Southern Explorer

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ZAMBIA – NAMIBIA - BOTSWANA

23 nights / 24 days ex Livingstone
Small Group Safari - minimum 8, maximum 18 pax

2021 Departure

  • Start Livingstone 02 May, End Livingstone 25 May

Highlights:

  • Viewing of the spectacular Victoria Falls
  • Sunset Cruise on the Upper Zambezi River
  • Visit the world renowned Etosha National Park
  • Twyfelfontein 6000 year old rock engravings
  • Cape Cross Seal Reserve
  • Namib Desert Park giant sand dunes
  • Waterways of the Okavango Delta
  • Chobe National Park game drive and River cruising
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation

Day 1: Victoria Falls (Zambia)

On arrival in Livingstone, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure. This evening get to know your fellow travellers over dinner.

Day 2: Victoria Falls (BD)

Today we will visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, viewing them from the various lookout points in the park. In the afternoon you will have time to do any optional activities such as a flight above the falls, Jet boat ride down the Zambezi, or a visit to The David Livingstone Museum.

Day 3: Katima Mulilo (Namibia) (BLD)

Boarding the safari truck this morning, we set off across the border into Namibia. This is a reasonably long day. Late afternoon we arrive for our stay at The Zambezi Lodge located right on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, and a short stroll in to the lively town of Katima Mulilo. There is the opportunity to do shopping and get local currency from an ATM.

Day 4: Caprivi Strip (BLD)

Today, drive through the Caprivi Strip, a narrow protrusion of Namibia bordered by Botswana, Angola and Zambia. The area is rich in wildlife and mineral resources and has been the subject of many a dispute over ownership. You will be able to look across the river to Angola from the grounds of the Lodge this afternoon.

Day 5: Etosha NP (BLD)

We stop at Grootfontein in the morning for supplies before heading to Etosha National Park. Our camp tonight is within the grounds of an old fort originally built by the Germans in 1902. A floodlit waterhole next to the fort provides game viewing opportunities at all hours, there is also a swimming pool, bar/restaurant and gift shop (good place to buy map of Etosha). After a tent erecting demo we set up camp and unpack before taking an afternoon game-drive in the National Park. Etosha is a vast reserve of over 20,000 sq km. Wildlife is abundant - a haven for 93 mammal species and 340 bird species!

Day 6: Okaukuejo (BLD)

Depart early in the morning for a game drive and a visit to the Etosha Pan, a flat saline desert 130km long by 50km at its widest. After lunch, enjoy a swim at Halali Rest Camp. We spend the afternoon game driving before stopping at Okaukuejo Rest Camp where we will be staying for the next two nights. Okaukuejo has a fantastic floodlit water hole where you can observe the game coming to drink at all hours of the night. Elephant and Rhino are regular visitors to this water hole.

Day 7: Okaukuejo (BLD)

Up early this morning for a game drive in the Park before returning to Okaukuejo for lunch. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing by the pool, game viewing at the water hole, or go out on an afternoon game drive.

Day 8: Twyfelfontein (BLD)

This morning we’ll drive to Outjo for supplies before continuing on through scenic Damaraland. We stop for lunch at a Petrified Forest and take a guided walk through the site with a local tribesperson. It’s not actually a forest but huge tree trunks dating back 280 million years which have fossilized. You will also learn about Namibia’s fascinating centuries old desert plant – the Welwitschia. Continue on to Twyfelfontein we spend some time at the World Heritage site. The site has been inhabited for 6,000 years, first by hunter-gatherers and later by Khoikhoi herders then white farmers. Both ethnic groups used it as a place of worship and a site to conduct shamanist rituals. In the process of these rituals thousands of rock carvings and rock paintings were created.

Day 9: Cape Cross (BLD)

An incredibly scenic drive today through to the Skeleton Coast Park. We stop at the Cape Cross Seal Reserve, home to over 80,000 seals before arriving at the Cape Cross Lodge. Take a sunset stroll along the wild Atlantic coast just metres from the Lodge, or perhaps visit the Lodge’s museum or art gallery.

Day 10/11: Swakopmund (B)

Swakopmund is a seaside resort town with a German village feel to it. The Namib Desert around the town is the number one draw card offering countless exhilarating activities such as sand boarding, quad biking, scenic flights and fishing. For the more sedentary there are restaurants, cafes, art galleries, museums, a snake park and aquarium. Swakopmund also has many great restaurants and cafes (lunch and dinner your own arrangements while here).

Day 12: Namib Desert Park (BLD)

Today we drive past Walvis Bay where we should spot flamingos and pelicans, then out into the Namib Desert Park and camp at Mirabib, a huge granite rock. There is a very special place and there is evidence that nomadic people as long as 9000 years ago used this site as shelter. This is a great place to sit around an evening fire and look at the stars in the unpolluted desert sky.

Day 13: Sossusvlei (BLD)

This morning we journey through to the giant sand dunes at Sesriem. You can take an energetic walk/scramble up Dune 45 (over 80 metres in height) named from the fact that it is at the 45th kilometre of the road that connects the Sesriem gate and Sossusvlei. It is composed of 5-million-year-old sand that is detritus accumulated by the Orange River from the Kalahari Desert and then blown here – truly more stunning than you can imagine. We then take a 4WD trip further in to the park and enjoy a walk in to Deadvlei and have a photo stop at Sossusvlei and Big Daddy.

Day 14: Windhoek (BL)

An easy drive in to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. This small, clean city is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and Eros Mountains and is 1,680m above sea level. With German-influenced architecture and a European café culture, it is a pleasant place to enjoy an evening out.

