Namibia Flying Safari

TAKE TO THE SKIES

Namibia is awe-inspiringly impressive from all angles, but if we had to choose one way to marvel at the magnificent landscapes, it would be from a small plane, high up in the skies. And that’s exactly why we’ve come up with this ultimate Namibia flying safari. For six nights, you’ll swap four wheels (almost) for two wings, and travel across Namibia on a series of short flights. All that’s left to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery sweeping below you.

Your first two nights on the flying safari will be at Kwessi Dunes, before you swoop over the vast Namib Desert and the towering dunes of Sossusvlei from above. You’ll touch down briefly for a beach lunch in Swakopmund, and then back to the sky for an incredible flight over the Atlantic Coastline and inland to the Hoanib Valley for two nights. Leave the plane behind for the spectacular drive to the Skeleton Coast where you’ll stay at award-winning Shipwreck Lodge for a further two nights, before you hop back in the plane for a final flight across the interior of the country to Windhoek. It’s going to be difficult to choose a highlight…

NB This safari can be customised to include Etosha – please contact us for details!

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Price from:

from N$89,920

Convert NAD to USD

Duration:

6 or 8 nights

Departure Dates:

Every Sunday

Min / Max Group Size

2 / 12

Trip Begins / Ends

Windhoek / Windhoek

Includes Mobile Camping:

No

Details, Details

Highlights

  • Gaze down at Namibia’s mesmerising scenery – it’s only from the air that you can appreciate the mind-boggling vastness of the landscape.
  • Wake up at dawn and climb the blood-red sand dunes at Sossusvlei, before sleeping under the desert stars in the ‘stargazer’ rooms at Kwessi Dunes.
  • Search for desert-adapted giraffe and walking through the maze of dry riverbeds and sandy plains in the Hoanib Valley.
  • Get your heart rate going with the activities on offer from Shipwreck Lodge: with quad-biking, dune boarding, 4×4 drives and dune sundowners, there’s never a dull moment.
  • Make your wildlife dreams come true and add on a couple of nights in Etosha, home to the highest concentration of animals in Namibia.

The Essentials

Price from: From N$89,920 per person sharing (based on a minimum of 2 people travelling). Please contact reservations for single traveller pricing, as rates will vary.

Included: Travelling costs as per itinerary (road transfers and flights); activities (most!); entrance and park fees; meals and drinks; accommodation taxes; applicable tourism levies and relevant VAT.

Excluded: Expenses of a personal nature, such as laundry, telephone expenses, gratuities, and porterage fees; any additional meals or activities; international flights and related taxes; visa fees where relevant; cancellation, baggage, medical, and evacuation insurance; any new government taxes or levies which are beyond our control.

Child Policy: Please enquire with reservations.

Disabled Access: Please enquire with reservations.

Wifi: Wifi is available throughout this trip.

Can this itinerary be customised? Yes, this itinerary can be extended to eight nights with the addition of two nights in Etosha. If you would like to include another area of Namibia on your trip, please contact us for details.

When to Go & What to Pack

This trip can be done at any time of year, winter or summer, rain or shine. Generally, the climate in Namibia is typical of an arid area but it’s not unusual for there to be seasonal variations across the country. Be prepared for anything, but our general predictions would be as follows… Summer (January to March), is the hottest time of year and if it’s going to rain, it will be now. In April and May, the temperature cools down a little and June to October are the winter months, characterised by balmy days, blue skies and lots of sunshine. At the end of the year, the temperature heats up again and you may encounter some thunderstorms here and there.

If you’re travelling in the winter months, make sure to pack a lightweight jacket and even a pair of gloves and a scarf for the chilly mornings on the coast. In summer, light, loose clothes are best – but perhaps bring a jumper too!

Our Guides

As guides ourselves, we are only too aware of the importance of great guiding on safari. At Natural Selection, our guides live and breathe the bush. They know its rhythms, its beats and its quirks. They can spot a leopard’s whisker from around a corner, and they have an innate ability to expect the unexpected. Most importantly, they love to share their knowledge and delight for all aspects of Africa’s ecosystems, from the smallest plant to the hairiest mammal, and everything in between. Many of our guides are from the local communities, and they are always happy to discuss their cultures, backgrounds and upbringings. After all, understanding the way of life of the local people can bring a whole new perspective to the land you’re exploring. And did we mention that they are all fantastic company, with some of the biggest personalities in the business? But we can’t vouch for their jokes…

Highlights

  • Gaze down at Namibia’s mesmerising scenery – it’s only from the air that you can appreciate the mind-boggling vastness of the landscape.
  • Wake up at dawn and climb the blood-red sand dunes at Sossusvlei, before sleeping under the desert stars in the ‘stargazer’ rooms at Kwessi Dunes.
  • Search for desert-adapted giraffe and walking through the maze of dry riverbeds and sandy plains in the Hoanib Valley.
  • Get your heart rate going with the activities on offer from Shipwreck Lodge: with quad-biking, dune boarding, 4×4 drives and dune sundowners, there’s never a dull moment.
  • Make your wildlife dreams come true and add on a couple of nights in Etosha, home to the highest concentration of animals in Namibia.

The Essentials

Price from: From N$89,920 per person sharing (based on a minimum of 2 people travelling). Please contact reservations for single traveller pricing, as rates will vary.

Included: Travelling costs as per itinerary (road transfers and flights); activities (most!); entrance and park fees; meals and drinks; accommodation taxes; applicable tourism levies and relevant VAT.

