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7-Day Ultimate Namibia Fly-in & Guided Safari (Economy Accommodation)

Our 7-day Ultimate Namibia Fly-in and Guided Safari affords you the chance to experience this magnificent and memorable country in a very personal way. You will experience Namibia’s south by air with a bird’s eye view of the great sand sea and the desolate Skeleton Coast, including flying over shipwrecks, deserted mining camps and seal colonies before going on to have your own professional and experienced naturalist safari guide accompany you through the northern reaches of Namibia. 

This safari is available in 2 levels of accommodation:

Economy Accommodation
Luxury Accommodation
 
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From
ZAR$95,507
per person sharing*

Highlights

Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes.
Be guided through Namibia’s north by one of Namibia’s most well-known naturalist guides (from Day 3).
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein.
Track for desert-adapted elephants on the ephemeral riverbeds in Damaraland.
Visit an authentic and remote Himba settlement.
Enjoy game viewing from the comfort of your private, air-conditioned safari vehicle with pop top roof, providing a wonderful vantage point for wildlife sightings
Game viewing at a floodlit waterhole at night.
Visit the world renowned AfriCat Foundation and learn more about conservation initiatives involving Africa’s large cats.

Includes

Accommodation as stated above.
Transportation in a safari vehicle where stipulated.
Scheduled light aircraft flights between Windhoek International Airport, Kulala Desert Lodge and Damaraland.
Meals stipulated above. 
Services of an English-speaking ranger whilst at Kulala Desert Lodge.
Services of a registered and experienced English-speaking naturalist safari guide (from Day 3).
Entrance fees and excursions as described in above itinerary.
Local beverages where stipulated.
Mineral water on board the safari vehicle.

Excludes

International flights
Transfers to/from Windhoek International Airport
Travel insurance
Optional activities
Visas
Vaccinations
Gratuities
Increases in park fees, government taxes and levies and fuel surcharges

Starts

Windhoek, Namibia

Ends

Windhoek, Namibia

Duration

7 days

Countries visited

Namibia

Departures

Any date of your choice. Advanced bookings recommended, as accommodation is subject to availability.

Price

From ZAR$95,507
per person sharing*

Group Size

2+ people

Safari Type

Lodges and Tented Camps

Accommodation:

Lodge and Luxury Tented Camp

Vehicle

Day 1: Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, NamibRand Nature Reserve
This morning you will be collected from your guest house or hotel of choice in Windhoek and taken to Eros Airport, for your scheduled light aircraft flight to the Sossusvlei area.
The flight will take you over the central highlands of Namibia before descending after the escarpment and on over Namib Desert to land at the Sossusvlei Desert Lodge airstrip situated in the NamibRand Nature Reserve (or Little Kulala on the Kulala Wilderness Reserve).
Upon arrival you will be met by your local guide who will transfer you to your lodge with time to settle in. The afternoon can be spent enjoying many of the activities offered by the lodge.

Day 2: Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, NamibRand Nature Reserve
This morning you will rise early for a magical excursion into the Namib Naukluft National Park, entering the Park gates at sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Your local guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs. Once you have explored the areas around Sossusvlei and Deadvlei to your hearts content you can enjoy a picnic in the shade of a camel thorn tree. Return to your lodge in the early afternoon for a late lunch.  The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure (from experience, this is usually welcomed after an exhilarating morning in the dunes) or can be spent on another guided scheduled activity within the nature reserve as offered by the lodge.

Day 3: Mowani Mountain Camp, Twyfelfontein
After a leisurely breakfast you are transferred back to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight north up to Mowani Mountain Camp for a two nights stay. This flight includes flying over the Namib Sea Sand two shipwrecks, seal colonies along the Atlantic Ocean, abandoned diamond camps and Walvis Bay lagoon and salt works. This is a scheduled seat rate and not private charter, but a scenic route will be flown. Low level flying and visibility of attractions will be weather permitting, and subject to protected land rules such as the bird sanctuary at Sandwich Harbour. A highlight is the flight over the Eduard Bohlen, a German cargo ship that ran aground in 1909 while it was on its way to Table Bay from Swakopmund. Years after the ship ran aground the desert began to encroach on the ocean and the ship that was once stranded in the ocean slowly became stranded in the desert. The wreck currently sits about 500 metres from the ocean, ensuring that it’s the best preserved shipwreck along Namibia’s Skeleton Coast.

