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Your journey begins with a one night-night stay in cosmopolitan Johannesburg. Next, fly to Kasane, Botswana to begin your Zambezi Queen safari cruise on the Chobe River. After exploring the Chobe region and national Park head off to Victoria Falls, one of the world’s seven natural wonders. Fly back to Johannesburg for two nights including a visit to the township of Soweto and learn about its past struggles and the rise of the human spirit. Then take a short flight to the game-rich country of Greater Kruger National Park. Spend three nights at a five-star game lodge, known for some of the best “Big Five” viewing in Southern Africa. Experience the thrill of daily game drives and exceptional amenities, service, and cuisine.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Johannesburg
Day 2 : Johannesburg | Zambezi Queen | Embarkation
Day 3 : Chobe River
Day 4 : Chobe National Park
Day 5 : Kasenu Village
Day 6 : Zambezi Queen | Disembarkation | Victoria Falls
Day 7 : Victoria Falls
Day 8 : Victoria Falls | Johannesburg
Day 9 : Johannesburg
Day 10 : Johannesburg | Kruger National Park Area
Day 11 : Kruger National Park Area
Day 12 : Kruger National Park Area
Day 13 : Johannesburg | Return Home

Highlights

  • Cruise the Chobe River, observing wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Observe African wildlife in beautiful Chobe National Park
  • Experience local life firsthand with an African village visit
  • Tour legendary Victoria Falls, one of the world's greatest natural wonders
  • Explore Johannesburg and discover its rich history

Ship

Zambezi Queen

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A herd of zebras quench their thirst at a watering hole. A Maasai warrior walks across the African bush A variety of wildlife in Africa. A herd of elephants of all sizes make their way across the valley. Lioness relaxing in an African sunset

Day 1 Arrive in Johannesburg

After your airport greeting, transfer to your boutique hotel situated in a park-like setting in the desirable Sandton neighborhood.

Day 2 Johannesburg | Zambezi Queen | Embarkation

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Transfer to the airport this morning and fly to Kasane, Botswana. Here you are transferred to the Chobe River where tender boats escort you to board the Zambezi Queen moored on the Namibia side of the Chobe River. This afternoon, enjoy the view as you settle in on the river before a Welcome Cocktail and Dinner on board the vessel. 

Day 3 Chobe River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning embark on a boat safari to explore the Chobe River’s spectacular game viewing. Then journey back to the Zambezi Queen for lunch and time to relax on board. Later today, enjoy a slightly different version of a river safari aboard a special double decker barge which allows you to venture into the southern channels. This excursion offers you an unusual viewpoint to observe hippos and elephants in their natural habitat.

Day 4 Chobe National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join a full day safari of Chobe National Park in open-top 4x4 vehicles. Chobe National Park is home to one of the most dense populations of wildlife in Africa. Be on the lookout for elephants, giraffe, zebra, sable, warthog, and cape buffalo. Prides of lions, hyenas, and more rarely cheetahs are normally visible along the way. Lunch includes a delicious picnic served up under the trees. 

Day 5 Kasenu Village

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, enjoy an unforgettable visit to a typical African village to experience the local culture first hand. Spend time with the children of the village as well as its elders and learn about their day-to-day life. After lunch on board, you can choose your afternoon activity including an afternoon safari by boat, bird watching or fishing. Tonight your crew hosts an African-themed dinner complete with singing and dancing. 

Day 6 Zambezi Queen | Disembarkation | Victoria Falls

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Transfer to legendary Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders on earth. Spend the afternoon exploring the town or experience one of the many activities offered at your hotel. Later this evening, join a cocktail reception aboard a vintage steam train, followed by a special dinner.

Day 7 Victoria Falls

Join a local guide for a tour of remarkable Victoria Falls, more commonly referred to as the smoke that thunders. The afternoon is free. Relax and enjoy the amenities and grounds of your iconic hotel, walk into town for a little shopping, or take an optional outing. Tonight, embark on a private and festive Sundowner cruise complete with drinks and tapas, along with music. 

Day 8 Victoria Falls | Johannesburg

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Before dinner, gather with a Local Expert for an informative discussion on the day to day life of the South African bushmen in the Kalahari Desert followed by a multi-course dinner. 

Day 9 Johannesburg

Head out this morning for a fascinating look at Johannesburg and the rich history it has to share, from colonialism to apartheid, and finally democracy. Get an in-depth look at Soweto and its unique neighborhoods and the center of the uprising against the apartheid state. Walk the footsteps of Nelson Mandela and explore the colorful neighborhoods. Also, visit the Apartheid Museum. Enjoy a delicious “township” lunch along the way. 

Day 10 Johannesburg | Kruger National Park Area

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning fly to the Greater Kruger National Park, where you are transferred to a private game lodge, luxurious Tintswalo Safari Lodge. Later, set out on an afternoon game drive in search of the country’s “Big Five” and other native wildlife. Tonight enjoy your first dinner at the lodge. 

Day 11 Kruger National Park Area

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin your day with an early morning game drive. Your open-air vehicle is the perfect means to explore this private game reserve, located just a stone’s throw from the game-rich Kruger National Park. The rest of the morning can be spent enjoying the facilities at your lodge. The afternoon brings another game drive deep into the bush, where you may encounter South Africa’s top predators: cheetahs, hyenas and lions.

Day 12 Kruger National Park Area

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy two exhilarating game drives today, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, as well as ample leisure time to relax and enjoy your game lodge accommodations. Tonight, after dining with your fellow travelers, the evening is yours to read, socialize, or simply gaze up at the stunning star-filled African sky. 

Day 13 Johannesburg | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Early this morning, you have your final game-drive before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg for your connecting flight home. Please do not schedule onward flight before 4:30 pm. 

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Victoria Falls Hotel

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$14,495
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Suite B
Upper Deck, 215 sq feet. Private bath facilities, separate sitting area, balcony.
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Suite A
Upper Deck, 235 sq feet. Private bath facilities, separate sitting area, balcony.
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Master Suite
Upper Deck, 300 sq feet. Private bath facilities, separate sitting area, balcony.

Notes

Included Features:
- 4 nights deluxe accommodation in an air-conditioned balcony suite
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during the cruise and a Tour Director during the land program
- All onboard dining, including a traditional African dinner
- Regionally inspired cuisine
- Welcome Dinner
- Complimentary wine, beer and local spirits
- Chobe National Park safari
- Exclusive private picnic in Chobe National Park
- Private boat safaris along the Chobe riverbank
- Visit to an African village for a unique cultural interaction
- Land Program
- 1 night at the Cape Grace Hotel in an upgraded Luxury Table Mountain view room, including daily breakfast
- Welcome Reception with drinks and tapas
- Full-day Cape of Good Hope tour and local lunch with drinks
- Cableway to the summit of Table Mountain
- Cape Winelands tour including tastings and lunch OR guided visit to Robben Island followed by lunch
- 2-night stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel in an upgraded Stable Wine room, including daily breakfast
- Cocktail reception aboard a vintage steam train followed by dinner
- Guided tour of Victoria Falls National Park
- Exclusive Sundowner Cruise with tapas
- 2 nights at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel in a Chateau Suite, including daily breakfast
- Special dinner and presentation
- Soweto tour with local lunch
- 3 nights in a suite at an exclusive and luxurious lodge (Tintswalo Safari Lodge or Makanyi Game Lodge)
- Daily morning, afternoon and evening game drives
- All meals, drinks and laundry service
- All airport transfers

Included

  • 12 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 9 Dinners
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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