS PERMITTED.
- Private charter flight
- Meals, activities and road transfers as specified.
- International flights.
- Meals and beverages not specified.
- Travel and Medical insurance.
- Visa services.
|Windhoek International Airport to Otjimbondona||1 h 00 min (road transfer)|
|Otjimbondona to Fish River Lodge||2 h 00 min|
|Fish River Lodge to Lüderitz scenic flight over the coast||1 h 15 min|
|Lüderitz to Sossusvlei Desert Lodge||1 h 35 min|
|Sossuvlei Desert Lodge to Swakopmund (Includes a scenic flight over Sossusvlei & Sandwich Harbour)||1 h 40 min|
|Swakopmund to Mowani||1 h 00 min|
|Mowani to Shipwreck Lodge||50 min|
|Shipwreck Lodge to Hoanib Valley Camp||6 h 00 min (road transfer)|
|Hoanib Valley Camp to Onguma||1 h 30 min|
|Onguma to Nambwa Tented Lodge||2 h 40 min|
|Nambwa Tented Lodge to Windhoek International Airport||3 h 30 min|
Day 1 & 2
Spreading across Botswana, South Africa and Namibia, the Kalahari meaning ‘the great thirst’ is an exceptionally beautiful living desert. The landscape is characterised by a large semi-arid sandy savannah draped over a gently rolling inland sea of sand covering most of Botswana and large parts of Namibia and South Africa. It is also the last bastion of the indigenous San people with the modern world having enveloped all the other areas they once roamed. The Namibian portion is made up of red sands covered in thin, wispy, mostly golden grass and dotted with acacia trees and wide-ranging wildlife including gemsbok, impala, jackals and cheetah.
Cradled amongst camel thorn trees with vistas of undulating Kalahari landscape, Otjimbondona offers those seeking tranquillity, exclusivity and luxury the ideal African holiday.
Otjimbondona is situated 120km south east of Windhoek and 80km from the Hosea Kutako International Airport on a 3000-hectare Private Nature Reserve on the fringes of the Namibian Kalahari.
This boutique destination with only four delicately decorated Villas invites you to start or end your Namibia safari, it is the perfect getaway to relax and unwind.
Day 3 & 4
Fish River Canyon – Fish River Lodge
Carving out an epic rocky wonderland in the south of Namibia, the Fish River has created Africa’s largest and the world’s second largest canyon. Hot, dry, and stony, the Fish River Canyon measures a whopping 160 kilometres in length, at times 27 kilometres in width and 550 metres in depth. The awe-inspiring natural beauty of this ancient geological marvel draws visitors from around the globe. For those looking for adventure, the intense 85-kilometre Fish River Hiking Trail through 1.5 billion years of geological history will definitely thrill avid adventure enthusiasts, and for visitors looking to relax, head over to the canyon’s southern end to enjoy a soak in the mineral waters of the renowned hot springs of Ai-Ais or take in the spectacularly scenic views from Hobas Restamp as well as numerous other viewpoints along its rim.
Fish River Lodge in southern Namibia is the only lodge perched directly on the rim of the Fish River Canyon offering guests breathtaking views of the canyon from sunrise to sunset. Experience first hand the geological forces that unfolded 300 million years ago, when the Fish River began to etch its way through hard quartzite forming a Canyon 90 kilometres long, 549 metres deep and 28 kilometres wide in some places, making it the world’s second largest Canyon. The 45 000-hectare Canyon Nature Park is a natural sanctuary for Karoo succulent flora and endemic wildlife.
Incredible hiking trails meander down into the heart of the canyon affording guests spectacular scenery combined with 75 km river frontage made up of permanent water holes and rock pools that attract Hartmans Zebra, Kudu, Oryx, Springbok and many other smaller wildlife species and endemic birdlife.
- Fish River Lodge – 2 Night stay – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis
- After check-out you will fly to Fish River Lodge
- Sundowner Nature Drive
The afternoon drive will take you along the top of the plateau where we will be stopping at two different viewpoints where you can admire the infinite vistas of the Canyon. The guide will also explain the geology, flora and fauna of this fascinating landscape. Watch the sun set while enjoying drinks, snacks and panoramic views of the canyon and meandering Fish River.
