Fly-in Safari | Standard 10 nights/ 11 days |

Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek and Goche Ganas Lodge

Upon arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport you will be transferred to your accommodation at GocheGanas.After you checked in you can either just relax at the lodge or take part on the optional afternoon game drive (not included in the price).

Alternatively you can visit the wellness village, which consists of 11 specialist treatment rooms featuring state of the art equipment, a heated indoor swimming pool under a cathedral like masonry vault, an outdoor swimming pool on the Oasis Peninsula affording breathtaking views, a granite bath (cave sauna), kneipp showers and also include fitness, gym and yoga facilities, fruit and juice bar.

Overnight: Gocheganas including Breakfast and Dinner

 (Driving times = +-1hour )

Day 2: Wolwedans Dune Lodge

Today you will be transferred to the Eros airport early in the morning, from which you will depart with a Cessna 210 or Cessna Caravan to the Sossusvlei area. After the scenic flight over the Khomas Mountains, you will be dropped off at the Airstrip. After a short transfer to the lodge you will have time to freshen up before lunch is served. In the afternoon you will take part on a scenic drive, which can also be combined with a sun downer drive.

Sossusvlei

The Sossusvlei is a huge clay pan, enclosed by giant sand dunes. Some of the spectacular hills of sand are, at a height of 325 metres, the highest in the world. Only after a heavy rainfall, which is a rare event in this area, does the vlei fill with water. As the clay layers hardly allow any water infiltration, a turquoise lake will remain for quite some time. The Dead Pan is a large ghostly expanse of dried white Clay, punctuated by Skeletons of ancient camelthorn trees, about 600 years old. The dunes of the Namib Desert have developed over a period of many millions of years. It is thought that the vast quantities of sand were deposited into the Atlantic Ocean by the Orange River. This material was subsequently moved northwards by the Benguela current to be dumped back onto the land by the surf. The coastal dunes developed as a result of this and were shifted further and further inland by the wind. Wind continuously reshapes the patterns of the huge dunes of the Namib Desert.

The last 5 km are only negotiable with 4×4 vehicles. Should you not have one, there are 4×4 Shuttles available if you don’t want to hike there.

Overnight: Wolwedans Dunes Camp including accommodation, all meals, standard bar beverages, park fees and ground activities

(Flying times = +-1hour 20 minutes)

Day 3: Wolwedans Dune Lodge

Today you will take part on a morning and afternoon excursion in an open 4×4 vehicle. While travelling through dunes, grassy plains and along mountain formations, you will also see the mysterious fairy circles. Along the way, you could come across large and small desert animals – your ranger will tell you more about their habitats and environment.

In the afternoon (after lunch) you have some time to relax before taking part on a sundowner drive.

Overnight: Wolwedans Dunes Camp including accommodation, all meals, standard bar beverages, park fees and ground activities

Day 4: Flight to Sossusvlei

Today you will enjoy a scenic flight over the Khomas Mountains, where you will be dropped off at the Sossusvlei Airstrip. A representative of Hoodia Desert Lodge will pick you up at the airstrip for a short transfer to the lodge. Upon arrival you have some to freshen up before departing on a sun downer drive. The Lodge is surrounded by magnificent landscapes with a breath- taking view heading west over the red sand dunes. That fact allows us to experience fantastic sun sets nearly every day of the year. We offer our guests with pleasure a sun set drive taking them out to a special place on one of our hills to give them the opportunity to witness this breath- taking spectacle.

Here we love to give our guests an intimate experience allowing them privacy in leaving them alone on a romantic spot without any danger. Approx. 45min after sun set we pick our guests up and bring them back to the lodge where dinner will be served.

Sossusvlei

The Sossusvlei is a huge clay pan, enclosed by giant sand dunes. Some of the spectacular hills of sand are, at a height of 325 metres, the highest in the world. Only after a heavy rainfall, which is a rare event in this area, does the vlei fill with water. As the clay layers hardly allow any water infiltration, a turquoise lake will remain for quite some time. The Dead Pan is a large ghostly expanse of dried white Clay, punctuated by Skeletons of ancient camel thorn trees, about 600 years old. The dunes of the Namib Desert have developed over a period of many millions of years. It is thought that the vast quantities of sand were deposited into the Atlantic Ocean by the Orange River. This material was subsequently moved northwards by the Benguela current to be dumped back onto the land by the surf. The coastal dunes developed as a result of this and were shifted further and further inland by the wind. Wind continuously reshapes the patterns of the huge dunes of the Namib Desert.

Overnight: Hoodia Desert Lodge including, dinner & breakfast & sun downer drive

 (Flying times = +-1hour 50 minutes)

Day 5: Sossusvlei

After breakfast it is time for a Sossusvlei excursion.

