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Francolin Fly-in Safari

Fly between northern Namibia’s highlights – Sossusvlei’s dunes, quaint Swakopmund, Damaraland’s mountains and a safari in Etosha – on this spectacular aerial adventure with a relaxed pace and luxury but good value accommodation.

Francolin Fly-in Safari: Summary

Francolin Fly-in in a nutshell

This a trip for those with a little more time to discover Namibia’s northern highlights who don’t fancy the drives while staying at some great lodges and camps. By flying between stops you’ll not only have a far more relaxing time, but each flight is an experience in itself with incredible views over the Namib Desert, the Atlantic coastline up to Swakopmund and the rugged interior. It also maximises the time you get to explore each area.

After a night in the tiny capital, Windhoek, take your first light aircraft for the flight to the ancient sands of the Namib Desert. Appreciate this sand sea’s enormity from above then touch down by Kulala Desert Lodge. Thoroughly comfortable, relaxed and with a great setting close to its own entrance to the national park, you’ll be among the first to ascend the towering apricot dunes around Sossusvlei and marvel at Deadvlei’s surreal camel thorn trees.

The next hop follows the desert and Atlantic coastline north to Swakopmund, a quirky Germanic seaside town where you’ll stay in a colonial era house. It’s a great base for a whole host of adventure activities, from sandboarding and skydiving to kayaking alongside a raucous colony of sealions.

Turning back inland, fly across the hills of Damaraland to Mowani Mountain Camp with its smart rondavel rooms tucked between great orange boulders. Highlights here include game drives to see herds of desert-adapted elephants and the ancient rock engravings at Twyfelfontein.

End with three nights perched atop a kopje looking out over Ongava Game Reserve at the edge of Etosha National Park. Explore the huge reserve, tracking rhino on foot and finding lion prides on game drives, or allow wildlife to come to you as you watch from Ongava Lodge’s hide. You can also take guided trips into the park to the edge of Etosha’s dusty salt pan where you may see the iconic sight of elephants, giraffe, zebra, oryx and more congregating around precious water sources.

At a glance

Starts: Windhoek International Airport
1 night Galton House - Windhoek, Namibia Bed & Breakfast
2 nights Kulala Desert Lodge - Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia Full Board & Activities
2 nights Villa Margherita - Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia Bed & Breakfast
2 nights Mowani Mountain Camp - Damaraland, Namibia Half Board
3 nights Ongava Tented Camp - Etosha National Park, Namibia Full Board & Activities
Ends: Windhoek International Airport

Galton House

Day 1

Galton House, named after the early explorer Sir Francis Galton, opened in Windhoek's residential suburb of Eros in 2011. Only ten minutes' drive from the city centre, it's a modern yet homely guesthouse with a backdrop of rolling hills. There's a mix of comfortable indoor and outdoor spaces in which to relax and the convenience of an in-house restaurant which caters for all meals.

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Kulala Desert Lodge

Days 2-4

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.

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Villa Margherita

Days 4-6

Villa Margherita – also know as 'The Charming House' – is an upmarket colonial-style boutique guest house, set in the heart of Swakopmund, on Namibia's Atlantic coast. It is located within walking distance of many shops and restaurants as well as the beachfront. Constructed between 1908 and 1913, it’s a lovely old house. It was, completely renovated and refurbished by owners Claudine and Amelio, and opened for guests in March 2008.

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Mowani Mountain Camp

Days 6-8

Situated in the heart of southern Damaraland, between Namibia's Ugab and the Huab rivers, the smart Mowani Mountain Camp commands a stunning location. Perched high on a rocky outcrop, the camp is nestled amongst large granite boulders and has superb views across gravel plains to the mountains beyond.

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Ongava Tented Camp

Days 8-11

The small Ongava Tented Camp is nestled in mopane woodland at the foot of a low hill on the private 300km² Ongava Reserve, overlooking a waterhole. The reserve borders Etosha National Park on the south side, near the Andersson Gate, and benefits from similar wildlife, with the notable inclusion of both black and white rhino.