- Early Morning Canyon Drive
Experience an amazing variety of geological features as you journey into the depths of the second largest canyon in the world. See rough limestone, shiny quartzite, fine shale and dramatic fault lines. Catch your breath as you take in the dramatic views of the river.
Fish River Canyon Senic Flight & Luderitz Day Trip
Lüderitz is a harbor town in the Karas Region of southern Namibia, lying on one of the least hospitable coasts in Africa. It is a port developed around Robert Harbor and Shark Island. The town is known for its colonial architecture, including some Art Nouveau work, and for wildlife including seals, penguins, flamingos and ostriches. It is also home to a museum, and lies at the end of a currently decommissioned railway line to Keetmanshoop.
Kolmanskop is a ghost town 10 kilometres inland from the port town of Lüderitz. It was named after a transport driver named Johnny Coleman who, during a sand storm, abandoned his ox wagon on a small incline opposite the settlement. Once a small but very rich mining village, it is now a tourist destination run by the joint firm Namibia-De Beers.
Day 5 & 6
Sossusvlei – Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction. Characterised by the giant red dunes surrounding it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and a great destination all year round. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provide photographic enthusiasts with fantastic images in the beautiful morning and evening light.
Sossusvlei translates to “dead-end marsh”, as it is the place where the dunes come together, preventing the Tsauchab River from flowing any further, some 60km east of the Atlantic Ocean. However, due to the dry conditions in the Namib Desert, the River seldom flows this far, and the pan remains bone-dry most years. Nevertheless, during an exceptional rainy season, the Tsauchab fills the pan, drawing visitors from all over the world to witness this spectacular site. Photographic enthusiasts are spoilt with a glassy “lake” holding reflections of the surrounding dunes. When the pan fills it can hold water for as long as a year.
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is set amidst an ocean of dunes, rocky outcrops and gravel plains, the utter tranquillity and extraordinary clarity of light makes this area one of Africa’s most compelling landscapes. The night skies are heavenly, with the concession bordering the International Dark Sky Reserve of the NamibRand Nature Reserve. A canvas of beauty that invites reconnection with yourself and nature.
Sustainability and uncompromised luxury go hand in hand at Sossusvlei. 10 beautifully appointed stone and glass suites, spread out along the curve of the escarpment, open onto ever-changing outlooks. Each spacious air conditioned suite offers a secluded, shaded veranda complete with private plunge pool, a living room with a fireplace, a large retractable skylight above the bed, and an ensuite bathroom with a glass-encased rain shower offering 180º desert views. The two-bedroomed Star Dune Suite is an ideal option for families or groups of friends.
Day 7 & 8
Sossusvlei & Coastal Scenic Flight – Swakopmund – Strand Hotel
Today starts with hot air ballooning as you sail silently over the reddish dune sea of the Namib. Add an exhilarating dimension to your visit to the desert.The duration of the excursion is approximately 3½ hours. The Hot Air Balloon flight takes about one hour and ends with an exclusive Champagne Breakfast at the landing spot in scenic nature.
Set along Namibia’s spectacularly scenic coast, the seaside town of Swakopmund is known for its wide-open avenues, colonial architecture, and surrounding otherworldly desert terrain. Founded in 1892 as the main harbour for German Southwest Africa, Swakopmund is often described as being more German than Germany. Now a seaside resort town, Swakopmund is the capital of the Skeleton Coast tourism area and has plenty to keep visitors happy. The quirky mix of German and Namibian influences, adventure options, laid-back atmosphere and cool sea breeze make it a very popular Namibian destination. Visitors can look forward to several exciting activities including quad biking, horse riding, paragliding, fishing, sightseeing and fascinating desert tours.
With its extensive, unique, and creatively entertaining Restaurants, Bars, Deli, Lobby-Lounge, Sea Facing Terraces, Beach Kiosk, and state of the art Conference & Banqueting Centre, all set on the Mole, a historic and iconic site surrounded by Ocean on three sides, the Strand Hotel Swakopmund is a social epicentre and destination in itself for all visitors to and residents of Swakopmund.
Its architectural inspiration finds its roots deep in Namibian-German history and reflects this in a tasteful contemporary manner. The interiors are residential in nature, and the brief to all designers involved was to create a non-hotel, hotel. One as charming and welcoming as the town it is located in. Simply very warm and comfortable, and as they say in German: “gemütlich” providing a genuine “sense-of-place” atmosphere adding to any Namibian visit.