Excluded: Expenses of a personal nature, such as laundry, telephone expenses, gratuities, and porterage fees; any additional meals or activities; international flights and related taxes; visa fees where relevant; cancellation, baggage, medical, and evacuation insurance; any new government taxes or levies which are beyond our control.

Child Policy: Please enquire with reservations.

Disabled Access: Please enquire with reservations.

Wifi: Wifi is available throughout this trip.

Can this itinerary be customised? Yes, this itinerary can be extended to eight nights with the addition of two nights in Etosha. If you would like to include another area of Namibia on your trip, please contact us for details.

When to Go & What to Pack

This trip can be done at any time of year, winter or summer, rain or shine. Generally, the climate in Namibia is typical of an arid area but it’s not unusual for there to be seasonal variations across the country. Be prepared for anything, but our general predictions would be as follows… Summer (January to March), is the hottest time of year and if it’s going to rain, it will be now. In April and May, the temperature cools down a little and June to October are the winter months, characterised by balmy days, blue skies and lots of sunshine. At the end of the year, the temperature heats up again and you may encounter some thunderstorms here and there.

If you’re travelling in the winter months, make sure to pack a lightweight jacket and even a pair of gloves and a scarf for the chilly mornings on the coast. In summer, light, loose clothes are best – but perhaps bring a jumper too!

Our Guides

As guides ourselves, we are only too aware of the importance of great guiding on safari. At Natural Selection, our guides live and breathe the bush. They know its rhythms, its beats and its quirks. They can spot a leopard’s whisker from around a corner, and they have an innate ability to expect the unexpected. Most importantly, they love to share their knowledge and delight for all aspects of Africa’s ecosystems, from the smallest plant to the hairiest mammal, and everything in between. Many of our guides are from the local communities, and they are always happy to discuss their cultures, backgrounds and upbringings. After all, understanding the way of life of the local people can bring a whole new perspective to the land you’re exploring. And did we mention that they are all fantastic company, with some of the biggest personalities in the business? But we can’t vouch for their jokes…

Itinerary & Map

Day 1: Arrive in Windhoek and fly to Kwessi Dunes, NamibRand Nature Reserve

You’ll be met by your guide at the airport and flown to Kwessi Dunes in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, just south of Sossusvlei. G&Ts at the ready!

Day 2: Kwessi Dunes, NamibRand Nature Reserve

Today, you’ll spend time exploring the magical NamibRand and Sossuvlei area. Whether you want to embark on all the activities, or just soak up the magic of the area, this is a day to remember.

Day 3: Fly to Hoanib Valley Camp, Hoanib Valley

Hop back on the plane for a scenic flight over the famous Eduard Bohlen shipwreck, Conception Bay and Sandwich Harbour, before touching down in Swakopmund for a beach lunch. Then, it’s onward to Hoanib Valley Camp, over the dramatic Skeleton Coast and then inland to the beautiful interior of the country.

Day 4: Hoanib Valley Camp, Hoanib Valley

Spend today looking for desert-adapted giraffes, game driving through the sandy terrain or visiting the local Himba communities.

Day 5: Transfer to Shipwreck Lodge, Skeleton Coast

Get ready to enjoy the best transfer drive on the continent! You’ll pass incredible rock formations and desert-elephant digging for water, before arriving at the crashing waves and rolling dunes of the Skeleton Coast. Wow.

Day 6: Shipwreck Lodge, Skeleton Coast

Enjoy your time at the award-winning Shipwreck Lodge. Activities on offer include quad biking, visits to the Clay Castle and seal colony and game drives – or you may like to just put your feet up and admire the views…

Day 7: Departure

This morning you’ll meet the plane and fly back down the stunning Atlantic Coastline, before arriving back in Windhoek, or, if you’ve chosen to extend your trip to Etosha, you’ll make your way north for the safari of a lifetime.

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Accommodations

Our lodges in Namibia are quirky, stylish and full of character. We think you’ll love them as much as we do, from the thatched, air-conditioned rooms at Kwessi Dunes (due to open in March 2020) to the elegant tents at Hoanib Valley and the award-winning design of Shipwreck Lodge. All the lodges have ensuite bathrooms, plenty of hot water and airy main living areas, whilst both Kwessi and Hoanib have swimming pools – the perfect way to escape the desert heat. At Kwessi and Hoanib, you’ll eat dinner under the stars and retire to the campfire for post-dinner safari tales and digestifs, whilst at Shipwreck Lodge, you’ll dine in the ship-style dining room, surrounded by candelabras and old silverware.

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Wildlife

In Namibia, the landscape is just as much of an attraction as the wildlife – and it’s even more mesmerising from the skies –  but don’t forget your binos either, as there’s an astonishing variety of wildlife hidden in these desert plains.

In the Sossusvlei and NamibRand area, keep a lookout for springbok and oryx, as well as some of the rarer creatures like aardwolf. If you’ve got a penchant for birdlife, ask your guide to find the endemic dune lark, which is found nowhere but Namibia.

The elephants who’ve managed to adapt to a harsh life in the harsh landscape of the Hoanib Valley are fascinating to watch, and you may also be lucky enough to spot desert lion and rhino. One certainty, however, is the desert-adapted giraffe. The icons of the area, they are also the focus of our conservation partners, Giraffe Conservation Foundation.

At Shipwreck Lodge, expect giraffe, lion, baboons, elephant and elusive brown hyena in the dunes, whilst at the coast you’ll find hundreds of Cape fur seals at the Mowe Bay Seal Colony, and plenty of birds flitting through the chilly ocean spray.

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