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NORTHERN NAMIBIA FLY-IN SAFARI

Detailed Itinerary:

DAYS 1 & 2: Etosha National Park (Onguma The Fort)

Arrive at the Windhoek International Airport, clear customs and immigrations and continue through to the arrivals hall. Meet our transfer representative and transfer to the Windhoek Eros Airport where you will meet your pilot and commence on your flight to the Etosha National Park. From the Mokuti airstrip you will be transferred to Onguma Plains Camp (also known as The Fort) where you will be accommodated for the next 2 nights. In the local Herero language, Onguma means, 'the place you don't want to leave'.

Enjoy a guided drive into the Etosha National Park for a full morning of game viewing. This Park consists of 22 270 km of saline desert, savannah and woodlands, and is one of the largest parks in Africa. Its definitive feature is the Etosha Pan, a vast, shallow depression of approximately 5 000 km. Of the 114 mammal species found in the park, several are rare and endangered, such as the Black Rhino and Black-Faced Impala.

The architectural design of Onguma The Fort (also known as Onguma plains Camp) resembles that of a fort. Onguma Fort is built on the edge of Fisher's Pan, which is part of Etosha Pan. The camp consists of a main complex and 12 small suites. There is also one Fort Suite as well as a Bush Suite. The lodge boasts a conference room for approximately 30 delegates as well as an events hall (am outside marquee tent) that is perfect for weddings and outside functions.

Accommodation: Onguma The Fort

DAYS 3 & 4: Kunene River (Okahirongo River Camp)

Enjoy breakfast after which you will be transferred back to the Mokuti airstrip for your onward light aircraft flight to the north of Namibia. A stop will be made en route in Oshakati to visit an Owambo Village. There are seven traditional 'kingdoms' with highly regarded leaders, which continue to exist in northern Namibia. With the help of the Namibia Community-Based Tourism Association several young people from the area were trained as tourist guides.

Since time immemorial it has been the centre for traditional values, customs and cultural practices to be passed down from generation to generation. Visitors will have the opportunity to take a step closer and meet the people of Owambo, gain insight into the local culture and way of life, and learn more about the traditions of the tribe. Lunch will be enjoyed in town before you continue to your night's accommodation at the Kunene River.

In the heart of the Kaokoland Mountains you will find the spectacular Marienfluss Valley, home to the Himba people. The Marienfluss Valley stretches along way towards the north until you reach the banks of the Kunene River. This is where Okahirongo River Camp is situated, high on several hills overlooking the Otupambua Rapids. Stupendous views of colorfull landscapes, elegant palmtrees and peace on earth. The camp offers a sophisticated experience for a maximum of 14 guests. The camp consists of 5 double luxury tents. All the rooms have inside and outside showers with cromo therapy and a high deck overlooking the river. There is also a luxury family villa with 2 double rooms. The main complex is situated right on top of the rapids, has two lounges, library, curio shop and dining room, all with a view of the river. The swimming pool is the heart of the main area with a beautiful sun deck and lots of space.

Activities include Himba Village visits where they have maintained their traditions and pastoral mode of life, despite the influence of the modern world. Each village comprise of several families who live in wooden huts covered in earth and dung. Game and scenic drives into the mountains and red sand dunes. Boat cruises with great birding and crocodile spotting opportunities. Early morning walks, a very much recommended way to explore the Marienfluss Valley. Breakfast and lunches on the banks of the river or in the dunes. Dinners are served on the jetty.

Accommodation: Okahirongo River Camp

DAYS 5 & 6: Kaokoland (Okahirongo Elephant Lodge)

After a sumptuous breakfast meet your pilot and commence on your flight to the remote North-West of Namibia. Okahirongo Elephant Lodge is situated in the Kaokoland, often described as one of the last truly wild areas in the North West of Namibia and it features beautiful mountain landscapes and rugged tranquillity. The lodge, in Purros Conservancy, is a no risk malaria destination and they share their place with both the Himba and Herero people. Okahirongo offers a highly sophisticated desert experience for a maximum of 18 guests. Accommodation comprises of 7 luxury double cottages (50 sqmt) with en-suite large bathroom with bat tub overlooking the magnificent surroundings, two decorated basins, a choice of indoor or open air shower, and a spacious private gazebo with a queen size sun bed, where to relax after an intense desert safari day. One Presidential Suite (160 square meter) with 2 double bedrooms, external verandas, gazeboes and a private lounge.

The cottages are decorated in a rich and sensuous fusion of ochre, honey and sand colours, but each one with its own unique style and atmosphere: ethnic and local sculptured furnishing bring the excitement and romance of Africa, to life. The lodge has a spectacular wraparound view and you can enjoy your stay by either lazing around the swimming pool, reading a book in the cool comfort of the library, or relaxing in one of the two open-air lounges or having a body massage.

During your stay at the Okahirongo Elephant Lodge, you can explore a true untouched wilderness area. The activities offered by the lodge include desert adapted elephants tracking, twice daily game and scenic drives in open 4x4 vehicles, night drives, morning desert walk and visits to a local Himba village.

