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Hoopoe Fly-in Safari

This relaxed fly-in safari reveals Namibia at its best. Generous timings and a wide choice of activities help travellers to enjoy the best of the country’s most spectacular areas.

Hoopoe Fly-in Safari: Summary

Hoopoe Fly-in Safari in a nutshell

This relaxed fly-in safari makes great use of time. It condenses Namibia’s three main highlights into a fly-around safari that’s packed with variety, but never rushed. The small lodges in this itinerary are all old favourites and in great locations.

Start by exploring the Namib Desert great Sand Sea with an expert guide by 4WD, on foot and even by quad-bike. The highlight is a visit to the iconic, silvery-white Sossusvlei and Deadvlei pans, surrounded by the world’s tallest sand dunes.

Flying over the dunes, highlands and escarpment you’ll appreciate the sheer diversity of Namibia’s landscapes, before landing in Damaraland. Here you’ll track free-roaming, desert elephants and seek ancient bushman rock art amidst the scenic hills and flat-topped sandstone mountains.

Finally you’ll hop to Ongava where there’s great rhino-tracking on the lodges own excellent reserve plus the option to explore the adjacent world-class Etosha National Park.

This fly-in trip showcases Namibia at its best: amazing scenery from the air, plus in-depth experiences of three very different locations, with a range of activities from quad biking, walking, and 4WD safaris to sleeping under the stars.

At a glance

Starts: Windhoek International Airport
1 night Galton House - Windhoek, Namibia Bed & Breakfast
3 nights Kulala Desert Lodge - Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia Full Board & Activities
3 nights Doro Nawas - Damaraland, Namibia Full Board & Activities
3 nights Ongava Lodge - Etosha National Park, Namibia Full Board & Activities
1 night Galton House - Windhoek, Namibia Bed & Breakfast
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 2-5

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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Doro Nawas

Days 5-8

Doro Nawas Camp is perched on top of a rugged, rocky hill, on the floodplains of Namibia’s dry Aba Huab River. Solid, castle-like and almost foreboding in appearance, it has open and attractive views across the plains to the mountains and sandstone cliffs of Twyfelfontein.

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Ongava Lodge

Days 8-11

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.

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Galton House

Day 11

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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Galton House

Galton House

Windhoek, Namibia

Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge

Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Doro Nawas

Doro Nawas

Damaraland, Namibia

Ongava Lodge

Ongava Lodge

Etosha National Park, Namibia

Galton House

Galton House

Windhoek, Namibia

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Highlights

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

  • Explore the world’s tallest dunes in the Namib
  • Quad bike in the desert from Kulala Desert Lodge
  • Track desert-adapted wildlife in the hills of Damaraland
  • Marvel at ancient bushman rock art at Twyfelfontein
  • Get up close and personal with wildlife in Etosha

Activities

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

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Cultural excursion

  • Guided walking safari

  • Helicopter

  • Hot air ballooning

  • Night drive

  • Quad-biking

  • Sleeping under the stars

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Key species to see on the Hoopoe Fly-in Safari

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


Elephant

100% chance

Oryx

100% chance

Giraffe

99% chance

Zebra

99% chance

Lion

98% chance

White Rhino

98% chance

Wildebeest

95% chance

Black Rhino

82% chance

Eland

53% chance

Brown Hyena

39% chance

Roan antelope

35% chance

Spotted Hyena

21% chance

Sable antelope

18% chance

Leopard

12% chance

Cheetah

12% chance

Pangolin

6% chance

Aardvark

0% chance

Meerkat

0% chance

Side-trips whilst on this trip

We may be able to build in some of these optional excursions from the Hoopoe 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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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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