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Bateleur Fly-in Safari

Classic fly-in Namibian safari staying at excellent camps. Explore Sossusvlei’s dunes and track Damaraland’s desert elephants before a safari in Etosha. Incredible scenery, good wildlife viewing and authentic cultural experiences.

Bateleur Fly-in Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Bateleur Fly-in Safari. Everything we do is completely tailor-made so while this is an idea which works well, we’ll always design an itinerary just for you.


Day 1

Starts: Windhoek International Airport

Day 1

Windhoek Airport to the city by road

Your driver will meet you at the international airport and guide you to a waiting vehicle. It's then a journey of about 45 minutes through the rolling hills outside Windhoek to the Olive Grove in one of the capital’s leafy suburbs – just 10 minutes’ drive from the city centre.

Olive Grove
Day 1

Olive Grove

1 night
Bed & BreakfastWindhoek, Namibia

Mirroring the surrounding trees, the soft palette that defines the Olive Grove oozes tranquillity and relaxation. From the moment you arrive, whether off a long flight or after a busy safari, the old house exudes a warm welcome, matched by a friendly yet professional team of staff.

Olive Grove

Mirroring the surrounding trees, the soft palette that defines the Olive Grove oozes tranquillity and relaxation. From the moment you arrive, whether off a long flight or after a busy safari, the old house exudes a warm welcome, matched by a friendly yet professional team of staff.

Much is made of natural materials, from stone floors and walls to neutral-coloured cement bathrooms, creating a contemporary yet stylish feel that is hard to resist. Beautifully furnished rooms with soft lighting add to the mood, with hot-water bottles to offset winter chills – and a cool plunge pool for warmer months. Wrought-iron tables and chairs add a gentle Mediterranean touch, enhanced by Moroccan lanterns and mosaic detail.

"Delightful place with friendly staff."

Ms J.fromMijas

Arrived 27 Aug 2023, 1 night

Even the setting, in a quiet residential street, feels far from the bustle of the small capital, yet just a five-minute drive brings you to the heart of the city. But think first before you head out to dine. The à la carte restaurant here is open for lunch and dinner (as well as an excellent breakfast), with an open-plan kitchen that encourages you to feast on culinary delights with your eyes as well as your tastebuds. With the bonus of a small wellness centre, this is truly a place to savour. See our full report on Olive Grove

89%
384 reviews of Olive Grove by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Cultural excursion

Day 2

Drive & fly: Windhoek to Sossusvlei

From the Olive Grove, you’ll be driven back to the international airport for a stunning scenic flight to the Namib-Naukluft. The light aircraft passes over the impressive Naukluft Mountains before arriving in the Namib Desert, a short drive from Little Kulala. Allow around 3–4 hours in total.

Little Kulala
Days 2-4

Little Kulala

2 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesNamib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

The stylish Little Kulala is the most luxurious of the accommodation options on the 210km² private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, with its own access gate to the Namib-Naukluft National Park – and Sossusvlei. Gravel plains and low rolling sand dunes stretch out in front of the lodge, with the iconic dunes of the Namib Desert in the distance and the Naukluft Mountains to the rear providing a dramatic backdrop.

Little Kulala

The stylish Little Kulala is the most luxurious of the accommodation options on the 210km² private Kulala Wilderness Reserve, with its own access gate to the Namib-Naukluft National Park – and Sossusvlei. Gravel plains and low rolling sand dunes stretch out in front of the lodge, with the iconic dunes of the Namib Desert in the distance and the Naukluft Mountains to the rear providing a dramatic backdrop.

"our guide Alfred is the BEST. He has a lot of knowledge.."

Flying DutchmenfromNL

Arrived 23 Feb 2024, 3 nights

While Little Kulala isn’t looking as smart as it did when it was built, we’re pleased to note that plans are in place to update it during 2017. That said, its design is still original and interesting, and its stylish interiors are pleasing to the eye. It's a very comfortable lodge and, with a private entrance into the Namib-Naukluft, a very convenient base from which to explore the area – if you can tear yourself away from the creature comforts, that is! See our full report on Little Kulala

98%
72 reviews of Little Kulala by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Guided walking safari

Helicopter

Hot air ballooning

Mountain biking

Quad-biking

Sleeping under the stars

Day 4

Sossusvlei to Damaraland by 4WD & flight

After breakfast and a short drive to the airstrip, your light aircraft usually soars over the dunes to refuel at the coast. It then turns inland over ancient gravel fields and flat-topped mountains to Damaraland Camp's airstrip, touching down first at Doro !Nawas. The journey takes around 2½–3 hours.

