Namibia: African Landscapes by Air (Smart & Classic)

Namibia - 9 Days / 8 Nights

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Namibia is all about arresting landscapes, geology and scenery. The finest way to experience this country is from the air as the distances are vast and the roads not always easy! This flying safari is about wildlife, the rugged Damaraland and Kaokoland with its desert dwelling rhino and elephant and the breath taking Namib Desert.

Namibia is the ultimate destination for any traveler looking for amazing landscapes, endless horizons and untouched nature. An itinerary designed to provide the discerning voyager with the most outstanding and unique experience possible in Namibia, in terms of itinerary, activities and accommodation.

Our flying safari adds the unique privileged aerial view, a must to fully enjoy the beauties of Namibia’s spectacular and varied sceneries.

Guiding principle: Great experience combined with the choice of the best accommodation.

Namibia allows interesting encounters with the wildlife; however people seeking also the best wilderness safari experience should combine Namibia with Botswana, indeed the perfect match!

FLYING DETAILS DURING THE AIR-TOUR:

  • An average of 1.5 hours of flying time per day
  • Aircraft used: Cessna Grand Caravan C208 (14 seats for max 9 pax + 1 pilot/guide for more comfort and all window seat). For small groups, in order to optimize costs, we can use our smaller Cessna 210 (6 seats for max 4 pax + pilot/guide for more comfort and all window seat)

Min. nr of passengers: 1

Max nr of passengers: 9 (all window seats)

 

DAY 1: Windhoek

Arrival in Windhoek (Namibia) and transfer to the hotel. Meeting with our representative to review the itinerary and free time to relax and/or visit the city.  

Overnight:    Hotel ***** (all rooms ensuite)

 

DAY 2: From Windhoek to Etosha N.P.

After breakfast, transfer to the city airport, meeting with our experienced pilots/guide and start of the air-tour: the first flight will be at a medium height and will be over the vastness of Namibia’s farmland.

We land on the private airstrip of the lodge set in a private concession bordering the national park. After lunch game safari in the famous Etosha, the biggest national park of Namibia.

Activities:      Afternoon game drive in 4WD through the unique habitats of Etosha National Park encounter its wildlife - amongst them the famous big Etosha elephants, giraffes, zebras, a variety of antelopes and, with luck, also lions, cheetah and leopards.

Overnight:    Luxury Camp(all rooms ensuite)

 

DAYS 3 & 4: From Etosha to Serra Cafema

Another morning game drive followed by lunch back at the lodge, and we are ready to continue our flying safari, heading north-west. After a short technical stop in Ondangwa, we reach the Kunene River and we follow it as it scenically winds towards the Atlantic Ocean, acting as border between Namibia and Angola.

From the air we can appreciate how the river and its green vegetated banks cut their way across these very harsh and rugged mountains. We then arrive at Hartmann Valley, a spectacular remote region. After landing on the sandy airstrip, a very scenic transfer by 4WD takes us to our camp on the banks of the Kunene, our “home” for the next 2 nights and base from which to explore the area and enjoy this oasis of water and vegetation, surrounded by what is otherwise an inhospitable desert.

Activities:      One morning game drive in 4WD in Etosha N.P.; sunset boat cruise on the Kunene (water level of the river allowing); a full day dedicated to exploring the area by means of spectacular nature drives in 4WD and/or quad-bikes, also visit of a Himba village if they are around (it is a nomadic tribe).

Overnight:    Camp, on the Kunene River (all rooms ensuite)

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DAY 5: From the Kunene to Kaokoland

Another morning activity followed by lunch back at the lodge and we are ready to continue with our flying safari. We head south on another very spectacular flight over a region of creamy sand dunes and flat sandy plains blending harmoniously with rugged dark mountain peaks.

We then proceed towards the world known Skeleton Coast with its fascinating landscapes: long lines of barchan dunes chasing each other along the shoreline, the rough Atlantic Ocean breaking along the coast... Afterwards we catch sight of a river and follow it as it cuts its course inland … till we reach our next destination, the village of Purros. After landing, transfer to the lodge. A sundowner with commanding views is the perfect ending for the day.

Activities:      Morning activity in the Kunene region

Overnight:    Elephant Lodge, an authentic oasis of comfort and design at the foothills of rugged mountains (all rooms ensuite)

 

DAYS 6 & 7: From Kaokoland to Swakopmund and the Namib Rand Nature Reserve

Early morning activity and after lunch back to the airstrip to resume our flying safari, with the pilot again diverting from the direct course to provide the most scenic route. First we reach the unique Etendeka Mountains with their flat tops and mesas which appear similar to the Colorado Plateau in the USA.

Then continuation over extensive volcanic plains with their really interesting shapes and natural patterns, sometimes carved out by winding seasonal rivers. Short stop to refuel in Swakopmund on the Atlantic Ocean and when the sun lowers a bit (for the best light!) departure for the most incredible flight possible in Namibia. We head south, along the coast, low level, to enjoy the great show of the Namib Desert dunes plunging directly into the ocean.

From the air we can spot various seal colonies, as well as the Edward Bholen shipwreck, before heading inland and cross the entire Namib Desert. The view from the air is incredible, an endless sea of sand dunes, forming the most fascinating patterns with their winding contours highlighted by the late afternoon lights.

We are able to appreciate how the sand, as it moves inland, changes colour: from pale cream along the coast to intense red-orange on the eastern edge, where it is stopped by the Naukulft Mountains. As we approach the edge of the desert we fly low over red dunes and vast golden plains dotted by the mysterious “fairy circles” and we eventually land in the Namib Rand Nature Reserve, - situated on the edge of the Namib Desert near Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon, this is one of the biggest private reserves in Southern Africa. Transfer by 4WD to our lodge atop a sand dune, our home-base for the next 2 nights.

Activities:      One morning nature drive in 4WD in Kaokoland to enjoy the vastness of nature and to look for the elusive and rare desert elephants; most amazing scenic flight over the coast and the desert; a full day dedicated to exploring what is arguably the most scenic corner of the Namib Desert by means of spectacular nature drives in 4WD and/or on foot; encounters with wildlife are also possible - mainly Oryx, ostriches and springboks - however the highlight is the sheer beauty of the landscapes. 

Overnight:    Camp, with commanding views of the desert and the nearby mountains (all tents ensuite)

 

DAY 8: From the Namib to Windhoek

As the sun rises, we take off from Wolwedans for a low level flight over red dunes which become higher and higher as we approach the famous Sossousvlei. We fly scenic over Sossousvlei and Deadvlei before landing at Sesriem to board our vehicles so as to explore from the ground what we just admired from the sky. - One might argue that Wolwedans does not offer the Sossousvlei experience, being too far away to drive, but by having our private aircraft we can really choose the best and make it exclusive and unique.

In the afternoon departure by our private aircraft to fly back to the capital of Namibia where landing is expected late in the afternoon. Transfer to the hotel and free time.

Activities:      Morning excursion in 4WD to discover the famous dunes of Sossousvlei and the less famous but more picturesque Deadvlei where its dry white lake and the black silhouettes of dead acacias stand in sharp contrast with the surrounding orange high dunes.

Fascinating diverse landscapes, interesting flora and fauna (gemsboks, mountain and Burchell’s zebras, springboks, bat-eared foxes etc.). Approx 120 km on tar road, along a dry river bed cutting its way through high dunes, and 10 km of dirt sand track.

Overnight:    Hotel ***** (all rooms ensuite)

 

DAY 9: Windhoek

After breakfast, morning at leisure to visit Windhoek and do some shopping; in the afternoon transfer to the airport and end of services

 


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