A Luxury Namibia’s Desert Flying Safari Itinerary Guide

Immerse yourself in the finest aspects of Namibia, both from a higher vantage point and from beneath the surface, on this 7-day Namibia’s Desert Flying Safari adventure. Discover renowned safari destinations such as the wildlife-rich Hoanib Valley, the internationally acclaimed Sossusvlei Dunes, and the stunning Skeleton Coast. Your journey begins with a trip from Windhoek to the NamibRand Nature Reserve, where you will spend your initial nights at Kwessi Dunes.

During the day, you may partake in wildlife drives and hikes across the reserve. At night, you can indulge in stargazing at Africa’s inaugural International Dark Sky Reserve. After a short stop in Swakopmund for lunch, you will be transported to Hoanib Valley on a picturesque coastline flight. A sophisticated and stylish camp with luxurious tents and a plentiful amount of wildlife to be discovered. Lastly, enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you drive to the Skeleton Coast and have a stay at the highly acclaimed Shipwreck Lodge. Individuals seeking excitement and thrills will feel comfortable in this location, since it offers sports such as quad biking, dune boarding, and 4×4 drives.

Experience the breathtaking vistas of Namibia from all perspectives during this seven-day expedition. Experience the magnificence of the dry terrain from an elevated vantage point in a tiny aircraft, on picturesque drives across the harsh plains and wildlife preserves, and by foot as you traverse the desert riverbeds and ascend towering sand dunes.

This extraordinary flight plan guides you to several of the nation’s most sought-after safari locations, such as the internationally acclaimed dunes of Sossusvlei, the wildlife-abundant Hoanib Valley, and the captivatingly picturesque Skeleton Coast. Anticipate exhilarating adventures, electrifying interactions, and the creation of indelible memories.

You will have the opportunity to stay in top-tier luxury safari lodges and camps in Namibia, including the unique Shipwreck property. This property ensures a pleasant and extravagant experience, with flawless and friendly service from the moment you arrive in Windhoek until your departure.

Tour Highlights

  • Soak in Namibia’s spectacular scenery from the air and ground
  • Visit Sossuvlei’s iconic sand dunes
  • Discover the desert-adapted wildlife of Hoanib Valley
  • Quench your thirst for adventure at Shipwreck Lodge
  • Enjoy game drives and walks
  • Stargaze in Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve

Best For These Traveller Types

  • Couples & Honeymooners

Detailed Namibia’s Desert Flying Safari Itinerary

Day 1-3: From Windhoek To The Heart Of The NamibRand | 2 Nights

Sossusvlei Namibia – Desert Dunes of the Namib

The commencement of your Namibia’s Desert Flying Safari expedition takes place in the capital city of Windhoek. Upon arrival, you will be introduced to your pilot and embark on a trip to the central area of the NamibRand Nature Reserve. Our air transfer service not only ensures fast and secure transportation to your destination, but also offers breathtaking views of the rough plains below and glimpses of the iconic, crimson-colored dunes in the distance.

For the following two nights, the Kwessi Dunes will serve as your unconventional yet cosy temporary residence. The traditional lodge, made of canvas and thatch, offers a peaceful retreat from the contemporary world and a remarkable encounter with nature in a luxurious setting.

There is an abundance of sights and activities to experience in Kwessi Dunes. One can spend their days enjoying picturesque drives or taking hikes around the wildlife reserve, while the nights are ideal for indulging in exceptional stargazing in Africa’s inaugural International Dark Sky Reserve. One of the most notable experiences during your stay is undoubtedly a day excursion to the renowned Sossusvlei dunes, where you may ascend Big Daddy or Dune 45 and explore the salt pans of Deadvlei. For those seeking a more daring experience, the varied and sandy terrain can be discovered through quad bike (ATV) expeditions, as well as hot-air balloon rides and helicopter flights (available for an additional fee).

Day 3-5: Big Game Sightings & Local Village Visits In The Hoanib Valley | 2 Nights

Location: Kaokoveld, Namibia

Following your breakfast at Kwessi Dunes, you will embark on an aerial journey towards the Atlantic Coast, where you will get the opportunity to see the renowned shipwreck Eduard Bohlen, along with the picturesque sights of Conception Bay and Sandwich Harbour. Prior to arriving in Hoanib Valley, you will have the opportunity to take a little pause in Swakopmund, where you may indulge in a delectable seafood lunch and partake in a concise exploration of the delightful town.

In the late afternoon, you will arrive to Hoanib Valley Camp, a sophisticated tented camp that is enveloped by magnificent mountains and tall sand dunes. This luxurious lodging redefines the concept of “roughing it” in the natural environment. Guests may enjoy an authentic experience in the wild without sacrificing modern conveniences.

An appealing aspect of travelling to Africa is the opportunity to observe a wide range of animals that freely wanders the rough and uneven grasslands. Hoanib Valley Camp offers morning and afternoon wildlife drives in the surrounding area to observe desert-adapted giraffes, elephants, lions, and rhinos. When you are not observing your preferred animals, you can partake in nature hikes along the arid riverbeds and sand dunes, or engage with the indigenous Himba villages to get insight into their cultural practices.

Day 5-7: A Scenic Drive To The Skeleton Coast | 2 Nights

Location: Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Skeleton Coast, Namibia

Following breakfast, you will embark on a pleasant transfer trip from Hoanib Valley Camp to your ultimate destination. The voyage to the Skeleton Coast is a day-long expedition that offers awe-inspiring vistas. Along the road, you will encounter the transient Hoanib River, which is inhabited by numerous herds of elephants. Additionally, you will witness a terrain baked by clay that gradually transitions into white sand dunes.

The Skeleton Coast is a captivating and aesthetically pleasing area located on the picturesque coastline of Namibia. It will serve as the final destination of your Southern African vacation. The upcoming two nights will be enjoyed at the renowned Shipwreck Lodge, which may be the most remarkable lodging option on this journey due to its striking similarity to the shipwrecks that adorn the coastline.

Adventure enthusiasts will find great pleasure in the wide range of activities available at this destination, such as quad biking (ATV rides) and sandboarding across the dunes of the Skeleton Coast. Undoubtedly, it is imperative to thoroughly explore the namesake of Shipwreck Lodge before departing. Excursions to the Mowe Bay seal colony encompass visits to the Suiderkus and Karimona shipwrecks, in addition to the Westies diamond mine and the remnants of the Ventura Bomber. For anyone seeking a traditional safari experience with an added touch of adventure, there are full-day 4×4 trips to Hoarusib River. These excursions offer many opportunities to observe animals and also include a visit to the Clay Castles.

Day 7: Wave Goodbye To Africa

Indulge in a morning meal at Shipwreck Lodge prior to departing by air to Windhoek for the journey back home. Although you may be departing Africa, find solace in the fact that there are many opportunities to discover on this enchanting continent during another remarkable trip.

End of the Namibia’s Desert Flying Safari Itinerary

What’s Included

  • All entrance and park fees
  • Day trip to the Sossuvlei dunes, game drives and walks, quad biking, star gazing, Himba community visit, day trips from Shipwreck Lodge, full-day 4×4 drives, beach lunches, quad biking
  • Flight from Kwessi Dunes to Swakopmund
  • Flight from Skeleton Coast back to Windhoek
  • Flight from Swakopmund to Hoanib Valley Camp
  • Flight from Windhoek to Kwessi Dunes
  • Road transfer from Hoanib Valley Camp to Shipwreck Lodge

What’s Excluded

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
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