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African Southern Explorer Safari: Namibia, Botswana & Zambia


Women only African Safari

This African Safari kicks off at the stunning Victoria Falls in Livingstone. From here we continue on to Namibia, a land of huge vistas and ever-changing scenery that will take your breath away. We stay within the wonderful, sweeping landscapes of the Etosha National Park, where we do game drives to see all the animals - giraffe, zebra, impala, elephants and more.

Continuing on to the Skeleton coast to a huge seal reserve, then on to Twyfelfontein we visit a petrified forest and ancient Bushman rock art. In Swakopmund, an old German settlement, we spend a day enjoying the cafes, great shops, and wonderful food.

In the Okavango Delta we are poled in mokoro canoes through the reeds and stay on an island where we take sunrise and sunset walks to see animals grazing in the beautiful light of the day.

Our final days are spent in Chobe National Park where we take a boat cruise - see hippos, crocs and elephants in the water, and buffalo and kudu on land. We stay in both beautiful lodges and camp in stunning locations, with swimming pools, bars and shops.

The sunsets will take your breath away, the animals will leave you in awe and the ever-changing scenery will remain in your memory forever. There is no doubt that an African safari is a life-changing experience!

Date & Duration: 8th-31st May 2023 - 24 days
Cost: NZD$9920 Sing supp NZD1500 - What's included?
Arrival & Departure points: Livingstone / Livingstone
Group size: Min 8 / Max 15
Accommodation: It's Africa - if you want to see the sights, you have to deal with a bit of camping :) but it's all part of the fun. We camp in the desert, indulge in luxury lodges, and stay in clean, well-located accommodation.
Adventures: camping under a starry African sky, going on game drives and spotting African animals in their natural habitat, scenic flights over Victoria Falls or the Skeleton Coast (optional), 4WD out to see the huge, orange dunes, river cruises to view animals, canoe ride into the Okavango Delta for the night on an island

African Southern Explorer Safari Highlights

African Safari, Namibia and Botswana
  • Exciting game drives in various game reserves and parks, including the famous Etosha National Park and Chobe National Park - see beautiful, majestic African animals in the wild
  • Visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and take a scenic flight over them. Later have a long, cool drink at the Royal Livingstone Hotel on the banks of the Zambezi River
  • See ancient Bushman rock art and a petrified forest
  • Dine out on delicious seafood and shop til you drop in Swakopmund
  • Drive along the stunning Skeleton Coast to Cape Cross Seal Reserve
  • Let's just say the changing Namibian landscapes will take your breath away!
  • Visit the beautiful, huge, sweeping sand dunes of Sossusvlei
  • Camp in beautiful places, live it up in the odd luxury lodge! Swimming pools and bars available at most places
  • Take a canoe ride through the reeds of the Okavango Delta and stay in an island for the night - we do a walking safari to view game in the morning, swim in the Delta and there is a little surprize for us at night!
  • Enjoy a spectacular scenic flight over the beautiful Okavango Delta, the wide plains of Africa below you
  • Cruise along the Chobe river at sunset and see crocs, hippos, buffaloes and elephants enjoying the water

Trip Itinerary

African safari

Day 1: Victoria Falls, Zambia

On arrival in Livingstone, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure before a meet & greet over sundowners on the river followed by dinner.
Accommodation: Waterfront Hotel or similar


sundowners at the fabulous Royal Livingstone Hotel

Day 2: Victoria Falls

Today we will visit the spectacular Victoria Falls, viewing them from the various lookout points in the park. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls is classified as the largest, based on its combined width of 1,708 metres and height of 108 metres, resulting in the world's largest sheet of falling water. Yes you will get wet! In the afternoon you will have time to do optional activities such as a scenic flight above the Falls, Jet boat ride up the Zambezi to visit the Elephant Cafe, or a visit to The David Livingstone Museum.
Accommodation: Waterfront Hotel or similar (B,D)


Giraffe beside Zambezi River

Day 3: Katima Mulilo, Namibia

Boarding our safari truck this morning, we set off across the border into Namibia. This is a reasonably long day on the road which gives a good chance to get to know each other better. Late afternoon we arrive into the lively town of Katima Mulilo where there is the opportunity to do shopping and get local currency from ATM. Our accommodation is on the outskirts of town right on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River.
Accommodation: Zambezi Lodge or similar (B,L,D)


Day 4: Caprivi Strip, Namibia

Today we 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.
Accommodation: Sarasungu River Lodge or similar (B,L,D)


African safari Etosha National Park

Day 5: Etosha National Park, Namibia

We stop at Grootfontein in the morning for supplies before heading to Etosha National Park. Our camp 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 most definitely abundant - a haven for 93 mammal species and 340 bird species! Back at camp, pour yourself a drink and head to the viewing point overlooking a floodlit waterhole and watch wildlife come and go.
Accommodation: Namutoni Rest Camp (camping) (B,L,D)

African Safari, zebra at water hole

Day 6: Okaukuejo, Namibia

We'll 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 refreshing 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 also has a floodlit water hole - a great place to sit any time of the day but best enjoyed at sundown with a drink in hand.
Accommodation: Okaukuejo Rest Camp (camping) (B,L,D)

women only African safari, elephant at watering hole

Day 7: Okaukuejo, Namibia

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 swimming pool and game viewing at the water hole.
Accommodation: Okaukuejo Rest Camp (camping) (B,L,D)


6000 year old rock engravings, Twyfelfontein

Day 8: Twyfelfontein, Namibia

This morning we'll drive to Outjo for supplies before continuing through scenic Damaraland. We stop for lunch at a Petrified Forest and take a guided walk through the site with a local tribesperson speaking in that fascinating click language. 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 centuries old desert plant - the Welwitschia. Continuing to Twyfelfontein, we spend some time walking through 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.
Accommodation: Twyfelfontein Country Lodge or similar (B,L,D)


