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Buzzard Fly-in Safari

A luxury flying safari of Damaraland and Etosha National Park in northern Namibia with a focus on wildlife, conservation and a collection of fabulous lodges.

Buzzard Fly-in Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Buzzard 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

The Olive Grove is a stylish guesthouse in Windhoek's Klein Windhoek suburb. Taking its name from the neighbouring grove of olive trees, the guesthouse is located in a renovated old house. It was opened in early 2004, and has become a favourite place to stay in Namibia's capital city.

Olive Grove

The Olive Grove is a stylish guesthouse in Windhoek's Klein Windhoek suburb. Taking its name from the neighbouring grove of olive trees, the guesthouse is located in a renovated old house. It was opened in early 2004, and has become a favourite place to stay in Namibia's capital city.

The Olive Grove remains one of our favourite guesthouses in Windhoek.

"Very pleasant and comfortable stay. Pleasant surroundings and helpful staff."

safari loversfromUK

Arrived 12 Mar 2020, 1 night

We look forward to a warm welcome by the very helpful team, and delicious food. Its contemporary style might not be to everyone’s taste, but well-appointed rooms and excellent service make this a very comfortable place to start or end your trip to Namibia. See our full report on Olive Grove

88%
337 reviews of Olive Grove by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Cultural excursion

Day 2

Windhoek to Damaraland by road & air

Today you’ll be driven back to the international airport to board a light aircraft to northern Damaraland. Your flight takes you past the mighty Brandberg Mountain, Namibia’s tallest, before arriving in the vast Palmwag concession, probably stopping at Doro !Nawas en route. The transfer takes 4–5 hours.

Desert Rhino Camp
Days 2-4

Desert Rhino Camp

2 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesDamaraland, Namibia

Remote, exclusive and specialised, Desert Rhino Camp is located in the vast Palmwag Concession, a semi-desert reserve of about 5,000km2 between Etosha National Park and the Skeleton Coast that is one of the best places to see desert-dwelling black rhino and elephants. The camp has been operating for more than 20 years and its activities – run by a reliably superb and committed team – centre on tracking black rhino.

Desert Rhino Camp

Remote, exclusive and specialised, Desert Rhino Camp is located in the vast Palmwag Concession, a semi-desert reserve of about 5,000km2 between Etosha National Park and the Skeleton Coast that is one of the best places to see desert-dwelling black rhino and elephants. The camp has been operating for more than 20 years and its activities – run by a reliably superb and committed team – centre on tracking black rhino.

"Our guide and rhino trackers were the best!"

Mr & Mrs SHfromSeattle

Arrived 14 Dec 2019, 2 nights

Desert Rhino Camp is one of our favourite camps in Namibia. It's very remote, and feels it; it's got tremendous character, as have the managers here when we've visited; and it offers the chance to track black rhinos – which is something that's possible in very few places indeed. The camp does work as a two-night stop, but to make the most of it, you need three nights here. This may appear to be a big chunk of time, and it's not an inexpensive camp – but we think that the Rhino Camp is well worth it. See our full report on Desert Rhino Camp

97%
106 reviews of Desert Rhino Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Guided walking safari

Day 4

Damaraland to Etosha by 4WD & air

Depending on your flight time, you'll head to the airstrip after breakfast and perhaps a morning activity. Following a short hop to Doro !Nawas, the plane turns north-east, skirting ancient mountains to reach Ongava airstrip. It’s then a short game drive to camp. Allow 2–2½ hours for the journey.

Ongava Lodge
Days 4-6

Ongava Lodge

2 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesEtosha National Park, Namibia

Perched on the top of a small kopje (rocky outcrop), with stunning views of the plains below, Ongava Lodge was the original 'luxury game lodge' near Etosha. It stands on the private Ongava Game Reserve, which borders the southern side of Etosha National Park near the Andersson Gate, south of Okaukuejo.

Ongava Lodge

Perched on the top of a small kopje (rocky outcrop), with stunning views of the plains below, Ongava Lodge was the original 'luxury game lodge' near Etosha. It stands on the private Ongava Game Reserve, which borders the southern side of Etosha National Park near the Andersson Gate, south of Okaukuejo.

"a very upmarket lodge... directly outside Andersson gate... food was excellent"

J&JfromPlockton

Arrived 19 Oct 2019, 2 nights

Ongava Lodge remains a luxurious place to stay as a base to explore Etosha National Park. Its far-reaching views, productive waterhole and photographic hide are just some of the highlights of a stay here. Moreover, its exclusive location on a large private reserve, with a well-established resident population of white and black rhino, and excellent general game viewing also make it a destination in its own right. Opportunities to do rhino tracking, walking safaris and night drives on the reserve are an added bonus! See our full report on Ongava Lodge

92%
144 reviews of Ongava Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 6

Game drive transfer across Etosha

Your private guide will meet you early at Ongava Lodge for your game drive from south to east across Etosha National Park. Spend the day visiting waterholes and spotting wildlife, perhaps stopping for lunch at a picnic spot or one of the restcamps before reaching the Onguma Reserve mid-afternoon.

