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Highlights of Namibia & Skeleton Coast - Luxury Fly-in

This extensive 11-day luxury flying safari highlights Namibia's 'must-see' destinations, with superb stays in high end camps and lodges. A highlight of this trip is an exclusive, ultra-luxurious stay in the Hoanib River Valley, with private access to the exquisite Skeleton Coast, one of the earth's most remote destinations. In addition to the Skeleton Coast, this trip covers the main highlight of Namibia, including the wildlife of Etosha and Okonjima, the Namib Naukluft National Park's striking desert landscape, and vibrant Swakopmund.

Tailor-made Luxury 12 days

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,004 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

       

     
  • 11-day light aircraft tour showcasing Nambia's best highlights, with unrivalled aerial views and exceptional stays in top notch camps and lodges
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  • Luxuriate in an exclusive 3-night stay in Hoanib River Valley, with private access to the 'other-wordly' wilderness of the remote and enchanting Skeleton Coast
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  • Witness Etosha National Park's abundant wildlife, and the jaw-dropping magnitude of the Namib Naukluft National Park's gargantuan Sossusvlei dunes 
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  • Choose from an enticing mix of water and land-based activities in and around the vibrant coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay
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Day-by-day

DAY 1: LIGHT AIRCRAFT TRANSFER FROM WINDHOEK TO THE NAMIB NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK 
On arrival at Windhoek Airport, you will be met and introduced to your Wilderness Air pilot for the onward light aircraft transfer to Geluk airstrip, near Sesriem. During the 1 ¼ hour flight, enjoy magnificent aerial views of the Naukluft mountains and the ancient Namib Desert. Note that luggage must be contained in soft bags and adhere to strict weight restrictions. On arrival, settle into the 23-roomed Kulala Desert Lodge with it's ensuite thatched and canvas sleeping quarters, swimming pool, and delightful wrap-around veranda overlooking the stunning Namib landscape. The lodge offers nature drives and guided trips to the phenomenal Sossusvlei dunes via Kulala's private entrance. Following the day's activities, relax back at camp, with the option to sleep out under the super clear, star-studded skies on a private roof-top sleeping platform.
Accommodation: Kulala Desert Lodge 
Flight Duration: approximately 1 ¼ hours 
  
DAY 2: DAY AT LEISURE TO EXPLORE THE NAMIB NAUKLUFT NATIONAL PARK 
Rise early and arrive at the entrance to the Namib Naukluft National Park at dawn. This beautiful park comprises a mix of landscapes from expansive gravel plains, to orange sand dunes, inselburgs, and mountain plains. Travel 70 km through the park to reach the 'great dune sea' of Sossusvlei, gigantic dunes which cascade down to the Atlantic Ocean shore. Explore Dead Vlei, whose cracked white earth is dotted with a surreal series of 500-year old petrified trees. If time allows, the Sesriem Canyon is another enchanting destination and, at certain times of year, can be a great place for a refreshing swim. Note that the desert can be extremely hot in the middle of the day, so do remember plenty of water, a hat, high factor sunblock, and sturdy, enclosed walking shoes. 
Accommodation: Kulala Desert Lodge 
Flight Duration: n/a 
 
DAY 3: LIGHT AIRCRAFT TRANSFER FROM SESRIEM TO SWAKOPMUND 
Today's hour-long light aircraft transfer from Geluk airstrip to the coastal resort of Swakopmund reveals fantastic views over the Namib Desert and the Skeleton Coast. On arrival at Swakopmund, you will be met and driven to Cornerstone Guesthouse, a small and peaceful B&B situated within easy walking distance of the beach and the town centre with its cafes, restaurants, lively pubs, and variety of interesting shops and markets. Attractions in town include the Crystal Gallery exhibition of semi-precious stones, the National Marine Aquarium, a Snake Park housing a fascinating display of Namibian and exotic species, and the Swakopmund Museum which provides insight into the town's fascinating colonial history. 
Accommodation: Cornerstone Guesthouse 
Flight Duration: approximately 1 hour 
  
DAY 4: DAY AT LEISURE IN AND AROUND SWAKOPMUND 
There's plenty of time to relax today and enjoy Swakopmund. Activities such as sand-boarding, tandem sky-diving, fishing, and quad biking abound. A day trip to Sandwich Harbour is one possibility, with its winning combination of towering dunes, a freshwater lagoon, and the wild Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, half day catamaran cruises from Walvis Bay to see dolphins, seals, and an impressive number of marine birds are a delight. Other half day trips include kayaking from Pelican Point in Walvis Bay, specialist birding trips, and the Living Desert tour which reveals unique desert-adapted creepy crawlies in the nearby sand dunes. While it's possible to book some activities at the last minute, note that it's generally worth booking in advance to avoid disappointment. 
Accommodation: Cornerstone Guesthouse 
Flight Duration: n/a 
 
