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Namibia holidays and Namibia safaris - Sossusvlei dunes

Namibia Highlights by Air - Flying Safari


NYQ9Ws
10 NIGHTS
FROM £3,995
International flights quoted separately
This flying safari covers the highlights of Namibia by air and avoids travelling long distances overland. Visit the spectacular sand dunes at Sossusvlei, relax along the coast at Swakopmund and see the ancient rock formations and Bushman paintings of Damaraland. Finish with a safari in Etosha. Daily departures. All light aircraft flights, transfers, activities & game drives included.
Namibia Flying Safari Holiday Vacation Etosha Namib Desert
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Windhoek City
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Flying Safari
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Sossusvlei
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Namib Desert
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Swakopmund
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Marine Cruise
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Dolphins
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Twyfelfontein
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Bushman Paintings
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Etosha Safari
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Windhoek City
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Flying Safari
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Sossusvlei
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Namib Desert
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Swakopmund
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Marine Cruise
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Dolphins
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Twyfelfontein
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Bushman Paintings
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Etosha Safari
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 Namib Desert.
   
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. You will be met at the landing strip and transferred to your Namib Desert lodge where you will dine under the stars tonight!
 
Note: As you are flying in a fixed wing aircraft only soft bags may be taken, with a limited baggage allowance Note: Only soft bags up to a maximum of 15 kg and hand luggage up to 5 kg are allowed, with average customer weight of 80 kg as you are flying in a fixed wing aircraft. This is strictly enforced, but surplus baggage can be stored in Windhoek.
Day 3
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 4
After breakfast transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight over dune landscapes and along the Atlantic coastline to the beach resort of Swakopmund, with its old lighthouse and access to the sand dunes and activities of the Namib.
 
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 5
At leisure to relax at the beach resort of Swakopmund.
 
As this is Namibia’s playground a wide variety of activities are on offer, including an optional 4x4 excursion across the desert to Sandwich Harbour and various adventure activities, such as sandboarding down the sand dunes. Alternatively simply relax at a coffee shop and enjoy the beach.
Day 6
After a morning at leisure in Swakopmund, transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight over the mountains of stark Damaraland.
 
After checking into your lodge, enjoy an excursion to the famous Bushman Paintings at Twyfelfontein - meaning "Doubtful Spring" and declared a World Heritage site because of the many ancient rock paintings and engravings left here by the early San Bushmen – making it a wonderful open-air museum.
 
Note: Only soft bags up to a maximum of 15 kg and hand luggage up to 5 kg are allowed, with average customer weight of 80 kg as you are flying in a fixed wing aircraft. This is strictly enforced, but surplus baggage can be stored in Windhoek.
Day 7
Transfer to the airstrip at Twyfelfontein and fly to your 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 in, relax and enjoy an optional afternoon game drive.
Days 8 To 9
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 and enjoy a full day of open-top game viewing 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.
  
After a beautiful African sunset, enjoy the balmy evening and pristine stars of the Milky Way as you have never seen them before – as well as the spectacular Southern Cross.
Day 10
This morning transfer to the Etosha landing strip for your light aircraft flight to Windhoek, where you will be met and transferred to your lodge situated near the airport.
 
Here you can visit N/a'an ku se Wildlife Sanctuary that provides a safe home to animals orphaned or injured in the wild, watch the carnivore feeding and have a close-up encounter with a cheetah (pay locally).
 
Day 11
Transfer to Windhoek Airport for your flight home.
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