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Ruppell's Korhaan Fly-in Safari

Explore Namibia’s remotest wildernesses while staying at some of the most exclusive luxury camps in the country. This epic fly-in safari will deliver otherworldly landscapes, fascinating wildlife and genuine cultural experiences.

Ruppell's Korhaan Fly-in Safari: Day-by-day

More detailed information of what each day entails, and the various places you’ll stay on the Ruppell's Korhaan 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

Mirroring the surrounding trees, the soft palette that defines the Olive Grove oozes tranquillity and relaxation. From the moment you arrive, whether off a long flight or after a busy safari, the old house exudes a warm welcome, matched by a friendly yet professional team of staff.

Olive Grove

Mirroring the surrounding trees, the soft palette that defines the Olive Grove oozes tranquillity and relaxation. From the moment you arrive, whether off a long flight or after a busy safari, the old house exudes a warm welcome, matched by a friendly yet professional team of staff.

Much is made of natural materials, from stone floors and walls to neutral-coloured cement bathrooms, creating a contemporary yet stylish feel that is hard to resist. Beautifully furnished rooms with soft lighting add to the mood, with hot-water bottles to offset winter chills – and a cool plunge pool for warmer months. Wrought-iron tables and chairs add a gentle Mediterranean touch, enhanced by Moroccan lanterns and mosaic detail.

"Comfortable and relaxing."

Mrs & Mr PfromEssex

Arrived 17 Jul 2022, 1 night

Even the setting, in a quiet residential street, feels far from the bustle of the small capital, yet just a five-minute drive brings you to the heart of the city. But think first before you head out to dine. The à la carte restaurant here is open for lunch and dinner (as well as an excellent breakfast), with an open-plan kitchen that encourages you to feast on culinary delights with your eyes as well as your tastebuds. With the bonus of a small wellness centre, this is truly a place to savour. See our full report on Olive Grove

88%
356 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

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.

"Desert Rhino Camp is a "must" if considering Damaraland"

Ms & Mr PfromUSA

Arrived 28 May 2022, 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%
108 reviews of Desert Rhino Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Guided walking safari

Day 4

Damaraland to the Hoanib Valley by 4WD & air

It's a short drive to the airstrip to catch your flight, which may go via Doro !Nawas. Heading north, you're treated to jaw-dropping aerial views of some of Namibia's most remote wilderness. On landing, it's a short drive to Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, completing a transfer of 1–1½ hours.

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp
Days 4-7

Hoanib Skeleton Camp

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesSkeleton Coast & Kaokoland, Namibia

Opened in August 2014, Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is a beautiful camp in a very remote location of northern Damaraland, about 1km outside the boundary of the Skeleton Coast National Park. Built in a private concession, or reserve, close to the ephemeral Hoanib River, it is surrounded by gravel plains, mountains and large yellow sand dunes. It is viewed as a successor to the Skeleton Coast Camp, which closed a few years ago.

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

Opened in August 2014, Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is a beautiful camp in a very remote location of northern Damaraland, about 1km outside the boundary of the Skeleton Coast National Park. Built in a private concession, or reserve, close to the ephemeral Hoanib River, it is surrounded by gravel plains, mountains and large yellow sand dunes. It is viewed as a successor to the Skeleton Coast Camp, which closed a few years ago.

"to encounter animals thriving in such a harsh environment was truly fascinating!"

Ms & Mr PfromUSA

Arrived 30 May 2022, 3 nights

Hoanib isn’t for the budget conscious, but we think that the truly remote location, the chance to spend time in the Skeleton Coast National Park, and a scattering of really interesting desert-adapted wildlife combine to make it worth the money. Come for these rather than for the camp itself, no matter how stylish. But don’t expect a parade of animals – this is a tough environment in which to eke out an existence. See our full report on Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

99%
37 reviews of Hoanib Skeleton Camp by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Day 7

Hoanib Valley to Serra Cafema by 4WD & air

Taking around 4–5 hours, this transfer can be a real trip highlight. From the Hoanib Valley your light-aircraft flight may detour via Doro !Nawas before heading north to Hartmann's Valley. Then you’ll enjoy an exceptionally scenic drive to Serra Cafema through some of Namibia's most remote wilderness.

Serra Cafema
Days 7-10

Serra Cafema

3 nights
Full Board & ActivitiesSkeleton Coast & Kaokoland, Namibia

Serra Cafema is probably Namibia's most remote camp. In the extreme north-west, at the end of the vast Hartmann Valley, this luxurious lodge nestles in a lush belt of riverine forest beside the Kunene River, overlooking Angola. This river stands in total contrast to the arid desert and rugged mountains around it making this a very special location.

Serra Cafema

Serra Cafema is probably Namibia's most remote camp. In the extreme north-west, at the end of the vast Hartmann Valley, this luxurious lodge nestles in a lush belt of riverine forest beside the Kunene River, overlooking Angola. This river stands in total contrast to the arid desert and rugged mountains around it making this a very special location.

"t is spectacular! We appreciated the ability to tailor our activities."

Pete & NancyfromStockton

Arrived 8 Oct 2018, 3 nights

Serra Cafema is one of Africa's most magical areas, so staying here in great comfort, with enthusiastic guides, is a real privilege. See our full report on Serra Cafema

96%
31 reviews of Serra Cafema by travellers since August 2007

Activities

4WD Safari

Birdwatching

Boat trip

Cultural excursion

Guided walking safari

Night drive

Quad-biking

Day 10

Kaokoland to Windhoek by 4WD & air

Today’s 6–7-hour journey is one of the most scenic of its kind in Namibia. Having headed to the airstrip through the desert plains and mountain passes of Hartmann’s Valley, you’ll board your light aircraft for Windhoek, probably stopping several times en route, and almost certainly to refuel at Doro !Nawas.

Day 10

Ends: Windhoek International Airport

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