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Stars of South Africa 2014

Example 14 Day Cruise aboard Zambezi Queen
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This 14-day adventure starts with three nights in Cape Town, a 4-night wildlife cruise aboard the Zambezi Queen on Botswana’s Chobe River, game drives in Chobe National Park, and two full nights at the legendary Victoria Falls. Fly to Johannesburg for an overnight stay, then head to the game-rich country near Kruger National Park. Spend three unforgettable nights at a game lodge in this premier eco-tourist destination, and experience the thrill of daily game drives, while evenings bring you breathtakingly clear skies.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa
Day 2 : Cape Town, South Africa
Day 3 : Cape Town, South Africa
Day 4 : Embark Zambezi Queen / Kasane, Botswana
Day 5 : Chobe National Park, Botswana
Day 6 : Kasenu Village, Botswana
Day 7 : Cruising the Chobe River, Botswana
Day 8 : Disembark Zambezi Queen / Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Day 9 : Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Day 10 : Johannesburg, South Africa
Day 11 : Kruger National Park, South Africa
Day 12 : Kruger National Park, South Africa
Day 13 : Kruger National Park, South Africa
Day 14 : Kruger National Park - Johannesburg, South Africa / Depart

Ship

Zambezi Queen

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A flock of flamingos creates a pink reflection on the water A variety of wildlife in Africa. Zambezi Queen, Africa Safari A beautiful black and white Oryx stands in the dry Africa landscape. A cheetah scouts for prey

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 chic restaurants and remarkable sightseeing activities. After your airport greeting, transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure.

Day 2 Cape Town, South Africa

Your full-day tour starts with a cable car journey up the famous Table Mountain, which offers magnificent views from its summit. Continue by motor coach along the Atlantic Seaboard, past the 12 Apostles and Hout Bay and along Chapman’s Peak, one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. Look out for the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and majestic Cape Point, where you can venture to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, followed by a visit to Boulders Beach for an exciting close-up encounter with African penguins. (B,L)

Day 3 Cape Town, South Africa

After breakfast, head off on a scenic drive through the wine regions outside Cape Town – Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. Visit two famous wine estates for tastings, then enjoy lunch with drinks at a local restaurant. You also have a private cellar tour and tasting at a wine estate owned by South African golf champion and award-winning winemaker Ernie Els, before returning to your hotel. (B,L)

Day 4 Embark Zambezi Queen / Kasane, Botswana

After breakfast, fly to Kasane, Botswana and transfer to the Chobe River, where a private safari boat will transport you to the Zambezi Queen. Late this afternoon, enjoy a sunset cruise down the Chobe River before a Welcome Cocktail and Dinner on board the ship. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Chobe National Park, Botswana

Today take a full-day game drive in Chobe National Park, home to one of the densest populations of wildlife in Africa. Enjoy a private picnic within the park, then continue your safari before returning to your ship for High Tea. Tonight, savor your dinner on board, followed by an entertaining presentation about the history of the Chobe area. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Kasenu Village, Botswana

This morning take part in an unforgettable visit to Kasenu village to experience the local culture first-hand. Afterwards, you have the option to explore smaller waterways in a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe. Return to the ship for lunch, then depart for a river safari with sundowner drinks. This evening, head ashore for an African Boma Dinner, which features various flavorful local specialties. Tonight, your Cruise Manager shows you the African sky, pointing out southern hemisphere constellations. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Cruising the Chobe River, Botswana

You have a choice of exciting water activities this morning. Options include a private boat safari, a bird watching excursion, or an expedition to catch the ferocious Tigerfish. Enjoy a safari lunch cruise as you observe hippos and elephants in their natural habitat. Tonight, your Cruise Manager hosts a Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Disembark Zambezi Queen / Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

This morning, transfer to the legendary Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders on earth. Settle into your hotel and spend the afternoon exploring the city or experiencing one of the many activities offered by your hotel. (B)

Day 9 Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

A local guide takes you on a tour of the remarkable Victoria Falls National Park today. Learn about its history and the flora and fauna that make this area so unique. Tonight, embark on a private and festive Sundowner Dinner Cruise along the Zambezi River. Relax on board as you observe a variety of game and enjoy a delicious dinner with drinks and music. (B,D)

Day 10 Johannesburg, South Africa

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa. The remainder of the day is your to spend at your leisure. (B)

Day 11 Kruger National Park, South Africa

This morning, fly to the Kruger National Park Area, the top eco-tourist destination of the Lowveld, where you are transferred to a private game lodge. Later, set out on an afternoon game drive in search of the country’s "Big Five" and other native wildlife. (B,L,D)

Day 12 Kruger National Park, South Africa

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 away 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. This region is also home to South African’s vast raptor population, as well as eagles that can be seen soaring high overhead. Return to your lodge in the evening for dinner, then relax on your private terrace, listening to exotic sounds of Africa at night. (B,L,D)

Day 13 Kruger National Park, South Africa

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. After dining with your fellow travelers this evening, the night is yours to read, socialize, or simply gaze up at the stunning star-filled African sky. (B,L,D)

Day 14 Kruger National Park - Johannesburg, South Africa / Depart

Early this morning, take a final game drive before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg for your onward flight home. (B)

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Upper Deck, 215 sq feet. Private bath facilities, separate sitting area, balcony.
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Upper Deck, 235 sq feet. Private bath facilities, separate sitting area, balcony.
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Upper Deck, 300 sq feet. Private bath facilities, separate sitting area, balcony.

Notes

This Add-on is available only for our travelers extending or customizing their itinerary.

Included Features:

CAPE TOWN
- 3 nights at the luxurious Cape Grace Hotel, 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 and drinks
- Cape Point funicular and Cableway up Table Mountain

ZAMBEZI QUEEN
- 4 nights accommodation in balcony stateroom
- Full-day Chobe National Park game drive
- Exclusive private picnic in Chobe National Park
- Private boat safaris along the Chobe riverbanks
- Visit to Kasenu village to experience local culture
- Explore in a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe
- Traditional African Boma Dinner onshore
- Lunch excursion on private Safari Boat
- 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 Dinner Cruise
- Guided tour of Victoria Falls National Park

JOHANNESBURG
- 1 night at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel including breakfast
- NEW for 2014: Special multi-course dinner with an array of South African wines hosted by a guest presenter at Fairlawns

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA
- 3 nights at an exclusive luxury safari lodge (Tintswalo Safari Lodge or Singita Sweni Lodge)
- Daily morning and afternoon/evening game drives
- All meals, drinks and laundry included at the lodges
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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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