Accommodation: Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

DAY 7: Damaraland (Mowani Mountain Camp)

After breakfast at leisure meet your pilot and commence on your flight to Damaraland where you land at noon. Mowani Mountain Camp is set in the Twyfelfontein Conservancy between the Ugab and Huab Rivers. Discover the pool deck, lodged between the boulders where you can soak up the sun whilst enjoying a refreshing drink and admire the breathtaking views from your deck chair. Lunch is followed by siesta and an afternoon excursion to the ancient rock engravings of Twyfelfontein. Return to the camp for sundowners and dinner. Mowani is taken from the word Miwane, meaning 'Place of God', and it is here, that you will find the true meaning of peace and tranquility.

From the moment you arrive at Mowani, you will be spoiled with the services and attention of our excellent staff that will go out of their way to make your stay as unique and enjoyable as humanly possible. Mowani Mountain Camp consists of 12 luxury tents, all with en-suite facilities, decorated beautifully in East African style. The luxury tents are a great source of relaxation. Comfortably hidden in your own private hide-away, you will be pampered by crisp white linen, en-suite bathrooms, and of course your own wooden deck offering an open view of the wonderful Damara landscape.

Accommodation: Mowani Mountain Camp

DAY 8: Windhoek / Swakopmund (extension)

After breakfast your charter flight will commence towards the coastal town of Swakopmund. Upon arrival at the Swakopmund Airport a transfer representative of Tshokwane Safaris will transfer you into Swakopmund for lunch and some time at leisure. After lunch transfer back to the Swakopmund Airport, meet your pilot and commence on your flight back to Windhoek.

Optional Extension

Should guests wish to extend their stay in Swakopmund they can spend the next two days at leisure and optionally participate in some of the many activities available in and around Swakopmund such as a dolphin cruise, quad biking, sand boarding, camel rides, horse riding etc, or perhaps a visit to the museum, aquarium or the crystal gallery. All activities, entrance fees and additional meals are on own account.

The Swakopmund Guesthouse has 12 en suite rooms. Centrally located on the corner of Hendrik Witbooi and Rhode Allee it is within 5 minutes walking distance to the centre of town and to the beach. It has a modern design and thus does cater for the discerning traveller. We offer complimentary transfers to and from the Swakopmund Airport. Free Internet connection available.

Accommodation: Swakopmund Guesthouse

DAY 10: Sossusvlei (Desert Homestead)

Spend the morning at leisure before you will be transferred back to the Swakopmund airport for your scheduled Dune Hopper flight to the Sossusvlei area, departing at 14h15.

The wide grassy valley in which the Desert Homestead Lodge is situated is sheltered by the Nubib, Tsaris and Naukluft Mountains with a view reaching the distant dunes of the Namib Desert in the west. In this exquisite position, the lodge offers simple but stylish accommodation in thatched chalets which were designed with the fragile beauty of this remarkable environment in mind.

The Desert Homestead will ensure you an unrivalled respite from the desert extremes. Tranquil surroundings, Alfresco dining, delectably fresh farm cuisine, refreshing dips in the pool, stunning sunsets and sunrises are the basic pleasures at the lodge. Lunch is on own account.

Accommodation: Desert Homestead

DAY 11: Sossusvlei / NamibRand Nature Reserve (Wolwedans Dune Camp<)

Enjoy an early morning guided excursion to the famous Sossusvlei area. Here you will be able to view and climb some of the highest dunes in the world, some of which measures up to 325 m from its base. Return to the lodge for lunch after which you will be transferred to the magnificent NamibRand Nature Reserve.

Located on the very edge of a 250-meter high dune in the 185 000 hectare NamibRand Reserve, the Wolwedans Dune Camp sleeps 12 guests in a totally unspoilt setting. Guests stay in comfortable tents pitched on wooden platforms and there are furnished with standard beds, bedside tables and a suitcase rack. Each tent has a spacious veranda and private bathroom fitted with a hot shower, washbasin and flush toilet. Meals are enjoyed at the central lapa. The lounge, dining area and an open-plan kitchen, which allows guests to chat to their chef while he is preparing a three-course dinner, guarantee a cosy ambience.

A sun-downer deck with fireplace provides a relaxed atmosphere for brilliant stargazing. Ideally suited for the more adventurous traveller the charm of the camp lies in its tranquil and intimate atmosphere, capturing the romance of a bygone era.

Accommodation: Wolwedans Dune Camp

DAY 12: NamibRand Nature Reserve (Wolwedans Dune Camp)

Absorb the unique NamibRand Nature Reserve landscape during a morning and afternoon excursion by Landrover through the dunes, endless grassy plains and along mystical mountain formations. You could encounter large and small desert animals learn about their unique habits and explore the ancient hunting spots of the Bushmen.

Revel in the incredible landscape around you and Wolwedans' commitment to care for guest and nature alike. Here in this land of stretching blue skies, endless plains and countless creatures enacting nature's savagely exciting passion play, you will find beauty feeding your soul, tranquillity to clear your mind and space for your imagination to fly!

Optionally (depending on tours and season), you could join a day-safari with picnic lunch en-route, arriving back at the Lodge for sundowners and dinner.

Accommodation: Wolwedans Dune Camp

DAY 13: End of Safari

Awake in the pristine desert dawn and soak in the atmosphere and landscape from your bed whilst enjoying early morning tea.

After breakfast at leisure, you are transferred to the airstrip to bid Wolwedans farewell and commence your return flight to Windhoek International Airport in time for your outbound flight.