DAY 5: LIGHT AIRCRAFT TRANSFER FROM SWAKOPMUND TO THE HOANIB SKELETON COAST CAMP, HOANIB RIVER VALLEY 
Today begins with a transfer from Cornerstone Guesthouse to Swakopmund Airport, and on via Doro Nawas to the the Hoanib River Valley on the border of the Skeleton Coast National Park. During the 2-2 ½ hour flight, enjoy breath-taking views over the dry, rocky interior of Damaraland before heading over flat-topped mountains and vast gravel plains to the Hoanib River. Arrive at the extremely remote yet luxurious Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp in the Palmwag Concession, adjacent to the iconic Skeleton Coast National Park. Accessible only by light aircraft, this exclusive and environmentally-friendly camp comprises just seven comfortable, spacious, and stylish tents with superb views across the valley to a waterhole. Activities take the form of drives along the ephemeral Hoanib River Valley in search of oases supporting desert elephants, giraffe, mountain zebra, and a multitude of antelope species and predators.
Accommodation: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp 
Flight Duration: total of approximately 2 ½ hours in the air 
  
DAY 6: DAY TRIP TO THE SKELETON COAST 
The Skeleton Coast has a reputation for being remote, inhospitable and steeped in eerie history. Many ships have run aground over time, and their 'skeletons' can still be seen lying forlorn and rusting along the never-ending beaches. Today, set off early in the morning for an exceptional guided drive through the Hoanib River Valley, arriving at Mowe Bay for visits to the nearby seal colony, ship-wrecks, and ancient anthropological remains. After a luxury beach picnic, enjoy a 15 minute low-level scenic flight back from Mowe Bay to camp, with unrivalled views of the untamed wilderness below. 
Accommodation: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp  
Flight Duration: 15 minute scenic flight as part of day trip 
 
DAY 7: DAY AT LEISURE, HOANIB RIVER VALLEY 
Enjoy a full day's relaxation in and around camp, enjoying the scenery and perhaps taking part in one or two optional activities as preferred.
Accommodation: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp 
Flight Duration: n/a 
 
DAY 8: LIGHT AIRCRAFT TRANSFER TO ONGAVA ON THE BORDER OF ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK 
Today, enjoy superb views over Damaraland during the inland transfer flights from Hoanib, via Doro Nawas, to Ongava on the border of Etosha National Park, Namibia's premier game-viewing destination.  Settle in to the Ongava Tented Camp on the 35,000 hectare Ongava Private Game Reserve. This 9-tented lodge has a sociable bush camp atmosphere. Drinks and dinner are enjoyed around the open-air fireplace overlooking a busy, floodlit waterhole directly in front of camp. Black and white rhino are common visitors to the waterhole by night, as are lions, and the occasional leopard. Activities include guided walks and night drives around the Ongava reserve, and day time game drives into the Etosha National Park.
Accommodation: Ongava Tented Camp 
Flight Duration: total of approximately 1 ½ hours in the air 
 
DAY 9: GUIDED GAME DRIVE IN THE ETOSHA NATIONAL PARK 
Etosha, meaning 'great white place' is dominated by a massive salt pan. This arid and chalk-white landscape is home to a rich variety of wildlife including the rare black rhino, elephant, giraffe, blue wildebeest, zebra, impala, an abundance of big cats, and an impressive array of birdlife. There's a great deal to see here, by simply resting quietly near one of the waterholes, or by driving slowly through the park and observing wildlife at the roadsides.  The park opens at sunrise, and closes at sunset, by which time you will have returned to camp for dinner and a relaxing evening.  
Accommodation: Ongava Tented Camp 
Flight Duration: n/a 
 
DAY 10: LIGHT AIRCRAFT TRANSFER FROM ONGAVA TO OKONJIMA 
Today, take an hour's flight southwards from the Ongava concession to the Okonjima Nature Reserve. Nestled amidst the Omboroko Mountains, the reserve is home to the highly informative AfriCat Carnivore Care Centre and the 'Okonjima Experience', where visitors actively participate in a leopard sustainability programme by collecting and collating data with their professional guides. Enjoy an overnight stay at Okonjima Plains Camp, a tastefully upgraded ex-cattle farm which offers on-foot nature trails and game drives in this game-rich area. Boasting two pools and an open-plan bar and lounge, the camp is a lovely place to relax, with fabulous views of the grassy plains.   
Accommodation: Okonjima Plains Camp 
Flight Duration: approximately 1 hour 
 
