This Luxury Namibia Fly-in and Private Guided Safari affords you the chance to experience this magnificent and memorable country in a very personal way. You will experience Namibia’s south by air with a bird’s eye view of the great sand sea and the desolate Skeleton Coast, including flying over shipwrecks, deserted mining camps and seal colonies before going on to have your own professional and experienced naturalist safari guide accompany you through the northern reaches of Namibia.
This morning you will be collected from your hotel in Windhoek and taken to the Eros Airport for your scheduled light aircraft flight to Little Kulala in the Sossusvlei area. 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 Kulala airstrip situated in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Upon arrival you will be met by your local guide who will transfer you to Little Kulala with time to settle in. The afternoon can be spent enjoying many of the activities offered by the Lodge.
Please note: The departure flight from Eros Airport to Sossusvlei departs at 10h30 so if arriving on the first day of this safari, please allow for sufficient time to make this connection as you will have to include a road transfer from the Windhoek/Hosea Kutako International Airport (two hours recommended.) At a small surcharge, you can also connect on a later seat rate that departs from Eros Airport at 14h30.
This morning 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 the Lodge in the early afternoon for a late lunch.
The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure (from experience, this is usually welcomed after an exhilarating morning in the dunes) or can be spent on another guided scheduled activity within the Nature Reserve as offered by the lodge.
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 Twyfelfontein Airstrip where you will be met by your private 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.
The rest of the afternoon can be spent on a guided excursion to visit the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein (a World Heritage Site) and the interesting geological sites of the Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes or just exploring the local area around the lodge. You will return to the camp before sunset with time to freshen up before dinner. We would recommend pre-dinner drinks on Mowani’s sundowner rock, a short stroll from the camp, for stunning views of the surroundings at sunset.
After an early breakfast you will be treated to an exciting 4x4 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 enjoying a picnic lunch enroute.
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.
Today 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).
Alternatively, you can opt to spend the whole day out in the park and either take lunch by the waterhole at the Okaukuejo restcamp or have a picnic while watching game at a particularly productive waterhole in the area. Once you are back, the rest of the evening can be spent game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole while enjoying dinner, and afterwards.
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 Day Center. You will arrive in time for lunch before embarking on an exciting and informative game drive and tour of the center. 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 carnivore ambassadors.
This afternoon, say goodbye to your private, naturalist guide as the remainder of your time at Okonjima will be supported by the knowledgeable guides on guided scheduled activities as offered by the lodge.
A full day of wonderful activities as offered by Okonjima. You will rise early and have tea/coffee and a snack before departing on the morning guided activity. Return to camp for a hearty brunch with time to relax and enjoy your peaceful bush surroundings until the afternoon guided activity commences.
AfriCat Foundation: Okonjima is home to the AfriCat Foundation, a wildlife sanctuary founded in 1991 that is dedicated to creating conservation awareness, preserving habitat, promoting environmental educational research and supporting animal welfare. Their main focus is Africa's big cats, especially injured or captured leopard and cheetah. AfriCat runs the largest cheetah and leopard rescue and release program in the world. In the last 17 years over 1 000 of these predators have been rescued with over 85 % being released back into the wild. Close encounters with leopard and cheetah are an unforgettable highlight. Activities include leopard tracking by vehicle, a visit to the cheetah welfare project, large carnivore tracking on foot including cheetahs, wild dogs and spotted hyenas, participation in the fun bushman trail and various self-guided walking trails.
After your time in Okonjima, the journey continues further south to arrive back in Windhoek. Upon your arrival in Windhoek you will be transferred to your accommodation establishment of choice or out to the Windhoek International Airport. If flying out this evening, we advise departure flights after 4pm in order to allow sufficient time for the 3 hour drive transfer and time at the airport to check-in.
We hope you had an amazing experience in Namibia and a safe flight home!
Accommodation at Little Kulala Lodge consists of 11 climate-controlled, thatched "kulalas", which quite literally mean, "to sleep". Each of the huts merge impeccably into the desert landscape, complete with a refreshing private plunge pool, both indoor and outdoor showers, and a rooftop star bed for romantic star gazing. An elegant entertainment area includes a library, wine cellar, craft boutique, lounge and dining area. The interior of Little Kulala feature neutral colors, gorgeous textures and natural light. The design takes its inspiration from the scenic surroundings, notably the magnificent Dead Vlei.
Mowani Mountain Camp consists of 12 luxury tents, all with en-suite facilities, decorated beautifully in East African style. The luxury tents are a great source of relaxation. Comfortably hidden in your own private hide-away, you will be pampered by crisp white linen, en-suite bathrooms, your own wooden deck offering an open view of the wonderful Damara landscape. Or you can choose a luxury thatched suite complete with butler service and furbished with a distinct African flavour. The private lounge is equipped with a music center and satellite television, complimented by private dining and bar facilities. Whether relaxing in the folds of your crisp white bed, enjoying a romantic dinner under the stars or throwing caution to the wind in the open-air bush bathroom.
Ongava Lodge is situated on the 35,000 hectare Ongava Private Game Reserve. It shares a common border with one of Africa's largest game parks, Etosha National Park, Namibia's premier game viewing destination. A perfect destination in its' own right, it is also an ideal place from which to base your activities when visiting Etosha. The lodge is set close to the top of a hill with wonderful views across the plains. Take advantage of the magnificent views over the two waterholes and across the wide plains below. Outdoor dining under the stars whilst watching wildlife drinking at the waterhole is something never to be forgotten. A buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, can be served in the restaurant under thatch, or in the split-level lounge or dining room. Both have an outstanding view of the waterhole. There is also a swimming pool and a large curio shop, stocking a good selection of African gifts and branded safari clothing.
Featuring a quintessential bush experience, the Okonjima Bush Camp, home of the AfriCat Foundation, offers a blend of safari elegance and modern comforts. The property's spacious chalets open out onto the barren grass and acacia savannah. Each split level room has a day bed, bar, tea & coffee facilities. The exclusive chalets offer complete privacy under a unique thatched roof. You may want to sleep with the blinds open, making the most of the tranquil stillness of an African night. In front of each chalet, a birdbath is visited by a variety of birds and small mammals. The lodge also boasts a curio shop, cozy lounge, rustic indoor fire place, scenic outdoor fire place, kitchen and dining area, all of which overlooks the local waterhole and wildlife activity.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.
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