Fly-in Safari | Standard 10 nights/ 11 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.

Windhoek

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 400 000 inhabitants, Windhoek is the biggest city in the country and also the commercial centre of the country.

Overnight: Olive Grove Guesthouse including breakfast

Driving time =  +- 45min

Day 2: Flight to Kulala Desert Lodge

This safari has daily departures based on a minimum of 2 guests travelling. Depart from the airport in Windhoek on a scenic flight to the Sossusvlei area. After about one hour scenic flight, you will be dropped off at the Kulala Desert Lodge in the Sossusvlei 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.

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: Kulala Desert Lodge including three meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees and all local drinks

 (Flying times = +-1hour 10 minutes)

Day 3: Kulala Desert Lodge

Early in the morning you will drive to Sossusvlei to catch the first rays of sunshine painting the mountains of sand into a variety of apricot, red and orange, contrasted against a crisp blue skyline, which provoke your senses, and award you the opportunity to capture this awesome landscape on camera. You can climb some of the breath taking dunes to adore the sea of sand from above. Before you return to your lodge you can visit the Sesriem Canyon, a life sustaining natural phenomenon in the heart of the Namib Desert.

Overnight: Kulala Desert Lodge including three meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees and all local drinks

Day 4: 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 47 500 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 35 minutes)

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
  • Ballooning
  • Paragliding
  • Seal & Dolphin Boat Cruise in Walvis Bay
  • Scenic flights

(Prices on request!)

Overnight: Swakopmund Beach Hotel including breakfast

Day 6&7: Flight to Damaraland Camp

Today you will fly along the coastline and past the Brandberg to the Damaraland 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.

In the afternoon after you enjoyed your afternoon tea you will take part in a game drive, where you will explore the river systems of the Huab and Aba Huab. With a bit of luck you will see the desert-adapted elephant, which is found in this area.

Alternatively you can take part in an excursion to Twyfelfontein with its amazing collection of ancient rock paintings.

The following morning after breakfast you can choose if you take part in a morning guided walk or rather a game drive. Afterwards you return to the lodge just in time for lunch. After lunch you have some time to relax before enjoying your afternoon tea followed by another afternoon activity of your choice. After enjoying the activity you return to the lodge for dinner. The rest of the evening is spend in leisure.

Overnight: Damaraland Camp including three meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities, park fees and all local drinks

 (Flying times = +-1hour 20 minutes)

Day 8&9: Hoanib Skeleton Camp

After a relaxing breakfast and a short transfer to the Airstrip, your Pilot will fly you today to a new camp situated on the border of the Skeleton Coast and the Palmwag Concession. Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is scenically located in a broad valley at the confluence of two tributaries of the Hoanib River in the northern part of the private Palmwag Concession. Its location thus straddles the Palmwag area and the iconic Skeleton Coast National Park, in one of the most remote areas of the Kaokoveld. Exclusivity is taken a step further as camp is only accessible by light aircraft and. Flanked to the east and west by rugged hills; the camp looks out over stunning, starkly beautiful scenery and offers guests all the luxuries and amenities for an unforgettable stay. Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp’s location – close to the Skeleton Coast and within the true Namib Desert – is home to a rich diversity of wildlife, boasting the Kaokoveld’s best viewing of desert-adapted wildlife and access to vast, remote and isolated wilderness. 

Upon arrival you have some time to freshen up before departing on an afternoon game drive which ends with a relaxing sundowner, before going back to the camp.Here you will spend two nights which gives you enough time to explore the area.

Overnight: Hoanib Camp including three meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities and all local drinks

(Flying times = +-1hour 00 minutes)

 

Day 10: Flight back to Windhoek and Olive Grove Guesthouse

In the morning you will fly back to Windhoek, where you will land on the International Airpirt. 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

 (Flying times = +-2hour 50 minutes)

Day 11: Departure

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Hosea Kutako International Airport, where you check in for the onward or homeward flight.

  • Windhoek
  • Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei & Dead Vlei
  • Swakopmund and surrounding area
  • Damaraland & Twyfelfontein
  • Skeleton Coast
  • Windhoek

Prices

11 January – 14 June 2015:

2 persons: N$56 500.00 per person sharing a double room

N$ 9 700.00 Single Room Supplement

15 June – 31 October 2015:

2 persons: N$ 68 200.00 per person sharing a double room

N$ 11 200.00 Single Room Supplement

 

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:

  • 04 x overnight on a Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 06 x overnight on a three meals, twice daily scheduled camp activities and all local drinks
  • Airport transfers between Hosea Kutako International Airport and accommodation in Windhoek
  • Airport transfers between Swakopmund / Walvis Bay airport and accommodation in Swakopmund
  • Travel Documents
  • Departure Airport Tax

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