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Fly-in Safaris

Fly-In Safaris provide the traveller with a birds’ eye view of spectacular landscapes and wildlife and are ideal for photography.

This safari style is the top end of the African safari market – when time is of the essence, a fly-in safari affords visitors the opportunity to get from lodge to lodge, area to area in the quickest possible time, allowing them to effectively maximise their time in Africa.

The appeal of a fly-in safari not only lies in the ability to get from a vibrant, thrumming city to the heart of the African savannah quicker than it takes a tortoise to cross a dirt road in the Etosha National Park, but travelers are also privy to unending and magnificent views of Mama Africa’s landscape from above.

Enjoying a fly-in safari to any of Africa’s abundant safari destinations results in game-viewing from a whole new perspective, with aircraft often flying low and allowing passengers to spot wildlife from above. Not to mention, making use of a plane means that you can get to some of the most remote and untouched corners of Africa where crowds are small (if not non-existent) and the game is plentiful.

What makes it all the more worth it is not having to endure long bumpy hours driving from lodge to lodge. We could have you in the heart of the Namib Desert in less than two hours after leaving Windhoek. A fly-in safari takes the hassle out of traveling and will have travelers making the most of their African safari holiday, giving you more time to enjoy more wildlife, more destinations, and less time in transit.

Honeymoon Safaris

A Namibian honeymoon is an exclusive getaway offering total isolation, romantic vistas, a huge diversity of landscapes and a wide range of activities.

It is not your typical honeymoon destination – it doesn’t boast tropical island beaches, but instead offers vast unspoilt and dramatic landscapes from desert and coastal wilderness to enormous saltpans, rugged mountains and the lush Caprivi Strip teeming with wildlife.

After the stress of wedding preparation, the solitude and isolation that Namibia offers is sure to provide a welcome relief. Whether you choose to spend your honeymoon doing absolutely nothing but enjoying the out-of-this-world vistas or choose to partake in the many action-packed adventure activities on offer from balloon safaris, to game drives and sand boarding down desert dunes, Namibia is certainly a unique honeymoon alternative.

Why a Namibian honeymoon will be the most memorable holiday of your lives:

  • It’s an entirely unique honeymoon
  • The solitude of immense, unpopulated landscapes
  • Romantic sunsets over the towering sand dunes of Sossusvlei
  • Incredible photographic opportunities
  • Unique cultural interactions with the San Bushmen and the Himba People
  • Remote and highly exclusive camps
  • The Skeleton Coast, one of the MOST isolated places on the planet
  • Tracking black rhinos and seeing desert elephants in Damaraland
  • Almost guaranteed wildlife sightings in Etosha National Park’s waterholes

Family Safaris

Namibia is a wonderful choice for a family vacation: it’s safe, easy to travel around on a self-guided journey and offers a wealth of attractions and activities that will delight outdoorsy kids. Namibia also has a much lower malaria risk than many other southern African countries. There are fun things to do with kids of any age: nature walks, wildlife spotting and sand dune scrambling for young ones, and multi-day hiking, sandboarding, quad biking, animal tracking and sky diving for teenagers.

With Namibia’s wide range of lodging options, choosing places to stay for a family vacation is easy: pick from self-catering bungalows and cottages, well-equipped campsites or luxury lodges (just be sure to check with lodges beforehand if they have a minimum age limit).

Central Namibia is the best region for families travelling in Namibia because of the wide range of family-friendly activities on offer on both the coast and in the desert. Swakopmund is a perfect base for families with lots of lodging options, family-friendly restaurants and a wealth of adventure activities ranging from sandboarding (ages seven and up) and quad biking, kayaking with seals, and guided living desert walks for younger kids.

Similarly, Sossusvlei and its surrounding area is a great place to explore with kids: there are dunes to climb, a canyon to walk through, flying over the desert in a hot air balloon, guided walks, quad buggy nature trails and star gazing at night.

Further south, the NamibRand Nature Reserve may not have big predators for stellar wildlife viewing, but it does mean that it’s safe to walk in the reserve, and children aged eight and above can join a three-day guided walking trip that takes in the best of the reserve’s desert landscape and animals. In Namibia’s far southern region, multi-day canoeing trips along the Orange River in the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park are also an excellent family holiday idea for kids over the age of six: the canoeing is not too strenuous, and it’s a wonderful way of experiencing the park’s beautiful landscapes.

For the best safari experience you’d need to head north of central Namibia to Etosha National Park, which offers one of Africa’s best wildlife viewing experiences during the dry winter months. Kids of any age will be entranced by the spectacle of hundreds of animals vying for a drinking spot at the numerous waterholes dotted around the park and its camps.

Highlights of family travel in Namibia include: parking off at waterholes in Etosha National Park to watch herds of zebra, wildebeest, and giraffe congregate, going on guided walks in the barren-looking Namib Desert and discovering a fascinating world of insects, birds, lizards and adapted plants, scrambling up the dunes near Sossusvlei and sliding back down, zooming down the dunes of Swakopmund on a sandboard, sitting around a campfire under the twinkling stars of the Milky Way after a day canoeing on the Orange River and kayaking among seals, turtles and dolphins off the coast near Swakopmund.

Travel Tips

  • It’s a good idea to just pick two or three destinations and spend longer at each one rather than trying to see all the highlights of Namibia at once, as driving distances in Namibia are very long and you won’t get the most out of your family holiday if most of it is spent in the car with the kids getting restless in the backseat.
  • When you do have to do a long drink, think about breaking your journey up with stop overs along the way, especially if you’re travelling with young children. If you’re going to be exploring wildlife parks – which involves lots of driving around – plan to break up the game drives with snack breaks and picnics at designated areas.
  • If you have young children, it may be best to avoid travelling to high risk malaria areas. It’s advisable to travel to Namibia in the cooler months of April to October, as the summer months can be unbearably hot. Bear in mind that Namibia’s climate is harsh and your kids will need to be able to cope with the elements. It’s extremely dry and dusty, it can be very hot and the sun is strong. Be prepared with lots of sun cream, lotion and SPF cream for lips, hats and clothes to protect from the sun, good sunglasses and a big shade cloth if you’re camping.
  • Take note of lodges’ policies regarding game drives with children – many lodges have a minimum age limit for young children on a game drive vehicle, and some lodges won’t accept children under a certain age at all.

Photographic Safaris

A photographic safari is one of the best ways to preserve your safari memories, improve your art and impress your friends back home. Whether you’re a professional or an amateur photographer, a photo safari experience in Africa is unparalleled to anywhere else in the world.

Namibia is one of Africa’s best landscape photographic destinations, due to its wide-open spaces, textured colours, clear nights and clean air. The backdrop to most wildlife photographs here is stunning, and further enhanced when storms brew over the Namibian landscape.

However, photographic safaris don’t often mix with traditional safaris. As a photographer it’s always frustrating when your guide, or the people on your safari vehicle are uninterested in subjects that you would like to photograph.

Photography requires patience, preparation, dedication and a guide that understands how to get you into the right position for that perfect capture.

You also need lots of space for equipment in your vehicle.

In short- you need to go on a dedicated photographic safari either guided or by yourself and always with like-minded fellow travelers.

Namibia is easily accessed on a self-drive safari