DAY 11: OKONJIMA PLAINS CAMP 
Spend today at leisure in and around camp, participating in optional activities as preferred. 
Accommodation: Okonjima Plains Camp 
Flight Duration: n/a 
 
DAY 12: LIGHT AIRCRAFT TRANSFER FROM OKONJIMA TO WINDHOEK AIRPORT FOR DEPARTURE 
Today's flight will take you southwards from Okonjima to Windhoek International Airport. Enjoy the views over the wildlife rich home of the AfriCat Foundation before heading to the central plateau and the International Airport in time for your onward journey. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

Kulala Desert Lodge

Namib-Naukluft

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Private access to Namib-Naukluft NP
- Roof top sala to sleep under stars
- Guided activities available
- Optional horse riding & balloon flights.

Cornerstone Guesthouse

Swakopmund & Walvis Bay

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

- Simple but stylish rooms
- Friendly and efficient service
- Located between beach and town

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Stunning, unique landscape
- Contemporary, stylish accommodation
- Skeleton Coast excursions
- Opportunity to meet wildlife researchers

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Easy access to Etosha National Park
- Active Waterhole
- Authentic Tented Camp
- Small & Friendly

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Intense wildlife viewing
- Nature trails on foot and in vehicles
- AfriCat carnivore care centre
- Leopard sustainability programme

Details

Getting there

Namibia has excellent regular connections via Johannesburg (and less frequently via Cape Town). Air Namibia also operates via Frankfurt. Flights from London to Windhoek via Johannesburg start from £780 -£1280 per person

Extensions to Botswana and the Victoria Falls are possible with regular connections.

Flight prices on this route are always cheaper booked in advance, particularly when flying during school holiday periods.

Please let us know your preferred departure airport and we would be pleased to quote for a flight inclusive ATOL protected package.

Price includes

Guide price includes accommodation (fully inclusive at Kulala, Hoanib and Ongava, HB at Okonjima and BB in Swakopmund), all internal flights and airport transfers.

When is best?

The months from June to September are winter in Southern Africa but temperatures during the day reach very comfortable early 20 degrees Celsius, just pretty chilly at night but you can keep comfortable with various layers. This is the time of the least / no rainfall making the vegetation less dense and the game easy to spot. You could use a standard sedan vehicle for this journey but a 2x4 makes the trip more comfortable.

Autumn, April-May tends to be a lovely time with all the young being born and the vegetation still green. Spring, late September into early November can have variable weather depending on the previous rainfall but offers excellent game viewing

The summer months November to March tend to be the highest rainfall which is generally when a 4x4 vehicle is suggested; it tends to be hot and humid with afternoon thunderstorms.

Is it for me?

This itinerary is designed to feature the very best of Namibia including the incredible remote Skeleton Coast. As such it is suitable for those with a higher budget.


The two primary drivers of cost in this itinerary are the small plain flights between locations and the stay in the exclusive Skeleton Coast, an incredible experience that is not possible to replicate at a lower budget level.

Safety

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Really brilliant being met in the airport off the plane. It got the holiday off to the right start and driver really chatty and knowledgeable. Great transfers to and from the camps with drivers that were like guides - pointing out animals and full of interesting facts. All really friendly.

    4 Rosmead in Cape Town; We loved it here. Just the right side of plush and a lovely warm, friendly welcome. Breakfast were delicious. It was a real haven to come back to and even though it was small it didn’t feel intrusive. They were also really helpful with great places to eat.

    Tours in Cape Town; Our guide, Bevan, gave us an incredible insight into the history of South Africa whilst also being really knowledgeable on wild life and nature. No question was too hard and his answers honest. He had an intern with him from a township and this allowed us a different perspective. Bevan was brilliant with my daughter. The Cape Point trip was a full on day with lots packed in. Our highlight was the penguins but we also really enjoyed seeing Cape Point and getting our first taste of the wild life to come! Our stand out experience in Cape Town had to be the tour of Masiphumelele. We’re so pleased that we did this as it gave us an insight of the lives of so many people in SA. The visibility of such poverty was tough going at times and we learned much about the harsh realities of living in a township such as how dwellings regularly burn down, TB & HIV incidence but equally we saw the resilience, warmth and resourcefulness of the residents. We loved being shown around the nursery and the library and the chance to have a very different experience. Being in someone’s home for lunch was a real privilege. We got such a lovely welcome there and the food was really delicious. The tribal dance routine felt a little forced and I wasn’t convinced there was much pride in the display. I think being shown a little more of the craft workshop or the older people’s group might have worked better. Although I can see how this allowed us have a purpose to go into the unofficial part of the township. All in all a moving experience that will stay with us both for years to come.