Damaraland Camp
Days 4-6

Damaraland Camp

2 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesDamaraland, Namibia

To stay at Damaraland Camp is to experience the hospitality of the local community in a truly beautiful setting. Building on a ground-breaking partnership between Wilderness Safaris and the Torra Conservancy, the camp is now run almost entirely by members of the community. Since its foundation in 1996, it has remained true to its original eco-friendly ethos – and is instrumental in supporting both education and conservation in the surrounding area.

Damaraland Camp

To stay at Damaraland Camp is to experience the hospitality of the local community in a truly beautiful setting. Building on a ground-breaking partnership between Wilderness Safaris and the Torra Conservancy, the camp is now run almost entirely by members of the community. Since its foundation in 1996, it has remained true to its original eco-friendly ethos – and is instrumental in supporting both education and conservation in the surrounding area.

But this is no simple bushcamp. Airy, split-level chalets of canvas and wood nestle into the hillside, their thatched roofs blending with the rolling grassland, their patios offering scenic views along the valley.

Uncluttered furnishings and a muted décor run through the chalets to the stone-built living area and outside, where comfortable sofas take in the view, and parasols shade an inviting pool. On a warm night, stroll to the “boma” for a convivial dinner beneath a star-studded sky. And when it’s cooler, there’s always a campfire to ward off the chill.

"Highlight, upfront with Elephant."

PC GreenfromSchrassig

Arrived 22 Sep 2022, 3 nights

While most visitors come for the desert-adapted elephant, and perhaps the rock art at Twyfelfontein, do make time for a guided walk above the camp. See our full report on Damaraland Camp

95%
121 reviews of Damaraland Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 6

4WD & flight: Damaraland to Etosha

You'll usually drive to the airstrip after breakfast and perhaps a morning activity. Following a short hop to Doro !Nawas, your flight turns north-east, skirting ancient mountains before arriving at Ongava airstrip, where you'll meet your guide for the short game drive to camp. The transfer takes around two hours.

Ongava Tented Camp
Days 6-8

Ongava Tented Camp

2 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesEtosha National Park, Namibia

At the heart of the small Ongava Tented Camp, a tree-shaded waterhole draws the eye. Easily visible from the main area and the pool, as well as from some of the spacious tents, it attracts all manner of wildlife.

Ongava Tented Camp

At the heart of the small Ongava Tented Camp, a tree-shaded waterhole draws the eye. Easily visible from the main area and the pool, as well as from some of the spacious tents, it attracts all manner of wildlife.

Zebra tend to congregate year round, lions might laze around the edge, and it’s not unknown for rhinos to stop by for a drink. There’s even a night-vision camera set up here, so you can see at breakfast time who popped in for a visit after dark!

With such animal appeal on your doorstep, it would be easy to think you need go no further than this relaxed camp, but that would be a mistake. Sharing a boundary with Namibia’s flagship Etosha National Park, the private Ongava Game Reserve boasts very similar wildlife, but here the opportunities are so much greater.

While game drives into the park are restricted to daylight hours, those on the reserve can continue after sunset. Guided walks, too, are possible at Ongava, perhaps even – if you’re very lucky – to watch rhino.

"The rooms are elevated luxury tents with indoor and outdoor showers"

Tammy HfromRedmond

Arrived 30 May 2023, 3 nights

Back at camp, continue your immersion in the bush with an outdoor shower before retiring after dinner for a nightcap by the fire – with a view of the waterhole, of course. Who knows what might turn up before you head to your chalet – and a comfy bed? See our full report on Ongava Tented Camp

93%
153 reviews of Ongava Tented Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 8

Ongava to Windhoek by 4WD & air

You usually have time for an activity and brunch before heading to Ongava's airstrip for your 1½-hour flight back to Windhoek. Flying south over the rolling hills of the Central Highlands, you'll arrive at the international airport in time to connect with your onward arrangements.

Day 8

Ends: Windhoek International Airport

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