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Best of Namibia Flying Safari

This 8 night / 9 day safari showcases four of Namibia's most unique and awe-inspiring highlights. The Namib is the oldest desert on earth, and certainly one of the most picturesque, boasting a diverse array of habitat types and supporting a surprising volume of wildlife. From the giant red dunes of Sossusvlei to the eerie Skeleton Coast, the rugged mountains of Damaraland, and the abundant wildlife of Etosha National Park, the Best of Namibia Flying Safari is a comprehensive exploration of one of Africa's most scenically spectacular and diverse safari destinations. Guests fly between destinations to maximize efficiency and to provide dramatic aerial views of Namibia's vast and varied landscape.

 

Days 1 & 2: Sossusvlei (Kwessi Dunes Lodge)

You will be met on arrival at Windhoek International Airport by your pilot and take to the skies for your flight to Kwessi Dunes in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. The NamibRand is a vast, half-million acre private Sanctuary adjoining the Namib-Naukluft National Park featuring a Mars-like topography of giant red dunes, golden gravel plains, and craggy black mountains. Accommodation is at Kwessi Dunes, a luxury tented camp with 12 elegant  (and air-conditioned!) canvas and thatch chalets and a common area that includes a library, bar, swimming pool, and several seating and dining areas.

During your stay at Kwessi Dunes, you will enjoy a day-trip to the iconic Sossusvlei and Deadvlei regions within the Namib-Naukluft Park, as well as scenic drives, nature walks, quad-biking, and star-gazing in the private Namib-Naukluft Reserve. Optional extra activities include hot air ballooning and spa treatments.

 

Days 3 & 4: Hoanib Valley Camp, Damaraland

A dramatic morning flight takes guests across the deep-red dunes of the Namib Desert and on to the infamous Skeleton Coast, flying over eerie shipwrecks and beautiful, pristine bays. After a seafood lunch on the beach and a brief tour of the historic town of Swakopmund, continue north and cross the mountains of Damaraland to Hoanib Valley Camp. Set in an ancient riverbed, each of the camp's six luxury tented rooms boasts a preivate verandah with scenic views of the Hoanib River Valley.

 

While at Hoanib Valley Camp your focus will be morning and afternoon game-drives to search for Damaraland's famous desert wildlife, including giraffe, elephant, lion, and rhino. The open landscape also makes the perfect setting for nature walks, and you will have the opportunity to spend an unforgettable afternoon with the local Himba and Herero people.

 

Days 5&6: Skeleton Coast (Shipwreck Lodge)

Today you will enjoy one of the most spectacular drives in southern Africa as you embark on a full day excursion down the ephemeral Hoanib River, past giant clay castles, and across towering white dunes to reach the Skeleton Coast. The next two nights are spent at Shipwreck Lodge, overlooking the stark beauty and majesty of one of the most desolate stretches of coastline on earth.

 

While at Shipwreck Lodge, you will explore the drama of the Skeleton Coast, visiting shipwrecks, an abandoned diamond mine, the remains of the Ventura Bomber, and a vast seal colony. Leaving the ocean, venture into the dune belt to search for life-sustaining oases in one of our planet's driest ecosystems. For the more active , Shipwreck Lodge also offers quad biking and dune boarding excursions. Private beach lunches and secluded desert sunsets round out the unique guest experience at one of southern Africa's most memorable safari lodges.

 


Days 7 & 8: Etosha National Park (Etosha Heights Private Reserve)

Guests who are on the six night version of the itinerary will fly back to Windhoek on Day 7. Those on the eight night itinerary continue by plane to the 60,000 acre Etosha Heights Private Reserve adjoining Etosha National Park, and spend two nights at Safarihoek Lodge.

Comprised of former cattle farms that have been returned to nature and transformed into a wildlife reserve, Etosha Heights is a ground-breaking conservation project. The reserve is home to a variety of plains game species, as well as lions and cheetah, but is most renowned for its healthty population of endangered black and white rhinos. Guests have the opportunity to explore the reserve and encounter its wildlife via game drives, night drives, walking safaris, and at photographic hides.

 

Day 8: End of Safari

Depart Etosha Heights and fly back to Windhoek International Airport, where the safari ends.


Room at Shipwreck Lodge Hoanib Valley Camp

 

Dates and Rates 2021

Itinerary
10 Jan-31 Mar
01 Apr - 30 Jun ;
01 Nov - 19 Dec
01 Jul - 31 Jul;
01 Sep - 30 Sep ;
20 Dec - 09 Jan
01 Aug - 31 Aug ;
01 Oct - 31 Oct
6 Nights - 2 nights each at:
  • Kwessi Dunes
  • Hoanib Valley Camp
  • Shipwreck Lodge
USD10,860 Per person sharing USD11,610 Per person sharing USD12,420 Per person sharing USD13,040 Per person sharing
8 Nights - 2 nights each at:
  • Kwessi Dunes
  • Hoanib Valley Camp
  • Shipwreck Lodge
  • Safarihoek Lodge
USD14,090 Per person sharing USD14,940 Per person sharing USD15,790 Per person sharing USD16,530 Per person sharing

 * Single supplement available on request.

INCLUDED

All air transfers between camps within Namibia as specified; all accommodation on a shared basis; all meals; activities (except hot air ballooning), excursions, and transfers as described in the itinerary; services of the lodge guides and staff; park fees; local drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).

NOT INCLUDED

All scheduled flights to and from WIndhoek; items of a personal nature (e.g curio purchases); travel insurance; visas (if applicable); premium brand drinks; any new Namibian Government taxes; gratuities to staff; optional extra excursions such as ballooning at Kwessi Dunes.

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