Arriving at the Strand is a dramatic experience as one passes through its 13m high and 9m wide Ocean View Atrium which travels right through the Hotel offering sea views at either end. Off this Atrium Lobby is Reception, consisting of three individual desks and an inviting open fireplace which rounds off the residential feel and warm welcome.
- Strand Hotel – 2 Night stay – Bed & Breakfast basis
- Fly to Swakopmund with a scenic flight over Sossusvlei and the Skeleton Coast.
- Road transfer to Swakopmund Hotel from Swakopmund Airstrip
- Hot-Air Ballooning
with Champagne Breakfast in the Vlei on the morning of Day 7
- Seal & Dolphin Cruise
A sela & dolphin cruise on the Walvis Bay Lagoon
Optional Activities – At own cost:
- Quad Biking
Experience the sheer thrill of riding a quad bike through Namibia’s boundless expanse of shifting sand dunes.
- Living Dunes Experience
extraordinary exploration of the coastal dune belt just outside Swakopmund. To the untrained eye the dunes are just a pile of sand, however, the skilled and experienced guides will introduce visitors to a wealth of desert life. Often referred to a “Living Desert Tour”, we will track Palmetto geckos, sand diving lizards, the famous fog-basking tok-tokkie beetle, sidewinder snakes, spiders, scorpions, and chameleons.
- Kayak Tours
from Pelican Point accompanied by dolphins, pelicans, cormorants and other friendly marine and birdlife. At this point, participants start kayaking past the lighthouse, around Pelican Point to the seal colonies. Excellent bird viewing is available, delightful seals, and Heaviside Dolphins come to play around your kayak.
- Skydive Adventures
Tandem jumps are available for prospective skydivers with no experience. At the drop zone, training is given, and jumpers are dressed in appropriate gear before being taken up in the aircraft with their tandem master.
Despite the fact that there are no ski lifts in the dunes, sandboarding is great fun for everyone where speeds of up to 80km/h can be reached.
Day 9 & 10
Damaraland – Mowani Mountain Camp
Damaraland’s hilly savannah supports a large number of species including lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, eland, kudu, giraffe, klipspringer, steenbok, gemsbok and springbok. Birdlife is prolific with over 33 raptors recorded including cuckoo hawks, Egyptian vultures, and peregrine falcons – the world’s fastest animal.
Damaraland is divided into several enormous private game reserves, known as concessions, that support most species of Namibia’s large game and provide some of the best birding and wildlife experiences in the country – and southern Africa for that matter.
In the heat, dust and stunning landscapes of Damaraland, there is a sanctuary – Mowani Mountain Camp. Dwarfed by massive ochre boulders, the camp is absorbed into the landscape, making it one with our shared history of life in this prehistoric land. Every soft curve or ragged edge frames the landscape in a different way, as if you are seeing for the first time, every time. Lounging by the pool or relaxing on your private deck is also a wonderful way to enjoy the spectacular surroundings.
Day 11 & 12
Skeleton Coast – Shipwreck Lodge
Stretching from the Swakop River to southern Angola, the Skeleton Coast is known as the ‘Land God Made in Anger’ and is remoteness at its best. Thousands of miles of sandy desert dotted with shipwrecks meet with the cold waters of the Atlantic and somehow an amazing array of wildlife and flora manages to survive in this harsh but beautiful environment. Ocean fog creeps over the shoreline caused by the warm dry air of the Namib Desert colliding with the cold Benguela current.
This otherworldly area is home to a diversity of wildlife including seabird colonies, Cape fur seals, zebra, gemsbok, desert-adapted elephant, lion and much more. Surfing enthusiasts are drawn to these powerful waves and photographers flock from around the globe to snap a shot of this eerie shipwreck graveyard and for the unrivalled maritime photographic opportunities. This coast is desolate but breathtakingly beautiful.
The lodge is located in the famous Skeleton Coast Central Concession between the Hoarusib and Hoanib Rivers in the Skeleton Coast Park, only 45 km north of Möwe Bay. The lodge is situated on the southern bank of the Huarusib River Mouth, nestled between the dunes with a view of the Atlantic
Ocean where the cold Benguela current pushes a refreshing breeze over the shipwreck shaped cabins. The size of the concession area is approximately 146,600 hectares situated in North-western Namibia.