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Galton House

Galton House

Windhoek, Namibia

Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge

Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Villa Margherita

Villa Margherita

Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia

Mowani Mountain Camp

Mowani Mountain Camp

Damaraland, Namibia

Ongava Tented Camp

Ongava Tented Camp

Etosha National Park, Namibia

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Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Francolin Fly-in Safari.

  • Aerial views of the Namib Desert, Skeleton Coast & more
  • Being the first to climb the dunes of Sossusvlei at dawn
  • A day of adventure from Swakopmund
  • Tracking desert elephant in Damaraland
  • Three days of safari in Ongava Reserve and Etosha


Some activities which can be included in the Francolin Fly-in Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Boat trip

  • Cultural excursion

  • Dune-boarding

  • Fishing

  • Guided walking safari

  • Helicopter

  • Hot air ballooning

  • Kayaking

  • Mountain biking

  • Night drive

  • Quad-biking

  • Self-guided walking

  • Sleeping under the stars

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Key species to see on the Francolin Fly-in Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Francolin Fly-in Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


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White Rhino

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Black Rhino

88% chance


57% chance

Brown Hyena

28% chance

Spotted Hyena

28% chance


23% chance


23% chance

Roan antelope

12% chance

Sable antelope

12% chance


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Side-trips whilst on this trip

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Francolin Fly-in Safari. Talk to us: they’re usually best arranged when you book.

Ballooning in the Namib Desert

Ballooning in the Namib Desert

Half day, including breakfast

Ballooning over the world’s oldest desert is an experience you shouldn’t miss. Enjoy spectacular views as the sun rises over the dune-covered plains and rocky mountains of the Namib Desert. You may even spot the occasional oryx or black-backed jackal punctuating the landscape below.

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93% (60 reviews)
Kayaking with seals

Kayaking with seals

Morning incl. tea, coffee & sandwiches

Get up close and personal with a colony of Cape fur seals on a kayaking excursion from Walvis Bay. Enjoy a gentle morning’s paddle in Walvis Bay Lagoon as seals surround and interact with you and your kayak. If you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of some Heaviside’s or bottlenose dolphins.

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98% (155 reviews)
Coast and Sandwich Harbour

Coast and Sandwich Harbour

Full day

Experience this usually inaccessible part of the Skeleton Coast, where the dunes of the Namib plunge into the Atlantic Ocean. One of our top recommendations, this is an adventurous 4WD trip, guided by experts. You'll explore the Kuiseb Delta and (tides permitting) traverse dunes and the beach to reach Sandwich Harbour, a remote freshwater lagoon with abundant birdlife.

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94% (192 reviews)
Dolphin and seal cruise

Dolphin and seal cruise

Half-day inc brunch

A boat cruise around Walvis Bay lagoon is a must for lovers of wildlife and the great outdoors. Seek out the ‘marine big five’ – from Cape fur seals to bottlenose dolphins – and marvel at the range of bird species for whom this haven on the Skeleton Coast is home. Then round off the morning with an oyster brunch.

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91% (11 reviews)
Desert tour

Desert tour

Variable, depending on the tour

Discover the unexpected on a trip into the desert surrounding the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. A must for wilderness lovers, this extraordinary landscape encompasses the Welwitschia Plains, sculpted dunes, the magic of the Kuiseb Delta – and much more. There are plenty of options, each with its own unique focus.

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96% (11 reviews)
Scenic flights in Namibia

Scenic flights in Namibia

Variable, depending on the flight

Namibia is famed for its stark beauty and boundless desert vistas and there is no better way to soak these in than from the air. A scenic flight gives you a unique perspective on this stunning and varied country, and may even provide a bird’s-eye view of areas that are out of reach to those restricted to terra firma.

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94% (7 reviews)

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