Namibia flying safari

“A multi centred and extremely exclusive 10 days exploring Namibia, flying between luxury lodges, enjoying everything from game drives to quad biking.”

Highlights

Windhoek | Kulala Wilderness Reserve | Namib Desert | private sunrises over Sossusvlei | dune boarding | guided nature walks | hot air balloon rides| sunrise treks | star gazing | Swakopmund | Walvis Bay | kayaking with seals | 4x4 dune excursions | Skeleton Coast | game drives | Serra Cafema camp | meet the Himba | quad biking

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Environment

This vacation offers the opportunity to stay at the award-winning Hoanib Skeleton Coast Lodge on Namibia’s Skeleton Coast. The lodge is set in one of the most fragile ecosystems in the world, and therefore it has been built with minimal impact on the environment. The camp is 100% solar powered and they make use of innovative, eco-friendly systems to break down waste water which can then be used by plant life. They have also ensured that the design of the guest tents and main area maximise natural lighting, air movement and insulation. Presentations and interaction with wildlife researchers at the Hoanib Research Centre are possible when the researchers are in camp. These cover all current research being supported at Hoanib, in particular the vital work being done by Dr Flip Stander and his team on the unique desert-adapted lion.

You will visit several national parks and reserves on this itinerary. In our detailed pre-departure travel pack we have included a note to remind you not leave any litter in the national parks and reserves – everything you carry in, you must carry out. Aside from the environmental damage, litter can be harmful to the wildlife.

Community

On this vacation we offer the option to stay at Serra Cafema which is located in one of the most isolated areas of Namibia where the Himba people continue their traditional semi-nomadic way of life. Himba women cover themselves in an ochre paste to protect themselves from the sun and they also have distinctive braided hair which changes with age and marital status. Guests at Serra Cafema may be able to visit a Himba settlement and spend time with the Himba women. This is a truly authentic cultural experience which offers an opportunity to interact with the Himba people and learn about their traditional lifestyle and customs.

If you visit a tribe in a remote region of Namibia please ensure that you always ask permission before taking photos and respect people’s privacy. You should engage and interact with people rather than simply taking photos of them and showing them the image on your camera afterwards is a nice gesture. Please remember that cultural exchange is a two-way street and you are also an object of fascination.

During your time in Namibia we encourage you to support the local economy by buying authentic handmade products such as cotton fabrics, wood carvings, pottery and silver jewellery at markets, villages and small-scale souvenir shops rather than hotel tourist shops or on organised shopping trips. When you buy products at markets, villages and small-scale souvenir shops you are helping to support a fragile economy and supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive. We recommend that you visit the Cosdef Arts & Crafts Centre in Swakopmund which supports local artisans and unemployed people by providing a shopfront for their work. The quality of the products is high and by purchasing items here you are supporting sustainability in local communities.

Namibia is home to the Herero tribe, who are characterised by their Victorian-style colourful dresses and horn-shaped headgear. Herero women often sell dolls in traditional Herero attire at roadside markets and if you buy one of these dolls you’re showing the Herero tribe that their culture and heritage is embraced by visitors, plus of course you’re directly contributing to their economy.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Our visit to the Namib Desert, the wildlife, some of the local people we met and two lodges in particular, Doro Nawas and Okonjima.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure that your agent books a proper 4 wheel drive vehicle, the roads are mainly gravel and can be treacherous after rain. Avoid the Fort at Onguma,
incredibly over-priced. Do not be persuaded to book by your travel agent, who may pressure you because they get commission on the huge cost for one night
of £700!! They served us fried bananas with salad dressing as a veggie option, and to be honest the staff seemed tense probably because of the price the guests were paying and they were scared to make mistakes.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not sure. I believe that Namibia does try to conserve its wildlife and as tourists spending lots of money on lodges, I guess we do underline the importance of
this approach. We did drive everywhere so this is probably not very environmentally friendly, but how else to get around? I don't know whether the staff/guides are well-paid in the lodges. If so, then we probably did benefit local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A real adventure, but a lot of driving! We covered 3000 kilometers in 15 days, that's 200 a day, and on gravel roads that's a lot of time spent in a car. We saw some spectacular things, the desert, the stars in clear, clear skies, lots of birds and animals, and even a chameleon crossing the road in the desert, but it is a long, long way between lodges, and it is very tiring. I'm not sure I would want to do another self-drive unless it was around a smaller country like say Luxembourg!

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