- Shipwreck Lodge – 2 Night stay. Fully Inclusive basis
- Fly to Mowe Bay airstrip.
- Road transfer to Shipwreck Lodge.
- Conservancy Fees
- Trips to Möwe Bay Seal Colony
including stops at the Suiderkus and Karimona shipwrecks, Westies diamond mine, and the remains of the Ventura Bomber.
- Beach Lunches.
- Quad Biking and Sand Boarding.
- Sundowner Drives
to the roaring dunes.
- Full day 4×4 Hoarusib River Excursions
including the Clay Castles and wildlife spotting.
Day 13 & 14
Kaokoland – Hoanib Valley Camp
The north is known as Kaokoland and the south as Damaraland. Although these administrative divisions fell away after Namibian independence the colloquial demarcations have persisted.
Kaokoland is a succession of hills and mountains punctuated by endless plains. This isolated rugged region is home to the nomadic Himba pastoralists who have remained unchanged for many generations. The attraction of Kaokoland lies in its wild and uncharted valleys and mountains. It is the most isolated and undeveloped region of this mostly isolated and undeveloped country.
In a country jam-packed with vast, spectacularly beautiful landscapes, Kaokoland may just be the most incredible of them all. Deep in north-western Namibia, the area is a melee of towering mountains, sand dunes, and huge expanses of desert, scattered with unique wildlife and nomadic Himba settlements. It’s also one of Namibia’s most remote and wild environments, and one that not many will get the chance to discover in a lifetime.
And that’s exactly why we’ve decided to build Hoanib Valley Camp. A joint venture between the local communities and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, the world’s only Africa-wide giraffe conservation organisation, the camp is an elegant, intimate affair that immerses you into the wilds of the desert. The six rooms blend seamlessly with the environment, offering a simple aesthetic that matches the rugged landscape down to a tee. Days are spent tracking endangered rhino, desert-adapted elephant, and of course desert-adapted giraffe, before retiring to your private veranda to marvel at the magnitude of your surroundings (G&T in hand).
- Morning and Afternoon Desert Game Drives
search for desert-adapted giraffe, elephant, lion and rhino.
Learn about the giraffe research conducted in the area.
- Nature Walks
through the dry riverbeds and dunes.
- Visit to the Himba Communities.
- Morning, Afternoon, and Night Game Drive
- Interpretive Bush Walks
Day 15 & 16
Etosha National Park – Oguma
Etosha National Park is unique in Africa. The park’s main characteristic is a salt pan so large it can be seen from space. Yet there is abundant wildlife that congregates around the waterholes, giving you almost guaranteed game sightings. At the same time Etosha National Park is one of the most accessible game reserves in Namibia and Southern Africa.
The park is malaria free, accessible in a regular sedan car and the rest camps provide a range of accommodation as well as restaurants, viewing decks, shops and petrol stations. Luxurious camps in Etosha’s remote areas have now added top end accommodation to the park’s offerings.
Onguma Bush Suites is one of Namibia’s best-kept secrets. There are five lodges, two campsites and a 34,000 ha of private wilderness to explore. You can be sure of a comfortable stay. The Nature Reserve situated on the eastern side, bordering the Fisher’s Pan. The location is ideal for visitors who want to see an abundance of wildlife in their camp while avoiding over-crowded campsites.
Onguma Safari Camps is situated on the eastern border of Etosha National Park, in friendly Namibia. Onguma offers great game viewing, romance, tranquility, adventure and so much more! With 5 lodges, two campsites and 34 000 hectares of private wilderness to explore, Onguma has an accommodation option that is just right for you!
Day 17 & 18
Kwando River – Nambwa Tented Lodge
Meandering through the spectacular Caprivi Strip in northwest Namibia, the Kwando River rises from the central Angolan highlands forming the boundary between Namibia, Zambia and Angola. The area surrounding the Kwando River is known for its protected game reserves, national parks, and wildlife sanctuaries. It offers excellent game viewing with the perennial waters of the river attracting plentiful wildlife including large herds of elephant, hippos, crocodiles, red lechwe, turtles, zebra, impala, spotted-necked otters and over 400 species of bird.
