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Best of Namibia Flying Safari: Sossusvlei, Swakopmund & Etosha National Park

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 7,739

DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: This flying African safari explores several distinct regions: the sands and red dunes of Sossusvlei, the palm-lined streets of Swakopmund 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$ 7,739

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Day 1

Windhoek to Sossusvlei

It's an early departure this morning. Meet your pilot at Windhoek International Airport for your light aircraft flight to Sossusvlei. This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to relax at your lodge or why not partake in one of the many activities available at your lodge (additional charges may apply)

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Kwessi Dune Lodge

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    Kwessi Dune Lodge


    At Kwessi Dunes, you'll find 12 cool and comfortable (and air-conditioned) chalets all with canvas walls and thatched roofs. Each bedroom has a separate "star gazer" room, completely open to the sky, and the perfect spot from which to watch the celestial theatre show above. …

    At Kwessi Dunes, you'll find 12 cool and comfortable (and air-conditioned) chalets all with canvas walls and thatched roofs. Each bedroom has a separate "star gazer" room, completely open to the sky, and the perfect spot from which to watch the celestial theatre show above.

    Views from the rooms, the main area and the swimming pool are of the vast, desert vistas and when you can bear to tear your eyes away, enjoy quad biking, scenic drives and walks, hot air ballooning, helicopter flights, horse riding and day trips to Sossusvlei.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Ensuite Bathrooms
    • Laundry Service
    • WiFi

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Day 2

Sossusvlei

The morning demands an early start. A cup of coffee or tea before departure and our day's adventure beckons, as we want to experience the day awakening offering grand views onto the dunes en-route to Sossusvlei. Even a morning grouch will be delighted by what is to follow. Entering the Namib Naukluft National Park shortly after sunrise, the first rays of sunlight paint the mountains of sand into a colour variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, enrapturing our senses, and providing an opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on film. You will be captivated by the surreal Deadvlei surrounded by some of the highest dunes on earth and Sossusvlei, where the dry Tsauchab River ends abruptly amongst dunes.

Take the opportunity to walk up one of these majestic dunes to admire the desert landscape beneath. The mostly dried white vleis compete in dramaturgy with the red dunes and deep blue skies, with gnarled and weathered camelthorn trees in Deadvlei providing the essential contrast. After going up onto the dunes you descend over rocks into the Sesriem Canyon. Anyone who did not know that the canyon was here would easily miss this 30-meter deep and one kilometre long canyon carved out by the Tsauchab River. Early settlers had to bind six (Ses) Lether straps (rieme) together to reach the water at the bottom of the canyon. Speaking of water - a welcoming keyword in this desert heat! A welcoming and refreshing pool or a cooling drink filled to the rim with ice cubes awaits us back at the lodge. Back at the lodge, we unwind and recapture the day's experiences.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Sossusvlei to Swakopmund

Today, we take to the skies, soaringover 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 to explore this charming town.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Strand Hotel Swakopmund

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    Strand Hotel Swakopmund



    The Strand Hotel is destined to become the social epicenter of Swakopmund, Namibia, with its extensive and entertaining Restaurants, Bars, Lounges, Deli, sea facing Terraces and Conference & Banqueting Centre. Uniquely located on the iconic and historic Swakopmund Mole and surrounded on three sides by …

    The Strand Hotel is destined to become the social epicenter of Swakopmund, Namibia, with its extensive and entertaining Restaurants, Bars, Lounges, Deli, sea facing Terraces and Conference & Banqueting Centre. Uniquely located on the iconic and historic Swakopmund Mole and surrounded on three sides by the Southern Atlantic Ocean its 125 Rooms and Suites will offer the finest uninterrupted sea views available anywhere in this quaint historic town. 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. Strand Hotel Swakopmund promises guests a warm Namibian welcome and a stay, during which they will be hosted in a relaxed, uncomplicated manner.

    Facilities

    • Babysitting Services
    • Gym/Fitness Facilities
    • Parking
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • WiFi

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Day 4

Swakopmund at Leisure

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 (for own account), 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 National Park

Today it is onwards to 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

Ongava Private Game Reserve

Another day to enjoy the activities provided by your camp. Full- or half-day guided morning game drives in the Etosha National Park, Namibia's prime savannah wilderness area (with packed lunch on full day). See the massive saltpan as well as the perennial springs that provide the water required by the Park's high-density big game population.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Departure - Etosha to Windhoek

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.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily. (Minimum of 2 people).

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Shared airport transfers to/from all included internal flights
  • 2 nights deluxe accommodations in Sossusvlei 
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Swakopmund
  • 2 nights first-class accommodations in Etosha at Ongava Tented Camp
  • Shared guided visits to Sossusvlei sand dunes, Deadvlei, and Sesriem Canyon including entrance fees
  • 2 shared safari activities per day at Ongava Tented Camp including:
    • Early morning and afternoon game drives (max 6 guests)*
    • Guided nature walks
  • All park fees
  • Namibian VAT
  • Tourism levy
  • Internal light aircraft flights: Windhoek - Sossusvlei - Swakopmund - Etosha - Windhoek including air taxes
  • Local brand beverages at Ongava Tented Camp, excluding premium imported brands and champagne
  • Laundry Ongava Tented Camp
  • 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

*Please note maximum vehicle capacities are subject to change without prior notice

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals & beverages not explicitly listed as included
  • Gratuities
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

OTHER INFORMATION:

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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