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Flamingo Fly-in Safari

Short on time but big on experience, this luxury fly-in safari takes in Sossusvlei’s famous dunes and Etosha National Park’s captivating wildlife with stays at two excellent luxury lodges.

Flamingo Fly-in Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Flamingo 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 in the arrivals hall of the international airport before escorting you to a waiting vehicle. It’s then a journey of around 45 minutes through the rolling hills outside Windhoek to the Olive Exclusive, in one of the capital’s leafy suburbs – just 10 minutes from the city centre by taxi.

Olive Exclusive
Day 1

Olive Exclusive

1 night
Bed & BreakfastWindhoek, Namibia

The Olive Exclusive combines understated luxury with contemporary amenities for a top-class small hotel close to the centre of Windhoek. If views over a tranquil olive grove from your own private courtyard sound appealing, read on.

Olive Exclusive

The Olive Exclusive combines understated luxury with contemporary amenities for a top-class small hotel close to the centre of Windhoek. If views over a tranquil olive grove from your own private courtyard sound appealing, read on.

For at the Olive Exclusive, just a few minutes’ drive from the centre of Windhoek, that vision is reality. With their subtle colours, natural materials and carefully chosen photographic artwork, four premier suites and three smaller but no less luxurious suites ooze a feeling of relaxation, as if the olive trees themselves have had a calming influence on the designers of this attractive boutique hotel.

As a place to recuperate after a long international flight, or to round off a self-drive trip around Namibia, it would be hard to beat. Ease away the stress of the journey with a hot bath, complete with candles, or slip off your shoes and wander outside, coffee or glass of sherry in hand, and settle down in the shade of a mature tree. In-suite facials and massages take indulgence to the next level, while a pool (or private plunge pool) offers a refreshing lift.

"..a very smart hotel, excellent rooms, friendly staff and good food. "

Mr& Mrs TfromPoole

Arrived 27 Sep 2018, 1 night

When hunger calls, dine at the hotel’s equally exclusive restaurant, The Olive, which looks out over the twinkling lights of the city. Then wind up the day in the comfort and seclusion of your own personal oasis. See our full report on Olive Exclusive

95%
32 reviews of Olive Exclusive by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Cultural excursion

Day 2

Windhoek to Sossusvlei by road & air

From the Olive Exclusive you’ll be driven back to the international airport for your stunning light-aircraft flight to the Sossusvlei area. The route traverses the weathered slopes of the Naukluft Mountains before arriving in the Namib Desert, a short drive from Kulala. Allow 3–4 hours for this transfer.

Kulala Desert Lodge
Days 2-4

Kulala Desert Lodge

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

Situated on the 210km2 private Kulala Wilderness Reserve south of Sesriem, Kulala Desert Lodge offers a close and spectacular view over the Namib Sand Sea to the west, and the Namib-Naukluft Mountains to the east. Originally opened in 1996, the lodge was built to make the most of the vista. In addition to the dunes on its doorstep, however, its defining attraction remains a private entrance from the reserve into the Namib-Naukluft National Park.

Kulala Desert Lodge

Situated on the 210km2 private Kulala Wilderness Reserve south of Sesriem, Kulala Desert Lodge offers a close and spectacular view over the Namib Sand Sea to the west, and the Namib-Naukluft Mountains to the east. Originally opened in 1996, the lodge was built to make the most of the vista. In addition to the dunes on its doorstep, however, its defining attraction remains a private entrance from the reserve into the Namib-Naukluft National Park.

"We were the first up Big Daddy dune!"

Mr & Mrs SHfromSeattle

Arrived 7 Dec 2019, 2 nights

Kulala is a very comfortable lodge in a lovely setting and has long been a favorite of the Expert Africa team. While the rooms may be in need of renovation, the welcoming team and relaxed, informal atmosphere that we have always enjoyed remain unchanged. The private entrance to the national park is a real bonus for guests on an organised excursion with the lodge as it's substantially closer than the main gate, offering a fantastic opportunity to make the most of the early-morning light. However, guests who prefer to drive themselves to the dunes should bear in mind that it's quite a long way to the main gate at Sesriem. See our full report on Kulala Desert Lodge

92%
326 reviews of Kulala Desert Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Helicopter

Hot air ballooning

Quad-biking

Sleeping under the stars

Day 4

Sossusvlei to Etosha by road & air

Allow around 3½–4 hours for today's journey, which takes you from the Namib's dunes, over the Skeleton Coast and Damaraland's mountains to the Ongava Reserve, bordering Etosha. En route, your light aircraft will usually stop for fuel and to allow others to alight; you may even change planes.

Ongava Lodge
Days 4-7

Ongava Lodge

3 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.

"Incredible! Loved everything, Great food. Amazing service, Didn't want to leave"

Ms S.fromSurrey

Arrived 22 Nov 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 7

Etosha to Windhoek by 4WD & air

Depending on your onward arrangements you may have time to enjoy an activity and brunch before heading to the 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 make your onward connection.

Day 7

Ends: Windhoek International Airport

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