The Namibian Wilderness
Enjoy an eight day flying tour of Namibia. Accommodation is in Wilderness camps that take you to the source of the unique magnificence of this country. You will fly from Windhoek to Sossusvlei, where you will enjoy 4x4 excursions to the dramatic Dunes towering more than 1000ft above the surrounding plains. You then travel by light aircraft over the Namib and Skeleton Coast to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. After enjoying a coastal experience you board a scenic flight taking you further up the Skeleton Coast to Damaraland. Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy walks and drives in one of the best Wilderness areas of Namibia. You then fly to Ongava Tented Camp, situated along the Southern Boundary of Etosha National Park in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve. You will be able to enjoy game viewing in both Ongava and Etosha National Park, offering you a truly memorable and exhilirating Game experience.
You depart this morning, no later than 10h00, from Windhoek on a one-hour flight down to Sossusvlei Wilderness Camp. Sossusvlei Wilderness Camp is situated 20 km's from Sesriem, the Park's entrance to the Sossusvlei dunes. Towering dunes rise dramatically, more than 1000 ft above the surrounding plains. The camp's location provides access to Sossusvlei, yet also offers privacy and exclusivity. It has been built just below the top of a mountain, using rock, brick, timber and thatch and provides a cool refuge from the desert. Activities centre round early morning excursion's in 4x4 vehicles to the magnificent Sossusvlei dunes and the "vlei" itself. Afternoon activities are enjoyed on the property where you can spend time taking in the desert scenery with its unique fauna and flora.
There are 9 guest units, ensuring personal service and attention. Each unit is superbly appointed and has a panoramic view overlooking the plains below, its own plunge pool as well as an en suite bathroom with hot and cold running water.
On this early morning you depart by light aircraft that takes you over the Namib and over Sossusvlei itself, for an alternative view of the dunes from the air and then due west to Meob Bay on the Skeleton Coast. The desert and Skeleton Coast scenery is spectacular, where the dunes and the desert meet the Atlantic Ocean. The flight up the coast takes you over the site of the Eduard Bolen shipwreck, past Conception Bay and the wreck of the Shaunee, over Sandwich Harbour and its famous lagoon and will land at Swakopmund Airport. You are then transferred to Walvis Bay Harbour for a boat trip (weather permitting) which will allow you the opportunity to view seals and usually schools of dolphins swimming alongside the boat. You may also see turtles, sunfish, penguins, as well as a wonderful quantity and variety of birdlife. The group will return to Walvis Bay Harbor and following a delicious seafood lunch, be transferred by road to Swakopmund to enjoy a tour of this charming town. In the afternoon you depart from Swakopmund for a scenic flight further up the Skeleton Coast, past the Cape Cross Seal Colony, before turning east to fly up the Huab River Valley to Damaraland Camp.
Situated on the northern face of the Huab River valley and looking south toward the imposing Brandberg Mountains, Damaraland Camp offers its guests endless vistas. Early morning mists, generated by the clash between the icy Atlantic Ocean and the warm desert air of the Skeleton Coast, drift inland along the river sand canyon, providing sustenance to the flora and fauna of the region. This comfortable and friendly camp offers walks and drives in one of the best wilderness areas in Namibia. Although wildlife is not concentrated, the camp is situated where the rare Desert Elephant roams, alongside Gemsbok (Oryx), Springbok, Ostrich and other hardy desert animals. Rare succulent plants somehow manage to eke out an existence in this harsh countryside. Activities throughout the area are in 4x4 vehicles, and on foot.
Damaraland Camp accommodates guests in 9 comfortable tented rooms, with en-suite facilities including flush toilets and showers with hot and cold running water. The combined dining room and bar are under canvas.
Today you fly by light aircraft from Damaraland to Ongava Tented Camp, for a further two-night stay. Highlights are the game drives into Etosha National Park as well as the night drives, walks and hides on the private reserve. Ongava Tented Camp is situated along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve. The small 12 bedded tented camp is built in a different sector of the reserve to Ongava Lodge. Activities include game drives into the Okaukuejo area of Etosha where Lion, Elephant, Cheetah, Gemsbok, Springbok, and Hartebeest can be seen at many of the waterholes in the park. In addition, night drives and walks are offered on the private reserve. Ongava has resident White Rhino, and Etosha has Black Rhino, allowing guests staying at Ongava the opportunity to see both species.
Accommodation comprises six large comfortable walk-in tents with en-suite facilities, including flush toilet and a hot shower. All meals are enjoyed in the main dining area under thatch.
You depart Ongava by light air charter back to Windhoek where the safari ends at either Windhoek Eros or Windhoek International Airport at about 13h00.