Rivers & Rails of Africa Cruise

Begin your journey with a 3-night stay in picturesque Cape Town. Then fly to Kasane, Botswana to begin your 4-night Zambezi Queen safari cruise on the Chobe River. Explore the banks of Chobe National Park, home to one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. Encounter elephants, leopards, lions, gazelles and buffalos on excursions by boat or open-air vehicle. Your journey continues with two nights at the legendary Victoria Falls, one of the world’s great natural wonders. From here, join the Rovos Rail train to enjoy a 3-night luxurious train journey as you travel almost 1,000 miles through breathtaking scenery from Botswana to South Africa.

Day 1

Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa

Situated amidst majestic mountains and lined with pristine white sand beaches, Cape Town is home to a rich cultural and historical heritage with vibrant restaurants and remarkable sightseeing activities. After your arrival, transfer to your hotel for a Welcome Reception at 6:30 pm.

Day 2

Cape Town, South Africa

Your full day exploration starts with a cable car journey up Table Mountain, which offers magnificent views from its summit. Then head out along the Atlantic Seaboard past the 12 Apostles, Hout Bay and Chapman's Peak, considered one of the worlds most beautiful drives. Stop at Cape Good Hope, Africa's southern-most point where you will visit the famous Cape Point Lighthouse. End the day with a stop at Boulder Beach for an exciting close-up encounter with African penguins.

Day 3

Cape Town, South Africa

Choose from two sightseeing options today. You can head to the scenic wine region just outside Cape Town: Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. Visit two renowned vineyards and sample their wine and enjoy local lunch. Or you can choose to board a ferry to Robben Island, and its infamous prison for a fascinating guided tour led by a former inmate. Afterward, head back to Cape Town for lunch featuring local flavors and a cultural tour of Cape Town's diverse neighborhoods.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Dinner

Kasane, Botswana / Embark

Fly to Kasane, Botswana and board the Zambezi Queen. This afternoon, enjoy the view as you settle in on the Chobe River before a Welcome Cocktail and Dinner.

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Chobe National Park, Botswana

This morning embark on a boat safari to explore Chobe River’s spectacular game viewing. Journey back to the Zambezi Queen for lunch as well as time to relax and take in the scenery surrounding you at every turn. After lunch, enjoy an unforgettable visit to Kasenu village to experience the local culture first-hand. This evening you’ll enjoy a traditional African dinner, where you’ll savor local specialties.

Day 6

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kasenu Village, Botswana

Today, take a safari game-drive adventure into Chobe National Park, home to one of the densest populations of wildlife in Africa. Experience your first game-drive by vehicle as you set off in search of an array of different animals in Botswana’s most famous national park. In the afternoon, join a safari by boat as you explore the banks of the Chobe River, or go on an expedition to catch ferocious tigerfish. Later, unwind on board with a traditional English High Tea.

Day 7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruising the Chobe River, Botswana

This morning enjoy an exciting private boat safari as well as a bird watching excursion to introduce you to the area’s local birdlife. Later, enjoy a slightly different version of a river safari aboard a special barge that will allow you to venture into the southern channels. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 8

Disembark at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Transfer to legendary Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders on earth. 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 encounter with Africa’s “gentle giants.”

Day 9

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

A local guide will take you on a tour of remarkable Victoria Falls today. You’ll learn about its history and the flora and fauna that make this area so unique. Tonight, embark on a private and festive Sunset Cruise along the Zambezi River. Relax on board as you observe a variety of game while enjoying a delicious mix of tapas with drinks.

Day 10

  • Breakfast, Dinner

Victoria Falls - Rovos Rail

You are free to take in the beauty of Victoria Falls one last time before being escorted just minutes away to the Victoria Falls Station later this afternoon. Once onboard, be sure to check out the Lounge and Observation Cars. Dinner is served in the Dining Cars tonight as your train journey begins.

Day 11

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hwange Game Reserve, Zimbabwe

Prepare for an early morning today as you disembark for your safari in the Hwange Game Reserve just after breakfast. After returning to the train, enjoy brunch as you journey towards Botswana in the afternoon. Delectable dinner selections are served on board for you to savor tonight.

Day 12

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rovos Rail

Shortly after breakfast you will be entering South Africa, your third and final country during this voyage. Lunch will be served in the dining car as the train travels through the farmlands of the Marico Valley. Enjoy your last afternoon on the train as you prepare for your final dinner on board.

Day 13

  • Breakfast

Rovos Rail / Johannesburg, South Africa

This morning your train journey comes to a close, but not before you enjoy one last breakfast on board and a final scenic voyage. After your late morning arrival in Pretoria, South Africa, transfer to the airport in Johannesburg, about an hour away, for you onward flight home.

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Intra-Africa Air: $815 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges
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Included Features:

- 3 nights at the luxurious Cape Grace hotel in upgraded Table Mountain View rooms including daily breakfast
- Full-day Winelands Tour to Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl with lunch and two wine tastings
- Full-day Cape Point Tour via Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak to the Cape of Good Hope with lunch
- Cape Point funicular and Cableway up Table Mountain

- 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

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

- 3-night stay on the Rovos Rail luxury train in a Deluxe Suite
- All meals and drinks included on board the train
- Excursions accompanied by a qualified guide
- 24-hour full room service and bar facilities