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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

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Flights are typically an additional $1,047 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 Africat Foundation, a conservation project which educates visitors and local communities about the protection of big cats. Enjoy an overnight stay at Okonjima Plains Camp, a tastefully upgraded ex-cattle farm which offers carnivore foot-tracking activities, bushman 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

- Vibrant wildlife
- Famous cheetah conservation
- Spacious rooms with views

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.

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  • Everything was fab, I especially loved Tuningi such a special place and my son got to see his favourite animal the cheetah (after a bit of time hunting about on foot!). Mauritius is lovely we saw quite a bit of the island in the end.

    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

  • We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!

    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam K reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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