Fly-in Safari | Standard 9 nights/ 10 days |
Day 1: Arrival in Windhoek and Olive Grove Guesthouse
Upon arrival at the Hosea Kutako International Airport you will be transferred to the Olive Grove Guesthouse in Windhoek. After you have checked in the rest of the day is at your own leisure. You have time to explore Windhoek and visit the famous landmarks of Windhoek or shop in the vibrant Independence Avenue. City tours can be arranged at own cost.
Namibia’s capital Windhoek is often described as a city with a continental atmosphere. This can be ascribed to its architecture, cuisine, culture, dress codes and educational institutions. Windhoek combines the modern city architectural style with that of the German colonial era. Historic sites to visit in the town centre are the ‘Christuskirche’, ‘Alte Feste’ (Old Ford), ‘Tintenpalast’ (Parliament Buildings), Zoo Park, ‘Reiterdenkmal’, Museum and the Craft Centre.
With 280 000 inhabitants, Windhoek is the biggest city in the country and also the commercial centre of the country.
Overnight: Olive Grove Guesthouse including breakfast
Day 2: Flight to Sossusvlei Lodge
This safari has daily departures based on a minimum of 1 guest travelling. Depart from Eros Airport in Windhoek with a Cessna 210 or Cessna Caravan to the Sossusvlei area. After about one hour scenic flight, you will be dropped off at the Sossusvlei Lodge in the Sossuvlei area. After a short transfer to the lodge, the rest of the day can be spent at your own leisure.
In the late afternoon you have the opportunity to take part on a sundowner drive (at own expense) on the Sossusvlei Lodge’s property. Drinks and snacks will be served, while the sun sets behind the massive dunes.
Alternatively, you can also fly from Hosea Kutako International Airport to 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: Sossusvlei Lodge including dinner and breakfast
Day 3: Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei and Sossusvlei Lodge
Today you will take part in one of the activities offered by the Adventure Centre, the sossus drive.
Early in the morning you will be taken to the Namib Naukluft Park to see the play of colours over the dunes at sunrise. You will travel in an all-terrain URI Gameviewer vehicle, custom-built in Namibia for the lodge with your own specially trained guide who will share all his knowledge of the area, the animals, the plant life and much more. Regular stops are made on the ±60 kilometre drive down to the vlei to gain information or take in the vistas.
At Dune 45 the more energetic have the opportunity to climb to the upper ridge of the world’s most photographed dune. Further along you can take a gradual 2,6 kilometre round-trip walk up to Dead Vlei. Spend time in Sossusvlei before returning to the lodge approximately 5½ hours later in time for a light lunch.
Overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge including dinner and breakfast + 1 x sossus drive
Day 4: Flight to the Swakopmund Guesthouse
After breakfast you will be transferred back to the landing strip, in time for your scenic flight to Swakopmund. Upon arrival at the Swakopmund airport you will be transferred (transfer not included) to the Swakopmund Guesthouse situated near the Swakopmund city centre and walking distance from the beach. The rest of the day can be used to explore this historical town and its surrounding areas at own expense.
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 Shutztruppe 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 35 000 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 Guesthouse including breakfast
Day 5: Swakopmund and surrounding area
Today you have the opportunity to explore Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and the surrounding area. We suggest that you visit the Moonlandscape, Welwitscha Plains (please note that you need a permit for this, which is available at Namib i in Swakopmund) or take part in one of the many alternative activities (at own expense) such as:
- Tandem Sky diving
- Quad Biking
- Sand Boarding
- Seal & Dolphin Boat Cruise in Walvis Bay
- Scenic flights
(Prices on request!)
Overnight: Swakopmund Guesthouse including breakfast
Day 6: Flight to Twyfelfontein Country Lodge
Today you will fly along the coastline to the Twyfelfontein Country Lodge, 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.
In the afternoon you will take part on an excursion, where you will see the rock paintings and engravings of Twyfelfontein, as well as the “Burnt Mountain” and the “Organ Pipes”.
In the evening you have the opportunity to take part in a star gazing excursion and taking a closer look at the southern cross- and orion star formations (excursion at own expense).
Overnight: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge including dinner, breakfast + Twyfelfontein excursion
Day 7: Flight to Eagle Tented Camp
Your fly in safari continues to the Eagle Tented Camp near the Etosha National Park.
Enjoy the beautiful setting of the lodge on an afternoon game drive in an open 4×4 vehicle. An expert guide will take you around the Epacha Game Reserve tracking down all kinds of animals.
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: Eagle Tented Camp including accommodation, all meals and scheduled camp activity
Day 8: Etosha National Park and Eagle Tented Camp
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 can be spent at own leisure.
Overnight: Eagle Tented Camp including accommodation, all meals and scheduled camp activities
Day 9: Flight back to Windhoek and Olive Grove Guesthouse
In the morning you will fly back to Windhoek, where you will land on the Eros Airport. From here you will be transferred to the guesthouse (transfer included in price). The rest of the day can be spent at own leisure.
Overnight: Olive Grove Guesthouse including breakfast
Day 10: Departure
After breakfast you will be transferred to the Hosea Kutako International Airport, where you check in for the onward or homeward flight.
- Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei & Dead Vlei
- Swakopmund and surrounding area
- Damaraland & Twyfelfontein
- Etosha National Park
Prices (01.11.2014 – 31.10.2015):
2 persons: N$ 49 750.00 per person sharing a double room
N$ 3 390.00 Single Room Supplement
- 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 20kg (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 100kg, 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.
- 04 x overnight on a Bed & Breakfast basis
- 03 x overnight on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis
- 02 x overnight on a Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis + activities
- 01 x sossus drive (park entrance fees & still/mineral water included)
- 01 x nature drive at Twyfelfontein (soft drinks and water included)
- Airport transfers between Hosea Kutako International Airport and accommodation in Windhoek
- Airport transfers between Swakopmund / Walvis Bay airport and accommodation in Swakopmund
Entrance fees included:
- Activities, drinks, entrance fees and meals not mentioned above
- Personal expenses (Telephone call, souvenirs etc)
- International flights
- Travel insurance