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Pelican Fly & Drive Safari

A unique itinerary visiting the must-see highlights combining the adventure of a classic Namibian self-drive with the ease and spectacular views of a fly-in safari.

Pelican Fly & Drive Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Pelican Fly & Drive 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

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Day 1

Pick-up car: Windhoek International Airport

12:00
Windhoek International AirportNamibia

Your hire vehicle awaits your arrival at Windhoek International Airport.

Galton House
Day 1

Galton House

1 night
Bed & BreakfastWindhoek, Namibia

Every desert, whether of sand or concrete, needs an oasis and Galton House fits the bill. After a day travelling Namibia’s great plains or weaving through Windhoek traffic, Galton House is a cool sanctuary of minimalist, state-of-the-art décor.

Galton House

Every desert, whether of sand or concrete, needs an oasis and Galton House fits the bill. After a day travelling Namibia’s great plains or weaving through Windhoek traffic, Galton House is a cool sanctuary of minimalist, state-of-the-art décor.

The old capital still bears traces of its German colonial past, and its newest kid on the block is like a time portal into the modern era. Think Scandi-cool in Africa, this is a smart boutique hotel in all but name.

Situated in a quiet, affluent suburb a few minutes from the city centre, its complex of nine rooms with a small pool is an interior designer’s daydream of wood, glass and marble enlivened by canvas prints of striking wildlife photography and indigenous tribes.

The open-plan lounge is an invitation to relax with a book, and with friendly staff on hand to cook up dishes like beef satay in creamy peanut sauce, and zucchini with leek and mushroom in basil pesto that can be served alfresco by the pool, there's no need to head into town for dinner.

"Tamara, the manager, runs an outstanding operation - was so helpful, comfortable"

Mr & Mrs BfromBerkeley

Arrived 18 Jun 2024, 2 nights

Since we’re now back in the 21st century, high-speed WiFi, satellite TV and air conditioning are standard. After a long flight or day’s sightseeing, there are few modern oases more welcome. See our full report on Galton House

91%
173 reviews of Galton House by travellers since August 2007

Activities

Cultural excursion

Hoodia Desert Lodge
Days 2-4

Hoodia Desert Lodge

2 nights
Half BoardNamib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

Dwarfed by the majesty of the Namib-Naukluft Mountains, Hoodia Desert Lodge is both welcoming and stylish. It’s a winning combination at this owner-managed lodge, where Thomas and Henreza Becker are often on hand to greet their guests with a cool drink after a dusty journey through the desert.

Hoodia Desert Lodge

Dwarfed by the majesty of the Namib-Naukluft Mountains, Hoodia Desert Lodge is both welcoming and stylish. It’s a winning combination at this owner-managed lodge, where Thomas and Henreza Becker are often on hand to greet their guests with a cool drink after a dusty journey through the desert.

Freshening up is next on the agenda, perhaps in the small pool sculpted into natural rock, perhaps in the privacy of your spacious air-conditioned chalet, where a powerful shower awaits. Or take indulgence to another level and luxuriate in the decadence of your own open-air bath.

Then relax on your shaded veranda and take in the views – whether of the ephemeral Tsauchab River or across the plains to the mountains.

If the setting is special, so is the restaurant, where delicious traditional and international cuisine is accompanied by a selection of South African wines, matched by attentive service. Tables are set around a large fireplace, which in summer morphs into a barbecue, while centre stage are the views, best seen from the outside terrace which doubles as a good spot for birdwatching, and a superb sundowner spot.

"..a beautiful location. We enjoyed the activities very much.."

M and DfromFrance

Arrived 4 May 2024, 2 nights

Explore the immediate surroundings on foot, but to make the most of the iconic desert surroundings, look at the full-day excursion. With excellent interpretive guides and a superb picnic lunch, it’s a real highlight of your Namib experience. See our full report on Hoodia Desert Lodge

97%
212 reviews of Hoodia Desert Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Guided walking safari

Helicopter

Hot air ballooning

Quad-biking

Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion
Day 3

Hoodia Sossusvlei excursion

Escape the crowds and experience the iconic and beautiful Namib Sand Sea with an experienced guide from Hoodia Desert Lodge. The approach is personal and the guiding knowledgeable, making your introduction to the highlights of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, including Sesriem Canyon and the famous pans of Sossusvlei and Deadvlei, both interesting and unhurried. Read all about Hoodia excursion

Pelican Point Lodge
Days 4-7

Pelican Point Lodge

3 nights
Half BoardSwakopmund & Walvis Bay, Namibia

Pelican Point Lodge stands near the end of a long, flat peninsula of sand (known as Pelican Point) which stretches into the South Atlantic Ocean and protects the port of Walvis Bay. It's in an amazing location; see our satellite image. It's very exposed to the elements, but in a rich area for marine life and very close to a Cape fur seal colony.

