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11-day Namibia Highlights Fly-in Safari with Swakopmund & Kaokoland (Fly-in)

The sky holds secrets. It’s the view we rarely see. There are over 600 bird species in Namibia and thousands migrate here. Seeing what we don’t. Unless we fly. From place to place. So let’s go. Sit back, belt up and channel your inner eagle. This safari is based on the 7 Day Namibia Highlights Fly-in Safari with a 4 night extension. Two to Kaokoland and two to Swakopmund. 7 + 2 + 2 = 11. Eleven days you’ll never forget.

Price from USD 4,541 pps
Duration 11 days
Tour Type Fly-in
Highlights Damaraland, Etosha National Park, Kaokoland, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund
Includes

Accommodation; Meals (SQ); Private charter flights; Park entry fees; Meet and Greet; Airport and airstrip transfers; 24-hour support; Comprehensive tour file with detailed itinerary, map, route descriptions, booking vouchers, contact numbers and useful information

Excludes

International flights; Personal travel insurance; Entry visas; Staff gratuities

Namibia. The vast desert sands, the untamed open plains. The sights, sounds and sheer, shocking vibrant colour of the place. Fly above it and it looks like a painting. On this trip you’ll visit the desert’s sea of dunes, the coastal town of Swakopmund and fly the length of the surreal Skeleton Coast. You’ll see Twyfelfontein’s rock art, Kaokoland’s harsh wilderness and Etosha’s mighty beasts. Hold on. You’re off.

Itinerary Details

Namib. ‘Vast place’. Like a mighty sand Zeus. Holding court over his minion dunes. And what sand gods this desert has produced: Sossusvlei, Dead Vlei, Dune 45, Big Daddy and Elim Dune. Namib. So vital they named the whole country after it.

On the way:
It’s Simone time, say hello. She’ll meet you and greet you and make sure you have all your travel documents. You’ll then meet the pilot and check in for your flight and briefing. That’s all it takes. The cabin door is closed and your holiday starts... up, up, up, NOW. Good grief! Look out of the window - there... that’s what birds see when they fly over the Namib Naukluft Mountains. Streams, waterfalls. Squint your eyes... black, white, stripey? Mountain zebras. Minding their own business. If you’re really lucky, you might make out a leopard, wandering. This private charter flight from Windhoek to Sossusvlei takes 1 hour 10 minutes. When you land, you’ll be driven to your lodge where you’ll have dinner and bed & breakfast.

When you're there:
On the day you arrive you have a sundowner drive included. The colours, changing. The silence and sheer size of the dunes. Incredible is an over used word but this is a stunning experience. The stillness and then the stars. That dark, dark, bright, bright sky is one of the most spectacular on Earth.

Next morning, wake up early for breakfast and head to the Sesriem gate. This is the main entrance point to Sossusvlei. You have the whole day here now. Explore the highlights with the lodge guide. The dunes are some of the highest in the world. Climb Dune 45, it’s 85 metres high and gives you a good view of Dune Valley. All these star shaped dunes have formed with sand which is 5 million years old sand. Big Daddy is the tallest here and Dead Vlei has these crazy, dark, dead camel thorn trees. The Sesriem Canyon is worth a look too, it has the monopoly on year round water and is near the entrance. Go back to the lodge for lunch (optional extra) and spend the rest of the day doing whatever you fancy.

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Flying out of Sossusvlei is an event in itself. Staring down is spectacular. No matter how much you drive around it’s still hard to grasp the sheer size of the place until you see it from the air. But your view is about to change. Dramatically. You’re going from the sand sea to the sea sea. Atlantic Ocean style. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Skeleton Coast.

On the way:
You’ll be driven to the airstrip for your flight. A private charter along the Skeleton Coast to Swakopmund. The flight takes 1 hour & 30 minutes. It sure is a scenic one. Look down at the wrecked ships. Imagine the fate of the sailors stranded in this desolate, desert land.

When you're there:
The Skeleton Coast extends 300 miles from Walvis Bay north to the Kunene River and the border with Angola. In the midst of it all is Swakopmund. Sunny Swakopmund sits beside the seaside. And, ok, that seaside is the Skeleton Coast but Swakop is having none of it. This is a cheery holiday town, upbeat and breezy. You have a half day Sandwich Harbour Tour included (AM or PM depending on the tides). Wanna see more sand and sea? Brace yourself, this is the double whammy. Massive, massive sand dunes which run straight into the sea. Dramatic is an understatement. The rest of the day is up to you. Stroll around exploring the town or enjoy any of the numerous optional extras available. When you’re ravenous head for lunch and dinner at the many cafés or restaurants. Choose one overlooking the sea for added atmosphere. You’ll have bed & breakfast here.

