Summary : Arrive in Windhoek where you have an option of a city tour or simply time to relax at your hotel. Then fly to the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei to witness amazing red sand dunes, which rank among the tallest on earth. Your journey then takes you on a scenic flight path to the coastal town of Swakopmund, for a tour of this German colonial resort town, as well as the industrial harbor town of Walvis Bay. Continue on to Damaraland, an area of geological sites and home to desert-adapted elephants. The safari ends with two nights in Ongava Game Reserve, with possibilities to see lion, cheetah, eland, mountain zebra, giraffe, various antelope and gazelle species, and to track white rhino on foot.
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Activities : Birding, Hiking
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Arrive at Windhoek International Airport where you will be met and transferred into the city of Windhoek to your hotel. Time permitting, there is the option of a brief city tour en-route. Meals on own account today.
Overnight at Olive Exclusive Garden Suite
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before you are collected and transferred to Windhoek's domestic centrally-located Eros Airport in time for your light aircraft flight to the Namib Desert. From Eros Airport you will be flown south over desert landscapes to a desert lodge where you will stay for the next two nights, situated in stunning desert scenery. This afternoon, enjoy a sundowner drive or possible other activity such as a river bed walk. Your stay at the lodge is fully inclusive of meals and activities as described.
Overnight at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Early morning rise for a magical 4x4 vehicle guided excursion into Sossusvlei, experiencing the ever changing shapes and colors of the massive sand dunes at first light. Explore the area with your lodge guide, visiting Deadvlei and Sossusvlei, after which a picnic brunch will be served under the shade of a camelthorn tree in the dunes.
Sossusvlei is a clay pan set amidst towering star-shaped dunes that stand up to 300 meters above the surrounding grassy plain and rank among the tallest dunes on earth. Sossusvlei is the biggest of four pans in the vicinity. Another, famous for its gnarled and ghostly camelthorn trees, is Deadvlei which can be reached on foot over 1 kilometer of sand. Deadvlei's striking camelthorn trees, dead for want of water, still stand erect as they once grew. They survived until about 900 years ago when the sand sea finally blocked the river from occasionally flooding the pan. Return to the lodge in the early afternoon, stopping off to view Sesriem Canyon enroute. Later in the afternoon you may like to join another guided excursion into the local area as offered by the lodge.
Overnight at Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
Take a scenic light aircraft flight to Swakopmund. Fog permitting, you will have an impressive bird's eye view over Sossusvlei and the great sea of sand stretching out to the coast. Fly along the coastline over abandoned diamond mines, the Eduard Bohlen shipwreck, Sandwich Harbour, Walvis Bay lagoon and salt pans, before landing at Swakopmund Airport. You will be met at the Swakopmund airport by a representative and transferred to a centrally-located colonial style hotel.
After lunch on your own account, you will be collected from the hotel for a guided tour by vehicle of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay where you will be shown the highlights and given an overview of the interesting history surrounding these two coastal towns. In contrast to the colonial resort feel of Swakopmund, Walvis Bay is an industrial harbor town centered around its deep water port which is significant as the only of its kind between Cape Town and Luanda. Return to the hotel later this afternoon, with time to freshen up before dinner this evening at the Tug Restaurant which specializes in tasty fresh seafood (a voucher for your dinner is provided, and drinks are at your own expense).
Overnight at Hansa Hotel Suite
Continue north and inland today by light aircraft to the scenic region of Damaraland. You will be transferred back to the airport in time for your flight to camp, located in the heart of Damaraland. An area of interesting geological sites and vegetation, Damaraland is also home to the desert adapted elephants.
This afternoon you will be taken on a guided excursion to visit the rock art at Twyfelfontein, the Organ Pipe rock formation, and Burnt Mountain. You may even be lucky enough to see the elusive desert adapted elephants that roam the ephemeral Aba Huab River if they are in the area. Your stay at the camp is fully inclusive of all meals and activities as described.
Overnight at Mowani Mountain Camp Suite
Your light aircraft flight takes you in a northeasterly direction today to land at Ongava Game Reserve. From the aircraft you will be able to glimpse the expansive white Etosha Pan, which covers much of Etosha National Park. Land at Ongava's airstrip on the private Ongava Reserve and be transferred to a nearby camp for a two-night stay. Accommodation at Ongava is on a fully-inclusive basis and activities include morning game drives to Etosha National Park and afternoon and evening game drives on the reserve. Within the reserve, you can also track white rhino on foot if it appeals.
This afternoon you will meet for afternoon tea and then set off with your lodge guide for a game drive within Ongava Game Reserve. This 30,000 hectare private game reserve acts as a vital buffer zone between Etosha and the surrounding farming communities. Game that can be seen on the reserve includes lion, black and white rhino, eland, mountain zebra, giraffe, various antelope and gazelle species, and waterbuck.
Overnight at Little Ongava Suite
This morning you will be taken on a guided game drive into Etosha National Park in a specially-modified game viewing vehicle. You will be given the option of a half day or full-day game drive into Etosha. If you opt for a half day, then you will return to the lodge for a late lunch, or a picnic lunch will be provided in the park if on a full-day game drive.
Etosha National Park is renowned worldwide for its game which inhabits one of the harshest environments on earth. Variously translated as "the place of mirages," "the great white place" or "the land of dry water," the silvery calcrete clays of the Etosha Pan seem to stretch endlessly into the distance. Etosha National Park covers 22,270-square-kilometers of which approximately 5,000-square-kilometers is the "Pan," an area classified as a saline depression. The Park boasts some 114 mammal and over 340 bird species and the Etosha Pan is one of the most important breeding grounds for southern Africa's flamingo population. Wildlife that one might see includes elephant, lion, giraffe, wildebeest, eland, kudu, zebra, cheetah, leopard, hyena, honey badger, and warthog, as well as the endemic black faced impala.
Overnight at Little Ongava Suite
Your return light aircraft flight will take you to Windhoek International Airport. Lunch and dinner (if required) will be on your own account today.
Accommodations as per the itinerary; internal light aircraft, "seat rate" shared scheduled flights as mentioned in the itinerary; meals as specified in the itinerary; inclusive safari and game viewing activities at safari lodges/camps; all park entry fees and other necessary permits; sightseeing tours and activities; and airport/airstrip transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
International airfare (into and out of Windhoek) and additional scheduled air not mentioned above; gratuities for porters/guides/drivers/hotel and safari lodge staff, park rangers/guides; meals as specified in the itinerary; activities noted as extra; all items of a personal nature (i.e. communication charges; travel and personal insurance; passport and/or visa fees; excess baggage fees; inoculation and medical fees; laundry; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (except where specifically shown as being included); airport and departure taxes, etc); extra tours and activities not mentioned above.
*The "seat rate" light aircraft flights are generally conducted in a single engine Cessna 210 five-seater aircraft. The flight schedule is stipulated by the charter company 24 hours prior to each flight (guests need to be flexible to fit in with the charter companyís schedule) and the charter company will inform the lodges of flight times so guests can liaise with lodge staff during their safari to find out what time their next flight will be. Seat rate flights are not private, and there may be one or two stops en-route to drop off or collect other guests.
*The strict luggage limit on "seat rate" flights is a maximum of 20 kgs (44 lbs) per person in SOFT bags only (including hand luggage).
*For guests wishing to set their own flight schedule, have a greater luggage allowance and/or fly in a different type of aircraft, a quote for private charter flights can be provided on request.