Pelican Point Lodge

Pelican Point Lodge stands near the end of a long, flat peninsula of sand (known as Pelican Point) which stretches into the South Atlantic Ocean and protects the port of Walvis Bay. It's in an amazing location; see our satellite image. It's very exposed to the elements, but in a rich area for marine life and very close to a Cape fur seal colony.

"..ocean suite is gorgeous.."

Mrs F.fromParis

Arrived 20 May 2019, 2 nights

Pelican Point Lodge is exceedingly isolated with panoramic views of ocean all around. So don’t even think about using this as a quick stop-over, or eating out in the evening; but do expect fog on some mornings, and sometimes a bracing breeze. Some will find this location exhilarating; others may find it intimidating – we love it, but are mindful that it won’t suit everyone. See our full report on Pelican Point Lodge

94%
7 reviews of Pelican Point Lodge by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Dune-boarding

Fishing

Kayaking

Mountain biking

Quad-biking

Day 7

Swakopmund to Damaraland by 4WD & air

Leaving Pelican Point Lodge, you'll return to your vehicle in Walvis Bay either by boat or across the dunes by 4WD. From here, head to Swakopmund Airport where you’ll board a light aircraft to Desert Rhino Camp. The flight takes around 1¼ hours, usually stopping at Doro !Nawas en route.

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Day 7

Drop-off car: Swakopmund Airport

10:00
Swakopmund AirportNamibia

The self-drive section of you Namibian adventure ends at Swakopmund Airport.

Desert Rhino Camp
Days 7-9

Desert Rhino Camp

2 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesDamaraland, Namibia

To track black rhino on foot from Desert Rhino Camp is one of the world’s most thrilling wildlife adventures. Deep in the Palmwag Reserve, these rare animals are protected by the Save the Rhino Trust. Their desert home – like the camp’s – is truly remote, the sense of wilderness enhanced by the sheer scale of the reserve.

Desert Rhino Camp

To track black rhino on foot from Desert Rhino Camp is one of the world’s most thrilling wildlife adventures. Deep in the Palmwag Reserve, these rare animals are protected by the Save the Rhino Trust. Their desert home – like the camp’s – is truly remote, the sense of wilderness enhanced by the sheer scale of the reserve.

To encounter a rhino on foot is a truly heart-pounding moment. Set off each morning to explore the desert home of these antediluvian beasts, a world shared with giraffe, and elephant, lion and hyena. When rhino are spotted, you’ll leave your 4WD on foot, in the hands of expert guides with years of rhino-tracking experience.

A picnic lunch in the desert is a further highlight, before returning to your tented oasis. Cooling off in the plunge pool might be your priority, or freshening up in your en-suite bathroom, before relaxing on your private veranda looking out over the desert – or indulging in afternoon tea and cake.

"Wonderful staff... the best !"

Mr A.fromFontainebleau

Arrived 24 Jun 2023, 2 nights

As the sun sets behind the mountains, the flickering light of the campfire beckons, backed by a floodlit waterhole beneath the magic of the Namibian night sky. To pull yourself away is to follow the sandy paths to a warm and comfortable bed, your mind full of the day’s adventures. See our full report on Desert Rhino Camp

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

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Guided walking safari

Day 9

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 Tented Camp
Days 9-11

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.

"Best part of my trip! .. the place to be ...I didn't want to leave!"

Miss GfromCalifornia

Arrived 20 Jun 2024, 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%
155 reviews of Ongava Tented Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 11

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 11

Ends: Windhoek International Airport

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Experiences you can add to this trip.

Optional extra day-trips and excursions possible whilst staying at lodges on this trip. These are usually best arranged in advance so talk to us.


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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95% (77 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% (178 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% (225 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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89% (14 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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93% (12 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)
Windhoek City Tour

Windhoek City Tour

three hour Windhoek City Tour

The 3 hours includes Independence Museum and Katutura

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100% (1 reviews)

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