NAMIBIA

dunes & desert luxury aerial safari

HIGHLIGHTS

- Indulge in a privately guided helicopter safari of Namibia in the company of renowned aerial adventurers and photographers, Jay and Jan Roode. Explore diverse wildlife areas, charming coastal towns and the wonder of the Namib desert and gain an intimate insight into the magic of this spectacular country.

- Be awed at the beauty and vastness of the Namibrand. Sip sundowners while watching herds of Oryx come down to drink, the silence broken only by the calls of the barking Gecko.

- Travel to the heart of the world’s oldest desert and experience the ancient dunes of Sossusvlei from above. Fly over the Devil’s Fork dune formation, soar past the gnarled, twisted trees of Deadvlei. Continue over the dune sea until you hit the coast where the dunes fringe the sea, turn north from Meob Bay and follow the shoreline towards the Eduard Bohlen shipwreck. 

- Visit the charming little seaside town of Swakopmund on Namibia’s western coast which retains a strong German flavour, from the cobbled streets and picturesque buildings down to the typical German restaurants and pubs.

- Fly the evocative and haunting Skeleton Coast, named after the many ships that sank here over the past few centuries and discover the rusted remains of ship wrecks and explore Cape Cross, home to one of the largest breeding colonies of Cape fur seals in the world.

- Experience the desert plains and ancient valleys of Damaraland in search of the elusive desert elephants and view the mystical Brandberg Mountains from the air.

- Natural beauty on such a grand scale it will leave you breathless. Namibia is a place made up more of sky than land and is the perfect location to reawaken your soul with nature’s beauty and simplicity.

 

NAMIBRAND

DAYS 1-3

Departing the capital city of Namibia, Windhoek, by private charter (Approximately 1.5 hours) we head south west over the scenic Khomas Hochland highlands, over the great escarpment into the Namib desert below, to the world-famous Namibrand Nature Reserve.

 

The NamibRand Nature Reserve; a vast privately owned reserve covering almost 200 000 hectares bordering the Namib Naukluft Park, is situated south of Sossusvlei and has recently received the prestigious title of the world’s newest and Africa’s only International Dark Sky Reserve, so brace yourself for some spectacular night skies with the resident astronomer.

Enjoy and exciting balloon Safari or helicopter flight at sunrise over the world's oldest desert. Explore this desert world from above and be captivated by the rolling sand dunes, craggy Nubib mountains, surreal geology and enchanting fairy circles. Come back down to earth with an "Out of Africa" style champagne breakfast on the dunes.

 

Follow in the footsteps of the San Bushmen, who have been traversing the expansive sand and gravel plains for centuries on a morning or afternoon walking safari. This down to earth experience will reveal the desert’s true magnitude to you, a dramatic interplay of golden grass Savannah, red sand dunes and majestic mountain ranges.

Be mesmerized on full day scenic drive and explore vast stretches of undisturbed nature. These personal and informative scenic drives in open Land rovers reveal the wonders of the wilderness and is a truly memorable A day drive is a truly memorable excursion. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch served in the middle of nowhere! 

 

There can hardly be a better way to get up close and personal with nature than on horseback. Enjoy and early morning or late afternoon horse back ride and discover the wide-open spaces, dunes and vistas of NamibRand in a way enjoyed only by a lucky few.

 

To enhance wellbeing during your stay, a variety of beauty and therapy experiences are available.

 

Or....just take time to sit in stillness and be enchanted with the sublime views and throbbing silence.

 

Accommodation options: Wolwedans | Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

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SOSSUSVLEI

DAYS 4-5

After breakfast, we head out via private charter on a scenic helicopter ride over the pro-Namib dune fields to Sossusvlei a little further to the north.

If Namibia is the ramp model of southern African countries then Sossusvlei is her cat walk. Experience the highest dunes in the world, some of them soaring over 300m off the desert floor from the seat of a private helicopter and on the ground on a guided excursion in an open Land Rover.

Sossusvlei, situated in the heart of the Namib Naukluft National Park; one of the largest conservation areas in Africa, is one of the highlights of any trip to Namibia. You will be left spellbound by the enormous red sand dunes which rear 300m (985 feet) up off the desert plateau. These are among the highest sand dunes in the world.

Climb to the tip of one of the giant dunes of the Naukluft and view the endless and dramatic landscape of dunes and mountains as it stretches to the horizon.

Enjoy a eco-sensitive guided quad-bike ride through the Wilderness Reserve  to take in the incredible views and to catch glimpses of desert wildlife, including the likes of oryx, springbok and bat-eared fox, as well as fascinating avian desert specials such as the endemic dune lark.

