Gems of Namibia
• Etosha National Park • Damaraland • Swakopmund • Sossusvlei
Namibia is a vast and ageless country, visible through its heritage of rock art and stunning geological attractions such as the petrified forest and the red Sossusvlei sand dunes. On this tailored fly-in safari, experience the best of this magnificent and varied land, travelling its great expanse by wings and discovering rugged and dramatic landscapes from the air. Flying enables travellers to see more places in a shorter period of time, and it also offers a very different and special view point. Start your journey in Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia, before moving on to thrilling game drives in the Onguma Reserve with visits to the renowned Etosha National Park. Track desert adapted elephants in the ephemeral river systems, marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Twyfelfontein, climb some of the highest free-standing sand dunes in the world and explore one of Africa's largest private nature reserves at NamibRand.
Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, situated in the northern foothills of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, is designed to make the most of its breathtaking surroundings whilst providing a sophisticated and luxurious stay. The lodge consists of glass and stone curves, where walls and windows fold away completely to open out to the grassy plains, distant dunes, and mountain ranges. Each spacious, air-conditioned suite features a shaded deck, split level bedroom and living room with fireplace for cool evenings, en-suite glass encased bathroom and outdoor shower. Star gazing is a highlight with a star-viewing sky light in each room and an observatory with a powerful telescope. Guided activities on offer to explore the local reserve include scenic 4x4 nature drives, fascinating walks and exhilarating quad-biking excursions.
Onguma - The Fort Located on the eastern border of the renowned Etosha National Park and positioned to give guests unrivalled views of the spectacular Namibian sunset, The Fort offers 34,000 hectares of private wilderness to explore. The diverse wildlife that populates the area can be enjoyed from the comfort of your suite, on a sunset game drive or from the main tower - offering unparalleled views of this unique landscape.
Day 1: Windhoek After landing at Windhoek's International Hosea Kutako Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative who will transfer you to your hotel. You will have time to settle into your room before dinner, which can be enjoyed at the excellent in-house restaurant or out at one of the popular restaurants in town.
Day 2: Windhoek to the Eastern Boundary of Etosha National Park After a leisurely breakfast, you will be transferred to the local airport and introduced to your pilot before boarding your shared light aircraft flight to Onguma - The Fort. Upon landing at the local Mokuti airstrip, you will be met by a guide and transferred to The Fort. Situated within the private Onguma Game Reserve on the eastern border of Etosha National Park, this lodge is home to a host of diverse wildlife which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your suite, on a sunset game drive, or from the main tower which offers unparalleled views of this unique landscape. Later this afternoon you have the option to join a guided game drive within the private Onguma Nature Reserve, or simply relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility of your surroundings.
Day 3: Onguma Game Reserve, Eastern Boundary of Etosha National Park Today you will be treated to exciting morning and afternoon game drives into the eastern side of Etosha National Park, as well as on the Onguma Game Reserve. Return to the lodge during the heat of the day for lunch and time to relax by the lounge, on the deck or by your room.
Day 4: Eastern Boundary of Etosha National Park to Damaraland After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the Mokuti airstrip for your shared light aircraft flight to Damaraland. You will land at the Twyfelfontein airstrip where a representative will greet and transfer you to your lodge. 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 geological sites of Burnt Mountain and the Organ Pipes; alternatively, you can take a leisurely walk into the local area and explore the nearby attractions tomorrow.
Day 5: Damaraland After an early breakfast, you will be treated to an exciting 4x4 excursion along the ephemeral Huab and Aba Huab River valleys to explore this remarkable region and to search for wildlife, including the elusive desert adapted elephants. You will return to the lodge for lunch and this afternoon you may visit Twyfelfontein and other nearby attractions, take a guided walk into the local area around your lodge, or relax and enjoy some well-deserved leisure time. Damaraland is home to a variety of desert adapted wildlife and hidden desert treasures.
Day 6: Damaraland to Swakopmund This morning after breakfast, you will have some time to relax and explore the local area before a lodge guide will drop you off at the Twyfelfontein airstrip for your scheduled flight to Swakopmund. You take to the air, flying in a southerly direction along the Atlantic Ocean to reach Swakopmund. Here you will be met by a representative and transferred into town for your two-night stay. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to explore Swakopmund on foot. Lunch and dinner can be enjoyed at one of the hotel restaurants or in town.
Day 7: Swakopmund Today will be available for you to spend the day at leisure, exploring Swakopmund and Walvis Bay with activities of your choice. You may wish to climb the coastal dunes at Langstrand or Dune 7, explore Swakopmund's shops, cafe's, museum, waterfront and aquarium, or partake in any of the adventure activities on offer such as boat cruises, kayaking, Living Desert Tours, 4x4 Sandwich Harbour Excursions, and scenic flights (all activities are optional and at additional cost).
Day 8: Swakopmund to Sossusvlei This morning you will be transferred to Swakopmund Airport for your scheduled light aircraft flight along the coast into the Namib Desert. You fly along the coastline (fog permitting) over Walvis Bay lagoon, the salt pans, Sandwich Harbour and shipwrecks, before heading inland over abandoned diamond mining camps and Sossusvlei, with an amazing bird's eye view of the great dune sea that stretches inland from the coast, landing at the Sossusvlei Airstrip. A Sossusvlei Desert Lodge representative will meet you upon your arrival at the lodge airstrip and transfer you to the lodge. Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is a fantastic base from which to explore the spectacular Namib Desert and dunes of Sossusvlei. This afternoon you have the option to enjoy a guided excursion on the NamibRand Nature Reserve as run by the lodge - activities include guided walks, nature drives or quad-biking in the dunes.
Day 9: Sossusvlei Area This morning you will rise early for a magical excursion with your local guide 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 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 dune fields to your heart's content you can enjoy a relaxed picnic breakfast in the shade of a camel thorn tree. Return to Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in the early afternoon for lunch, stopping off to view Sesriem Canyon along the way. 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 activity within the NamibRand Nature Reserve as offered by the lodge.
Day 10: Sossusvlei to Windhoek If time allows, this morning can be spent on an activity exploring the area, You are then transferred back to the local airstrip for your scheduled light aircraft flight back to Windhoek International Airport, ensuring that you have sufficient time to check in for your ongoing international flight.
• Luxury tailor-made journey • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 6 dinners • 9 nights luxury accommodation, including Soussusvlei Desert Lodge and Onguma - The Fort • Scheduled road and light aircraft transfers • Daily safari activities with expert guides and trackers • Excursions with expert guides
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Departs daily 1 Jan - 31 Oct
2021 Departs daily 1 Jan - 31 Oct
Booking conditions Price applies to a minimum of two people travelling. Single pricing is based on travelling with others.
Price applies to a minimum of two people travelling. Single pricing is based on travelling with others.