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The Namibia flying safari

Discover Namibia from the air, this flying safari includes all 3 of the country’s icons… the dunes of Sossusvlei, rugged Damaraland and the wildlife in Etosha.

This is “big-screen” Africa at its best. Home to the Namib Desert, saltpans and fascinating local culture. If you’re short on time this Namibia flying safari ticks all the boxes!

  • Sossusvlei
  • Damaraland
  • Ongava Private Game Reserve on the edge of Etosha
  • 7 days/6 nights

Highlights of the flying safari

  • See the famous dunes of Sossusvlei.
  • paddle with the dolphins on a half day kayaking trip around Walvis Bay.
  • Damaraland drives and walks for sightings of the desert-adapted elephant, black rhino, springbok, gemsbok, kudu and rare succulent plants.
  • take a trip to Etosha to spot the big game around the famous waterholes.
  • game drives in the National Park and on the Ongava Reserve – one of the few private game reserves in southern Africa where guests can see both black and white rhino.
  • explore the Petrified Forest and ancient Rock Art

When’s the best time to do this Flying safari?

The trip runs year round.

  • January to April – main rainy season. Mid-summer is extremely hot, often violent thunderstorms and flash floods (especially in the north). Best for Bird-watching – November to March
  • May to October – Cool dry season, days are cool, clear and sunny. Night time temperatures can be near freezing. Best time for game viewing – late October (end of the dry season). Temperatures rise dramatically especially in the Kaokoveld and Etosha National Park
  • mid July to late October is the main tourist season for Namibia. Accommodation for the lodges and camps books up quickly, we advise booking well in advance. Travel outside this period and it’s much quieter and you may well have many of the attractions to yourself

Speak to us about…

  • Discounts for small groups of family or friends
  • Private safaris for which we can include access further afield in the Kaokoveld, the Skeleton Coast and beyond.

ItineraryFrom $5092

Day 1 - Arrive Windhoek Airport - Sossusvlei Day 1 - Arrive Windhoek Airport - Sossusvlei

You'll be met at Windhoek Airport for your air transfer to Sossusvlei. Stay at Kulala Wilderness Reserve for 2 nights (all inclusive basis) close to the red dunes.

Day 2 - Sossusvlei Day 2 - Sossusvlei

Kulala Wilderness Reserve is home to ostrich, springbok, gemsbok, bat-eared fox, Cape fox, cheetah, black-backed jackal. Adjacent to Namib Naukluft Park.

Day 3 - Damaraland Camp/ Desert Rhino Camp Day 3 - Damaraland Camp/ Desert Rhino Camp

Leave Sossusvlei for your flights across the Namib Desert and along the Skeleton coastline to Damaraland or Desert Rhino Camp, your base for 2 nights.

Day 4 - Damaraland Day 4 - Damaraland

Private concession is home to diverse arid-adapted wildlife: including ‘desert-adapted’ elephants and Hartmann’s mountain zebra and Africa's vast free-roaming population of desert-adapted black rhino.

Day 5 - Ongava Private Game Reserve Day 5 - Ongava Private Game Reserve

Light aircraft transfer to Ongava Lodge/Tented Camp which overlooks a waterhole where wildlife congregate. The lodge nextles on a rocky outcrop with amazing views over the vast plains

Day 6 - Ongava Day 6 - Ongava

A prolific private reserve (74,132 acres) bordering the Etosha National Park. A haven for wildlife including springbok, lion, gemsbok, wildebeest, warterbuck, Hartmann's and Burchell's zebra.

Day 7 - Depart Ongava Day 7 - Depart Ongava

Light aircraft flight to Hosea Kutako International Airport for your onward travel. Please ask your Zambezi consultant if you would like us to arrange an add-on to this safari or int. flights.

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Where will I stay?

  • Stay at Kulala Wilderness Reserve – a desert retreat like you’d never have experienced before! Thatched villas with exquisite fittings, bleached decks with private plunge pools and roof top skybeds. Enter the dunes of Sossusvlei via a private gate, soar above the desert in a hot-air balloon or explore on a quad bike ride.
  • Our unique Damaraland camp is in the Huab River Valley. Spacious living with large deck and swimming pool. Track rhino and desert elephants, spend evenings around an open camp fire, stargazing into the crystal clear night skie.  One of the country’s more delicate wilderness areas with ancient valleys and mountains.
  • Fly to the edge of Etosha National Park  and the Ongava Game Reserve. Comfortable Meru-style tents  with en-suites. Open-air showers and large verandas and swimming pool. The camp fronts onto a waterhole attracting the best of Etosha’s wildlife.

The Safari includes:

  • Inter-camp flight transfers
  • 6 nights’ accommodation with all meals
  • twice daily scheduled camp activities
  • park fees
  • laundry at camps which are able to provide this service
  • local drinks
  • Namibian VAT & Tourism Levy.

Groups of 4 or more can book a daily departure – subject to availability.

The Safari excludes:

  • International flights
  • premium imported brands and champagne
  • additional activities not included in the itinerary, tips and gratuities, items of a personal nature.

Please note: There is an extra charge for luggage over 12 kgs per person.

How to get there

The safari starts an ends at Windhoek Airport where you’ll be met by our representative. Please advise your Zambezi consultant if you would like us to arrange your international flights, add on a few nights in another destination or your onward travel arrangements.


Desert adapted elephants

  • Desert elephants are the same size as savannah elephants
  • even though they survive on less food
  • footpads are more spread out due to the distances they cover walking on sand
  • Bull elephant when fully grown can weigh as much as 6000 kg and reach a shoulder height of 4m
  • females weigh in a just over half the weight of the male elephant
  • an elephant’s tusk will continue to grow throughout their life
  • some elephant families are tuskless, this is inherited within the females of the desert family groups
  • in the Hoanib and Hoarusib desert elephant populations some 6 out of 20 females are without tusks
  • Desert elephants have a diet grasses, shrubs, herbs, bark, leaves, fruits and seeds
  • they can go without water for up to 3 days is they’re not close to a water supply.
  • mud and dust baths are used as a way of protecting the skin again insects and the sun



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