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Soaring Namibia

Namibia is the ultimate destination for any traveller looking for amazing landscapes, endless horizons and untouched nature. An itinerary designed as a first approach for travellers new to a flying safari, in order to show the potential and value of the experience, with an eye also to the budget. A valid alternative to ground tours in terms of costs, our flying safari adds the unique privileged aerial view, a must to fully enjoy the beauties of Namibia’s spectacular and varied sceneries. Guiding principle: great experience combined with very competitive costs. Even though accommodation standard is not luxurious, all lodges are of good level, comfortable and in excellent location. Namibia allows interesting encounters with the wildlife, however people seeking also the best wilderness safari experience should combine Namibia with Botswana, indeed the perfect match!

This flying safari operates throughout the year.

Flying Details During The Air-tour:

  • an average of 1.5 hours of flying time per day
  • aircraft used: Cessna Grand Caravan C208 (14 seats for max 9 pax + 1 pilot/guide for more comfort and all window seat). For small groups, in order to optimize costs, we can use our smaller Cessna 210 (6 seats for max 4 pax + pilot/guide for more comfort and all window seat)
  • Min. number of pax: 1
  • Max number of pax: 9 (all window seats) or 10 in case of a child in the group

DAYS 1 & 2: Windhoek / Etosha N.P.

Arrive in Windhoek (Namibia) and immediately meet your experienced pilot/guide at the airport, to review the itinerary and start the air-tour. The first flight will be at a medium height and will be over the Waterberg Plateau and the vastness of Namibia’s farmland. We land on the edge of the famous Etosha, the biggest national park in Namibia, and our “home” for the next two nights.

Activities: game drives in 4WD through unique habitats to encounter its wildlife – amongst them the famous big Etosha elephants, giraffes, zebras, a variety of antelopes and, with luck, also lions, cheetah and leopards.

  • Lunch own arrangements
  • Dinner at the camp
  • Overnight Mushara Bushcamp (all rooms en-suite)

DAY 3: from Etosha to Damaraland

Another morning game drive followed by lunch back at the lodge, and we are ready to proceed with our flying safari. Instead of routing directly to our next destination we set course northwest to reach one of the most remote and scenic areas of Namibia, the Kaokoland. We fly over some rugged mountains before reaching the coastline and the famous Skeleton Coast Park with its fascinating landscapes: long lines of barchan dunes chasing each other along the shoreline, the rough Atlantic Ocean breaking along the coast… We then proceed back inland, flying over mountainous terrain, to reach the unique Etendeka Mountains with their flat tops and mesas resembling the Colorado Plateau in the USA. After landing, a nice drive across the mountains offers incredible vistas and possible encounters with mountain zebras and springboks.

Activities: morning game drive in 4WD and afternoon nature drive in 4WD

  • Breakfast at the camp
  • Lunch at the camp
  • Dinner at the camp
  • Overnight Etendeka Mountain Camp, a simple permanent tented camp in an awe-inspiring location (all rooms en-suite with outside bathroom, flushing toilettes and bucket showers)

DAY 4: from Damaraland to Swakopmund

Early morning activity and after lunch back to the airstrip for another very scenic flight. One more look at the Etendeka Mountains from up above, then continuation over extensive volcanic plains with their really interesting shapes and natural patterns, sometimes carved out by winding seasonal rivers. Short stop to visit one of the biggest Steller Sea Lion colonies in the world – Cape Cross with its hundreds of thousands seals playing, fighting and sleeping in mass along the shoreline. Short flight to Swakopmund, a typical German seaside town on the Atlantic coast of Africa… quite surreal!

Activities: morning nature walk with a local ranger in the Etendeka Mts to enjoy the rugged beauty of landscape, meet some of its “inhabitants” and also learn about the fascinating geology of the place; afternoon visit to Cape Cross Seal colony

  • Breakfast at the camp
  • Lunch at the camp
  • Dinner own arrangements
  • Overnight Swakopmund Guesthouse *** (all rooms en-suite)

DAY 5: from Swakopmund to the Namib Desert

After breakfast transfer by private vehicle to the harbour in Walvis Bay to embark on a cruise which offers the opportunity to encounter playful dolphins, to perhaps experience a visit of one of the habituated seals jumping onboard to get some free food, to admire the numerous pelicans, seagulls and other numerous seabirds. If time allows free time for a stroll in Swakopmund and when the sun lowers a bit (for the best light!) departure for the most incredible flight possible in Namibia. We head south, along the coast, low level, to enjoy the great show of the Namib Desert dunes plunging directly into the ocean. From the air we can spot various seal colonies, as well the Edward Bholen shipwreck, before heading inland and cross the entire Namib Desert. The view from the air is incredible, an endless sea of sand dunes, forming the most fascinating patterns with their winding contours highlighted by the late afternoon lights. We are able to appreciate how the sand, as it moves inland, changes colour: from pale cream along the coast to intense red-orange on the eastern edge, where it is stopped by the Naukulft Mountains. After a final scenic flight over the famous high dunes of Sossousvlei, just before sunset, we land at the lodge airstrip.