Onguma The Fort
Days 6-8

Onguma The Fort

2 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesEtosha National Park, Namibia

A highly original interpretation of a safari lodge, exuding elegance and style, The Fort is reminiscent of a Moroccan casbah. High walls and turrets set the scene, then the Moroccan theme continues through ornately carved and studded wooden doors, and on into the rooms with their tadelakt floors, brass-tray bedside tables and north African chandeliers. It’s not your everyday sight in the middle of the bush.

Onguma The Fort

A highly original interpretation of a safari lodge, exuding elegance and style, The Fort is reminiscent of a Moroccan casbah. High walls and turrets set the scene, then the Moroccan theme continues through ornately carved and studded wooden doors, and on into the rooms with their tadelakt floors, brass-tray bedside tables and north African chandeliers. It’s not your everyday sight in the middle of the bush.

From its secluded location on the private Onguma Reserve, the lodge looks out towards Fischer’s Pan, and is superbly placed for exploring the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park. Drive yourself or go with a guide and add layers of understanding to enrich your sightings.

Return for a cooling dip in the pool, or unwind with a massage in the seclusion of your turreted room. Suitably refreshed, head down to the wine cellar to select a suitable bottle to enjoy with your four-course dinner, a fusion of flavours from Africa north and south.

"the hide can provide some excellent opportunities very close"

Mr & Mrs SfromE Sussex

Arrived 29 Sep 2018, 3 nights

In the Herero language, Onguma means “the place you don’t want to leave”. Sipping a refreshing gin and tonic after a day in Etosha, as the sun sets behind springbok quenching their thirst at the floodlit waterhole, we’d have to agree. See our full report on Onguma The Fort

95%
36 reviews of Onguma The Fort by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 8

Etosha to Omaanda by road & air

This morning you may have time to enjoy an activity and brunch before heading to the airstrip. Flying south over the hills of the Central Highlands you'll arrive at the international airport. Here, you'll be met for the drive to the Zannier Reserve, completing a journey of 2–3 hours.

Omaanda
Days 8-10

Omaanda

2 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesWindhoek, Namibia

Shoot-the-lights-out luxury lodge in a private reserve near Windhoek airport that takes warm, safari-chic design very seriously. This turbo-luxury lodge from celebrity favourite Zannier Hotels manages to upstage a spectacular savannah backdrop. Get ready to blow the budget at Omaanda, set in a 9,000 hectare private reserve between Windhoek and the airport, which operates at the very highest level of safari chic.

Omaanda

Shoot-the-lights-out luxury lodge in a private reserve near Windhoek airport that takes warm, safari-chic design very seriously. This turbo-luxury lodge from celebrity favourite Zannier Hotels manages to upstage a spectacular savannah backdrop. Get ready to blow the budget at Omaanda, set in a 9,000 hectare private reserve between Windhoek and the airport, which operates at the very highest level of safari chic.

This Zannier Hotels property ticks all the luxe boxes: glinting azure infinity pool, which sets off the surrounding orange-green savannah beautifully; cutesy thatched roof gin bar, repping plenty of local brands; and a sweeping beige, gunmetal-grey and aquamarine colour scheme peppered with wood and metal furnishings and plenty of glossy design magazines.

The reserve’s wildlife, spanning white rhino, a pride of lions, antelope of all kinds and warthogs, roam astonishing close to the smart 10 thatched roof stone huts. Sunrise and sunset game drives are offered to each guest to get up close and personal with them - with a cold glass of wine in your hand while you do it.

"A truly luxurious camp with beautiful accommodations"

Mr & Mrs CfromGolden CO

Arrived 1 Feb 2020, 1 night

Add to Omaanda’s book a peaceful, all-natural spa and the finest food and wine in blockbuster surroundings and you’ve got one of the most rarefied lodge experiences in all of Namibia. Note: Omaanda is the place to end your trip, not start it... See our full report on Omaanda

100%
2 reviews of Omaanda by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 10

Omaanda to Windhoek by road

After a relaxed morning, you’ll be driven back to the airport in an air-conditioned 4WD. This transfer takes around 40 minutes along mostly gravel roads, through the rolling hills that surround Windhoek. You will arrive in plenty of time to connect with your onward travel arrangements.

Day 10

Ends: Windhoek International Airport

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