Experience Namibia’s highlights from the skies as you travel around this magnificent country by small aircraft enjoying breathtaking views.
- Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes
- Discover the coastal colonial town of Swakopmund
- Track desert adapted elephants in Damaraland
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein
- Self-drive through the renowned Etosha National Park searching for wildlife
- Visit the world renowned AfriCat Foundation and learn more about their conservation initiatives involving Africa’s large cats
Fly around Namibia enjoying spectacular bird’s eye views of its picturesque and diverse landscapes en route. Discover all the country’s main highlights including some of the highest sand dunes in the world and the colonial coastal town of Swakopmund. Witness Namibia’s fantastic fauna including its plentiful marine life and desert adapted elephants. Sit by a waterhole in Etosha National Park and watch as masses of animals arrive to drink.
This ten day fly-in safari starts with a flight from Windhoek in a southwesterly direction to the Sossusvlei area. Enjoy the breathtaking view from the aircraft of the majestic Sossusvlei dunes and climb to the top of some of the dunes for stunning views. Along the coast, this memorable holiday leads you to Swakopmund, a town hedged by the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean. Head to Damaraland where you can discover the world-renowned rock engravings at Twyfelfontein and embark on a drive in search of the impressive desert adapted elephants which live in this area. Next, you will spend two nights at the private Ongava Game Reserve located at the southern boundary of Etosha National Park and explore the abundant wildlife within the national park and the private reserve on game drives. Stop off at the world famous AfriCat Foundation before returning to Windhoek.
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We were sitting by the waterhole in the dark, when I heard a rustling amongst the trees to the right and then the biggest elephant I've ever seen appeared and strolled up to the edge of the waterhole. I was in awe, the sight was beyond my wildest dreams and if that wasn't enough, a rhino and her calf joined the elephant. This was just one of many amazing memories I came home with from Namibia, a destination that I definitely will return to.Lynne Raw , Operations Manager
Itinerary & Accommodation
- Day 1: Windhoek-Sossusvlei
- Arrive at Hosea Kutako (Windhoek International) Airport, where you will board a small plane and fly to the Sossusvlei area, from where you will have excellent opportunities to explore the oldest desert in the world. The Namib Desert is commonly referred to as the world’s oldest desert, dating back at least 55 million years. The desert is a large expanse of moving gravel plains and dunes of all shapes and sizes. Part of the desert, towards the centre incorporates the Namib-Naukluft National Park, which is the largest park in Namibia (50,000 square kilometres) and the third largest in Africa. The Namib Desert is largely unpopulated so there is no light pollution making it one of the best places in the world to stargaze. In 2013 a large part of the desert became a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name of ‘Namib Sand Sea’.
- Day 2: discover Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon
- Today is free to explore Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon. The best time to visit Sossusvlei is close to sunrise, avoiding the heat of the midday sun and taking advantage of the natural light to bring out the best of the strong and constantly changing colours of the dunes - warm tints of apricot, orange, red and maroon, which provide excellent photographic opportunities. Sossusvlei itself is a large, white, salt and clay pan. However, the name ‘Sossusvlei’ is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area, including Deadvlei and other neighbouring rust-coloured sand dunes. A climb up the dunes is rewarded by spectacular views and is highly recommended. The most popular dunes to walk up are Dune 45 (80m), one of Sossusvlei’s most iconic dunes, and Big Daddy which at 325m is the highest dune in the area, boasting great views of Deadvlei. Close to Sossusvlei, Deadvlei is a clay pan characterised by dark, dead camel thorn trees which stand in stark contrast against the white pan floor. This afternoon you may wish to visit Sesriem Canyon. Shaped by the Tsauchab River over millions of years, it is one of the few places in the region that holds water all year round. The canyon is 30 metres deep in places and only three kilometres long. You can explore the canyon on foot, admiring its stunning rock formations and cooling off in some of its refreshing pools along the way.
- Day 3: Sossusvlei - Swakopmund
- Before leaving the Sossusvlei area this morning, you may wish to partake in a sunrise hot air balloon ride over this magical landscape; an unforgettable experience. Leaving the Sossusvlei area, you will fly north to Swakopmund. Swakopmund is a German colonial town located on the Atlantic Coast and encompassed by the Namib Desert. This is Namibia’s most popular seaside town and the beaches are pleasant; however the water is normally too cold for swimming. Swakopmund is a pleasant town to wander around and take in its German architecture and colonial history. It is also renowned for its excellent seafood which you may wish to sample tonight, The Tug restaurant is a particular favourite of ours.
- Day 4: free day in Swakopmund
- From Swakopmund, there are several excellent activity options, taking advantage of either its marine wildlife or the surrounding desert. Kayaking is a fantastic way to experience the marine wildlife up close and personal including Cape fur seals in their thousands, bottlenose and Haviside’s dolphins, pelicans and flamingos. If you are lucky, you may also spot whales, leatherback turtles and sunfish. Explore the Namib Desert by 4WD or by fat bike and uncover hidden life under the sand, or take a self-drive in search of some of the country’s oldest welwitschia plants. You may also wish to discover the nearby Walvis Bay Lagoon, the most important wetland in Southern Africa, with 170,000 resident birds around the lagoon and some 200,000 more stopping off on migratory routes. The lagoon is the feeding site for around 80% of all the lesser flamingos found in Southern Africa and about 50% of greater flamingos. It also attracts large numbers of chestnut plovers, pelicans, Caspian, Damara, and swift terns, white-fronted plovers and Hartlaub's gulls.
