Visions of Namibia Fly-in Safari
Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Sossusvlei, Windhoek
The Best of Namibia Fly-in Safari is an 11-day showcase of the unique landscapes, people and wildlife of this intriguing country including Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Skeleton Coast, Damaraland, Kaokoland and Etosha National Park.
Choosing Namibia’s best attractions is like choosing your top ten songs of all time: impossible. That’s why we have such nonsense as Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits (Vol. 13) and Yet More of America’s Silliest Home Videos.
So how did we choose the best of Namibia’s best?
The average tour length is 11 days and the recommended time at each destination is two days minimum. Setting aside the final day for your departure that gives us a total of five destinations.
And so, with much bickering and gnashing of teeth, we eliminated attractions that were not entirely, completely, 100% unique to Namibia. We then ranked the resulting shortlist using a complex and highly subjective algorithm and selected the top five.
This was no easy job and some of us are still reeling from the ordeal of it but, oh, the resulting tour is something to behold: the great sand sea of Sossuvlei in the gargantuan NamibNaukfluft Park; the eerie desolation of the Skeleton Coast and its bustling Germanic seaside town of Swakopmund; the indescribable beauty of Damaraland along with fascinating desert-adapted wildlife; more of the same in Kaokoland and its intriguing Himba semi-nomadic villagers; and finally the ancient salt pan surrounded by natural waterholes supporting an abundance of Africa’s famed plains species at Etosha National Park.
If you can spare a few more days, and we implore you to do so, we would add to this list the awe-inspiring Fish River Canyon and Lüderitz in the southern Namib Desert. And if you can spare a few more days yet, feel free to add the verdant, game-rich floodplains of the Caprivi for a complete contrast to the rest of the country. Of course there are destinations within destinations within destinations so if you fancy a somewhat more adventurous, unconventional trip (or indeed if this is your second, third or fourth visit) talk to your Travel Expert about the limitless possibilities Namibia has to offer.
This 11-day fly-in tour comes in three levels of comfort: standard, luxury and ultra-luxury. You are welcome to reverse it, change it, extend it or turn it upside down but whatever you do, don’t ask us to drop any more destinations - we might not cope with the trauma.
Fly from Windhoek to Sossusvlei in the Namib-Naukluft Park. Flying time is about an hour and ten minutes.
On the way: Fly over the Khomas Hochland Mountains and watch the central plateau descend an escarpment into the endless basin of the Namib Desert.
When you're there: Enter Sossusvlei at sunrise and explore the world's highest dunes and a sheltered pan with petrified trees that are hundreds of years old; climb the dunes and look out over a sea of sand. Private reserves in the area reveal fascinating flora, fauna and ancient desert landscapes.
The flight to Swakopmund goes by way of the great sand sea and the Skeleton Coast. Flying time is about one and a half hours.
On the way: Experience Sossusvlei dunes from the air and see why the area is called the sand sea; fly along the Skeleton Coast over the Eduard Bohlen shipwreck at Conception Bay; Walvis Bay Lagoon
When you're there: Visit the Walvis Bay Lagoon - a RAMSAR wetlands site - where thousands of flamingoes, pelicans and numerous waders feed in the nutrient-rich shallows; restaurants, shops and attractions in Swakopmund; spend an extra day making the most of the cool air and the relative luxury of a hot shower and a coffee shop.
Among the many organised activities available, we recommend a scenic flight over Skeleton Coast; a comfortable and informative boat cruise of Walvis Bay where you meet dolphins, sea lions, pelicans and terns; and quad biking, which is an exciting way to experience the sand dunes.
From the cool mist of the Atlantic you'll head inland to the amazing Damaraland region with its ancient San rock art, desert-adapted wildlife and glorious views everywhere. Flying time is about two hours.
On the way: Fly over the Skeleton Coast and the Cape Cross seal colony; fly east over the semi-arid and spectacular Damaraland with its eroded volcanic mountains rising sheer out of the grassy plains.
When you're there: Nature walks; scenic drives to the San rock art; Game drives in search of black rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra, gemsbok, springbok and, if you're lucky, lion, hyena and jackal.
Fly over the most rugged and desolate region of Namibia to Kaokoland, home of the Himba, amazing scenery and even more desert-adapted wildlife.
When you're there: Your nature drives follow the tracks of lion, elephant, black rhino and giraffe. And if you're lucky enough to see any of these majestic creatures, you'll be seeing the only desert-adapted versions of their kind in the world.
Fly today over Kaokoland to the Etosha National Park in time for an evening game drive or an invigorating walking safari. Flying time is about two hours.
On the way: Witness the vast emptiness of northern Kaokoland; fly over Etosha Pan, an ancient salt pan in the centre Etosha National Park.
When you're there:Etosha National Park is unique. Its waterhole culture forces the plains game to drink during the middle of the day when predators are at their most lethargic; thus it's not uncommon to have a collage of several different species in the same frame.
Etosha has an estimated 250 lions, 300 rhinos, 2,500 giraffes, 6,000 zebras, 20,000 springbok and 2,000 elephants. This in addition to thousands of lesser and common plains herds, and abundant birds makes game viewing in Etosha something special. The surrounding lodges all have private reserves with equally impressive wildlife numbers and they offer private game viewing activities into the park.
Extend your tour with this optional two-night add-on: after your last night in Etosha, fly to the Caprivi for two nights by the river surrounded by sub-tropical wilderness. Flying time is about two hours.
On the way: Fly over the broadleaved woodland of northern Kalahari and watch the landscape transform itself. The Caprivi is a sub-tropical anomaly after the arid desolation of the Namib Desert. Perennial rivers rise in Angola and flow towards the Okavango Delta and the Zambezi by way of the Caprivi.
When you're there: Games drives in open 4WD vehicles, and guided nature walks; water safaris; sunset boat cruises; night drives; visit traditional villages; fishing; birdwatching.
Fly to Windhoek today after breakfast and a final game viewing activity.
On the way: As an optional add-on to this safari you can fly to the Caprivi for two nights on the Kwando River.
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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