Visitors can enjoy a relaxing stay at one of the many lodges set on the banks of the river and soak up the spectacular views of wild Africa. Popular activities include game viewing, bird watching, fishing, and camping.
Nambwa Tented Lodge is within the heart of KAZA and the only lodge uniquely situated inside the Bwabwata National Park. The Lodge offers ten luxurious tents nestled high in the majestic Jackalberry, Sausage and Knobthorn trees. Respecting the elephants’ right of way, the lodge is built in exquisite comfort above the African Wildlife.
An entirely authentic walkway joins these luxurious tented suites of exquisite comfort, tastefully decorated where natural colors evoke a gentle balance of serenity. The decadently spacious tented suites open completely and emanate a feeling of vastness. From the privacy of your large open-air deck watch the sky illuminate with hues of purple and amber and reenergize for the days adventure ahead.
- Nambwa Tented Lodge – 2 Night stay. Fully Inclusive basis
- Conservancy Levies
- Morning or Afternoon Game Drive
As the midday sun retreats and the afternoon shadows lengthen, we depart on a journey, an adventure to discover the unknown behind every bend. Observing every branch for a rare endemic bird, to be rewarded instead by an elusive leopard. The silence broken by the deep low rumble vibrating through the bush, which could only belong to a large herd of elephants. Out of nowhere they appear with a focused determination towards the life-giving water up ahead. Knuckles white, as I grip the seat of the game viewer, relishing the moment as a highlight of my journey through Africa.
- Morning or Afternoon Boat Cruise
The early morning sun’s rays reflect off the water’s edge, the soothing sound of the water as it is gently broken by the bow of the boat cutting through the water’s surface. The varied landscape of papyrus islands, reed floodplains and moving past petrified dunes, leaves me in awe of the vast open space. Around every corner a new bird, antelope or a carnivore quenching its thirst. A sudden fountain of water followed by a deep grunt reveals the large pod of hippos curiously gazing upon our arrival. The boat comes to a halt.
- Cultural Tour
Walking through the gates of the local homestead reveals the complexity of the inner courtyard. It is here that your traditional guide shares the age-old stories brought down through the generations from father to son. Experience the day-to-day life of the archaic cultures from the Mbukushu and the Lozi traditions that has remained unchanged since the beginning of their time.
- Horseshoe Sundowners
The famous Horseshoe Lagoon, with its vast herds of elephants is the most sought-after spot for a sundowner and snack whilst barefoot in the sand. Soak up the breathtaking sunsets together with hippos and large herds of elephants silhouetted over the water. An exclusive night drive, while viewing the nocturnal wildlife, takes you back home where a bubble bath awaits you.
Day 19 & 20
Windhoek – Hotel Heinitzburg
Situated in Central Namibia, the cosmopolitan city of Windhoek serves as the capital of the country. It is home to an international airport and a plethora of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and accommodation options. The city is clean, safe and well-organised, with a colonial legacy that is reflected in its many German eateries and shops, and the widespread use of the German language. Windhoek has an interesting mix of historical architecture and modern buildings, many of which are worth a look, including the Alte Feste an old fort, the 1896 Christuskirche Christ Church, and the more contemporary Supreme Court.
The Heinitzburg offers 16 spacious generously appointed en-suite rooms, each individually decorated, leaving no two rooms looking the same. Each room has individual air-conditioning / heating unit, direct telephone, electronic safe, mini bar, flat screen TV with satellite channels. The superior deluxe rooms have a bath with integrated showers, whilst the deluxe rooms all have a walk in shower. At the hotel’s serene garden, guests are welcome to relax in a private atmosphere whilst enjoying the refreshing swimming pool (heated in winter).
Hotel heinitzburg has a variety of dining outlets. There’s the gourmet restaurant overlooking the skyline of the city while serving varied cuisine ranging from local to international dishes. The Garden Terrace provides superb view over the city and the surrounding mountains. At the Garden Terrace, meals, coffee and cakes from the patisserie are served throughout the day while snacks and sundowner cocktails are served at the viewpoint with marvellous vistas of spectacular sunsets.
- Hotel Heinitzburg – 1 Night stay. Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis
- Road transfer through the park to Immelman airstrip.
- Fly to Windhoek Eros airport.
- Road transfer to Hotel Heinitzburg.
- Road transfer to Windhoek International (Hosea Kutako) Airport