Northern Namibia Fly-in Safari
Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Kaokoland, Windhoek
Adding a delightful two-day diversion to the Skeleton Coast towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, this 9-day tour extends the Namibia Highlights Safari with yet more diversity and wonder: sand seas, shipwrecks, desert elephants, lost tribes and some seriously good game viewing.
The Namibia Highlights Fly-in is an extended 9-day version of the the ever-popular Namibia Highlights Fly-in Safari adding the charming coastal town of Swakopmund to Namibia's more famous attractions of Sossusvlei, Damaraland and Etosha National Park.
Starting and ending in Namibia's capital city, Windhoek, you will fly over the great sand sea to Sossusvlei; then over the Skeleton Coast to Swakopmund and Damaraland; and you will top it all with a classic big game safari in Etosha.
This fly-in tour is reversible and available in three levels of comfort: ultra-luxury, luxury and standard. You can also extend or reduce the itinerary by as many days as you wish to include your choice of Namibia's other major destinations like Kaokoland, Fish River Canyon and the Caprivi.
From Windhoek International Airport or Eros Domestic you will fly over the Khomas Hochland and the Naukluft Mountains down the 1000m escarpment to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert.
On the way: A sneak preview of Sossusvlei - the main attraction - as seen from the air will reveal an endless sea of copper-and-ochre sand dunes stretching to the Skeleton Coast and the Atlantic Sea.
When you're there: Your must-do activity is an excursion into Sossusvlei. Wander about Dead Pan, with its eerie dream-like collection of petrified acacia trees and red dunes rising sheer from the salt-white pan. Climb a dune and capture the full force of a sea of red sand dunes as far as you can see... at sunrise.
Back on your private nature reserve you can take scenic game drives into the desert looking for creatures great, small and odd. Sunsets are saluted in traditional African fashion and the evening under the desert sky will lull you into a deep and peaceful sleep.
When you've had your fill of cloudless blue skies, vast open spaces, ever-changing hues and pristine wilderness it's time for something altogether different - Swakopmund with its Atlantic mist, Moon Landscapes and a tempestuous sea brimming with life.
On the way: As you fly over the NamibNaukluft, one of the world's largest nature reserves, the land changes from dunes and mountains to vast plains that collide with a dune belt along the Skeleton Coast past Conception Bay, Sandwich Harbour and Walvis Bay. It's a pretty scenic flight.
When you're there: Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are thriving towns on the Skeleton Coast. The former taking center stage for its German heritage, fine restaurants and fascinating living desert tours; Walvis Bay is an important harbour on this barren west coast and its appeal lies in the huge natural lagoon that supports an astonishing number of bird and marine species.
With so many restaurants and cafés we generally book bed only or bed and breakfast only accommodation so you can explore and experience life on the Skeleton Coast at your own pace and in your own style.
Between the two towns, the activities on offer will easily fill your days.
From cool, calm and quirky Swakopmund it's time to get hot and wild again as you head for Damaraland - another iconic Namibian destination.
On the way: You will fly along the desolate Skeleton Coast over a shipwreck and then inland to the multi-textured terrain of rocky mountains, grassy plains, parched riverbeds and barely a sign of human activity for hundreds of kilometres in every direction.
When you're there: Twyfelfontein is the scene of Africa's most concentrated collection of San rock art and desert-adapted wildlife make for alluring game viewing as you track down elephant, lion, giraffe, many antelope species and many more birds.
Your mid-morning flight takes you over Damaraland to Etosha National Park - one of Africa's great game reserves.
On the way: As you fly over Damaraland the land rises and levels out to form game-rich savannah plains that support the spectrum of southern African wildlife and several endemics to boot.
When you're there: No visit to Namibia would be complete without a safari in Etosha National Park. Your two days in Etosha offer the traditional classic African wildlife safari with all of the big game and plains species present in great numbers. Top this with a unique national park that has a massive salt pan in the middle surrounded by natural waterholes and you have an exceptional game viewing experience.
Bid farewell to the wildlife, the peace and tranquillity and the unspoiled scenery as you fly back to Windhoek in time to catch your outbound flight at the end of your extended Namibia highlights fly-in safari.
Customers who enquire about this tour end up making many changes to the standard itinerary. Below are the most recent variations of this base tour booked by us for our clients. Have a look at their itineraries, see what changes they requested, what the final cost was and read what they have to say about their holidays.
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