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We’ve said it before but we’ll say it again. Seeing Namibia by air is one helluva way to experience this great land. Today is no exception. The mountains felt left out so now it’s time for them to shine. The flight from Swakopmund to Damaraland will take 50 minutes.

On the way:
You’ll be driven to the airstrip for your flight, and driven to your lodge when you land. Grassy plains, rocky outcrops, desert adapted wildlife.

When you're there:
You have a 2 night package here. It includes all your meals and two activities. The first is a nature drive in search of desert adapted elephants. Not, strictly, a different species but they are different. Longer legs, bigger feet, a smaller body mass - it all helps them deal with life in this dry, unforgiving environment. Elephants are intelligent. It’s a cliche but they do have good memories. They have a special family structure. They mourn their young and are ruled by matriarchs. This tour will also show you other wildlife in the dry riverbed and surrounding areas. The other guided tour included is a trip to the Twyfelfontein Rock Engravings, Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain. Talk about longevity, that rock art has been hanging around for thousands of years. It became Namibia’s first World Heritage Site in 2007. The Organ Pipes and Burnt Mountain are unique geological phenomena. A reminder of the life and activity here millions of years of ago.

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Kaokoland. Rugged, harsh, one of the last remaining wildernesses in Southern Africa.
You’ll take a private charter flight from Damaraland to Kaokoland. Flight time is 1 hour. The view is glorious. Silent, huge and for the most part empty.

On the way:
You’ll be driven to the airstrip for your flight and to your lodge on arrival. You might have felt isolated in Damaraland but Kaokoland is even less accessible with even less infrastructure. And that’s saying something...

When you're there:
Home to the Himba people. And home to elephant, rhino, giraffe and more. It’s the sheer seclusion of the Kaokoland that has made it so ideal for the semi nomadic Himba Tribe. It enables them to continue with their traditional way of life. The size of Switzerland some people call this place the real Namibia. You’ll stay at your lodge for dinner and bed & breakfast. You also have a full day activity included. You’re off to the Hoanib River in search of more desert adapted elephants.

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Back in the plane, you’re heading to Etosha. One of the best places on Earth to enjoy Africa’s diverse wildlife. Home to 4 of the big 5 (better luck next time buffalo) and to 340 bird species. And you’ll be arriving by air. Seeing that large, white expanse of the salt pan is cool. It covers a huge chunk of the park and is a stomping ground for many, many herds.

On the way:
The flight from Kaokoland to Etosha (east) takes 1 hour & 40 minutes. You’ll be driven to your lodge on arrival. You’ll have dinner and bed & breakfast here.

When you're there:
One of the joys of Etosha is it’s easy to see animals. Just head to a waterhole and wait.
But don’t worry about going it alone because you have 2 morning and 2 afternoon game drives included.

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Was that the bell? Sadly it was and the tour must end.

On the way:
A stunning flight from Etosha to Tsumeb, 1 hour & 20 minutes. Refuel for 30 minutes and then fly for another 20 to reach Windhoek International Airport.

When you're there:
After your morning activity, you’ll be driven to the airstrip for your departure flight. Remember, you need to be at the airport 2 hours prior to your international departure flight time.

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Prices

Guests Accommodation Season (2019) Amount
2 Standard Low Season USD 6,261 pps
2 Standard High Season USD 6,757 pps
2 Luxury Low Season USD 7,822 pps
2 Luxury High Season USD 8,278 pps
2 Ultra-luxury Low Season USD 10,374 pps
2 Ultra-luxury High Season USD 12,066 pps
Guests Accommodation Season (2020) Amount
2 Standard Low Season USD 6,580 pps
2 Standard High Season USD 6,964 pps
2 Luxury Low Season USD 8,170 pps
2 Luxury High Season USD 8,430 pps
2 Ultra-luxury Low Season USD 10,450 pps
2 Ultra-luxury High Season USD 13,175 pps
4 Standard Low Season USD 4,541 pps
4 Standard High Season USD 4,881 pps
4 Luxury Low Season USD 5,894 pps
4 Luxury High Season USD 6,124 pps
4 Ultra-luxury Low Season USD 7,911 pps
4 Ultra-luxury High Season USD 10,322 pps
  • As a rough guide Low Season throughout the region is from 1 January to 30 June and High Season is from 1 July to 31 December.
  • We give indicative Low and High Season rates on our website and exact prices in your quote when your travel dates are set.
  • These prices are based on two adults sharing accommodation unless otherwise stated.
  • Please treat all pricing as a guide only. Read more about our pricing.
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“This was a "bucket list" trip for us. It could not have been better. HIGHLY recommend you ask for Bianca.”

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Kirsti arranged the best family holiday we have ever had... highly recommended.”

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Leandrie was very patient listening to my needs and catering to my budget... Everything worked perfectly!”

Jessica was AMAZING and so helpful with all of our concerns and questions - we had the most amazing trip.”