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Namibia Holidays Road Trip Self Drive Safari Tours Etosha Namib Desert

Namibia Flying Safari Holidays & Tours: Windhoek + Etosha + Namib Desert

Namibia Flying Safari Tour: Etosha, Swakop + Namib
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7 NIGHTS
FROM £3,895
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Namibia Flying Safari Holidays Tours Windhoek Etosha Namib Desert

Our Namibia flying safari holidays & tours allow you to explore this vast country by light aircraft, so avoiding having to travel long distances overland. From Windhoek, fly to Etosha National Park & the Bushmen paintings at Twyfelfontein. Continue to Swakopmund for a marine cruise & Sandwich Harbour tour, before flying to the sand dunes of the Namib Desert. All transfers, sightseeing & light aircraft flights included.

Namibia Flying Safari Holidays Tours Windhoek Etosha Namib Desert
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Namibia Flying Safari Holidays
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Windhoek
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Etosha National Park
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Open Top Game Drives
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Twyfelfontein
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Desert Elephants
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Bushman Paintings
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Swakopmund
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Marine Cruise & Sandwich Harbour
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Namib Desert & Sossusvlei
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Namibia Flying Safari Holidays
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Windhoek
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Etosha National Park
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Open Top Game Drives
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Twyfelfontein
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Desert Elephants
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Bushman Paintings
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Swakopmund
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Marine Cruise & Sandwich Harbour
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Namib Desert & Sossusvlei
Day 1
You will be met at Windhoek Airport and transferred 1-hour to your hotel in this small capital city.
  
Check in and relax under warm blue Namibian skies.
Day 2
Transfer to Eros Airport to join your flying safari tour.
 
Board your light aircraft flight to Etosha, flying across the starkly beautiful landscapes of central Namibia. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your lodge situated near the southern entrance to Etosha National Park, one of the largest and greatest game parks in Africa.
 
Etosha owes its unique landscape to a vast shallow depression – the Etosha Pan.  During the dry season it becomes an expanse of white cracked mud, shimmering with mirages and spiralling dust devils, with its open pans offering magnificent game viewing. Etosha is home to over a hundred different species of mammals including elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, lion, cheetah and leopard.
 
In the afternoon enjoy a game drive into Etosha National Park with a lodge ranger, travelling in an open-top game viewing vehicle.
 
Note: As you will be flying in a light aircraft you must pack soft sports bags only, as rigid suitcases will not fit into the luggage pods. A baggage allowance of 10 kg (which includes your hand luggage) is strictly enforced for safety reasons. Excess baggage can be stored with our local representative in Windhoek. Please note that on tours for operational reasons it is sometimes necessary to substitute one hotel with another of similar quality.
Day 3
Today is devoted to a full day of game viewing in an open-top vehicle, exploring the abundant wildlife of the famous Etosha National Park. This is one of the largest wildlife conservation areas in Africa, surrounding an enormous salt pan that is the size of the Netherlands.
 
During drier seasons it becomes an expanse of white cracked mud, shimmering with mirages and spiralling dust devils.  Waterholes along the southern edge frequently offer a rewarding game viewing experience, including several rare species such as black and white rhino.
 
This park is home to four of the Big 5, elephant, lion, leopard and rhino (as the terrain does not support buffalo) and its waterholes support a rich diversity of other mammals and birds, including species such as the black-faced impala, roan, cheetah and Namibia’s smallest antelope, the Damara dik-dik.
 
Note: Vehicles are not allowed to drive off-road in any national park in Namibia.
Day 4
This morning we visit the World Heritage site at Twyfelfontein, which means "Doubtful Spring". Over 6,000 years ago, San communities engraved and painted over 2,500 pictures here. These ancient Bushman Paintings have been well preserved in this dry environment and the hills are strewn with rock art - making this an amazing open-air museum.
 
Afterwards we fly over the mountains of stark Damaraland to the beach resort of Swakopmund, with its old lighthouse and easy access to the sand dunes and activities of the Namib.
  
Swakopmund is situated on the Atlantic Coast where the cold Benguela Current sweeps up from Antarctica, releasing no moisture into the prevailingly onshore winds – hence the very low rainfall and desert conditions. Fog is common along the coast in the early mornings and late afternoons and this is what gives life to the desert-adapted flora and fauna of the region. The cold current is also highly oxygenated, causing it to teem with marine life. Check into your hotel and relax on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 5
This morning transfer 30-minutes to Walvis Bay for a 3-hour Marine Cruise. Here you can see a resident school of dolphins and large colony of Cape fur seals at Pelican Point.
 
Marine bird life is also abundant and includes pelicans, terns and large flocks of flamingos which live in the shallow waters surrounding the harbour. You should see many Cape cormorants and hopefully some more difficult birds such as the Cape gannet, Pomarine skua and African black oyster catcher. You may also see migrating whales in season (September to October).
 
Afterwards continue by 4x4 jeep across the sand dunes of the Namib Desert to Sandwich Harbour, a former German whaling station that is now a unique wetland lagoon swallowed by the desert sands. We drive across the Kuiseb River delta to get as close as possible to Sandwich Harbour. Depending on the tides, if the vehicle cannot get all the way we will walk the last 4 to 5 km (light picnic lunch included).
Day 6
Transfer to Swakopmund Airport for your light aircraft flight to the Namib Desert.
   
Fly over fascinating desert landscapes to Sesriem, the gateway to the southern Namib with its magnificent dunes and famous Sossusvlei, whose great mountains of sand are a monument to the extreme forces of nature.
 
You will be met at the landing strip and transferred to your lodge. After the unpredictable desert rains (mid November/mid December), colourful desert flowers burst forth here and provide a delightful display.
Day 7
Set out early this morning on a 4x4 tour into the famous sand dunes at Sossusvlei, as this is the coolest part of the day and the best for photography.
 
This clay pan is surrounded by some of the highest dunes in the world – an endless sea of reddish sand stretching all the way to the distant horizon. These monumental star shaped dunes, some as high as 1,000 ft (325 m), were formed by strong multi-directional winds. The warm tints of sand range in colour from apricot to orange, red and maroon - and contrast vividly with the stark white clay pans at their base. You will be astonished by surreal Deadvlei, surrounded by some of the highest dunes and Sossusvlei, where the mostly dry Tsauchab River abruptly ends.
 
Take the opportunity to climb one of these dunes, which afford endless vistas across the desert landscape and the sea of sand. Also visit the narrow gorge of the impressive Sesriem Canyon, with its rock pools fed by the Tsauchab River during the rainy season. The name is derived from the six “rieme” (leather thongs) that early pioneers used to draw water from these pools. Afterwards return to your lodge, with afternoon at leisure.
Day 8
Transfer to the landing strip for your light aircraft flight to Windhoek Airport for your flight home.
 
Day 9
Transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight across the Namib Desert to Eros Airport.
 
Here you will be met and transferred to Windhoek Airport for flight home.