Our flying safari adds the unique privileged aerial view, a must to fully enjoy the beauties of the region’s spectacular and most diverse sceneries.
Guiding principle: great experience combined with the choice of the best accommodation.
Namibia is the ultimate destination for any traveller looking for amazing landscapes, endless horizons and untouched nature. The Skeleton Coast, the desert and the mountains offer a constant change of perspective and panoramas.
Botswana and its unique delta ecosystem on the other hand offers not only a complete change of scenery but also is one of the best locations for top wilderness safari experience. And Zambia with its world renowned Victoria Falls and the upper and lower Zambezi River. Indeed the combination of these different countries creates a round and complete experience.
FLYING DETAILS DURING THE AIR-TOUR:
Min. nr of passengers: 1
Max nr of passengers: 9 (all window seats)
DAY 1: Livingstone - ZAMBIA
Arrival in the morning in Livingstone (Zambia) and transfer to the hotel. Meeting with our representative to review the itinerary. Walk to the mythical Victoria Falls, the “Smoke that thunders”.
Activities: Visit to the falls in the afternoon
Overnight: Hotel conveniently located on the Zambezi River within walking distance from the falls
DAY 2: From Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park – BOTSWANA
In the morning, transfer to the airport, meeting with our experienced pilots/guide and after immigration and customs formalities, departure by your private plane for a scenic flight over the falls and the mighty Zambezi River. We then proceed westbound, along the Zambezi, to reach Kasane, port of entry for Botswana. Transfer by vehicle to the lodge and safari in the afternoon.
Activities: Boat safari along the waters of the Chobe Channel to enjoy the landscape and admire the numerous animals coming to drink; a relaxing and enjoyable experience ending with the ever charming sunset over the river.
DAY 3: From Chobe to the Okavango Delta – BOTSWANA
Morning activities in the Chobe N.P. and after lunch flight westwards to the Delta. At first it is a low level flight over the Chobe River to spot the numerous elephants, buffalos and hippos, then we gain altitude and across the bush, we head to one of the most incredible ecosystems in the world, the Okavango Delta. Under our wings thick vegetation and open savannah give way to a maze of small channels, lagoons and swamps dotted by palm trees and framed by floating papyrus islands. The private plane allows a very spectacular scenic journey (not a simple transfer!). We land close to our “home” for the night, a camp whose activities are mainly water based, being a water dominated ecosystem we in fact like to start our visit with a “water perspective”.
Activities: One game drive by 4WD in Chobe N.P. to encounter its wildlife and varied flora; one scenic safari in mokoro (local pirogues) in the Delta, mostly to discover the micro-fauna such as frogs, birds and insects (however it is not rare to also observe bigger animals like elephants and hippos)
Overnight: A deluxe permanent tented camp in the Delta (all tents ensuite)
DAYS 4 & 5: The Okavango Delta – BOTSWANA
After one morning activity at the “water-camp”, brunch and departure for another very scenic flight above and across the Delta till our next camp, a well known safari icon with land based activities. Located in strategic position on the northern tip of Chief Island, the biggest permanent island in the Delta, the area has a very high population of predators such as leopards and lions and the camp enjoys a well deserved reputation for excellent safaris. The Delta is a real paradise for photographers also thanks to its distinctive vegetation, with the typical African bush alternating with palm trees, lagoons, channels and papyrus forests.
Activities: Safari activities in the Delta; in Chitabe, game drives in 4WD through unique habitats to encounter its abundant wildlife, mainly cats, and varied flora.
Overnight: A deluxe permanent tented camp in the Delta (all tents ensuite)
DAYS 6 & 7: From the Okavango Delta to Kaokoland – NAMIBIA
Another morning game drive in the Delta and we are ready for a great “jump”. Today is the day with the most striking contrast of sceneries, so take a good look at where you wake up this morning because you will be amazed by the huge change by sunset.
First we go to Maun for immigration and customs clearance then we have a 3-hour long flight across northern Kalahari plains into Namibia (to make it as comfortable and as fast as possible, we fly relatively high.) After clearing immigration and refueling at Ondangwa we take off for a much more rewarding journey across the very harsh and rugged mountains of Kaokoland, a spectacular remote region in the north-west corner of Namibia.
After landing on the sandy airstrip just before sunset, a transfer by 4WD takes us to our lodge/camp. Here we spend two days enjoying very scenic drives across pristine landscapes, visiting a Himba settlement and searching for local wildlife such as Oryx (when staying at Serra Cafema) and desert adapted elephants. Himbas are one of the few ethnic groups still trying to live according to their traditional ways; however it is a transition period: while they do live very differently from us, their life style is slowly changing and slowly being permeated by western habits.
Activities: One morning game drive by 4WD in the Delta; a full day dedicated to exploring the area by means of spectacular nature drives in Kaokoland by 4WD (and quad-bikes at Serra Cafema only). Boat cruise on the Kunene River (water level allowing) only at Serra Cafema.
Overnight: Elephant Lodge (all rooms ensuite)
DAY 8: From the Kunene to Swakopmund – NAMIBIA
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 renowned 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.
We climb a bit higher and on our left wing we can admire the Etendeka Mountains with their flat tops and mesas which appear similar to the Colorado Plateau in the USA. Afterwards we catch sight of a river and follow it as it cuts its course inland … till we reach some of the most amazing geological formations, only appreciable from up above. Extensive volcanic plains with their really interesting shapes and natural patterns, sometimes carved out by winding seasonal rivers. From the air it looks unreal, like distorted metal after a car crash. Late in the afternoon we land in Swakopmund, a typical German seaside town on the Atlantic coast of Africa… quite surreal!
Activities: Morning activity in the Kunene region
Overnight: Hotel (all rooms ensuite)
DAYS 9 & 10: From Swakopmund to the Namib Rand Nature Reserve – NAMIBIA
After breakfast transfer by private vehicle to the harbour in Walvis Bay to embark on a cruise which offers the opportunity to encounter playful dolphins (bottle nose and Benguela subspecies), to perhaps experience a visit of one of the habituated seals jumping onboard to get some free food, to admire the numerous pelicans, seagulls, cormorants and other seabirds. If time allows free time for a stroll in Swakopmund 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 light. 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: Morning sea-cruise in Walvis Bay Harbour; 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: Lodge, with commanding views of the desert and the nearby mountains (all rooms ensuite)
DAY 11: 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: Grove G.H. (all rooms ensuite)
DAY 12: Windhoek
After breakfast, morning at leisure to visit Windhoek and do some shopping; in the afternoon transfer to the airport and end of services.