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Best of Namibia Circuit Flying Safari

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,415

This flying African safari explores several distinct regions: the sands and red dunes of Sossusvlei, the stark plains of Damaraland and the amazing wildlife abundance on the savannah of Etosha.


A former German colony annexed to South Africa, Namibia finally gained independence in 1990. Since then, it has emerged to become one of the most popular feathers in an adventure traveller’s cap. Take to the air over 7 days and experience the breathtaking colours of its desert sands, along with its unique wildlife.

Sossusvlei is a section of the Namib Desert marked by towering red dunes, surrounding a salt and clay pan. For most visitors, this is Namibia’s star attraction. The area’s surreal landscapes and dazzling colours offer an Africa like no other. Despite the name ‘Sossusvlei’ meaning ‘dead-end marsh’ this is also a region teeming with life, including antelopes and ostriches.

Your wildlife spotting adventure continues a short flight north at Damaraland Camp, where you’ll go in search of the rare Desert Elephant. Hardy plants also thrive in this remote region, which you can explore by 4x4, mountain bike, or on foot. Plenty more game awaits your camera at Etosha National Park, including elephants, lions and giraffes. You’ll also enjoy the rare opportunity to track white rhinos before your return to Windhoek.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,415

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Day 1

Windhoek to Sossusvlei

It's up early for your light aircraft flight to Sossusvlei from Namibia's capital city of Windhoek. This afternoon, you are going to be treated to an aerial view of the iconic dunes of Sossusvlei.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Little Kulala Lodge

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    Little Kulala Lodge



    Little Kulala, a luxurious desert retreat, is situated on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. The entrance to this reserve is just 17km from Sesriem, and is the gateway to Namibia's Sand Sea, with its towering red dunes and clear starry skies. There are great sitting ...

    Little Kulala, a luxurious desert retreat, is situated on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. The entrance to this reserve is just 17km from Sesriem, and is the gateway to Namibia's Sand Sea, with its towering red dunes and clear starry skies.
    There are great sitting areas, including woven hammock chairs. These areas are often used for dining. There is a well-stocked reference library on the top level of the main building. Little Kulala has 11 air-conditioned double chalets, plus one 'family chalet'. They are all raised on white-washed wooden decks, with a bamboo stick fence/gate on each for extra privacy. There are sunrise excursions into the Sossusvlei dunes. There are also morning, afternoon and night drives, and guided walks on the reserve.

    Facilities

    • Gift Shop
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)

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Day 2

Sossusvlei

World-famous Sossusvlei is an enormous clay plan, flanked by the famous sand dunes that stand out starkly against the blue sky and flush red in the early morning sun. These towering dunes have developed over millions of years, the wind continuously transforming the contours of this sea of red sand. The 'vlei' itself only fills after rare, heavy rainfalls when, in a complete turn-around, it becomes a spectacular turquoise lake. If you're a photographer - or even an iphoneographer - the extreme beauty of Sossusvlei at different times of the day, gives you the opportunity to create fine art!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

Today, we take to the skies. Wilderness Air provides a safe, efficient and reliable service to passengers. They operate a varied fleet of light aircraft, chosen for their ability to transport visitors to remote wilderness destinations with short, dirt-surfaced landing strips. All these aircraft types differ in their characteristics and are uniquely suited to different types of journey, varying group sizes and clients with different personal needs. The majority of the fleet operates on a schedule route basis; however they also offer charter flights for tailor-made journeys. We soar over the dunes of the Namib desert and Sossusvlei, continuing westward to the Atlantic Coast to the quaint seaside village of Swakopmund. You have two nights here.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre

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    Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre



    Situated on the Skeleton Coast, the Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre is built in and around the old German Station Building combining history with fine Namibian hospitality. The hotel's 90 guest rooms are all bright and spacious, decorated in a Victorian style and most have ...

    Situated on the Skeleton Coast, the Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre is built in and around the old German Station Building combining history with fine Namibian hospitality. The hotel's 90 guest rooms are all bright and spacious, decorated in a Victorian style and most have a pleasant view of the pool terrace. The hotel is nearby a camel farm and the Martin Luther steam locomotive, dating from 1896 and abandoned in the desert.

    Facilities

    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Medical Services
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Secretarial Service

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Day 4

Swakopmund

Once again you have the day to spend at leisure in Swakopmund. For the more adventurous, there are a variety of optional activities on offer, as a suggestion, get your tickets for a dolphin cruise in Walvis Bay and get up close and personal with the birds, seal colonies and numerous dolphins that inhabit this area.

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Day 5

Swakopmund to Etosha

And then it's destination Etosha, Namibia's premier wildlife destination. We fly there by light aircraft for our two-night stay, and after settling in to our accommodation, set out to explore this strangely bleak wilderness, teeming with wildlife. In the dry season, large herds congregate around the waterholes, while in the summer, sporadic rainfall produces a profusion of new life. Game viewing in this wild, often startlingly beautiful barren region is world renowned, and you won't be disappointed. In the heart of the Park, is the shimmering Etosha Pan, a shallow depression which fills with water in the rainy season. Mirages, glittering salt deposits, Big Five wildlife...all wonderful material for photographs and memories.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Ongava Tented Camp

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    Ongava Tented Camp



    The 8 guest room Ongava Tented Camp is a small classic traditional tented camp. Guests sleep in "Meru" tents which are the classic East African style of tent. Each have double doors to allow for uninterrupted views of the bush and waterhole in front of ...

    The 8 guest room Ongava Tented Camp is a small classic traditional tented camp. Guests sleep in "Meru" tents which are the classic East African style of tent. Each have double doors to allow for uninterrupted views of the bush and waterhole in front of the camp and every tent has its own covered verandah. The tents have been tastefully furnished each with its own en-suite thatched bathroom with flush toilet and unique open air private shower. The bar and dining area is built out of rock and thatch and has an intimate feel. Drinks and dinner can be enjoyed around the open air fire place and swimming pool, both of which overlook a productive floodlit waterhole situated at eye level in front of the camp. The Ongava Tented Camp offers an alternative to the popular Ongava Lodge. It is a perfect location where one can a true in depth view or experience of life in the bush.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Fireplace
    • Gift Shop
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)

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Day 6

Etosha

Enjoy the activities provided by your camp. Enjoy another day in Etosha.

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Day 7

Departure

Our safari at an end, we return to Windhoek by air today, content in the knowledge we've seen and been at the world's most dramatic sand dunes of Sossusvlei, and witnessed some of Africa's most spectacular wildlife in Etosha National Park. And knowing we can return.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily. (Minimum of 2 people).

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Return light aircraft transfers ex Windhoek
  • Inter camp light aircraft transfers
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Twice daily scheduled camp activities
  • Laundry at camps which are able to provide this service
  • Park fees
  • All local drinks (premium imported brands excluded)
  • Namibian VAT and Tourism Levy.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel Insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

OTHER INFOMRATION:

Maximum 20kg baggage allowed – soft bags

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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