Namib Desert and Etosha
Namib Desert and Etosha 7 days/ 6 nights
Guests on this Fly-In Safari will be treated to the highlights of a classical Namibian Safari, including the Namib Naukluft Park and Sossusvlei, the southern Skeleton Coast, Namibia’s premier coastal holiday town, Swakopmund, and the Etosha National Park.
On arrival at the Windhoek Airport you will be welcomed by a company representative and assisted onto your charter flight. Departure by seat on a charter flight on route to the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei. Midday arrival, including lunch, before conducting a late afternoon nature drive excursion in safari vehicles. Overnight accommodation will be at the Kulala Desert Lodge OR Kulala Wilderness Camp on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis.
Situated on over 21,0000 ha of private property and bordering the Namib Naukluft Park, Little Kulala lies in the heart of the Namib Desert on the western side of the Kulala Wilderness Reserve and offers magnificent views of the famous red dunes of Sossusvlei as well as magnificent mountainous scenery and vast open plains. Eight thatched and canvas chalets or “Kulalas” (Swahili for “resting place”) with en suite bathrooms are set on wooden platforms to provide maximum airflow. As an option for outdoor enthusiasts, bedrolls are provided for the rooftop to sleep under the stars from a private star gazing platform. The central lodge provides a lounge, pub, dining area and plunge pool all with a view of the dunes.
Day 2 and 3
This morning will be spent conducting an early morning excursion in safari vehicles to the Namib Naukluft Park to the famed Namib Sand Sea and to the magnificent Sossusvlei dunes. Departure is before dawn to appreciate the breathtaking desert colours as the sun rises. Once in the desert optional excursions are conducted on foot to photograph the dune landscape and the desert ecology or to climb some of the highest known dunes in the world. A light breakfast is served under the spreading Camel Thorn acacia trees (Acacia erioloba) before returning to the lodge by midday.
During the afternoon conduct a nature drive activity on the property, taking in the desert scenery with its unique fauna and flora. This is not a game rich area due to the harsh environment, however, what game is seen is interesting and dramatized by the contrast between desert and the magnificent animals like Springbok, Oryx and Ostrich who survive and eke out an existence on these arid plains. Overnight accommodation will be at the Kulala Desert Lodge OR Kulala Wilderness Camp on a fully inclusive basis.
After a leisurely breakfast continue via seat on a charter flight crossing the Namib Sand Sea on route to the coastal town of Swakopmund. This route includes a scenic flight along the “Skeleton Coast” viewing the “Edward Bohlen (1909)” and “Shaunee (1976)” shipwrecks and Sandwich Harbour. On arrival in Swakopmund you will be met by a company representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure to explore Namibia’s premier coastal resort. Founded in 1892 during the period of German colonial rule it served as the territory’s main harbour for years. Today this quaint town nestled between desert and ocean is enhanced by lush green lawns, palm trees and carefully tended gardens. There is a good selection of restaurants and coffee shops selling traditional German cakes and pastries. Overnight accommodation will be at the Hansa Hotel (similar) on a bed and breakfast basis only.
What you would never expect in the world’s oldest desert, Namibia’s finest and oldest Hotel.
Hansa Hotel – nestling in the very centre of the charming little town of Swakopmund, wrapped in the shape of a timelessly classical building dating from 1905, an integral part of Swakopmund’s architectural heritage, offers you a feeling of being enveloped in a luxurious and sophisticated hospitality with a satisfying blend of both classic atmosphere and truly elegant interior, matched with friendly and personalized service.
In recognition of the outstanding quality of selection and interest of wines featured in our wine list, we have also been awarded the prestigious Diners Club Platinum Award
After breakfast transfer to the airport for tour flight towards the renowned Etosha National Park and the Ongava Lodge OR Ongava Tented Camp. Arrival by midday for lunch and to conduct a late afternoon game viewing drive activity in open safari vehicles on the 30 000ha Ongava Ranch. Adjacent to the Etosha National Park, the Ongava Ranch is stocked with a selection of game species, including Black and White Rhino, Leopard, Lion and Waterbuck. Overnight accommodation will be at Ongava Lodge on a fully inclusive basis.
The Ongava Lodge is situated on the private 30,000-hectare Ongava Game Reserve and shares a common border with the Etosha National Park. The lodge offers the full Etosha experience while providing great accommodation and service, as well as the opportunity to take night drives and nature walks on the reserve, activities that are not allowed within the Etosha National Park.
The Ongava Lodge has 10 chalets, which are attractively built out of brick and thatch close to the top of a hill. All your comforts are taken care of. Each chalet has an en suite bathroom, bath, shower and double hand basins. There is air conditioning in the rooms and overhead fans. The rooms have glass-fronted doors which lead out onto a private covered veranda overlooking the bush. The main lounge, bar and dining area is also under thatch with wonderful views across the plains and floodlit waterhole below. Outdoor dining under the stars, whilst viewing game drinking at the waterhole is something never to be forgotten. There is also a swimming pool and a large curio shop stocking a good selection of “African Gifts and branded safari clothing”.
Game drives will be undertaken into Etosha National Park and on the Ongava Reserve. Guided walks with armed ranger are offered on the property as well as night drives.
Today’s Etosha National Park was proclaimed as Namibia’s first conservation area in 1907 by the then German government and is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Consisting of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast shallow depression.
For the greater part of the year the pan is a bleak expanse of white, cracked mud which, on most days shimmers with mirages. Seeing vast herds of game against this eerie backdrop, referred to in the local vernacular as the ‘great white place of dry water’, makes the Etosha game-viewing a unique experience.
Of the 114 mammal species found in the park, several are rare and endangered, such as black rhino, cheetah and black-faced impala. Etosha’s current population of more than 700 black rhino represents one of the few growing populations of black rhino in the world.
About 340 bird species occur in Etosha, about one third being migratory. For the greater part of the year (the dry season) Etosha’s animals and birds are dependent on about 30 springs and waterholes. These provide excellent game viewing and photographic opportunities. During the rainy season, especially the bird life at the main pan and Fischer’s Pan is worth viewing.
Overnight at Ongava Lodge OR Ongava Tented Camp on a fully inclusive basis.
After a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to the airfield for your return seat on a charter flight to the Windhoek Airport where you will connect with your regional or international scheduled departure.
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