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13 Day Sample Cruise aboard Zambezi Queen
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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-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive In Cape Town
Day 2 : Cape Town
Day 3 : Cape Town
Day 4 : Cape Town | Kasane | Embarkation
Day 5 : Chobe River
Day 6 : Chobe National Park
Day 7 : Kasenu Village
Day 8 : Disembarkation | Victoria Falls
Day 9 : Victoria Falls
Day 10 : Victoria Falls | Rovos Rail
Day 11 : Hwange Game Reserve.
Day 12 : Rovos Rail | Marico Valley
Day 13 : Johannesburg

Highlights

  • Take a cable car up Table Mountain for great views
  • Tour renowned local vineyards and sample their wine
  • Visit Kasenu Village and experience the local culture
  • Safari through Chobe National Park in search of wildlife

Ship

Zambezi Queen

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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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. After your airport greeting, transfer to your hotel. Your Tour Director hosts a Welcome Reception at 6:30 pm. 

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 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. 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 | Kasane | Embarkation

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Fly to Kasane, Botswana (via Johannesburg) 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 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 6 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 7 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 8 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. This evening you have a special dinner and encounter with Africa’s “gentle giants.” 

Day 9 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 and grounds of your iconic hotel, walk into town for a little shopping or perhaps take an optional outing. Tonight, embark on a private and festive Sundowner cruise complete with drinks and tapas, along with music.

Day 10 Victoria Falls | Rovos Rail

Enjoy a free morning for independent activities. Later this afternoon transfer to the Victoria Falls train station. Once onboard, be sure to check out the Lounge and Observation Cars. Dinner is served in the dining car tonight as your train journey begins. 

Day 11 Hwange Game Reserve.

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
An early morning as you disembark for your safari in the Hwange Game Reserve. After returning to the train, enjoy brunch as you journey towards Botswana. Delectable dinner selections are served on board for you to savor tonight. 

Day 12 Rovos Rail | Marico Valley

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enter South Africa, your third and final country during this voyage. Lunch is 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 Johannesburg

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning your train journey comes to a close, but not before you enjoy one last breakfast on board and a final scenic stretch. After your 10:00 am arrival in Pretoria, South Africa you are transferred to the airport in Johannesburg for your onward flight home. Please do not schedule onward flights before 4:00 pm. 

Zambezi Queen

Cape Grace

Rovos Rail Station

Victoria Falls Hotel

Per person starting at
$12,695
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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:
- 3 nights at the luxurious Cape Grace hotel in upgraded Table Mountain View rooms including daily breakfast
- Welcome Reception with drinks and tapas
- Full day Cape of Good Hope tour including African penguin encounter 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 follwed by lunch and tour of Cape Town’s diverse neighborhoods
- 4 nights accommodation in a balcony suite
- Chobe National Park safari
- Private boat safaris along the banks of the Chobe River
- Visit to African village for a cultural interaction with the community
- Traditional African dinner
- All meals included during the cruise with complimentary wine and beer
- 2-night stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel in upgraded Stable Wing Rooms including daily breakfast
- Elephant Interaction Experience at a Wildlife Sanctuary and Orphanage
- Guided tour of Victoria Falls National Park
- Exclusive Zambezi River Sundowner Cruise with drinks, tapas and music
- 3-night journey on the Rovos Rail luxury train in an upgraded 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

Included

  • 12 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 10 Dinners
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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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