Namibia Cheetahs

Namibia Flying Safari with AWF

11 days
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Activity Level: Leisurely
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Namibia is a land of stunning landscapes, endless skies, barren deserts, rugged mountains, and spectacular wildlife. This Namibia safari explores some of the most remote areas of this fascinating land —areas rarely explored by others, making this a true journey of discovery. From the dunes of Sossusvlei to the dramatic coastline of the Skeleton Coast, littered with historic remnants of shipwrecks, and remote Etosha National Park, home to white and black rhinos and more than 340 species of birds, this Namibia safari offers a range of experiences. 

This Namibia safari is led by highly skilled and qualified guides from the African Wildlife Foundation, who possess an incredible passion for Africa's wildlife and vast knowledge of the natural world, history, and culture of Namibia. 


  • Join this special departure in partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation and learn more about their important conservation work throughout Africa.
  • Take comfortable, convenient, and scenic bush flights into exquisite desert landscapes. See the vibrant red dunes, the famous Skeleton Coast, and beautiful geological patterns from the air.
  • Enjoy the luxury of private reserves and wildlife viewing without the crowds, and experience varied activities including walking safaris, night drives, and private excursions to local communities.
  • View wildlife during game drives and search for rare black rhinos on foot accompanied by trackers from Save the Rhino Trust.

Key information

  • Travel by 4WD vehicle and scenic bush flight
  • 10 nights in wonderful premium accommodation: boutique hotel, lodge and two intimate safari camps
  • Accompanied by AWF leader throughout 
  • Countries visited: Namibia

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners.
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
00 97150 6599 170
Call for private group trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

In March 2019, Exodus Travels launched the Exodus Travels Foundation where we support initiatives all around the world. But it cannot exist without travellers who care. Get involved or learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus here


Windhoek, Namibia
Windhoek, Namibia
  • Day 1

    Windhoek, Namibia

    Arrive in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, and transfer to the Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel. Meet your African Wildlife Foundation leader – Carter Smith or Craig R. Sholley – and fellow travelers for a briefing on your journey ahead.

    Carter Smith and Craig R. Sholley share a passion for wildlife conservation in Africa which has spanned decades. From Carter’s years living in the bush rehabilitating birds of prey and working closely with Sir Iain Douglas-Hamilton on Save the Elephants, to Craig’s work studying Mountain gorillas with Dian Fossey at Rwanda’s celebrated Karisoke Research Centre, acting as scientific advisor for the award-winning IMAX film, Mountain Gorilla, and most recently, serving as senior vice president of AWF, they each have a long-standing love affair with this spectacular continent making them the perfect guides for your adventure.

    Accommodation: Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Days 2-3

    Sossusvlei / Kulala Wilderness Reserve

    After breakfast, depart on a scenic flight to the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve nestled in the heart of Sossusvlei. Situated in the Namib Desert, this landscape is famous for its huge, orange dunes, which you will explore and photograph during your stay. Enjoy game drives and walking safaris with the option to go hot-air ballooning. Desert-adapted wildlife like the ostrich, springbok, oryx, spotted and brown hyena, Bat-eared fox, and the dune lark abound in this area. Your thatched canvas “kulala” directly overlooks the majestic red dunes. Each room has a rooftop “skybed” for stargazing.

    Accommodation: Kulala Desert Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 4-5

    Palmwag / Damaraland

    Embark on another scenic flight as you head north over Damaraland. Your classic Meru tent at Desert Rhino Camp is set in a remote valley of the Palmwag Concession, a conservation partnership between our local partner, Save the Rhino Trust, and the Namibian government. The red-rock-strewn valleys, interspersed with tiny springs, are home to numbers of Hartmann’s mountain zebra, giraffe, oryx, springbok, and Spotted hyena. Of course, the real highlight of your time here will be tracking the local population of endangered Black rhinos!

    Accommodation: Desert Rhino Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 6-7


    A short flight takes you to Damaraland Camp, each adobe and canvas thatched tent is en suite and is built on a raised deck with valley-facing views offering endless vistas across stark plains and ancient valleys with an ochre-purple mountain backdrop. Near Namibia’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site, view fascinating petroglyphs — prehistoric rock engravings — and San rock art. Drives in search of desert-adapted wildlife and into local communities complete your exploration of this area. 

