Enjoy a memorable holiday set again the backdrops of Namibia’s awe-inspiring destinations on this Namibian Explorer. Virgin landscapes with clashing contrasts make for a magical experience far from the madding crowds. Climb dunes in Sossusvlei, reconnoitre pulsating Windhoek and observe the wildlife of Etosha – all of this with this Gold standard safari.
Namibian Explorer Luxury Fly-In
Fly-In & Private Guided Safari
Fly to Sossusvlei Desert Lodge from Windhoek Intl Airport
This morning you will be collected from your guest house or hotel of choice in Windhoek and taken to Eros Airport, for your scheduled light aircraft flight to Sossusvlei 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 Sossusvlei Desert Lodge airstrip situated in the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Upon arrival you will be met by your local guide who will transfer you to Sossusvlei Desert Lodge with time to settle in. The afternoon can be spent enjoying many of the activities offered by Sossusvlei Desert Lodge.
On Day 2 you will rise early for a magical excursion 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 local 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 areas around Sossusvlei and Deadvlei to your hearts content you can enjoy a relaxing picnic breakfast in the shade of a camel thorn tree. Return to Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in the early afternoon for a late lunch, stopping off to view Sesriem Canyon along the way.
After a leisurely breakfast you are transferred back to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight north up to Mowani Mountain Camp for a two nights stay. You take to the air, flying across the dune belt to meet the Atlantic before continuing in a northerly direction up to Swakopmund. On the way, you will fly over deserted mining camps, seal colonies, the wreck of the Edouard Bohlen, Conception Bay, Sandwich Harbour, Walvis Bay, and Langstrand. Once in Swakopmund, you will normally re-fuel and then continue on up into Damaraland area.
Afterwards, you continue north to reach the Damaraland-based 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 Mowani Mountain Camp (approximately 30 minute drive) in time for lunch.
After an early breakfast you will be treated to an exciting 4×4 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.
This morning you will have an early departure from Mowani Mountain Camp as you make your way north deeper into the heart of Damaraland. En route you will visit an extremely remote Himba village, only known to a few people (Ultimate Safaris being one of them). 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. You will then continue on your journey, having a picnic lunch en route, and you will arrive at Ongava Lodge 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.
On Day 6 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 Ongava Lodge 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 (either in the park or on the Ongava Reserve as per discussions with your guide).
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 AfriCat Day Centre, a wonderful highlight with which to conclude your safari. Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary which focuses on the research and rehabilitation of Africa’s big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah. You 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 captive 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 (transfer to be booked additionally) if flying out in the evening.
Single Supplements apply
1 or 2 night extensions available
CAN BE EXTENDED
STARTS FROM WINDHOEK NAMIBIA
ENDS AT WINDHOEK NAMIBIA
From ZAR 94 500
per person sharing
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