skeleton coast & far north luxury aerial safari
- 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 gain an intimate insight into the magic of this spectacular country.
- 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, Swakopmund will enchant you.
- 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 Cape Cross one of the largest breeding colonies of Cape fur seals in the world.
- Be awed at the beauty and vastness of the Damaraland, fly and drive over its ancient plains and valleys in search of the elusive desert adapted elephant and rhino. Sip sundowners while watching herds of springbok and gemsbok come down to drink, the silence broken only by the call of the sandgrouse.
- Dive deep into the heart of the Kaokoland and the extraordinary Himba culture with a local Himba guide; heirs of this ancient desert tribes knowledge who will share glimpses of the nomadic way of life of these beautiful nomadic people.
- Experience the vast landscapes, grassland plains and bushveld of Etosha, one of the greatest wildlife reserves on earth. Set off on game drives keeping an eye out for lion, elephant, gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest and both black and white rhino.
- Enjoy the freedom of night drives and bush walks where you can tack wildlife on foot in the company of experienced guides.
- Be guaranteed the highest possible photographic safari experience. Combining our already excellent flair for finding photo rich environments, with personalized guiding and photographic tuition you will come away with an incredible portfolio of images of this incredible desert world.
WHERE THE DUNES MEET THE SEA
After an early morning breakfast we head out on a 1.5 hour private helicopter flight along the Atlantic coastline where the dunes swirl down to kiss the sea,over the Dorob National Park, one of the most important wetlands in the world for breeding flamingo and further south to the famous Eduard Bohlen shipwreck near Conception Bay.
Enjoy the cobbled streets and picturesque buildings of the quaint town of Swakopmund, drink ale in one of the traditional German pubs and indulge in some delicious seafood cuisine at one of the sophisticated restaurants with views of the ocean.
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
Perched on a hill above the banks of the ephemeral Hoarusib River, the Okahirongo Elephant Lodge is possibly one of the most remote lodges in Namibia and a genuine safari experience. The lodge will dazzle your senses with its mix of stylish tranquility, eccentric architecture, ultimate comfort and excellent service. An oasis of luxury in the middle of the desert.
The stunning architecture and the unique desert setting make this place an extraordinary mix of elegance and essential shapes topped with friendly and professional service to make your stay unforgettable
Infinity pool, dining rooms, library, chill out lounges, sun deck, beautiful wildlife wandering around, stunning views, top quality service, fine food & cocktails: you won’t miss a thing.
The main complex area is shaped after the traditional local tribe village: with the Himba’s signature dome-like entrance and the holy central fire-place to stay in touch with the ancestors and the ‘boma’, the African meeting place.
Elephant Lodge offers unique occasions to live great adventures: from stunning scenic drives to elusive desert adapted animals tracking. Each location has a specific set of experiences that we suggest to dive deep in the heart of the Kaokoland and the extraordinary Himba culture. Our guides are 100% locals with lifetime experience in the location: they are true Himbas, heirs of ancient desert tribes knowledge. We train them to master desert driving and english and they bring in their priceless knowledge of nature and animals, for an experience that is a true encounter rather than just another “drive”.
Our everyday activities are run on Toyota LandCruiser and LandRover Defender 9 seats open game-drives, specifically equipped for desert environment. The vehicles are shared with other lodge members, to have a dedicated vehicle we offer private activities on closed, air conditioned vehicles with a private guide.
Accommodation options: Elephant Lodge
MARIENFLUSS - KAOKOVELD
Set under verdant trees on the banks of the Kunene River, we make our way to one of the most remote camps in southern Africa. Guests can truly disconnect, unwind and relax to the sound of rushing water, and explore one of the driest deserts in the world.
Respectful interaction with the semi-nomadic Himba community, fascinating nature walks, boating (water levels permitting), and low-impact guided quad-bike excursions complete the experience.
The Marienfluss conservancy lies at the extreme north west of Namibia’s Kunene region and borders Angola. With the Baines and Zebra Mountains to the north, along which the Kunene River flows west to the Atlantic, and with the Hartmann Mountains and the desert waste of the Skeleton coast to the west, the Marienfluss is a large valley where the nomadic Himba tribe pass through. The conservancy covers 3,304 km2. There are a mere 340 people in the area – around one person per square kilometer.
Grasslands dominate the broad, central Marienfluss and Hartmann’s Valleys, with dunes covering the western section. Wildlife includes leopard, cheetah, giraffe, duiker, steenbok, gemsbok, springbok, ostrich, mountain zebra, crocodile, kudu.
Accommodation options: Serra Cafema | Okahirongo River Camp
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
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 the Skeleton Coast and Far North Luxury Aerial Safari
$USD 1,400 - 5,350
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.
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