Women only African Safari, Cape Cross Seal Reserve

Day 9: Cape Cross, Namibia

Today you are rewarded with an incredibly scenic drive through to the Skeleton Coast. We stop at Cape Cross Seal Reserve, home to over 80,000 noisy animated seals, before checking in to our accommodation just metres from the Atlantic ocean.
Accommodation: Cape Cross Lodge or similar (B,L,D)


Women only African Safari, Swakopmund

Days 10/11: Swakopmund, Namibia

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, cycling in the desert and scenic flights. If you're not a thrill seeker there are more sedentary activities such as art galleries, museums, a snake park, aquarium and tours that will take you to a local town to learn about the Herero people. The choice is yours today (own cost). Swakopmund also has lots of great restaurants and cafes (lunch & dinner own arrangements today).
Accommodation: Alte Brucke Resort or similar - 2 nights (B)


Women only African Safari, Namib Desert Park

Day 12: Namib Desert Park, Namibia

We'll spot flamingos and pelicans in Walvis Bay over lunch before heading out in to the Namib Desert Park. At Mirabib we set up camp under a huge granite rock. This is a very special place and there is evidence of nomadic people as long as 9000 years ago using this site as shelter. A fantastic place to watch the sun go down over the vast desert and sit around an evening fire looking at the stars in an unpolluted sky.
Accommodation: Bush Camping or similar (B,L,D)


giant sand dunes at Sesriem and Sossusvlei

Day 13: Sesriem, Namibia

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 into the park and enjoy a walk in to Deadvlei and have a photo stop at Sossusvlei and Big Daddy.
Accommodation: Sesriem Campsite (Camping) (B,L,D)


Women only African Safari, Windhoek

Day 14: Windhoek, Namibia

An easy drive to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. This small city is located in a basin between the Khomas Highland, Auas and the Eros Mountains - 1,680m above sea level. With German-influenced architecture and a European café culture, it is a pleasant place to enjoy a stroll around.
Accommodation: Safari Court Hotel or similar (B,L)


Women only African Safari, Ghanzi, Botswana

Day 15: Kalahari, Botswana

Sit back and relax on a reasonably long day driving across the northern fringes of The Kalahari. This evening there may be the opportunity to be entertained by local San tribespeople.
Accommodation: Tautona Lodge, Ghanzi or similar (B,L,D)

Day 16: Maun, Botswana

We arrive in Maun early afternoon and prepare for our trip in to The Okavango Delta. Maun is the bustling hub of the Delta safari industry. There will be time for shopping for personal items, souvenirs, changing money etc before checking in to our hotel and relaxing by the pool.
Accommodation: Sedia Hotel or similar (B,L,D) We arrive in Maun early afternoon and prepare for our trip in to The Okavango Delta. Maun is

Women only African Safari, dugout canoe trip

Day 17: Okavango Delta, Botswana

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 into the Delta - an absolutely surreal experience. We set up camp on an island under shady trees. 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!
Accommodation: Bush Camping (B,L,D)

Women only African Safari, lions

Day 18: Maun, Botswana

After a morning nature walk, we have lunch back at camp before being poled out of the Delta. Look out for wildlife and birds along the way.
Accommodation: Sedia Hotel or similar (B,L,D)

Women only African Safari, Nata

Day 19: Maun, Botswana

Day at leisure. You might choose to do a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta this morning (at own cost - highly recommended), laze by the hotel pool or go shopping for curios in Maun.
Accommodation: Sedia Hotel or similar (B,L,D)

Women only African Safari, Chobe Safari Lodge campsite

Day 20: Nata, Botswana

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!
Accommodation: Elephant Sands Lodge or similar (B,L,D)

African safari, boat cruise on the Chobe River

Day 21: Chobe National Park, Botswana

Continue on 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.
Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (B,L,D)

Women only African Safari, hippo

Day 22: Chobe National Park, Botswana

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 an excellent safari experience. We take an early morning game drive by 4WD into the Park. Later this afternoon we board a boat for a 3-hour wildlife cruise on the Chobe River - an excellent chance to get up close to elephant, hippo, crocodile and other animals and birds. As the sunsets over the river, we cruise back to the Lodge with a cool drink hand.
Accommodation: Chobe Safari Lodge or similar (B,L,D)

Women only African Safari, the last day of our amazing African adventure!

Day 23: Victoria Falls, Zambia

We leave Botswana and cross back to Zambia on the Kazungula ferry. It is only a short drive back to Livingstone for our last night of a memorable safari. We end the day by cruising on the Upper Zambezi River for drinks - along the way perhaps seeing wild herds having their own drinks at the river's edge and flocks of birds skimming over the waterline as the sun sets on the African skyline. Truly magical and loads of fun.
Accommodation: Waterfront Hotel or similar (B,L,D)

Day 24: the end, Zambia

Safari ends in Livingstone today.

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8th-31st May 2023, 24 days, Cost: NZD$9920 Sing supp NZD1500 - What's included?

Nevena, Australia

The trip was fabulous; its memories will stay with me for a long time. I realised that our trip was fun in so many ways and making new friends, having new experiences was as important as what we saw. We loved our time on tour, what we saw, what we did and we even converted some people to becoming new ginaholics! Lovely. (Namibia/Botswana 2014, and previously Kenya/Uganda and Morocco)

Nevena, Australia



"I have travelled a lot, but this was the trip of a lifetime, with an awesome, knowledgable guide. Travelling by safari truck and camping made me feel like I was part of this amazing landscape, I could smell the smells, feel the breeze and hear the African sounds. It was hard to leave!"

Sandra, NZ.


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