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Namibia holidays and Namibia safaris - Sossusvlei dunes

Flying Safari: Namibia Highlights + Fish River Canyon


NYV8W
8 NIGHTS
FROM £4,295
International flights quoted separately
Explore Namibia by air, including the dramatic Fish River Canyon - the second largest on earth - this flying safari is for you. Fly to Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert, the seaside resort of Swakopmund & see the Bushman paintings in Damaraland. Then enjoy a safari in the famous Etosha. Regular departures with group size 2 to 8. All light aircraft flights, transfers & activities included.
Flying Safari Fish River Canyon Namibia Namib Desert Etosha Windhoek
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Windhoek
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Fish River Canyon
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Namib Desert
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Sossusvlei
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Swakopmund
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Twyfelfontein
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Bushman Art
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Etosha Park
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Oryx
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Springbok
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Windhoek
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Fish River Canyon
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Namib Desert
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Sossusvlei
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Swakopmund
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Twyfelfontein
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Bushman Art
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Etosha Park
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Oryx
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Springbok
Day 1
You will be met at Windhoek Airport and transferred 1-hour to your hotel.
 
Check in and relax under warm blue Namibian skies.
Day 2
Transfer to Eros Airport for your light aircraft flight to the Fish River Canyon, the second largest on earth.
  
We fly in a south-westerly direction along the edge of the Kalahari Desert to the spectacular Nama Karoo and land near the mighty Fish River Canyon. Check into your lodge and enjoy the boulder-studded plains, hills and rock formations of Gondwana Canyon Park before dinner.
 
Note: As you are flying in a fixed wing aircraft only soft bags may be taken, with a limited baggage allowance that is strictly enforced and average customer weight of 80 kg. Surplus baggage can be stored in Windhoek.
Day 3
This morning we visit the spectacular Fish River Canyon, the second largest on earth, where the dramatic geological formations of the Nama Karoo Desert take on stupendous proportions.
 
The vegetation is characterised by dwarf shrubs and scattered grasslands, and the slopes of the plateau mountains and vast plains are home to Hartmann’s mountain zebra, springbok, gemsbok, kudu and ostrich.
 
After enjoying a birds eye view of the canyon, we fly westwards to the coastal Namib Desert . We fly over fascinating desert landscapes to Sesriem, the gateway to the southern Namib with its magnificent dunes and famous Sossusvlei, a clay pan surrounded by some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Check into your Namib Desert lodge and dine under the stars tonight.
Day 4
Set out early this morning on a 4x4 tour into the famous sand dunes at Sossusvlei, as this is the coolest part of the day and the best for photography
 
This clay pan is surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world – an endless sea of reddish sand stretching all the way to the distant horizon. These monumental star shaped dunes, some as high as 1,000 ft (325 m), were formed by strong multi-directional winds. The warm tints of sand range in colour from apricot to orange, red and maroon - and contrast vividly with the stark white clay pans at their base. You will be astonished by surreal Deadvlei, surrounded by some of the highest dunes and Sossusvlei, where the mostly dry Tsauchab River abruptly ends.
 
Take the opportunity to climb one of these dunes, which afford endless vistas across the desert landscape and the sea of sand.
 
Also visit the narrow gorge of the impressive Sesriem Canyon, with its rock pools fed by the Tsauchab River during the rainy season. The name is derived from the six “rieme” (leather thongs) that early pioneers used to draw water from these pools. Then return to your lodge, with afternoon at leisure.
Day 5
Leaving the majestic sand dunes behind,  today we fly over towering mountain ranges, rugged canyons and endless desert plains to the beach resort of Swakopmund, with its old lighthouse.
 
Swakopmund is situated on the Atlantic Coast where the cold Benguela Current sweeps up from Antarctica, releasing no moisture into the prevailingly onshore winds – hence the very low rainfall and desert conditions. Fog is common along the coast in the early mornings and late afternoons and this is what gives life to the desert-adapted flora and fauna of the region. The cold current is also highly oxygenated, causing it to teem with marine life.
 
Check into your hotel and relax on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 6
This morning enjoy a 3-hour Marine Cruise from Walvis Bay to view the resident school of dolphins and large seal colony at Pelican Point, whilst enjoying oysters and champagne on board.
 
Marine bird life is abundant and includes pelicans, terns and large flocks of flamingos which live in the shallow waters surrounding the harbour. You may also see migrating whales in season (September to October).
 
Afterwards transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight across the mountains of stark Damaraland. You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to your lodge, where you can relax and enjoy dinner (included) whilst surrounded by the vast beauty of this remote area.
Day 7
This morning we visit the Bushman paintings at Twyfelfontein. Meaning "Doubtful Spring", this area has been declared a World Heritage site because of its many ancient rock paintings and engravings left by the early San Bushmen people. The slopes of these hills are strewn with boulders containing thousands of their rock art and paintings – making it an amazing open-air museum!
 
We return to the airstrip and fly to our safari lodge situated near the entrance to the famous Etosha National Park. Etosha owes its unique landscape to a vast shallow depression called the Etosha Pan. During the dry season it becomes an expanse of white cracked mud, shimmering with mirages and spiralling dust devils, with its open pans offering magnificent game viewing. Etosha is home to over 100 different species of mammals including cheetah, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest.
 
Check into the lodge and enjoy dinner (included) in the unique atmosphere of Etosha.
Day 8
Today is devoted to the abundant wildlife of the famous Etosha National Park, one of the largest wildlife conservation areas in Africa surrounding an enormous salt pan that is the size of the Netherlands.
 
Rise early to take advantage of the best game viewing conditions of the day, and enjoy a thrilling open-top game viewing drive in Etosha National Park. Explore the vast Etosha Pan, which offer magnificent game viewing opportunities including springbok, oryx, black-faced impala and the small Damara dik-dik. A series of waterholes throughout the park guarantees rewarding game viewing, with Etosha being renowned for its vast arrays of plains game and its “great cats” which are more easily seen on the open pans.
 
With over 100 different species of mammals and reptiles in Etosha National Park you can hope to see lion, elephant, rhino, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, kudu, sable antelope, warthogs, baboons and many other interesting animals. Etosha is also a bird watchers paradise, with hundreds of recorded bird species and many migrants during the summer months.
  
In the evening enjoy a beautiful African sunset and the pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – including the spectacular Southern Cross. Dinner is again included this evening.
Day 9
Transfer to the Etosha landing strip for your light aircraft flight to Eros Airport and onward transfer to Windhoek Airport for your flight home.
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