8 Days
Anya’s Luxurious Namibian Fly-In Adventure

Tour Highlights

  • Namibia
  • Kaokoland
  • Sossusvlei
  • Private Charter Flights
  • Namib Desert
  • Kunene Region

Client Review

Anya Visser, of Pembury Tours, organized our trip to Namibia and to Cape Town, which was our first visit to Southern Africa. The result is that our trip was absolutely flawless and a full success. We stayed in three different lodges in Namibia, moved from one to the other by private plane and were met in Cape Town and in Windhoek. Every element of our trip was professionally planned and executed, on time and most courteously by every provider chosen by Anya. Moreover, Anya always responded immediately and positively to my numerous requests for information or for slight modifications of our initial program. I therefore cannot underline enough Anya’s professionalism and kindness, as well as her permanent availability of which I availed myself on several occasions. I have already forwarded Anya’s contact details to friends who requested them from me and I can only recommend Anya to anyone wishing to fulfil their dream of visiting Namibia and the Cape Town area, as was my case, in the best possible conditions

 

Robert, Janet & Alexandra B

Tour Consultant's Overview

“I received a phone call from Robert B & his wife, Janet, in August 2018. Robert B mentioned his interest in visiting Namibia but had a limited amount of time to explore the beautiful country. They were attending a wedding in Cape Town and decided while they were in Southern Africa, Robert and Janet would tick off an item on their bucket list. Koakoland, Skeleton Coast and Sossusvlei were the main areas of interest for Robert and Janet. All three areas are known for being remote and offer a range of activities, including seeing the desert elephants, giraffe and lion.   After a discussion with Robert via the phone, we communicated further via email. Due to time constraints, the decision was made to fly between each property and destination. Namibia is a vast area and is usually explored over a number of days due to the travel distances between each destination. Although this is a great way to travel, we had to consider the number of days Robert had to ensure all the destinations would be covered during his travels to Namibia. I tailor made Robert’s itinerary and sent this to him. He had booked all his own accommodation in Cape Town prior to contacting me but had not booked any transfers.   I sent Robert the itinerary along with the transfers in Cape Town. Once the tour was booked, Robert informed me that his Daughter would be joining the portion in Sossusvlei. I arranged for someone to meet Robert’s daughter, Alexandra in Windhoek and she was transferred via a light aircraft to meet up with her parents in Sossusvlei. The family had an amazing time in Namibia.”
Anya Visser
Day 1 Arrival in Cape Town & Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel (1 night)

Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you are met by our representative who will hand over your travel documents whereafter you are transferred by road to The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel for your one night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure.  

 

Transfer time: Cape Town International Airport to Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel – approx. 20 minutes.     

Day 2 Cape Town to Kaokoland via Windhoek

This morning, you are met by our representative and transferred to Cape Town International Airport for your flight into Windhoek; Namibia.

Upon arrival at Windhoek International Airport you are met by your pilot who will assist you to your light aircraft. Your pilot will explain the routing before you depart Windhoek International Airport to your camp along the Kunene River.    

 

Enjoy the scenic flight!  

 

Upon arrival at your camp, you are welcomed and taken to your tented suite for your two night stay. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.  

 

Flight time: Cape Town to Windhoek – approx. 2 hours

 

Flight time: Windhoek International Airport to Okahirongo River Camp: 3 hours 

 

Flight time: Windhoek to Dora Nawas: ±1 ½ hours (Refuelling takes 30min) 

Flight time: Dora Nawas to Marienfluss: ±1 ½ hours. 

Day 2 to 4 Kaokoland - Okahirongo River Camp (2 nights)

The Kaokoland in the Kunene Region is one of the most untouched, wild areas in the North West and the land of the Himba tribe. Although it is harsh and offers little respite at midday, the rugged landscape is especially attractive during the early morning and late afternoon when it is transformed into softly glowing pastel shades. 

 

Kaokoland is bordered on the south by the Hoanib River and on the north the Kunene River which also forms Namibia's border with Angola. Mountain ranges near the Kunene River are rugged and impressive with the highest point located at 2039m in the Baynes Mountains. It is an oddity that a river runs through this arid landscape with the only real waterfalls in Namibia along its course.  

 

The Ruacana Falls are 120m high and 700m wide in full flood. Also along the Kunene River you'll find the Epupa falls, about 135km downstream from the Ruacana falls. The name Epupa is a Herero work for the spume created by falling water. Epupa is formed by a series of cascades that drop a total of 60m over a distance of about 1.5km and at one point reaches a total width of 500m. It is a possibility to swim in some of the pools but one has to be wary of crocodiles in doing so! 

Day 4 Kaokoland to Purros Conservancy 

This morning you enjoy breakfast at your lodge. After breakfast, you are met by your pilot and taken to the airstrip near your camp.  

You depart the pristine wilderness of Kaokoland, leaving the Kunene River behind. You are transferred by your light aircraft to your next camp along the Hoarusib River.  

 

Upon arrival at Okahirongo Elephant Lodge, you are met and shown to your room for your two night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure and to explore the activities at your lodge.  

 

Flight time: Okahirongo River Camp to Okahirongo Elephant Lodge: ±40mins

Day 4 to 6 Purros Conservancy - Okahirongo Elephant Lodge (2 nights)

Purros is situated in North West of Namibia, in the Kunene region. The landscape is a mix of hills, plains, wooded river valleys and spectacular dunes and is home to the Khumib and Hoarusib rivers. There are only 641 people in the vast area covering 3,562 square kilometres. 

 

The Purros Conservancy, 55km from the skeleton coast and around 200km south of the Kunene River in the north of Namibia is often described as one of the last true wilderness areas.  

  

The Kaokoveld is home to the nomadic Himba tribe as well as unique desert adapted Elephant, lion, black rhino and giraffe.

Activities include nature drives in the mornings and afternoons, night drives, morning walks and visits to the local Himba village. 

Day 6 Purros Conservancy to Sossusvlei     

After breakfast, you are met by your pilot and taken to the airstrip nearest to your camp. You depart the Hoarusib River Region and you are transferred by your light aircraft south to the Namib Desert and Sossusvlei.  

 

The sand dunes of Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert are often referred to as the highest dunes in the world. Various arguments are laid out to support this claim, but all miss the point, which is that Sossusvlei is surely one of the most spectacular sights in Namibia.  

 

Upon arrival at your lodge nestled in the heart of the Namib Desert, you meet up with Alexandra. You are all welcomed by the lodge members and taken to your suites for your three night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure.  

 

Flight time: Okahirongo Elephant Lodge to & Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge – approx. 3 hours 

 

Flight time: Purros – Dora Nawas: ± 50min (refuelling takes 30min) 

Flight time: Dora Nawas – Sossusvlei Desert Lodge: ± 2hrs 

Day 6 to 9 Sossusvlei - &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge (3 nights)

Situated in the largest conservation area in Africa (the Namib-Naukluft National Park), Sossusvlei is possibly Namibia’s most spectacular and best-known attraction. Characterised by the large red dunes that surround it, Sossusvlei is a large, white, salt and clay pan and is a great destination all year round. The dunes in this area are some of the highest in the world, reaching almost 400 meters, and provide photographic enthusiasts with wonderful images in the beautiful morning and evening light.

  

Sossusvlei literally translates to “dead-end marsh”, as it is the place where the dunes come together preventing the Tsauchab River from flowing any further, some 60km east of the Atlantic Ocean. However, due to the dry conditions in the Namib Desert the River seldom flows this far and the pan remains bone-dry most years. During an exceptional rainy season the Tsauchab River fills the pan, drawing visitors from all over the world to witness this spectacular site. Photographic enthusiasts are spoilt with a glassy “lake” holding reflections of the surrounding dunes. When the pan fills it can hold water for as long as a year.  

 

Despite the harsh desert conditions in the area, one can find a wide variety of plants and animals that have adapted to survive.  

 

All of the attractions surrounding Sossusvlei are easily accessible as all but the last 5 kilometres of the 65 kilometre drive to the vlei is tarred. Shuttles provide access to the last 5 kilometres, should you not have a 4×4 vehicle. 

Day 9 Sossusvlei to Cape Town via Windhoek  

This morning is at leisure. You are met by your pilot and assisted to your light aircraft for your direct flight to Windhoek International Airport.

 

You depart the Namib Desert on your light aircraft transfer to Windhoek International Airport. Upon arrival at the Windhoek International Airport, you make your way to the International Departures terminal for your flight to Cape Town.  

 

Upon arrival in Cape Town, you are met by our representative and transferred to The Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence    

 

Flight time:  Sossusvlei to Windhoek: ±1 ½ hours 

Flight time: Windhoek to Cape Town: ±2hrs

Transfer time: Cape Town International Airport to Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence: ±24mins.     

Okahirongo River Camp  

This camp is situated in the heart of the Kaokoland Mountains is the spectacular Marienfluss Valley, home to the Himba people. Set in this valley, which stretches north all the way until it reaches the banks of the Kunene River, is the Okahirongo River Camp. Perfectly suited amongst several hills, it overlooks the Otupambua Rapids, with stupendous views of surrounding landscapes, dotted with elegant palm trees.  
 
Catering for a maximum of only 14 guests, Okahirongo River Camp is the ideal fly-in destination for tourists and travellers seeking an ultimate and exclusive hideaway in the spectacular and most northern area of Kaokoveld.  
 
The main complex at the river camp has been constructed right at the top of the rapids. It has two lounges, a library, curio shop and a dining room with fabulous views of the river. Centrally located here is the swimming pool, and the spacious, beautiful sun deck is a great spot to relax and unwind. Meals here are inspired by a fusion of Africa & Italy and are always accompanied by fine South African wines. 
 
Each suite at Okahirongo River Camp has been built into the rocky terrain. River Camp only has five luxurious tents, constructed from wood and canvas and each offers magnificent river views. Interiors have been stylishly designed and furnished and include mosquito netted four-poster beds. All of the rooms have inside and outside showers and a viewing deck overlooking the Kunene River. 

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge is situated in the Kunene Region, 55km from the coast and around 200km south of the Kunene River. The lodge itself stands on the banks of the ephemeral Hoarusib River, near the tiny town of Purros, in the Purros Conservancy. It is one of Namibia's most remote destinations and is a no-risk malaria destination.  
 
Okahirongo Elephant Lodge pride themselves on the relationship between them and local Himba tribes. In particular their involvement with numerous school projects embellishes the standards of education for Himba children in Purros. Hospitality training for staff and water deliveries to remote villages are also of great importance, highlighting the lodge's determination to lower local unemployment therefore improving the overall standard of living of the Himba. 
 
The lodge has a spectacular wraparound view. Spend your days lazing around the pool, reading a book in the cool comfort of the library, relaxing in one of the two open air lounges, or having a body massage. 
 
A domed entrance gives access to the open-air buildings, which are linked by wooden walkways, all joining onto a central area with a rustic deck and infinity pool. 
 
The cottages are decorated in a rich and sensuous fusion of ochre, honey and sand colours, whilst each one has its own unique style and atmosphere. Ethnic and locally carved furnishing adds to the romance and excitement of the pervading African ambiance. 
 
Each terracotta chalet overlooks the immediate stunning wilderness. En-suite bathrooms with a bath tub and a view, indoor and outdoor showers, private gazebo with day bed are standard. Mosquito netting is fitted to your double bed. 
 
The cuisine is a delicious fusion of Italian and African cooking. Dinner is served by candlelight in one of the two dining rooms or under starry Namibian skies in a traditional boma around a fire. Most of the fresh produce comes from the lodge's organic garden and every day they bake fresh bread and muffins.  

&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

Cradled against the ancient mountains &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge provides guests with the opportunity to experience definitive luxury while overlooking the stark yet enchanting Namib Desert. With only ten villas, guests are invited to enjoy the solitude and serenity of the desert. 
 
The main lodge area’s walls fold away to provide uninterrupted views over the desert. The lodge boasts a fire-lit bar, comfortable sitting room, wraparound veranda and safari shop. The pool, fed by water from an underground spring, provides the perfect refuge from the midday heat. 
 
Guests dine by the light of lanterns and are served exquisite meals complimented by a fine selection of wines from an impressive walk-in wine cellar. After dinner, enjoy exceptional star gazing from the fully equipped observatory or from the comfort of your bed through the star-viewing skylights above. 
 
Accommodation is provided in ten climate-controlled villas, dotted along the curve of the escarpment. Each stone and glass villa has only the finest décor that allows you to feel part of the nature that surrounds you. 
 
Guests are treated to their own private verandah, split-level bedroom and living room with fireplace, en-suite glass-encased bathroom and outdoor shower. There is also a discrete music system and a custom-stocked personal bar for your enjoyment. 

Camp Activities at Okahirongo River Camp    

Visits to a Himba Village: 
One of the highlights of a stay at Okahirongo River Camp is visiting a Himba village. Learn about their customs, traditions and beliefs. Each village comprises of several families, who live in wooden huts covered in earth mixed with dung. 
 
Game Drives: 
Join a guided game or scenic drive into the mountains and red dunes of Marienfluss. 
 
Boat Cruises: 
A jaunt down the Kunene river by boat is an exciting way to spot a variety of birds and watch as crocodiles bask in the sunshine on the rivers banks. Interestingly crocodiles do not have any sweat glands and they cool off by keeping their mouths open. 
 
Walking: 
A great way to explore the area is by taking an early morning walk, a highly recommended way to see Marienfluss Valley close up and personal. 
 
Scenic Flights: 
Fly to the nearby Epupa Falls and enjoy a birds-eye view of the valley, before enjoying a tasty picnic lunch. 

Camp Activities at Okahirongo Elephant Camp     

Tracking Desert-Adapted Elephants:  
A unique and exciting opportunity to search for free roaming desert-adapted elephants. These magnificent creatures can go for several days without drinking and they survive by eating damp vegetation growing in ephemeral riverbeds.  
 
Desert Lion Project: 
Learn about local communities who share their land with desert-adapted lions. As lions prey on domestic livestock they risk being shot by farmers, themselves out to protect their livelihood.
  
Game Drives: 
Safaris at sunrise and sunset offer the chance to see desert-adapted elephants.  
Black rhinos, giraffes and lions also live in this desert environment. The scenery is magnificent and photographic opportunities abound. 
 
Cultural Visit:  
This excursion is to visit Namibia's last traditionally existing tribal group in a nearby Himba village. They breed cattle and goats, milked by the women who also carry water and build homes. The men handle all the legal trials and political tasks.  
 
Hiking: 
Trek amongst the enormous clay castles of the dry riverbed of the Hoarusib River.  
 
Night Drives: 
This is the most productive way to see some of the more unusual nocturnal species of the area.

ctivities at &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge    

During the day take part in exciting adventures. A visit to the famous red sand dunes of Sossusvlei and Sesriem Canyon by air-conditioned 4x4 vehicles, a climb up a veritable mountain of sand. Cocktails in the sunset. Dinner in the desert. Adrenalin rides on quad terrain bikes. Perhaps enjoy an unforgettable early morning hot air ballooning over this astounding desert. Or simply walking near the Lodge. 
 
&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is ideally situated on the Vreemdelingspoort property in the far north of the NamibRand Nature Reserve, which boasts numerous distinct habitats and microhabitats, as well as a backdrop of awe-inspiriting vistas, plains, and bushland. 
 
Known as ‘The Living Desert,’ the dunes of the Namib abound with desert-adapted critters such as beetles, spiders, lizards, gerbils and golden moles, all of which leave their tell-tale tracks in the fine, golden sand. The plains and dry watercourses are home to the magnificently horned oryx, agile springbok, Burchell’s zebra, regal ostrich and stately giraffe, as well as  predators that include elusive  leopard, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal and Cape and bat-eared fox, with over 114 bird species curiously looking down from the desert skies. Admire the infinite buttermilk, pumpkin and sienna hues splashed across the desert sky at sunset before returning to the lodge in the late evening for a star gazing adventure that will transport you to a mystical and ethereal world. 
 
Each evening you will be invited to join resident astronomers as they unlock the mysteries of Namibia’s skies in the lodge’s state of the art observatory, complete with a Meade LX200R 12 inch telescope. The observatory presents the ideal place to gaze in awe at the wonders of the clear desert sky as resident astronomers point out the brightest and most beautiful constellations, the vast Milky Way and distant, mysterious planets. 

One Guided Sossusvlei Excursion    

This incredible half-day adventure takes you  across the awe-inspiring sand dunes of Sossusvlei, known as one of the Namib Desert’s most scenic and spine-tingling attractions. The dunes form part of the Namib Sand Sea, an endlessly undulating mass of gold and amber that makes up the biggest dune field south of the Sahara. The tour includes a stop at Sesriem to watch the morning sunrise dance across the sand fields, illuminating the landscape with  a blanket of shimmering gold. Journey through an imposing funnel-shaped gap created as a result of the flooding of the  Tsauchab River. 
 
The experience culminates at Sossusvlei, ending in the midst of an untouched desert playground, where you  can lose yourself  amongst waves and waves of silky smooth sand. A breathless climb to the top of the massive ‘Big Daddy,’ the tallest dune in the Sossusvlei area, at 325 metres, rewards adventurers with a spectacular view over the peaks and troughs of the sand sea, down to Deadvlei. You  can also choose to walk to Deadvlei, where the bleached and twisted branches of dead trees reach up from the desert sands, or visit the Sesriem Canyon. This adventure is a must for nature and photographic enthusiasts. End the spectacular day with a daring run down the vertical slopes and steep sand dunes, with the wind tussling  your hair and caressing your  face. 

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This itinerary started on 13 November 2018
When this tour took place, the cost per person sharing was: USD$ 5,753
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