Day 15: Kalahari (Botswana) (BLD)

It’s a big day driving into Botswana across the northern fringes of The Kalahari today. This evening there may be the opportunity to be entertained by local San Tribepeople. Overnight at Ghanzi.

Day 16: Maun (BLD)

We arrive in Maun today and prepare everything for our trip into The Okavango Delta. Maun is the hub of the Delta safari industry and quite a bustling town with shopping centres and hotels. It still retains its raw edge with local tribesmen bringing cattle to sell, antelopes grazing the quiet river banks, and donkeys and goats wandering the main road.

Day 17: Okavango Delta (BLD)

Early morning transfer by 4WD to the Poling Station. The Okavango Delta is a natural wetland where the Okavango River fans out into the largest inland delta in the world. We will load all our gear in to the mokoros (dugout canoe) and be poled by local guides in to the Delta – an absolutely surreal experience. We set up camp on an island under shady trees. From here we can explore the myriad of waterways and stunning scenery on foot or mokoro. Hippo, crocodile, buffalo, giraffe and elephant are at home here, as are numerous species of bird. Enjoy the serenity amongst the swamps, lily pads and swaying delta grasses. Guided bush walks, great game viewing, stunning sunsets and entertainment around the bush fire this evening – just awesome!

Day 18: Maun (BLD)

After a morning walk we have lunch back at camp, then hop into our mokoro’ s and pole out of the Delta.

Day 19: Maun (BLD)

Day at leisure. This morning you have the opportunity to do a 45-minute flight over the Okavango Delta (own expense), have a look around the town or relax around the pool at the hotel.

Day 20: Nata (BLD)

Back onboard our truck we journey through to Elephant Sands Lodge, located near Nata. This is a fabulous place to enjoy viewing elephants at a natural waterhole right in front of the lodge’s bar and swimming pool. You will be wide-eyed watching these impressive creatures whilst they hang out at the waterhole just a couple of meters away from you. This is bush TV at its best! There is plenty of other wildlife around on an unfenced 16000 ha of private conservancy.

Day 21: Chobe National Park (BLD)

Continue to Chobe Safari Lodge in Kasane where we are based for the next two nights. This upmarket lodge sits on the banks of the Chobe River and borders the world famous Chobe National Park.

Day 22: Chobe National Park (BLD)

Chobe National Park is the second largest national park in Botswana and covers a mere 10,566 sq kms! It also has one of the greatest concentrations of elephant found on the African continent. Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers a safari experience of a lifetime. This morning we will be game driving, followed by a 3-hour afternoon boat cruise on the Chobe River.

Day 23: Victoria Falls (Botswana-Zambia) (BLD)

We leave Botswana and cross back to Zambia on the Kazungula ferry. It is only a short drive back to Livingstone where we spend the last night of the safari. In the evening we will enjoy a sunset cruise on the Upper Zambezi & spend some time reminiscing about a memorable trip. Truly magical.

Day 24: Livingstone

The safari ends today with a transfer to the airport.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • 23 nights’ accommodation (6 nights camping and 17 nights’ accommodation as per itinerary)
  • Meals as indicated
  • Sightseeing as indicated
  • Services of experienced driver/guide plus camp/cook assistant
  • Fully equipped safari vehicle, with camping / cooking equipment
  • All road tolls, vehicle taxes, National Park entry fees
  • Airport transfers on Days 1 & 24 between the hours 0600-1800

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

  • Entry Visa to Zambia (approx US$80 double entry issued on arrival). Botswana US$30 Tourism Development Levy.
  • No visa required for Botswana & Namibia for NZ passport holders
  • Items of a personal nature (eg. drinks, souvenirs)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Gratuities
  • Any optional activities you choose to take yourself
  • Travel insurance – compulsory

Accommodation based on the following or similar

Day 1: Victoria Falls

Waterfront Hotel (H)

Day 2: Victoria Falls (BLD)

Waterfront Hotel (H)

Day 3: Katima Mulilo (BLD)

Zambezi Lodge (H)

Day 4: Caprivi Strip (BLD)

Sarasungu River Lodge (H)

Day 5: Etosha NP (BLD)

Namutoni Rest Camp (C)

Day 6: Okaukuejo (BLD)

Okaukuejo Rest Camp (C)

Day 7: Okaukuejo (BLD)

Okaukuejo Rest Camp (C)

Day 8: Twyfelfontein (BLD)

Twyfelfontein Country Lodge (H)

Day 9: Cape Cross (BLD)

Cape Cross Lodge (H)

Day 10/11: Swakopmund (B)

Alte Brucke Resort (A/E)

Day 12: Namib Desert Park (BLD)

Bush Camping (C)

Day 13: Sossusvlei (BLD)

Sesriem Campsite (C)

Day 14: Windhoek (BL)

Safari Court (H)

Day 15: Kalahari (BLD)

Tautona Lodge (A/E)

Day 16: Maun (BLD)

Sedia Hotel (H)

Day 17: Okavango Delta (BLD)

Bush Camping (C)

Day 18: Maun (BLD)

Sedia Hotel (H)

Day 19: Maun (BLD)

Sedia Hotel (H)

Day 20: Nata (B)

Elephant Sands Lodge Camp (PT)

Day 21: Chobe National Park (BLD)

Chobe Safari Lodge (H)

Day 22: Chobe National Park (BLD)

Chobe Safari Lodge (H)

Day 23: Victoria Falls (BLD)

Waterfront Hotel (H)

Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. Note prices usually display available discounted rates if any, (eg. Early Bird Deals if applicable).   All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country.   Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are valid for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.

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