Activities: morning sea-cruise in Walvis Bay Harbour and most amazing scenic flight over the coast and the desert

  • Breakfast at the Guesthouse
  • Snack light snack at the end of the cruise (with fresh oysters and sparkling wine)
  • Dinner at the lodge
  • Overnight Sossousvlei Lodge **** (all tented chalets en-suite)

DAY 6: from the Namib to Windhoek

After the morning excursion to the very famous Sossusvlei, in the afternoon departure by our private aircraft to fly back to the capital of Namibia where landing is expected late in the afternoon. Transfer to the guesthouse and free time.

Activities: morning excursion in 4WD to explore the famous dunes of Sossousvlei and the less famous but more picturesque Deadvlei where its dry white lake and the black silhouettes of dead acacias stand in sharp contrast with the surrounding orange high dunes. Fascinating diverse landscapes, interesting flora and fauna (gemsboks, mountain and Burchell’s zebras, springboks, bat-eared foxes etc.). Approx 120 km on tar road, along a dry river bed cutting its way thought high dunes, and 10 km of dirt sand track.

  • Breakfast at the lodge
  • Lunch at the lodge
  • Dinner own arrangements
  • Overnight Olive Grove Guesthouse in a residential area of the city (all rooms en-suite)

DAY 7: Windhoek

After breakfast, morning at leisure to visit Windhoek and do some shopping; in the afternoon transfer to the airport and end of services

  • Breakfast at the guesthouse
  • Lunch own arrangements

Included:

  • Assistance at Windhoek airport upon arrival and departure
  • Transfers from/to airport (in minibuses and/or 4WD vehicles)
  • All sightseeing flights by Cessna C208 Grand Caravan or Cessna 210, as per the number of participants
  • 6 days of flying safaris with experienced pilot/guide (English & German speaking; on request for Italian & French speaking guide)
  • Safari activities & nature drives by 4WD vehicles; nature walks on foot; and sea-cruise in Walvis Bay
  • Accommodation in standard rooms/permanent tents/bungalows, as per itinerary
  • All meals as described, apart from those indicated as “own arrangements”
  • Cold drinks while aboard the aircraft
  • Entrance fees to national parks, concessions, protected areas and cultural sites
  • First Aid box
  • All service charges and taxes

Not included:

  • International flights to/from Windhoek
  • Visa fees and any airport departure taxes
  • Any meal or sightseeing tour other than those specified
  • Beverages and mineral water
  • Porterage
  • Personal and holiday insurance (compulsory)
  • Tips for drivers, guides and hotel staff
  • Any item of personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Whatever is not mentioned as included

Accommodation

  • Etosha N.P. – Mushara Bush Camp (approx. 6 km outside the park, with 14 tents) or similar
  • Damaraland – Etendeka Mountain Camp (10 comfortable permanent tents) or similar
  • Swakopmund – Eberwein Guest House (small boutique hotel, in the town centre)
  • Sesriem – Sossousvlei Lodge (30 spacious chalet with mixed concrete and canvas walls, AC) or similar
  • Windhoek – Olive Grove Guesthouse, standard room (very cozy design guesthouse) or similar

Possible extensions:

  • An extra day & night in Windhoek at the beginning of the  tour
  • Tours to Fish River Canyon, the Caprivi Strip and/or northern Namibia, by vehicle (self-drive or with driver-guide) or plane
  • Extensions to Namibia, Botswana, Victoria Falls, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa by Soaring Safaris aircraft.

Important:

  • All our trips are designed to be flexible so that we can adapt to weather conditions, focus on the group’s interests and take advantage of wildlife sighting opportunities that arise. We enjoy the grandeur of the vast wilderness.
  • Considering the special nature of the journey, some parts may be modified due to unpredictable factors and are based on unarguable decisions of the pilot. Costs originating from such variations will be sole responsibility of the participants. Of course the pilot will do their utmost to adhere to the original programme.
  • The air-tour may be reversed without any amendment to programme
  • Due to limited availability of accommodation facilities in Namibia, it is highly recommended to book well in advance.
  • Best suggested season is April to November
PRICE – in CA$ – Per person, sharing double
Validity

2 people

per plane

3 people

per plane

4 people

per plane

6 people

per plane

Single supplement

Jan 01 – June 14

6180.00

4675.00

3920.00

4240.00

290.00

Jun 15 – Nov 15

6340.00

4795.00

4025.00

4355.00

295.00

2 to 4 people Cessna 210 6 – 10 people Cessna C208 Grand Caravan
  • Always guaranteed exclusive use of plane/s.
  • Prices to be confirmed 4 months prior departure.
  • Tours in between seasons will be quoted ad hoc

Please note: Prices and dates are subject to change at any time. Please call (647) 231-0067 or email us (info@africaonsafari.com) for current pricing.