Soar across Namibia’s evocative landscapes by light aircraft, exploring three spectacular wilderness areas: the orange dunes and clay pans of Sossusvlei, the basalt plains of Damaraland, and wildlife-rich Etosha National Park. 

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 The dunes of Sossusvlei at dusk
 The dunes of Sossusvlei
 Lioness in Namibia
 Elephants in Etosha National Park
 Zebras at a watering hole in Namibia
 A hoopoe bird in Namibia
 Quiver tree in Namibia
 The evocative dunes at Sossusvlei
 Sossus Dune Lodge Sossusvlei
 Leopard Credit: Paolo Pescia
 Damaraland Grootberg Lodge

Namibia by Air: A Tailor-Made Journey

8 days from $10,365

Soar across Namibia’s evocative landscapes by light aircraft, exploring three spectacular wilderness areas: the orange dunes and clay pans of Sossusvlei, the basalt plains of Damaraland, and wildlife-rich Etosha National Park. 

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Overview

The following itinerary is a sampling of the experiences that we offer on a tailor-made journey to Namibia. Working with our country specialists, you can customize your itinerary to fit your timing, your budget, and your interests, including accommodations, activities, and the places you visit.

The deserts that edge Namibia’s Atlantic Coast ripple with sand dunes, clay pans, and craggy mountains, creating stark and ethereal landscapes where a wealth of improbable flora and fauna thrives. Set out to discover these diverse habitats by light aircraft, flying over magnificent scenery to three of Namibia’s natural treasures. Immerse yourself in enchanting Sossusvlei, where immense, orange-red sand dunes rise out of the Namib Desert, and walk among the sun-scorched camelthorn trees of otherworldly Dead Vlei. Observe black rhinos amid the basalt plains of Damaraland, and cap off your journey with two days on safari in Etosha National Park.   

Highlights: 

  • Take in spectacular aerial views while flying by light aircraft over the dunes and salt pans of Namibia’s coastal deserts.   
  • Climb the towering red dunes of Sossusvlei and explore the eerie, tree-studded clay pan of Dead Vlei. 
  • Track critically endangered black rhinos and other unusual wildlife with Save the Rhino Trust monitors in Damaraland’s Palmwag Conservancy. 
  • Spend two full days on safari in Etosha National Park, seeking out desert-adapted lions, elephants, giraffes, oryx, and more. 

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 — Windhoek/Sossusvlei & Sesriem

Arrive in the capital city of Windhoek, where you will be met and escorted to a light aircraft for your flight to Sossusvlei. Land in an otherworldly desert landscape of clay pans and sand dunes, and enjoy a scenic drive to your lodge. (D)

Day 2 — Sossusvlei and Sesriem

The Sossusvlei clay pan is part of the Namib Desert, which stretches the full length of Namibia’s Atlantic Coast. Your lodge here is set within a wilderness reserve at the foot of Sossusvlei’s immense sand dunes, known for their vibrant shades of orange and red. Enjoy your choice of excursions today. Explore the reserve in 4x4 vehicles, watching for desert-adapted species such as oryx, springbok, ostriches, and hyenas, as well as unusual reptiles and insects. Learn about the area’s geology on a hike through Sesriem Canyon, or encounter the eerie skeletons of camelthorn trees in Dead Vlei. Sip a sundowner with stunning views of the dunes at sunset. Tonight, you’ll have the option to sleep under the stars on the roof of your private bungalow. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Damaraland

Your light aircraft whisks you north to Damaraland today, where you’ll settle into an elegant tented camp in the Palmwag Concession. This vast basalt landscape was created by ancient volcanic eruptions and harbors unusually lush plantlife, fed by the mists off the nearby ocean. Sit around the campfire tonight under the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Damaraland

Set out today to track free-roaming desert-adapted black rhinos with monitors from Save the Rhino Trust. As you seek out this critically endangered species by vehicle and by foot, learn about the threats they face and the organization’s efforts to protect them. You’ll also have the opportunity to go on game drives and guided nature walks to see the wildlife of Damaraland, including Hartman’s mountain zebras, giraffes, and lions, as well as rare bird species such as Ruppell’s korhaan and Benguela long-billed lark. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Ongava Game Reserve and Etosha National Park

Your next flight by light aircraft brings you to the Ongava Game Reserve, a private reserve adjacent to Etosha National Park. This afternoon, head out with the camp’s expert guides on a game drive in the reserve or in Etosha itself. (B,L,D)

Day 6-7 — Ongava Game Reserve and Etosha National Park

Enjoy two full days to discover Ongava and Etosha by open-vehicle safari. Seek out a wide range of flora and fauna, including a hundred distinct mammal species. Watch for black-faced impala, lions, black and white rhinos, and unusual birds and plantlife; and learn about research and habitat restoration efforts that have returned former farmland to the wild. Relax back at your camp, keeping an eye on the nearby waterhole, where animals often pass for a drink. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Return Home

Fly by light aircraft from the Ongava Reserve to Windhoek Airport today, and connect to your onward flights. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)

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