Departs: Daily private departures based on a minimum of 2 passengers
This combination flying and road safari affords you the chance to experience this magnificent and memorable country in a very personal way. You will have a bird’s eye view of the great sand sea and the desolate Skeleton Coast, including flying over shipwrecks, deserted mining camps and seal colonies. Your guide will have an intimate knowledge of each area you visit, allowing them to share the local highlights whilst adding continuity and depth to your safari, turning it into an experience of a lifetime.
Day 1 - Windhoek
On arrival into Windhoek you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Named after the famous explorer Sir Francis Galton, Galton House has a relaxed but efficient style which creates a very welcoming atmosphere. Impressive wildlife photography adorns the walls whilst the rest of the interior is a combination of modern minimalistic and understated chic.
The communal areas consist of a large lounge, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a swimming pool, an early arrival/late departure day room (including toilet, shower, changing and re-packing facility) as well as understated garden areas. There is also a delightful al-fresco dining area by the pool where freshly prepared and very tasty meals are served (including lunch and dinner). A number of shops, restaurants and supermarkets are within easy walking distance.
Day 2 - Sossusvlei
This morning you will be taken to Eros Airport for your scheduled light aircraft flight to the Sossusvlei. The scenic flight will take you over the central highlands of Namibia before descending after the escarpment and on over the Namib Desert to the Namib Rand Nature Reserve. Upon arrival you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your camp. (BLD)
Nestled deep in the heart of Namibia’s ancient Namib Desert in Southern Africa, Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is a secluded and serene oasis that overlooks awe-inspiring dunes and stony outcrops. A world of vast spaces, endless horizons and rugged mountain heights, the utter tranquility and extraordinary clarity of light make this area one of Africa’s most compelling landscapes.
In this spectacularly beautiful location, spacious and serene suites envelope guests in pure indulgence, complete with an outdoor shower and a dramatic skylight over the bed for late night stargazing.
If you’re up for something more active, quad biking adventures, hikes and walks will let you explore the surrounding scenery and satisfy your sense of adventure.
Please note that from Jan 2019 to Aug 2019 &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge will be under going a full refurbishment and the replacement accommodation during this time is a Camp that is equally splendid in location and facilities. The property is Little Kulala Camp located about 30 min north of Desert Lodge.
Day 3 - Sossusvlei
Enter the Namib Naukluft National Park at sunrise which plays host to some of the highest freestanding sand dunes in the world. Your local guide will give you an insight into the formation of the Namib Desert and its myriad of fascinating creatures. Return to the lodge for lunch and an afternoon at leisure with the option to take a guided tour within the Reserve. (BLD)
Day 4 - Damaraland
After breakfast fly north to Damaraland over the famous Sossusvlei dunes and the great sand sea towards the coast, where possibly you will see deserted mines, shipwrecks and seal colonies. Continue to Twyfeltontein where you will meet your private naturalist guide who will accompany you for the rest of your safari. After lunch visit the rock engravings of the Burnt Mountains and the Organ Pipes. Return to the camp for sundowners drinks. (BLD)
In the heat, dust and stunning landscapes of Damaraland, there is a sanctuary – Mowani Mountain Camp. Dwarfed by massive ochre boulders, the camp is absorbed into the landscape, making it one with the shared history of life in this prehistoric land. Every soft curve or ragged edge frames the landscape in a different way, as if you are seeing for the first time, every time. Game drives along ancient dry riverbeds reveal life that in its sparseness reminds us just how special it is. Rare, desert dwelling elephants, springbok, gemsbok and jackal roam these plains, while their images are found etched in the rocks at Twyfelfontein, Namibia’s first UNESO World Heritage site. Relax in a sparkling pool, enjoy a sundowner, and pause, breathe in and know that this is luxury as nature intended it.
Day 5 - Damaraland
After an early breakfast you will be treated to an exciting 4X4 excursion along the Aba Huab River Valley to explore this remarkable region and to search for game, especially the elusive desert adapted elephants if they are in the area. Damaraland is home to a variety of desert adapted wildlife and hidden desert treasures. You will normally then return to camp for lunch and a well-deserved siesta. Your guide will arrange to fit in a visit to Twyfelfontein and other nearby attractions if this hasn’t already been done, or you can take a guided walk into the local area around camp. (BLD)
Day 6 - Etosha National Park
This morning you will depart early and travel north deeper into the heart of Damaraland. Enroute you will visit an extremely remote Himba village, only known to a few people. Your guide’s presence and contacts with the local community will ensure you will be welcomed as a ‘friend of a friend’ and that you will be able to spend considerable time there learning about these fascinating nomadic pastoralists. There has been virtually no modern influence on these communities, which makes for a fascinating cultural exchange. You will then continue on your journey, having a picnic lunch enroute, and arrive at Ongava Lodge in the afternoon. (BLD)
Ongava Lodge is set on a hilltop in the Ongava game reserve. The Game Reserve borders on the southern edge of Etosha National Park. Ongava Lodge has a commanding view over the bush and of an active waterhole where the animals come down to quench their thirst. Ongava Lodge consists of 13 chalets with one additional family room. These have all been built out of brick, rock and thatch. The en-suite bathrooms have a flush toilet, shower and double basins. All the rooms are air-conditioned to keep cool in the summer. The rooms have glass doors which lead out onto a private covered veranda overlooking the Ongava bush. From the main area, there are great views over the waterhole. This is a fantastic area where guests can enjoy an evening meal in the main dining area or outside under the stars. The waterhole is a perfect location for tripod Photography. It is not uncommon to view some elephants or rhinos while dining. Ongava Lodge adds value to your visit. You can combine your experience with a private game reserve with a visit to the Etosha national park. Activities at the lodge include day and night game drives and guided nature walks.
Day 7 - Estosha National Park
Today you will take an exciting morning guided game drive in the Etosha National Park, to see more of the wide variety of game and bird species found there. Return to camp for a late lunch. Late afternoon enjoy another game drive before exiting the park before sunset. Alternatively, you can choose to spend the whole day in the park with a picnic lunch. The evening can be spent game viewing at the camp’s floodlit waterhole while enjoying dinner. (BLD)
Day 8 - Windhoek
After breakfast this morning you will travel south from the Etosha National Park through the small towns of Outjo and Otjiwarongo before stopping at the Okonjima Day Centre. Here you will be treated to a short game drive and educational tour of the AfriCat Foundation in order to learn about the great work being done here with regards to the conservation of Africa’s large cats. Lunch will be enjoyed at the centre before continuing to Windhoek, stopping in Okahandja to visit the local craft market for some last minute curio shopping if time permits. (BL)
Day 9 - End of Ultimate Namibia Tour
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
Dates and Pricing
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.
Bench and Ultimate Safaris provided us with an incredibly memorable experience throughout Namibia. We were blessed with a fabulous guide, Tim who was not only extremely knowledgable but exceptionally caring, supportive, humorous and always put his 7 guests first. The accommodation was unbelievable. Every lodge was specifically designed to meld into the very diverse environments and never short of 4 star. The drives were long and hot but the geography was so different - from sandy and rocky deserts to seaside towns and animal laden reserves. Our safaris were spectacular. We saw so much that we'll never forget.Warrick Hannon Destination: Namibia