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Your African adventure begins with a 3-night stay in picturesque Cape Town. Next, fly to Kasane and transfer to the Chobe River to begin your wildlife cruise aboard the Zambezi Queen. 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 buffaloes. Conclude your journey with two nights at the legendary Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive In Cape Town
Day 2 : Cape Town
Day 3 : Cape Town
Day 4 : Cape Town | Embarkation
Day 5 : Chobe River
Day 6 : Chobe River
Day 7 : Kasenu Village
Day 8 : Disembarkation | Victoria Falls
Day 9 : Victoria Falls
Day 10 : Victoria Falls | Johannesburg


  • Visit Boulder's Beach for an up-close encounter with African penguins
  • Explore the wildlife-rich Chobe National Park by safari vehicle
  • Take a boat safari, bird watch, or fish for tigerfish on the Chobe River
  • Learn about the flora and fauna surrounding Victoria Falls


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  • Small Ship

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Day 1 Arrive In Cape Town

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. Your Tour Director hosts a Welcome Reception at 6:30pm. 

Day 2 Cape Town

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Your full day exploration on one of the world’s most beautiful drives takes you southeast along the Atlantic seaboard past the 12 Apostles, Hout Bay, and Chapman’s Peak. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope, first rounded in modern times in 1488 by the Portuguese in their attempt to establish trade in the Far East and still a significant landmark for sailors today. Also visit Boulder Beach, home to thousands of African penguins. Lunch today is fine dining with drinks overlooking False Bay.

Day 3 Cape Town

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Choose from two sightseeing options today. The first option is to take a cableway up Table Mountain for spectacular views from the summit. Then head out to the scenic Cape Winelands, which comprises the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl valleys. Visit two renowned vineyards and sample their wines. A sumptuous regional meal lunch is included along the way. Or you can choose to board a ferry to Robben Island, once used as a prison for many political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela as well as convicted criminals. Your tour is led by a former inmate before returning back to Cape Town. After lunch, board the cableway to the summit of Table Mountain followed by a drive through some of the city’s diverse neighborhoods. 

Day 4 Cape Town | Embarkation

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, fly to Kasane, Botswana (via Johannesburg) and transfer to the Chobe River, where a private safari boat transports 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. 

Day 5 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 as well as 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 6 Chobe River

  • 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 7 Kasenu Village

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 8 Disembarkation | Victoria Falls

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
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

A local guide takes you on a tour of remarkable Victoria Falls today. 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 Victoria Falls | Johannesburg

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, bid adieu to Zimbabwe as you head to Victoria Falls Airport for your return flight to Johannesburg and onward flight home. Please do not schedule onward flights before 6:30 pm. 

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Optional Johannesburg post-extension: Why not extend your stay in South Africa with 2 nights in Johannesburg? Please call for details.

Included Features:

- 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

- 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 riverbank
- 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

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

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


  • 8 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners


  • Internal Flights
    • $1,390 Cape Town to Kasane, Intra-Africa air
    • Flight cost is subject to change
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