Safari company Natural Selection is launching scheduled flying safaris in Namibia beginning in March. The flying safaris will consist of six-night journeys that enable travelers to experience the Namibian landscape from the skies.
The safaris will depart every Sunday from Windhoek. Taking off over the country's compact capital city, it is a 60-minute flight southwest over the vast Namib-Naukluft National Park, home to the iconic red dunes of Sossusvlei.
The first two nights will be spent at Natural Selection's newest property, Kwessi Dunes, which is situated in the private NamibRand Nature Reserve. Nights at Kwessi are a highlight; the NamibRand is Africa's first designated International Dark Sky Reserve, and each room has its own star-gazing bed from which to marvel at the celestial show.
After departing Kwessi Dunes, it's a short scenic flight over Sossuvlei and Dead Vlei toward the coast. The journey continues north for a two-night stop at the Hoanib Valley Camp in Kaokoland. According to Natural Selection, the camp is one of the best places in the country to see desert-adapted elephant, giraffe, lion, rhino, mountain zebra and oryx. There is also the opportunity to visit a Himba village for a glimpse of a way of life that has hardly changed for thousands of years.
After two nights at Hoanib Valley Camp, travelers will set off by road for the mythical Skeleton Coast. The full-day journey takes guests along the ephemeral Hoanib River, home to herds of elephants. From there, the route follows the course of the Hoarusib River.
For those short on time, the safari ends with a flight back to Windhoek, crossing the Kaokoland. For those with more time, two nights can be added at Safarihoek in the Etosha Private Reserve.
The six-night itinerary starts from about $58,000 per person; additional nights are extra. For more information, visit https://naturalselection.travel/safari/namibia-flying-safari/.