  • Start from the Lodge after breakfast before sunrise with our professional guide in our 4X4 Safari Vehicle
  • Arriving at Sesriem Gate at sunrise – no waiting in queue to receive permit when Excursion booked beforehand
  • While entering park lecturing about history of National Park
  • Lecturing and photo stop at Petrified Dunes
  • Stop at “Dune 1” – lecturing on lizards, beetles and spider tracks like Dancing White Lady. Spotting the endemic Dune Larks
  • Stop at Sossusport Viewpoint – lecturing about dune formations and different types of dunes of the Namib
  • Coffee and biscuits at Dead Vlei Parking 
  • Hiking with various stops on the way to Dead Vlei for lecturing of fauna and photography
  • Guided climbing of “Big Daddy Dune” with panorama photo stops
  • Different funny ways to experience way down to bottom of Dead Vlei – here lecturing about Dead Vlei and private time for guests to take photos
  • Slow hike back to Vehicle and drive to Sossusvlei – lecturing Sossusvlei and “Big Mamma Dune”
  • Drive back to “Elim Dune” for a generous lunch picnic under one of the majestic Camel Thorn Trees (We provide an elegant set up with table, chairs, table cloth, cutlery, wine cooler, glasses, hand wash basin, freshly prepared cold food and various beverages like wine , beer, soft drinks and water)
  • After our lunch picnic we head to Sesriem Canyon – lecturing and hiking in canyon as our final stop
  • At about 15:30 – 16:00 back in the Lodge

Overnight: Hoodia Desert Lodge including, dinner & breakfast

Day 6: Flight to the Swakopmund Beach Hotel

After breakfast you’ll be transferred to the airstrip where the light aircraft will already be waiting. You will enjoy a Scenic flight over the Sossusvlei and Atlantic Ocean to Swakopmund. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Sossusvlei, before flying to the Atlantic, where you over fly the old diamond mines, shipwrecks and Sandwich Harbour.

At the Swakopmund airport you’ll be met by a driver and transferred to the Swakopmund Beach Hotel, only a stone throw away from the beach and the Swakopmund Aquarium. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Swakopmund

Swakopmund was of major importance as a harbour during the German colonial era even though the water at the coast is actually too shallow and the bay is unprotected. But Lüderitz was too far away and the seaport of Walvis Bay was in British possession in those days. On 4 August 1892 the crew of a gunboat named Hyena erected two beacons on a large dune, probably in the vicinity of the present lighthouse. This is regarded as the founding date of Swakopmund. The first settlers were 120 Schutztruppe with equipment and 40 settlers who offloaded from the Marie Woermann using four landing boats. The settlers had to build caves on the beach to protect themselves against hostile weather. Before a breakwater was built in 1898, which later became known as the Mole, all offloading was done with special boats The 325 metre long wooden jetty was only completed in 1905 and it was in 1914 replaced by a more solid iron construction. Swakopmund became the gate to South-West Africa and the entire supply for the colony was wound up through this little town. The narrow-rail train to Windhoek started operations in 1902 while at the same time, the station was built. It was completely restored some years ago and has become an entertainment centre, a casino and a luxury hotel. It is one of the best preserved examples of German colonial architecture in the world.

The appearance of the town, with its 74 500 inhabitants, is characterised by numerous colonial buildings with the Woermann House from 1905 as its landmark. The former trading house in Bismarck Street with its 25 metre high Tower and its courtyard bordered by arcades today houses the city library and an art gallery. Swakopmund is a popular seaside resort with a slightly nostalgic atmosphere, many tourist attractions and a pleasant climate in summer.

Overnight: Swakopmund Beach Hotel including breakfast

 (Flying times = +-1hour 30 minutes)

Day 7: Swakopmund Beach Hotel

Just after breakfast, approximately at 08h00 AM you will be departing to Walvis Bay Yacht harbour where a catamaran will be waiting for you. You’ll be sailing along the coastal lines while Seals come join you on the boat for some fish. Pelicans circle the boat and with luck you’ll see dolphins surfing in the waves. At lunchtime, refreshments will be served on the catamaran. Enjoy fresh oysters, sparkling Wine, juices and a wide variety of snacks in the smooth sea breeze of the Walvis Bay lagoon. You return to Swakopmund for an afternoon at leisure in town. You can also partake in some of the many activities that Swakopmund has to offer, these include scenic flights, quad biking in the dunes, and more (all optional and at an extra cost).

Overnight: Swakopmund Beach Hotel including breakfast

Day 8: Flight to Mowani Mountain Camp

Today you will fly along the coastline to the Mowani Mountain Camp, which is situated in the heart of the Damaraland. This is most probably the most pristine area in Africa, with home to the Desert Elephant and Black Rhino.

Upon arrival at the lodge you will have some time to relax before departing on a nature drive into the Aba-Huab dry river bed, where you will have the opportunity to see Oryx, Springbok and with a bit of luck the famous Desert Elephant.

Mowani Mountain Camp

From the moment you arrive at Mowani, you will be spoiled with the services and attention of our excellent staff, which will go out of their way to make your stay as unique and enjoyable as humanly possible. Mowani Mountain Camp consists of 12 luxury tents, all with en-suite facilities, decorated beautifully in East African style. The luxury tents are a great source of relaxation. Comfortably hidden in your own private hide-away, you will be pampered by crisp white linen, en-suite bathrooms, and of course your own wooden deck offering an open view of the wonderful Damara landscape.

