Southern Explorer

Southern Explorer

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Start: Livingstone 05 May 2019 Finish: Livingstone 28 May 2019


  • 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

Day 1: Victoria Falls

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

Accommodation: Waterfront Hotel (H)

Day 2: Victoria Falls (B L D)

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. In the evening, enjoy a sunset cruise on the Upper Zambezi.

Accommodation: Waterfront Hotel (H)

Day 3: Katima Mulilo (B L D)

Boarding the safari truck this morning, we set off across the border into Namibia and stay at The Zambezi Lodge campsite located right on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, and a short stroll in to the lively town of Katima Mulilo.

Accommodation: Zambezi Lodge (H)

Day 4: Caprivi Strip (B L D)

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.

Accommodation: Sarasungu River Lodge (H)

Day 5: Etosha NP (B L D)

We stop at Grootfontein in the morning for supplies before heading to Etosha 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! After setting up camp we will head out on an afternoon game drive.

Accommodation: Namutoni Rest Camp (C)

Day 6: Okaukuejo (B L D)

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.

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Rest Camp (A/E)

Day 7: Okaukuejo (B L D)

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.

Accommodation: Okaukuejo Rest Camp (A/E)

Day 8: Twyfelfontein (B L D)

This morning we’ll drive to Outjo to stop for supplies before continuing on to Twyfelfontein to see the 6000 year old rock engravings.

Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge (H)

Day 9: Cape Cross (B L D)

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. Enjoy a sunset stroll along the wild Atlantic coast just metres from the Lodge, or perhaps visit the Lodge’s museum or art gallery.

Accommodation:  Cape Cross Lodge (H)

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.

Accommodation: A Frame Chalets (A/E)

Day 12: Namib Desert Park (B L D)

Today we drive past Walvis Bay then out into the Namib Desert Park and camp at Mirabib, a huge granite rock. 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 desert sky.

Accommodation:  Bush Camping (C)

Day 13: Sossusvlei (B L D)

We drive through to the giant sand dunes at Sesriem and Sossusvlei today. You can take a walk up Dune 45 or a 4WD trip into Sossusvlei, a large pan set amid red sand dunes towering over 200 metres above the valley floor.

Accommodation:  Sesriem Campsite (C)

Day 14: Windhoek (B L)

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.

Accommodation: Safari Court (H)

Day 15: Kalahari (B L D)

It’s a big day driving into Botswana across the northern fringes of The Kalahari today. Overnight at Ghanzi.

Accommodation:  Tautona Lodge (A/E)

Day 16: Maun (B L D)

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.

Accommodation: Sedia Hotel (H)

Day 17: Okavango Delta (B L D)

The Okavango Delta is a natural wetland where the Okavango River fans out into the largest inland delta in the world. Explore the myriad of waterways and stunning scenery on foot and by mokoro (dugout canoe). Hippo, crocodile, buffalo and elephant are at home here, as are numerous species of bird. We camp on river islands and enjoy the serenity amongst the swamps, lily pads and swaying delta grasses.

Accommodation:  Bush Camping (C)

Day 18: Maun (B L D)

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

Accommodation: Sedia Hotel (H)

Day 19: Maun (B L D)

Today you have the opportunity to do a 45-minute flight over the Okavango Delta, have a look around the town and relax around the pool at the hotel.

Accommodation: Sedia Hotel (H)

Day 20: Nata (B)

Later in the afternoon we arrive at 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. There is plenty of other wildlife around on an unfenced 16000 ha of private conservancy.

Accommodation:  Elephant Sands Lodge Camp (PT)

Day 21: Chobe National Park (B L D)

Continue on to Kasane where we will be based for the next two nights.

Accommodation:  Chobe Safari Lodge (H)

Day 22: Chobe National Park (B L D)

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.

Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge (H)

Day 23: Victoria Falls (B L D)

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.

Accommodation: Waterfront Hotel (H)

Day 24: Livingstone

The safari ends today with a transfer to the airport.



  • 23 nights’ accommodation (3 nights camping and 20 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



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

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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