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Activity level: Level 2 Requires moderate physical activity. You need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing steps and be comfortable with some periods of standing. Not suitable if you have limited mobility.
Destination: Namibia Fly-in Safari
Duration: 7 days
Pickup location: Windhoek International Airport

Overview

This incredible safari uses light aircraft flights to make the most of your time in this vast, beautiful country.

On this safari you will have a bird’s eye view of some of the most iconic sights of Namibia. From dramatic scenery and the world’s highest sand dunes, to fascinating ancient rock art, to the spectacular wildlife of Etosha National park and big cats of the AfriCAT foundation. From the Damaraland onwards you will travel by land with your own professional and experienced safari guide who will ensure that you see the best of the wildlife on offer here and share local insights with you.

Itinerary

Itinerary summary:

Day 1 - Sossusvlei
Day 2 - Sossusvlei
Day 3 - Damaraland
Day 4 - Damaraland
Day 5 - Etosha National Park
Day 6 - Etosha National Park
Day 7 - Okonjima, Windhoek and home

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Day 1 - Sossusvlei

You will be met by a Big Safari Company representative on arrival at Windhoek Airport to connect onto a scheduled light aircraft flight to the Geluk airstrip in the Kulala Wilderness Reserve.

The flight will take you over the spectacular vistas of the central highlands and the Namib Desert. Upon arrival you will be met by your local guide who will transfer you to Kulala Desert Lodge. The Lodge offers one of the closest views of Sossusvlei dunes as well as magnificent views of mountainous scenery and vast open plains. The afternoon can be spent at leisure enjoying some of the many activities at the lodge.

Included meals: Lunch and dinner
Accomodation: Kulala Desert Lodge
Optional activities: scenic walks, nature drives, hot air balloon rides and eco-sensitive guided quad biking excursions (additional cost)

Day 2 - Sossusvlei

This morning you will rise early to visit the Namib Naukluft National Park, entering the gates at sunrise to capture the spectacular dunes whilst the light is soft and shadows accentuate their towering 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. Return to Kulala Desert Lodge in the early afternoon for a late lunch.

The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure or you have the option for guided excursion to visit nearby Sesriem Canyon.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accomodation: Kulala Desert Lodge
Optional activities: Sesriem Canyon excursion

Day 3 - Damaraland

After breakfast you will be transferred back to the airstrip in time to board your scheduled light aircraft flight into the heart of Damaraland. You will be met on arrival and transferred to Camp Kipwe in time for lunch.

In the afternoon visit the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, a World Heritage Site containing over 2,500 prehistoric engravings that depict wildlife and abstract motifs - it is one of the largest and finest collections of rock art in Africa some of which are 10,000 years old.

Return to the camp for pre-dinner drinks on Kipwe’s sundowner rock, a short stroll from the camp, for stunning views of the surroundings at sunset.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accomodation: Camp Kipwe

Day 4 - Damaraland

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. Return to camp for lunch.

In the afternoon you can either relax at the lodge or join your guide to visit nearby local attractions or take a walk into the local area around camp.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accomodation: Camp Kipwe
Optional activities: Twyfelfontein excursion, guided local walk

Day 5 - Etosha National Park

This morning you will have an early departure with a picnic lunch en route, to the Okaukuejo Resort, located inside the Etosha National Park, in the early afternoon.

This rustic rest camp’s focus is the popular floodlit waterhole, where guests can watch the wildlife come and go. Camp’s prime location inside the park means you have as much time as possible on game drives within the Etosha National Park.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accomodation: Okaukuejo Resort

Day 6 - Etosha National Park

Today is dedicated to discovering the wildlife on game drives in the incredible Etosha National Park. One of Africa’s largest National Parks and with a salt pan that can be seen in space, this area offers spectacular game viewing. Lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino, hyena, zebra and giraffe are all found here as well as jackals, bat-eared fox, warthog and honey badgers. You can either opt to have a whole day in the park or enjoy morning and afternoon game drives from the camp.

Once you are back (gates close at sunset), the rest of the evening can be spent game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole while enjoying dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accomodation: Okaukuejo Resort

Day 7 - Okonjima, Windhoek and home

After breakfast the drive back to Windhoek goes via 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 including cheetah and leopard and you will get to see these spectacular animals at close range.

Upon your arrival in Windhoek you will be transferred to your overnight accommodation if you choose to extend your stay, or Windhoek International Airport for your onward flight home.

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch

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What's includedWhat's not includedImportant information

What's included

  • All transfers as specified
  • Scheduled light aircraft flights between Windhoek, Sossusvlei and Damaraland
  • Accommodation, meals and local drinks as specified
  • Entrance fees and excursions as specified
  • Guided activities
  • English speaking guide

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Premium drinks
  • Phone calls
  • Laundry
  • Personal purchases
  • Tips and gratuities

Important information

  • Vaccinations are recommended for Namibia. Please consult your doctor for advice.
  • US Passport holders require a visa to visit Namibia. These are obtained at the port of entry and are free of charge but you must have at least six months validity left on your passport and two free consecutive pages.
  • Luggage is restricted to 20kg per person including photographic equipment and hand luggage. Bags must be soft holdalls as hard cases cannot fit in the light aircraft.
  • Please let The Big Safari Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour.
  • Cancellation 90 - 0 days prior to departure: cancellation fee is 100%. It is your responsibility to ensure the correct travel insurance in place to protect you against the need to cancel your holiday. Deposits are non-refundable. Balance payments due 14 weeks prior to departure.
  • Further terms and conditions apply and will be provided upon request or at the time of booking. The Big Safari Company reserves the right to withdraw any offer prior to accepting a reservation request. This does not affect your statutory rights. This offer is subject to availability.

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The big journey company was set up with one goal in mind, to share our passion for inspirational cultures, destinations and experiences. Over the last 10 years we have had the privilege to escort thousands of travellers on awe inspiring and sometimes life changing journeys. Our promise to every guest who joins us is that we will do everything possible to make sure your journey not only exceeds expectations but delivers at least one moment of true amazement.

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