Overnight at the Mowani Mountain Camp including Full Board & Nature Drive 

 (Flying times = +-1hour 40 minutes)

Day 9: Flight to Ongava Lodge

Your fly in Safari continues to the southern border of the Etosha National Park and the private Ongava Reserve.

After a short transfer you check in at the Ongava Lodge, where you can relax, before departing on a game drive on the Ongava Reserve. Here you will discover a large variety of plants and vegetation, including the Mopane woodlands. The Ongava Game Reserve is unique in that it is one of the few private game reserves in southern Africa where there is a chance of seeing both black and white rhino. A drink will be served in the open bush, while the sun is setting behind the Mopane woodlands. Afterwards, you return to the Ongava Lodge, where dinner will already be ready.

Etosha National Park

Etosha was declared a game reserve by the German colonial administration back in 1907 and covers an area of more than 22 000 km². At a stage it covered a vast area of 93 240 km² and was the largest game reserve in the world. For various political reasons, the park was progressively diminished in size until by 1975 it had been reduced to its current size.  In its centre lies a vast saltpan surrounded by grass and thorn savannah, Mopane bushland in the west and dry forest in the north-east. About two million years ago, this area was an enormous lake, fed by the Kunene River. However the lake slowly dried up because over time, the river changed its course. Today the pan is a shallow depression and has an approximate size of 5000 km².

Of the 114 mammals species found in the park, several are rare and endangered, such as the black Rhino and cheetah. Etosha’s current population of +- 600 Black Rhinos represents one of the few growing populations in the world. 

The National Park has three Rest camps Okaukuejo, Halali and Namutoni. These all have restaurants, stores and swimming pools. The main entrance to the park is called the Andersson Gate at Okaukuejo in the south and the Von Lindequist Gate in the east near Namutoni.

Overnight: Ongava Lodge including all meals, local drinks, park fees and scheduled activities

 (Flying times = +-1hour 10 minutes)

Day 10: Etosha National Park and Ongava Lodge

After breakfast you will be taken on a game drive to the Etosha National Park which is one of the major sanctuaries of wildlife in Africa, exploring the animal kingdom of Etosha, which in the tribal language of the Owambo means “Place of dry water”. For the greater part of the year the Etosha Pan is a bleak expanse of white cracked mud which shimmers with mirages on most days. Seeing vast herds of game against this eerie backdrop makes the Etosha game viewing experience unique.

The afternoon once more is open for you to take part in the activities offered at the lodge, such as the night drive or a guided walk. The Ongava Reserve holds one of the largest rhino custodianships for the Namibian Government and is one of the few private game reserves in southern Africa that give one the chance to see both black and white rhino.

Overnight: Ongava Lodge including all meals, local drinks, park fees and scheduled activities

Day 11: Departure

You will be transferred via light aircraft back to Windhoek for your onward journey. Arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport, where you check in for the onward or homeward flight.

 (Flying times = +-1hour 45 minutes)

  • Gocheganas
  • Wolwedans Nature Reserve
  • Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei & Dead Vlei
  • Swakopmund and surrounding area
  • Damaraland & Twyfelfontein
  • Desert Elephant
  • Etosha National Park and Ongava Reserve

Prices

Low Season (01.12.2013 – 30.06.2014):

2 persons:             N$73 600.00 per person sharing a double room

High Season (24 & 31.12.2013 / 01.07 – 30.11.2014):

2 persons:             N$79 200.00 per person sharing a double room

 

Notes:

  • Flight prices are based on seat rates. It is not a private charter and there may be other guests on these flights.
  • Luggage should not exceed 10kg (incl. Hand luggage) per person and should be in soft bags (dimensions 25cm x 30cm x 60cm).
  • All passengers must supply us with their actual body weight due to strict security regulations concerning the total weight of the plane! Should the body weight exceed 90kg, passengers might be asked to book an extra seat, depending on the weight of the other passengers. It may also happen that the allowed maximum weight of luggage could be reduced.

Prices are nett and include VAT.

Prices include:

  • 02 x overnight on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 03 x overnight on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 04 x Overnight on Fully Inclusive basis
  • 01 x overnight on a Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis + activities
  • 01 x Sundowner drive at Hoodia Lodge
  • 01 x Sossusvlei drive (park entrance fees & still/mineral water included)
  • Airport transfers between Hosea Kutako International Airport and accommodation in Gocheganas
  • Airport transfers between Eros Airport and accommodation in Gocheganas
  • Airport transfers between Swakopmund / Walvis Bay airport and accommodation in Swakopmund
  • Marine Cruise

Entrance fees included:

N/A

Prices exclude:

  • Activities, drinks, entrance fees and meals not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses (Telephone call, souvenirs etc)
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance