Fly-in Safaris

Introduction

Namibia is a big country, bigger than England, and distances between key tourism destinations are large.  Flying between attractions saves time and in addition, Namibia lends itself to aerial overviews with it’s wealth of geological formations and open landscapes – mountains, vast plains, dry riverbeds, pans and dune-fields.   

Whilst Air Namibia offers regional flights to areas such as Katima Mulilo (end of the Caprivi Strip), Walvis Bay (coast) and Luderitz (southern coast) – our National carrier does not offer flights to the main areas that our international guests would visit such as Sossusvlei nor Etosha, our runways in these areas are suited to smaller aircraft such as Cessna 210 fixed wing aircraft (4 people) or the Grand Caravan 208 (14 people) .  For flight access into the Namib Desert there are daily morning flights from Windhoek run as a taxi service, for all other regions within Namibia charter flights can be booked.  

NO minimum number of pax required. 

Tour Summary

  • Duration:

    3 Days / 2 Nights

  • Destinations:

    Sesriem

  • Rates are valid:

    01 November 2020 - 31 October 2021

Map

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Overview

Start
Accommodation
Type
Destination
Basis
Duration
Day 1
Sossusvlei Lodge
Sesriem
Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
2 Nights

Price

Pricing is on request as based on establishment of choice. 

A few other lodges in the area: 

Desert Camp:  https://www.desertcamp.com/ 

Sossus Dune Lodge:  http://www.sossusdunelodge.com/ 

Kulala group of properties: https://wilderness-safaris.com/our-camps/camps/kulala-desert-lodge 

Wolwedans: https://www.wolwedans.com/ 

Desert Homestead & Desert Outpost: https://www.ondili.com/lodges/desert-homestead-lodge/ 

Namib Desert Lodge & The Desert Grace: http://store.gondwana-collection.com/accommodation/namib-desert-lodge 

Le Mirage Desert Lodge & Spa: https://www.mirage-lodge.com/en/ 

Hoodia Desert Lodge:  https://www.hoodiadesertlodge.com/ 

Itinerary

Day 1: Sossusvlei Lodge, Sesriem

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Sossusvlei Lodge SVL WelcomeDrinks

As there is no accommodation at Sossusvlei, visitors to this desert wilderness are likely to end up staying at Sesriem, 65 kilometres away, where camps and lodges serve as a base from which to explore the dunes. Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon.) 

Overnight: Sossusvlei Lodge 

Luxury right at the entrance gate to Sesriem Canyon and the famous Sossusvlei 

Situated at the Entrance Gate to the Namib Naukluft Park, Sossusvlei Lodge offers direct access to the towering red sand dunes, the famous pan of Sossusvlei, the scorched black trees of Dead Vlei and the remarkable depths of the Sesriem Canyon. 

The Superior Accommodation units at Sossusvlei Lodge feature a patio to enjoy views over the Desert landscapes, a spacious air-conditioned twin-bedded room and a full en-suite bathroom. The Standard Family Units feature two rooms back to back connected by a lockable inter-leading door between the two private bathrooms. An elegant Junior Suite boasts a spacious bedroom, living area, patio with a splash pool, large bathroom and inspiring views.   

Experience the true art of Hospitality with the thoughtful touch of attentive staff to contribute to a truly memorable experience. Facilities include a sparkling pool, bar, sundowner deck, beer garden and an al fresco terrace where one can enjoy exquisite food, award-winning wines and magnificent views of the floodlit waterhole. 

The Sossusvlei Lodge Adventure Centre provides a range of activities including Guided Excursions to Deadvlei and SossusvleiElim dune walks, Sundowner Trips, Quad Buggy Nature Drives, Hot Air Ballooning, Scenic Flights and much more to explore the area’s natural beauty. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Day Itinerary

  • 10h00:

    Check in at Windhoek Eros suburban airport for your seat-on-charter flight.

  • 10h30:

    Depart Eros airport

  • 11h30 - 13h45:

    arrival at lodge depending on where you are staying

  • Please Note:

    This is a seat on charter service offering seats between Eros and Sossusvlei Area (including Wolwedans) and back to Windhoek Int’l or Eros Airport.  It is not advisable that guests flying from Eros to Sossusvlei Area, arriving after 08h00 at Hosea Kutako and needing to be transferred to Eros, be booked on this service. For safety reasons strict luggage allowances on these flights:  20 kg soft luggage per person inclusive hand luggage and cameras. Routing will be planned per the number of passengers booked and their respective destinations.  Type of Aircraft used will be determined by the number of passengers booked.

Day 2: Sossusvlei Lodge, Sesriem

Sossusvlei Lodge
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Day Itinerary

Day Itinerary 

Excursions from your respective lodge to the Sossusvlei area.  Many of the lodges also offer activities on their own properties during the afternoon, once you’ve decided where you’ll be staying we would provide information on this. 

Activities  

Sossusvlei 

Located in the scenic Namib-Naukluft National Park, Sossusvlei is where you will find the iconic red sand dunes of the Namib. The clear blue skies contrast with the giant red dunes to make this one of the most scenic natural wonders of Africa and a photographer’s heaven. This awe-inspiring destination is possibly Namibia’s premier attraction, with its unique dunes rising to almost 400 metres-some of the highest in the world. These iconic dunes come alive in morning and evening light and draw photography enthusiasts from around the globe. Sossusvlei is home to a variety desert wildlife including oryx, springbok, ostrich and a variety of reptiles. Visitors can climb ‘Big Daddy’, one of Sossusvlei’s tallest dunes; explore Deadvlei, a white, salt, claypan dotted with ancient trees; or for the more extravagant, scenic flights and hot air ballooning are on offer, followed by a once-in-a-lifetime champagne breakfast amidst these majestic dunes. 

Dead Vlei 

This ancient clay pan was once an oasis, studded with acacias and fed by a river that suddenly changed course, leaving the earth to dry up along with the trees it previously supported. So dry were the climatic conditions that the trees never decomposed – instead they were entirely leached of moisture so that today, 900 years later, they remain as desiccated, blackened sentinels dotting the pan’s cracked surface. Surrounded by the red-pink dunes of the Namibia Desert, they create a surreal spectacle that is a photographer’s dream. 

Sesriem Canyon 

Sesriem Canyon, a deep chasm carved through the rocks by water, is a striking natural feature of the area that is best explored on foot. Stony walls rise up sharply on both sides of the canyon, while birds roost in its crags and lizards dart along the ledges. The canyon’s name was coined when early settlers used it as a water source, using six lengths of leather (‘ses riem – six thongs) tied together to lower buckets into the water at the base of canyon. 

Basis 

Dinner, Bed and Breakfast 

Day 3: End of Itinerary

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Sossusvlei Lodge

It is advisable that guests flying from Sossusvlei Area to Windhoek Int’l do not connect onto International flights departing earlier than 17h15 (passengers are required to check in at least 2 hours prior to any international flight departure). 

Basis 

Bed and Breakfast 

Day Itinerary

  • 12h00 - 14h00: 

    Departure from the Sossusvlei area.

  • 15h15:

    Arrival at Windhoek International airport

CAST Terms & Conditions

  • The traveller/agent is responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and travel permits 
  • The traveller/agent is responsible for determining what, if any, vaccinations, health or safety precautions are necessary or recom­mended 
  • The traveller/agent is responsible to have a 72 hrs Medical Document indicating that the traveller is COVID 19 NEGATIVE upon arrival. 
  • All quotations and confirmations are based upon the information provided at the time of confirmation. It is incumbent upon the traveller/agent to ensure all details are correct. C Africa Safaris & Tours cc will accept no responsibility for any omissions once the traveller/agent has agreed to the final confirmation. 
  • We reserve the right to amend/increase the cost should there be an increase in fares, taxes, fuel surcharges, security taxes or any other unforeseen increases even following confirmation. 
  • We further reserve the right to amend/change the itinerary owing to circumstances beyond our control and to ensure the continued enjoyment of the travel program/itinerary.   Cancellation Policy  Cancellation Policy:  
  • 60 – 45 Days prior to arrival date:       10 % cancellation fee 
  • 44 – 31 Days prior to arrival date:       15 % cancellation fee 
  • 30 – 15 Days prior to arrival date:       35 % cancellation fee 
  • 14 – 08 Days prior to arrival date:       50 % cancellation fee 
  • 07 – 01Days prior to arrival date:       75 % cancellation fee 
  • No shows:                                        90 % cancellation fee 
  •  Please note that all amendments and cancellations have to be received AND RECONFIRMED in writing by C Africa Safaris & Tours cc and Safaris. Our cancellation conditions will be strictly enforced in accordance with our standard terms and conditions. Guests can change or cancel the booking up to 61 days prior to departure in the event of a COVID-19-related reason. (Medical Documents required) For some accommodation/activity’s bookings, exclusions and penalties may apply.  Guests who cancel but submit a rebooking will receive a credit toward future travel valid only for a period of 12 Months, after which the Credit will be forfeited. Applicable price of new journey applies. Guest is responsible for insurance and other related costs. All other standard terms and conditions apply to the booking. 
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  • A non-refundable deposit of 25% of the full package/services quoted becomes due and payable upon confirmation of any reservation. Deposits can however be re-allocated once within a period of 12 months of the original Travel Date. 
  • Final balances become payable and must be received no later than 30 days prior to arrival. 
  • Where reservations are made within 30 Days of date of arrival, full payment is due within 72 hours of confirmation 
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  • A non-refundable deposit of 25% of the full package/services quoted becomes due and payable upon confirmation of any reservation. Deposits can however be re-allocated once within a period of 12 months of the original Travel Date. 
  • Final balances become payable and must be received no later than 30 days prior to arrival. 
  • Where reservations are made within 30 Days of date of arrival, full payment is due within 72 hours of confirmation 
  • Force majeure means unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond the control of this company or the control of our suppliers, the consequence of which neither CAST nor its suppliers, could avoid even with all due care, including, but not limited to, war or threat of war; riot; civil strife; terrorist activity (actual or threatened); industrial dispute; technical problems with transport, machinery or equipment; outages or power failures; natural or nuclear disaster; fire, flood, drought or adverse weather conditions; pandemics, epidemics or outbreaks of illness. In the event of a cancellation or material alteration to the journey as a result of the circumstances as described in this section, CAST may in its sole discretion: 
  • offer the guest(s) alternative travel arrangements or products of comparable standard as may be appropriate in the circumstances. CAST will provide a travel credit (within a period of 12 months) to the guest equal to the value of the trip less any sums CAST is not able to recover from any supplier. 
  • Where supplier terms vary, we reserve the right to amend our cancellation and payments policy. This will be notified to you upon confirmation. 
  • In the event that payments are not received by C Africa Safaris & Tours cc on the due date, we reserve the right to cancel the booking in full and apply our cancellation policy in accordance with the above. 
  • Dietary requirements can only be accommodated if communicated at booking stage 
  • All outdoor excursions & tourist attractions and flights are weather permitting. 
  • Rates are subject to change due to NAD & ZAR currency fluctuation. 
  • No services are currently held. All services are strictly subject to availability at the time of booking. 
  • General check-in time at Establishments is 14h00 whilst check-out time is 11h00. 
  • Should clients need to carry medication, they should ensure that they have a doctor’s letter to prove that the drugs are medically necessary and for the personal use of the client. 
  • Hotel grading’s listed is based on grading allocation by the Namibian Tourism authorities and do not reflect the same standards as Europe. 
  • The accommodation is subject to availability at date of booking. We reserve the right to use alternative accommodation of similar or higher standard. 
  • Smoking is not permitted on board the touring vehicle. Comfort stops are included en route. 

Guest must sign an acknowledgement attesting to their fitness to travel and agreeing to comply with all health protocols as directed by CAST staff during their journey. Guest may not travel if they have tested positive for COVID-19, 14 days prior to departure; standard cancellation terms will apply. Guest must maintain adequate physical distancing and frequently wash or sanitize hands during their journey. Masks are required in vehicles (each guest needs to provide their own masks), indoor spaces, and any outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible and in accordance with local regulations. Noncompliance with these measures will result in not being able to continue on the journey. Guest voluntarily accepts all risks and related expenses in the event that they or any member of their travelling party require testing, quarantine or become infected with COVID-19. 

   

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