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The Namibia flying safari

Discover Namibia from the air with our Namibia Flying Safari. This is “big-screen” Africa at its best and home to the Namib Desert, saltpans and fascinating local culture.  So if you’re short on time this Namibia flying safari ticks all the boxes!

  • Etosha East
  • Twyfelfontein
  • Sossusvlei
  • 7 days/6 nights

Highlights of the flying safari

Explore the Etosha National Park with its vast game herds, elephants and black rhino, then we’ll discover the hidden ‘gems’ at Twyfelfontein with its rock formations and bushmen cave paintings. Finally we’ll enjoy a scenic flight along the Skeleton coast and on to the famous dunes of Sossusvlei.

  • 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
  • visit the famous dunes of Sossusvlei

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

  • 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

Read the full Namibia itinerary here

(Wilderness Air on the Namibia flying safari by Dana Allen courtesy Wilderness Safaris)

ItineraryFrom $5092

Day 1 - Arrive Windhoek Airport - Etosha East

You'll be met at Windhoek Airport for your air transfer to Etosha game reserve and Mushara Bush Camp, a luxury family-focussed safari lodge in a private reserve

Day 2-3 Etosha East

Road transfer game drive in Etosha on your way to the airstrip for your flight to Damaraland, the Twyfelfontein area. You'll stay at Camp Kipwe for 2 nights.

Day 4 - Twyfelfontein

A visit to Namibia’s “open air museum’, the Twyfelfontein petroglyphs and bushman paintings, Burnt Mountain as well as the interesting Organ Pipes rock formations.

Day 5 - Sossusvlei

Fly south over Damaraland to Swakopmund to re-fuel. This scenic flight along the Skeleton Coast and the Namib Dunes takes you to the landing strip close to the Namib Naukluft Park. Transfer to lodge.

Day 6 - Sossusvlei / Dead Pan / Dune 45

Early morning rise for a light breakfast and then on to the beautiful Sossusvlei area where most of the morning is spent with hikes, dune photography, climb dune/s.

Day 7 - Fly back to Windhoek Airport

Fly back to the Windhoek Airport, over the Namib Naukluft Mountain range where this amazing trip will end. Pre and post accommodation with airport transfers can be arrange in Windhoek if necessary.

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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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