    Getting around Cape Town; We quickly learnt from local people it’s not actually that safe walking around Cape Town except for in the Waterfront. Uber is the best way to travel - much safer and cheaper than the local cabs. The fares are ridiculously cheap.

    Food/Going Out; There are so many great places to eat in Cape Town. The indoor food market at the Waterfront is an absolute must. A huge variety of food that is great quality. Also a great place to hang out for a while as there is always bands playing. The Waterfront overall was a pleasant way to do a bit of shopping. We got some great township art there. We ate at the Cod Father in Camp Bay. It was night so we couldn’t benefit from the incredible views. The food was incredible and really fresh. Really warm service too. The Nelson Eye? was also gorgeous for meat eaters. A slightly retro steak house but with the best meat (nor for vegetarians!). We had great steak, ribs and a divine mint crisp local dessert. We also found a lovely place on Kloof Street called the Dark Horse (its sister restaurant the Black Sheep was closed). Really excellent small plates and great selection of wines.

    Moswari Game Reserve; This part of the holiday blew us away. The safari was spectacular. From our first game drive we saw and learnt so much about the incredible bush. We saw the Big Five within 24 hours (although we appreciate that must be unusual) but it wasn’t just that we saw them we saw them in amazingly dynamic situations - lion cubs suckling the lioness, rhino doing a strange greeting, a herd of 40 elephants at almost touching distance, a leopard eating its kill in a bush and then majestically descending. I could just go on. It wasn’t just these but also the wonderful giraffe sightings, all types of buck and antelope, a rainbow of different coloured birds. This was an unforgettable experience.

    Our guide and tracker, Weinond and Bricks, were perfect. Weinond was a lovely gentle and sensitive man with an encyclopaedic knowledge for wildlife and nature. Bricks was a skilled tracker and I am certain that without him we would not have seen half of what we did. You could feel their passion for the animals and they seemed to take as much joy from a spot as we did. Whilst driving Weinond filled us with information about life in the bush. This meant we learnt so much about the habits and habitats of the magnificent animals and birds we were seeing.

    The camp and rooms were top class. It was a small intimate camp with nicely spaced lodges for privacy. The view from our lodge was stunning. The room was large, beautifully furnished and with the best bathroom ever. If there was one thing that could be added it would be would be access to drinks in your room. Sometimes you want a beer or a nightcap without having to go all the way to the main camp.

    The food was luscious. There was something for everyone and it was all of a really high standard and cooked to perfection. It was definitely restaurant standard. My only complaint is how much weight I’ve put in because I couldn’t resist!

    The service throughout was warm, friendly and appropriate. Very professional.

    We stayed for a night in the Giraffes Nest. This was a special, magical experience. The setting was fabulous and ‘nest’ itself beautifully decorated. It was winter so it was a cold night but they gave you lots of blankets and a cosy robe to help with that. Once in the best you we’re in your own but with radio connection back to the camp. Whilst we only spotted 2 animals during the night it was a special experience sleeping under a blanket of stars. It was a bit overpriced I think for what it is and I think in the winter it should be possible might to stay a bit longer in the morning ( we were collected 6 am to join our drive group) as this might mean you would see animals in the light.

    Finally, I cannot recommend this camp enough to people. A truly spectacular holiday that we will never forget. I’ve definitely been bitten by the Africa bug!

    MissingDara d reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 02 July 2019

  • We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
    Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
    Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
    The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
    I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
    Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!

    MissingJennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019

  • We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.

    Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.

    Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.

    Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!

    One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.

    Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!

    MissingBrandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019

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Flights are typically an additional $1,004 per person economy class from London

12 Day Highlights of Namibia with a private driver-guide. Features, Sossusvlei, Twyfelfontein, Swakopmund, Etosha NP, Onguma and Okonjima private reserves.

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Tailor-made Adventure 10 - 14 days

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Flights are typically an additional $1,129 per person economy class from London

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