NAMIBIA - Fly-In Safaris
Days / 3 Nights - Skeleton Coast & Sossusvlei Fly-In Safari (B)
Windhoek – Sossusvlei - Skeleton Coast – Kaokoland - Windhoek
SKELETON COAST SAFARI COMBINED WITH SOSSUSVLEI - A four day safari leaving Windhoek at 07h00 in the morning with a flight to Sossusvlei which is reputed to have the highest sand dunes in the world; from there following the Skeleton Coast via Conception Bay to the Huab Valley during the first day. The second day continues up the coast as far as the Hoarusib Valley and the third day as far as the Kunene River, being the northern border of Namibia. The safari ends in Windhoek on the fourth day, arriving just before sunset.
4 Days & 3 Nights
Daily (Min 2 pax)
Windhoek - Namibia
Windhoek - Namibia
Light fixed wing aircraft
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DAY 1: Tuesday
We meet at Eros Airport, Windhoek at 07h00 for an early morning flight to Sossusvlei in the Namib Naukluft Park. Sossusvlei is reputed to have the highest dunes in the world. The view of the shadow-lined dunes from the air is well worth seeing. We land at Sesriem from where we undertake an excursion by vehicle into the dunes. The dunes reach heights of 300m and more, for those inclined and fit enough to climb them. We return to the aircraft and fly along the coast via Conception Bay towards Swakopmund. The flight includes (weather permitting) an aerial view of the famous Eduard Bohlen shipwreck at Conception Bay.
After landing and refuelling at Swakopmund, we continue with a low-level
flight north along the Skeleton Coast over the seal colony at Cape Cross.
Thereafter we fly east, over the desert, to the Ugab formations–a nearly
lifeless ‘moon landscape' of numerous black ridges that stand out in stark
contrast to the white desert floor–before landing at Kuidas camp in the Huab Valley, Damaraland, where we stay for the night. Amongst the rocks within walking distance of the camp are ancient rock engravings. Your pilot-guide will arrange for a light picnic lunch to be served en route during the day's itinerary.
DAY 2: Wednesday
After breakfast we depart by Landrover to explore the colourful red lava and yellow sandstone of the Huab River formations and to be introduced to the ecological aspects of this environment with its wide diversity of flora and fauna. This includes the Welwitschia mirabilis, a tree that has been dwarfed by the rigours of the desert climate. We have lunch at Kuidas camp before flying along the coast to Terrace Bay in the Skeleton Coast Park. The most prominent shipwrecks along this part of the coast are the Montrose and Henrietta, still relatively intact. At the coast we access the roaring dunes by Landrover, which always proves to be a stimulating experience. We also visit the beach with its profusion of multi-coloured pebbles consisting of agate, lava, granite and others. Interesting to see are old bleached whale bones scattered along the beach above the high tide mark. We return to the aircraft and continue north to our Purros camp in the Hoarusib Valley in Kaokoland, where we stay for the night.
DAY 3: Thursday
After breakfast a scenic drive along the Hoarusib Valley to visit a settlement of the nomadic Himba people. We might be lucky enough to come across the desert-dwelling elephant which frequent this valley. A planned encounter is unfortunately not possible. From here we continue north along the Skeleton Coast by aircraft to the Kunene River on the Angolan border. The Kaiu Maru shipwreck and pieces from old sailing vessels lie scattered along this part of the coast. From the airfield we take a scenic drive by Landrover to our favourite lunch site. After lunch we continue through the mountains and dunes of the Hartmann Valley which extends to the Kunene River, reaching our Kunene River camp in the late afternoon, where we spend the last night.
DAY 4: Friday
An early morning boat trip on the Kunene River as it flows through scenic desert landscape, observing bird life and possibly some crocodiles. Birds vary from aquatic species on the perennial waters, to endemic desert varieties and those that inhabit dense riverine vegetation. After lunch at the camp, we fly back to Eros Airport, Windhoek, arriving in the late afternoon.
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Pick-up & Drop-off
It is more advantageous for participants on the safari to start from Windhoek. The pick-up of passengers in the southern Namib Desert at places such as Namib-Naukluft Lodge, NamibRand and Sossusvlei is possible without detracting significantly from the safari. The pick-up of passengers from Swakopmund without the introductory part of the safari is possible for Safari type A only. The pick-up of passengers in the northern part of Namibia from places such as the Etosha National Park, however, would detract considerably from the safari and is therefore not an option.
The drop-off of passengers after a Skeleton Coast Safari to places in northern Namibia such as the Etosha National Park or even Swakopmund can be arranged at special request. Drop-off at places in the southern parts of Namibia is not possible due to lack of daylight flying hours.
Change of plan
The safaris are conducted in an exceptionally beautiful and interesting environment, but the terrain is generally wild, undeveloped and sometimes even rough. It is far from civilisation and there is no infrastructure and few roads. Because of our longstanding knowledge and experience of the terrain, the weather and other conditions in these areas, and because the safety of our guests and their maximum enjoyment are priorities,
WE AT ALL TIMES RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE WITHIN REASON A PROGRAMME AND/OR ITS SEQUENCE SO AS TO ADAPT TO WEATHER CONDITIONS, OTHER CONSIDERATIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH MAY ARISE.