This Namibia Fly-in and Private Guided Safari affords you the chance to experience this magnificent and memorable Namibia in a very personal way. You will experience Namibia’s south by air with a bird’s eye view of the great sand sea and the desolate Skeleton Coast, including flying over shipwrecks, deserted mining camps and seal colonies before going on to have your own professional and experienced naturalist safari guide accompany you through the northern reaches of Namibia. This combination offers a wide variety of experiences in some of the most iconic venues in the country and it will enhance your enjoyment of your holiday by making it a fascinating and stress-free journey of discovery amidst very dramatic scenery.
- Climb some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes
- Scenic flight over the Great Sand Sea and along the Diamond Coast
- Be guided through Namibia’s north by one of Namibia’s most well-known naturalist guides
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Twyfelfontein
- Track for desert-adapted elephants on the ephemeral riverbeds in Damaraland
- Visit an authentic and remote Himba settlement
- Embark on exciting game drives within the Etosha National Park
- Game viewing at a floodlit waterhole at night
- Visit the AfriCat Foundation at Okonjima
Kulala Wilderness Reserve
This morning you will be collected from your guest house or hotel of choice in Windhoek and taken to Windhoek International Airport for your scheduled light aircraft flight to Kulala Desert Lodge. The flight will take you over the central highlands of Namibia before descending after the escarpment and on over Namib Desert to land at the Geluk airstrip situated in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Upon arrival at the Geluk airstrip you will be met by your local guide who will transfer you to Kulala Desert Lodge with time to settle in. The afternoon can be spent enjoying many of the activities offered by Kulala Desert Lodge.
Sossusvlei and Kulala Wilderness Reserve
This morning you will rise early for a magical excursion with your local guide into the Namib Naukluft National Park, entering the Park gates at sunrise to capture the dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering shapes and curves. This area boasts some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world. Your guide will give you an insight on the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures and plants that have adapted to survive these harsh environs. Once you have explored the dune fields to your heart’s content you can enjoy a relaxed picnic breakfast in the shade of a camel thorn tree. Return to Kulala Desert Lodge in the early afternoon for a late lunch. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure or can be spent on another guided activity within the Kulala Wilderness Reserve as offered by the lodge which is generally an excursion to view Sesriem Canyon.
Sossusvlei to Damaraland
After another leisurely breakfast you will be transferred back to the airstrip in time to board your scheduled light aircraft flight into the heart of Damaraland. Your flight takes you north over the famous Sossusvlei dunes and the great sand sea towards to coast, where (weather dependent) you will see deserted mines, shipwrecks and seal colonies on the way up towards Sandwich Harbour and the port of Walvis Bay. You will then stop by the coastal resort of Swakopmund to refuel.
Afterwards, you continue north to reach the Doro !Nawas Airstrip where you will be met by your private Ultimate Safaris naturalist guide who will accompany you for the remainder of your safari. You will then be transferred from the airstrip to Camp Kipwe (approximately 30 minute drive) in time for lunch.
The rest of the afternoon can be spent on a guided excursion to visit the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein (a UNSECO World Heritage Site) and the interesting geological sites of the Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes or just exploring the local area around the lodge. You will return to the camp before sunset with time to freshen up before dinner. We would recommend pre-dinner drinks on Kipwe’s sundowner rock, a short stroll from the camp, for stunning views of the surroundings at sunset.
After an early breakfast you will be treated to an exciting 4x4 excursion along the ephemeral Aba Huab River valley to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, especially the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area. Damaraland is home to a variety of desert adapted wildlife and hidden desert treasures. You will normally then return to camp for lunch and a well-deserved siesta.
Your guide will arrange to fit in a visit to Twyfelfontein and other nearby attractions at a suitable time in the afternoon if this appeals and you haven’t already been there the previous day, or you can go out with your guide and take a walk into the local area around Camp. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can stay in to relax and enjoy some well-deserved leisure time in the comforts of the camp.
Damaraland to Etosha National Park
This morning you will have an early departure from Camp Kipwe as you make your way north deeper into the heart of Damaraland. En route you will visit an extremely remote Himba village, inhabit Namibia’s north-western Kunene Region and only known to a few people. Your guide’s presence and contacts with the local community will ensure you will be welcomed as a ‘friend of a friend’ and that you will be able to spend considerable time there learning about these fascinating nomadic pastoralists. There has been virtually no modern influence on these communities, which makes for a fascinating cultural exchange. Continue on your journey, having a picnic lunch en route, and arrive at the Anderson’s Camp on the southern border of Etosha in the late afternoon. This should leave some time to spare after settling in when you can relax at the camp’s floodlit waterhole whilst contemplating the fascinating impressions of the day.
Etosha National Park
Today you will be treated to an exciting morning guided game drive into the Etosha National Park, to see more of the wide variety of game and bird species that are to be found there before returning to Andersson’s Camp for a late lunch. There is then time to relax by the refreshing swimming pool before you head out again for an afternoon game drive before exiting the park before sunset.
Alternatively, you can opt to spend the whole day out in the park and either take lunch by the waterhole at the Okaukuejo restcamp or have a picnic while watching game at a particularly productive waterhole in the area. Once you are back, the rest of the evening can be spent game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole while enjoying dinner, and afterwards.
Etosha National Park to Windhoek via the AfriCat Foundation
After breakfast this morning you will make your way south from the Etosha National Park through the small towns of Outjo and Otjiwarongo before stopping at the Okonjima Day Centre. You will arrive in time for lunch before embarking on an exciting and informative game drive and tour of the centre. Here you will learn about the function and vision of the AfriCat Foundation and will also get to meet some of the Foundation’s special carnivore ambassadors. After the excursion and freshening up, the journey continues further south to arrive back in Windhoek in the late afternoon, just as the sun is setting.
Upon your arrival in Windhoek you will be transferred to your accommodation establishment of choice, or out to the Windhoek International Airport if flying out in the evening - departure flights must be no earlier than 21h00 to allow sufficient time for the visit to the AfriCat Foundation and the journey back to Windhoek, or a final night in Windhoek.
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- Day 1 & 2 Kulala Desert Lodge
- Day 3 & 4 Camp Kipwe
- Day 5 & 6 Andersson’s Camp
Private transportation in a safari vehicle
Scheduled light aircraft flights between Windhoek International Airport, Kulala Desert Lodge and Damaraland.
Meals, local beverages and mineral water onboard the safari vehicle
Registered and experienced English-speaking ranger, naturalist and safari guide
Entrance fees and excursions as described
Airport transfers between hotel, Windhoek International Airport and hotel on the first and last day of the safari.