You refuel in Swakopmund and afterwards, you continue north to reach the Damaraland-based airstrip where you will be met by your private naturalist guide who will accompany you for the remainder of your safari. You will then be transferred from the airstrip to Mowani Mountain Camp (approximately 30 minute drive) in time for lunch.  The rest of the afternoon can be spent on a guided excursion to visit the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein (a World Heritage Site) and the interesting geological sites of the local area around the lodge. You will return to the camp before sunset with time to freshen up before dinner. We would recommend pre-dinner drinks on Mowani’s sundowner rock, a short stroll from the camp, for stunning views of the surroundings at sunset.

Day 4: Mowani Mountain Camp, Twyfelfontein
After an early breakfast you will be treated to an exciting 4x4 excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab River valley to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, especially the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area. Damaraland is home to a variety of desert adapted wildlife and hidden desert treasures. You will normally then return to camp for lunch and a well-deserved siesta. Your guide will arrange to fit in a visit to Twyfelfontein and other nearby attractions at a suitable time in the afternoon if this appeals and you haven’t already been there the previous day, or you can go out with your guide and take a walk into the local area around Camp. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can stay in to relax and enjoy some well-deserved leisure time in the comforts of the camp.

Day 5: Ongava Lodge, Ongava Private Game Reserve
This morning you will have an early departure from Mowani Mountain Camp as you make your way north deeper into the heart of Damaraland. En route you will visit an extremely remote Himba village, only known to a few people. Your guide’s presence and contacts with the local community will ensure you will be welcomed as a ‘friend of a friend’ and that you will be able to spend considerable time there learning about these fascinating nomadic pastoralists. There has been virtually no modern influence on these communities, which makes for a fascinating cultural exchange. You will then continue on your journey, having a picnic lunch en route, and you will arrive at Ongava Lodge on the southern border of Etosha in the late afternoon. This should leave some time to spare after settling in when you can relax at the camp’s floodlit waterhole whilst contemplating the fascinating impressions of the day.

Day 6: Ongava Lodge, Ongava Private Game Reserve
Today you will be treated to an exciting morning guided game drive into the Etosha National Park, to see more of the wide variety of game and bird species that are to be found there before returning to Ongava Lodge for a late lunch. There is then time to relax by the refreshing swimming pool before you head out again for an afternoon game drive before exiting the park before sunset (either in the park or on the Ongava Reserve as per discussions with your guide).
Alternatively, you can opt to spend the whole day out in the park and either take lunch by the waterhole at the Okaukuejo restcamp or have a picnic while watching game at a particularly productive waterhole in the area. Once you are back, the rest of the evening can be spent game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole while enjoying dinner, and afterwards.

Day 7: End of Itinerary
After breakfast this morning you will make your way south from the Etosha National Park through the small towns of Outjo and Otjiwarongo before stopping at the Okonjima AfriCat Day Centre, a wonderful highlight with which to conclude your safari. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary which focuses on the research and rehabilitation of Africa's big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah. You arrive in time for lunch before embarking on an exciting and informative game drive and tour of the centre. Here you will learn about the function and vision of the AfriCat Foundation and will also get to meet some of the Foundation’s special captive carnivore ambassadors.

 

Accommodation

Type

Destination

Basis

Duration

Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

 

NamibRand Nature Reserve

FI

2 Nights

→ Little Kulala

alternate

 

 

 

Mowani Mountain Camp

 

Twyfelfontein

FI

2 Nights

Ongava Lodge

 

Ongava Private Game Reserve

FI

2 Nights

 

 

 

 

 


Key
FI: Fully Inclusive

tailoring_safari.pngThis itinerary is designed to give you an overview of what is possible.  We can tailor this safari to suit your specific requirements.  Call us on (09) 889 3062. (03) 9018 5625.