- Day 5: Swakopmund - Damaraland
- Depart Swakopmund and head north to Damaraland. One of the most scenically beautiful regions in Namibia, Damaraland is also the best place in the country to see animals completely unfenced and in the wild. You will not see animals in large quantities here, but the sightings can be more rewarding. Desert adapted elephants are probably the best known of the region’s unique wildlife but it is also possible to see desert adapted rhino, giraffe and lion in this area too. Damaraland is also home to many interesting geological formations and some of the best examples of bushman paintings and engravings in Southern Africa.
- Day 6: search for desert wildlife & visit the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein
- Searching for desert adapted elephants is a highlight of a trip to Namibia. Namibia is one of only two countries in the world where you can find desert adapted elephants (the other is Mali). They are not categorised as a separate species but they are special because they have evolved to thrive in the dry, semi-desert environment by having a smaller body mass with proportionally longer legs and seemingly larger feet than other elephants. Their physical attributes allow them to cross miles of sand dunes to reach food and water. Nobody knows how many desert dwelling elephants there are in Namibia, but estimates are between 100 and 600. This afternoon, you may wish to visit the rock art at Twyfelfontein. Namibia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Twyfelfontein features 2,500 examples of bushman paintings and engravings dating back 6,000 years. The rock engravings are found on a number of smooth rock surfaces and most of them depict animals and their tracks. Explore the site with a knowledgeable guide.
- Days 7-8: drives in Etosha National Park
- Today you will fly to Etosha National Park, where you will spend the next two nights on the private Ongava Game Reserve which borders Etosha. Set off on game drives to explore both Etosha National Park and Ongava Game Reserve. In between, relax at the lodge, perhaps sitting in the underground hide to watch animals congregating at the waterhole just in front of the lodge. The wildlife jewel of Namibia, Etosha National Park is one of the best game reserves in Africa. Etosha is huge; at 22,270 square kilometres it covers an area larger than Wales and is home to over 100 species of mammals, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibians and 1 species of fish! Today you will enter Etosha National Park through Andersson’s Gate and drive searching for wildlife. Etosha is dominated by a huge mineral pan, which covers a quarter of the park and was once a lake the size of Holland. Surrounding the pan is a variety of grass and woodlands amongst which live a wonderful variety of animals, birds, insects and reptiles. Etosha’s highlight is its waterholes; there are dozens of them, some natural while others are artificially fed from boreholes. During the dry season, staking out a position at a waterhole viewpoint is a rewarding way to watch game without moving from one spot. The most numerous antelope species in Etosha is springbok, which can sometimes be seen herding in their thousands. Other common herbivores are giraffe, zebra, eland, wildebeest, kudu and oryx. Black rhinos are more rare but still regularly sighted. Herds of fifty elephants are not unusual and often walk right down the middle of the road giving people in cars an incredibly close and thrilling encounter. When it comes to predators, lion, of which there are thought to be over 1000 inside the reserve, are the most visible. For birders there is a large variety of birds including ground hornbill, lilac-breasted roller, eagles and vultures. Sharing a common boundary with Etosha National Park, Ongava is considered one of the finest private game reserves in the region, enjoying global recognition for exceptional conservation; ground breaking research and exciting safari experiences. Ongava takes great pride in keeping the experience small and personal by only allowing a limited number of visitors at any one time. At 30,000 hectares, Ongava is one of the largest private game reserves in Namibia and a haven to large concentrations of wildlife including lion, black and white rhino, elephant, giraffe, cheetah and several species of antelope including the rare black-faced impala.
- Days 9-10: Etosha National Park – AfriCat Foundation – Windhoek
- Leave Etosha behind and head south to Okonjima, home of the AfriCat Foundation. A highlight of any visit to Namibia, this non profit organisation was founded in the early 1990s and their mission is the long term survival of Namibia’s predators in their natural habitat. AfriCat has saved more than 1000 predators since its inception and over 80 percent of them have been released back into the wild. AfriCat is most well known for cheetahs, but they also work with leopards, lions, hyenas and wild dogs. Head out on game drives to track the animals that are being rehabilitated in the 200 square kilometre Okonjima Nature Reserve. Discover the World are big advocates of the AfriCat Foundation and are proud to have adopted a cheetah there, called Dune. Then, head back to Windhoek Airport where your holiday ends.
Accommodation OptionsThis holiday is based on the accommodation shown below.
Kulala Desert Lodge, nr Sossusvlei
- Grade: Superior
- Type: Luxury Lodge
Kulala Desert Lodge boasts a private entrance to the Nam…
The Delight, Swakopmund
- Grade: Standard
- Type: Hotel
This characterful modern hotel is one of the newest hote…
Doro Nawas Camp, nr Twyfelfontein
- Grade: Superior
- Type: Luxury Lodge
Located on the slopes of a hill on the edge of the Aba-H…
Ongava Lodge, nr Etosha National Park
- Grade: Superior
- Type: Luxury Lodge
Sharing a common boundary with Etosha National Park, Ong…
ExcursionsFrom kayaking with seals to hot air ballooning over Sossusvlei, Namibia offers a range of optional activities you can choose to include on this holiday. Contact our Travel Specialists for more information.
A unique opportunity to explore the Namib Desert by Fat Bik…
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