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Your adventure begins with an overnight stay in Johannesburg. Then off to Kasane, Botswana to board the luxurious Zambezi Queen, which takes you down the Chobe River in elegant accommodations. Enjoy two nights at Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Journey to Tanzania by way of Nairobi to begin your East African safari. Your safari days include game drives in the world famous Serengeti National Park, the drama of Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, Treetops’ private 87,000-acre game concession, as well as a safari excursion to Lake Manyara National Park. In the evening, retire to one of four Tanzania safari lodges.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa
Day 2 : Embark the Zambezi Queen | Kasane, Botswana
Day 3 : Chobe River
Day 4 : Chobe National Park
Day 5 : Kasenu Village
Day 6 : Disembarkation | Victoria Falls
Day 7 : Victoria Falls
Day 8 : Victoria Falls | Johannesburg
Day 9 : Johannesburg
Day 10 : Arusha, Tanzania
Day 11 : Arusha | Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Day 12 : Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Day 13 : Tarangire | Ngorongoro, Tanzania
Day 14 : Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Day 15 : Ngorongoro | Serengeti, Tanzania
Day 16 : Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Day 17 : Serengeti | Arusha, Tanzania

Highlights

  • Take a game drive through Chobe National Park in search of wildlife
  • Visit Kasenu Village & experience the local culture first hand
  • Tour the remarkable Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders
  • Explore the Serengeti for a chance to see the great wildebeest migration

Ship

Zambezi Queen

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The sun sets over Kruger National Park A heard of elephants of all sizes make their way across the valley. Safari in AFrica A cheetah scouts for prey A Maasai warrior walks across the African bush

Day 1 Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa

Welcome to Africa! Upon arrival you are met by a guide and escorted to your hotel. Enjoy the night to relax, as tomorrow morning your African journey begins.

Day 2 Embark the Zambezi Queen | Kasane, Botswana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, fly to Kasane, Botswana and board the elegant Zambezi Queen on the Chobe River. Later this afternoon, enjoy the riverside scenery before your Welcome Cocktail and Dinner on board.

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 Disembarkation | Victoria Falls

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Transfer to legendary Victoria Falls, one of nature’s greatest natural wonders. Settle into your hotel and spend the afternoon exploring the town or experience one of the many activities offered at your hotel. This evening you have a special dinner and an encounter with Africa’s “gentle giants.” 

Day 7 Victoria Falls

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Join a local guide for a tour of remarkable Victoria Falls, more commonly referred to as the smoke that thunders. The afternoon is free for independent activities. Relax and enjoy the amenities of your iconic hotel, walk into town, or perhaps take an optional outing including a helicopter ride or wildlife trail walk. Tonight, embark on a private and festive Sundowner cruise complete with drinks, tapas and music. 

Day 8 Victoria Falls | Johannesburg

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, a flight to Johannesburg brings you to the largest city in South Africa. After arriving at your hotel, settle into your suite and relax in the park-like setting. Before dinner, gather for an informative discussion on the day-to-day life of the South African bushmen in the Kalahari Desert.

Day 9 Johannesburg

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
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, the center of the uprising against the apartheid state. Walk the footsteps of Nelson Mandela and explore the colorful neighborhoods, parks and squares of Soweto. A visit to the Apartheid Museum is also on the agenda. Enjoy a delicious “township” lunch along the way. 

Day 10 Arusha, Tanzania

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Fly to Arusha, via Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where you are met by a guide at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfered to the Arusha Coffee Lodge. The lodge provides a peaceful and calming retreat before you start your Tanzanian safari.

Day 11 Arusha | Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a scenic drive to Tarangire. Take an afternoon safari drive, followed by a visit to a Masai village. Spend two nights in a tree house that rests on the branches of thousand-year-old marula and baobab trees overlooking Treetops’ private reserve. 

Day 12 Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a full day of activities including game drives and a sunset drive in the bush. The meals at Treetops are also their own unique experiences to be enjoyed. 

Day 13 Tarangire | Ngorongoro, Tanzania

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive and picnic lunch. Then on to the renowned Ngorongoro Manor.

Day 14 Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a full day of exploration of the Ngorongoro Crater. Once a gigantic volcano, it is the largest intact caldera in the world and shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. A picnic hamper lunch is served on the crater floor. After lunch, explore more of the crater before heading back to the Manor for evening cocktails, dinner, and an overnight stay. 

Day 15 Ngorongoro | Serengeti, Tanzania

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, transfer to Manyara Airstrip for your Serengeti flight. Upon your arrival, enjoy a game drive en route to the luxurious camp where your lunch is served. This afternoon, it is time for another drive. 

Day 16 Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you have two game drives exploring the vast Serengeti, one in the morning and another after lunch. It is not possible to say with any accuracy where the Great Migration of the Wildebeest is located at any one time. There are a number of determining factors; however, one can be assured that if there is a good chance of seeing it, then this can be accomplished from the Pioneer Camp or Migration Camp. 

Day 17 Serengeti | Arusha, Tanzania

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
This morning take your final safari drive. Then transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Arusha. Lunch is served in the gardens of the lodge before your final transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport. Do not schedule onward flights before 6:00 pm. 

Zambezi Queen

Arusha Coffee Lodge

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel

Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Hotels

Serengeti Halisi Camp

Tarangire Treetops Lodge

Victoria Falls Hotel

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Notes

Included Features

JOHANNESBURG
- 1 night at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, including breakfast

ZAMBEZI QUEEN
- 4 nights accommodation in balcony stateroom
- Chobe National Park safari
- Private boat safaris along the banks of the Chobe River
- Visit to Kasenu village for a cultural interaction with the community
- Traditional African Boma Dinner onshore
- All meals included during the cruise with complimentary wine and beer

VICTORIA FALLS
- 2-night stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel including daily breakfast
- Exclusive Zambezi River Sundowner Cruise
- Guided tour of Victoria Falls National Park

JOHANNESBURG
- 2 nights at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel including meals
- Special multi-course dinner including South African wines

TANZANIA SAFARI LODGES
- 1 night at Arusha Coffee Lodge
- 2 nights at Tarangire Treetops in Tarangire National Park
- 2 nights at The Manor at Ngorongoro
- 2 nights at Serengeti Migration Camp, a luxury tented bush camp
- Daily game drives with no more than 6 guests per vehicle
- All meals, drinks and laundry service included


Note: Visas are required for travel to Africa; please consult with your Consulate for more information.

Included

  • 16 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 14 Dinners

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $2,625 (2017) Johannesburg - Kasane | Johannesburg - Arusha | Ngorongoro - Serengeti | Serengeti - Arusha
    • Flight cost is subject to change
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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