    Accommodation: Damaraland Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 8-10

    Etosha National Park / Ongava Game Reserve

    End your safari with three days in the wilderness haven of Etosha. You can expect unrivaled game viewing afforded by the tranquility of the private Ongava Game Reserve along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park. Etosha takes its name from one of the largest saltpans in Africa. The national park and the neighboring game reserve are full of wildlife, including Black-faced impala, large populations of lion, White and Black rhinos, and more than 340 species of birds. 

    Accommodation: Ongava Tented Camp or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Windhoek / Depart

    On your final day, fly back to Windhoek and connect to your independent homeward flight or independent overnight.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info



Visas for Namibia are not required for UK or Commonwealth passport holders. Other nationalities should check before travelling. Please ensure you have a one full blank page in your passport. If you are transiting through South Africa and are a non UK passport holder you may require a transit visa. Please check before travelling. Please note that if flying via South Africa you will probably have to pass immigration there.

Please note that new regulations relating to travel with children means that in addition to valid passports, parents travelling with children (under 18) should at all times carry the original or certified copy of the unabridged birth certificate (listing the child’s and both parents’ details).

Adults travelling with children where they are not the biological or legal guardians of those children, should be in possession of an affidavit statement from the child’s parents giving consent for their travel. If a child is travelling with only one parent, the other parent should give consent for travel in the form of an affidavit.



There are no mandatory vaccination requirements.

Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Malaria prophylaxis is essential and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners included. In the itinerary we state which meals are included on which day. You will enjoy a range of homecooked meals at each Namibian camp during your stay in the wilderness. 

Is this trip for you?

This tour has been graded 1: Leisurely with a Safari Rating of 5

This is a busy and active trip with some early starts as we explore as much as we can in wilderness areas.  We maximise our time and chances of wildlife sightings by travelling using scenic bush flights and comfortable 4WD vehicles.

Please note that a baggage restriction is applicable on all flights in small, soft-sided bags. Larger bags will not fit in the aircraft.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as not suitable for full wheelchair users, but it may be suitable for other persons of reduced mobility. Please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
00 97150 6599 170
Call for private group trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


Boutique Hotel, Lodge and Tented Safari Camps

Am Weinberg Boutique Hotel

This elegant 41-bedroom boutique hotel is situated on the prestigious Am Weinberg Estate. The rooms complement the historic character, while modern amenities and 5-star touches ensure the utmost comfort. Courtyard rooms feature doors opening onto a beautiful courtyard or on to your own private balcony where you may sit and breathe in the peaceful ambiance. The spacious suites feature a private bedroom, floor to ceiling windows, a separate lounge as well as a desk space. 

Kulala Desert Lodge

Kulala Desert Lodge is located within the arid Namib Desert on the private Kulala Wilderness Reserve. Comprising 23 thatched and canvas "kulalas" with en-suite bathrooms and verandas, each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has a deck on the flat rooftop for sleep-outs under the stars. There are also three tents which can accommodate a family of four each. The convivial main area includes a lounge, bar, dining area, plunge pool, and wrap-around veranda overlooking the riverbed – a perfect location to view and photograph the desert vista and to contemplate the day’s exciting activities.

Desert Rhino Camp

Set in a wide valley, accommodation at Desert Rhino Camp consists of eight raised Meru-style canvas tents with front verandas to take in the sweeping views in front dotted with scattered euphorbia and ancient welwitschia plants, and the dramatic Etendeka Mountains. The comfortable tented dining and lounge area is also elevated with partially open sides offering those panoramic views while a swimming pool provides a refreshing respite during the midday heat. Evening meals are often taken around the fire pit under the starry skies, known for their clarity.

Ongava Tented Camp

Ongava Tented Camp is tucked into a hidden valley at the foot of a dolomite hill in the Ongava Game Reserve, which borders Etosha National Park. Eight large, comfortable Meru-style tents all have en-suite facilities, open-air showers, and private verandas. The main area, built of stone, canvas, and thatch, fronts onto a much-frequented waterhole; watching wildlife coming to drink from here or from the swimming pool is a favorite pastime.Ongava's proximity to Etosha allows for game drives in the National Park and on the Ongava Reserve itself. Ongava holds one of the largest rhino custodianships for the Namibian government in the country and is one of the few private game reserves in southern Africa where guests can see both black and white rhino.

Call for general departures:
00 97150 6599 170
Call for private group trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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