Embark on a walking trail which focus on a fascinating and surprisingly diverse array of insects, reptiles and rodents. The Tsauchab River Trail provides a revealing stroll along a productive dry riverbed while a captivating night walk here reveals dancing white lady spiders and numerous scorpion species.

Accommodation options: Little Kulala | Sossus Dune Lodge | Kulala Desert Lodge | Hoodia Desert Lodge | Sossusvlei Lodge

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WHERE THE DUNES MEET THE SEA

DAYS 6-7

After an early morning breakfast we head out on a 1.5 hour private helicopter flight over the Namib Dune Sea and follow the Atlantic coastline where the dunes swirl down to kiss the sea, turn north from Meob Bay and follow the shoreline towards the Eduard Bohlen shipwreck and north over the Dorob National Park and one of the most important wetlands in the world for breeding flamingo to our destination; the quaint little German town of Swakopmund.

 

Enjoy the cobbled streets and picturesque buildings, drink ale in one of the quaint pubs and indulge in some delicious seafood cuisine at one of the sophisticated restaurants with views of the ocean and the endless skeins of cormorants returning home from their fishing forays.

Sandwich Harbour, part of the Namib Naukluft Park, is a place many have heard of but very few have ever visited. The lagoon, salt pans and the bird sanctuary, which form the Walvis Bay Wetlands, are rightly heralded as the single most important coastal wetlands of Southern Africa. It is one of five Ramsar sites in Namibia. Giant sand dunes run straight into the ocean, creating breathtaking sceneries and unique landscapes, just waiting to be discovered! We discover these dunes and enjoy a champagne and oyster lunch between the dunes.

 

Accommodation options: The Strand | The Delight | Swakopmund Luxury Suites | or similar depending on availability

 

 

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SKELETON COAST AND DAMARALAND

DAYS 7-9

After breakfast we head north following the fabled Skeleton coast and over the Cape Cross seal colony in our private helicopter before heading inland into the breathtaking mountain region of the Damaraland and the Koaoveld

In a country jam-packed with vast, spectacularly beautiful landscapes, Damaraland and Kaokoland may just be the most incredible of them all. Deep in north-western Namibia, the area is a melee of towering mountains, sand dunes, and huge expanses of desert, scattered with unique wildlife and nomadic Himba settlements. It’s also one of Namibia’s most remote and wild environments, and one that not many will get the chance to discover in a lifetime.

 

Se off on game drives tracking endangered rhino, desert-adapted elephant, and desert-adapted giraffe

 

Strap on your walking shoes for a guided nature walk over the rolling dunes, rocky mountains and desert plains crisscrossed by ancient, dry riverbeds. Nomadic Himba settlements dot the landscape, and scattered herds of desert-adapted elephant and giraffe are a common sight.

 

Exchange smiles on a cultural experience with the local Herero people before retiring to your private veranda to marvel at the magnitude of your surroundings (G&T in hand).

Experience the picturesque Brandberg mountain from the air, Namibia's highest, and home to thousands of ancient rock paintings and engravings including the fabled White Lady.

Accommodation options: Hoanib Valley Camp | Damaraland Lodge 

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A Photographers Dream

With our privately chartered helicopter that stays with us for the duration of the safari

you can elect to travel with the doors on or have them removed as it pleases you.

Your wilderness and photographic guides, Jay and Jan Roode will accompany you in the aircraft to ensure you get

to the best locations to get the best shot

Price Guide for Dunes and Desert Luxury Aerial Safari

$USD 2,400 - 4,250

Per person, per day

Safari camps or hotels, regional flights, ground transfers, guided excursions,

most meals. Seasonality affects the price of accommodation and travelling in

low season may reduce the price. Single supplements may also apply.

Taylor make your journey...

 

This unforgettable journey showcases just a few of our favorite experience combinations in this iconic destination. 

It is merely an example from which you can use to start dreaming and creating your own adventure.

We build the itinerary around you. The time you have available and the things you want to experience dictate how we plan and execute your bespoke safari. All expeditions are personally guided by one of our top professionals. Our network of specialist guides, photographers, chefs, animal behaviorists, wildlife researchers and local guides are on hand to help build your personal safari experience.

Various accommodation options are available at the different locations.

Choice of accommodation depends on availability and budget.

 

We have provided a price range for each safari as the final price is dependent

on your choice of accommodation options.

 

We will recommend options depending on your requirements, budget and availability.

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