Golden Trails of East Africa Cruise

Your 16-day 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. And in the evening, retire to one of four Tanzania safari lodges.

Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa

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

Day 2

Embark the Zambezi Queen / Kasane, Botswana

After breakfast at your hotel, fly to Kasane, Botswana via Johannesburg where you board the elegant Zambezi Queen on the Chobe River. Late this afternoon, savor the enchanting riverside scenery on a sunset cruise, before a Welcome Cocktail and Dinner on board.

Day 3

Chobe National Park, Botswana

Today experience your first game drive by vehicle as you set off in search for an array of different animals in Botswana’s famous Chobe National Park, home to one of the densest populations of wildlife in Africa. From here, you journey back to the Zambezi Queen for lunch as well as time to relax onboard and enjoy the scenery. Tonight, savor your dinner on board, followed by an entertaining presentation about the history of the Chobe area.

Day 4

Kasenu Village, Botswana and Cruising the Chobe River

This morning take part in an unforgettable visit to Kasenu village to experience the local culture first-hand. If you prefer to use your time in search of more animals, you can join a morning safari by boat as you explore the banks of Chobe National Park. Return to the vessel for lunch and relaxation, and then depart for a river safari along with sundowner drinks. Towards the end of your river safari by boat, you are able to take in the famous African sunsets from the vantage point of the Chobe River. This evening, head ashore for an African Boma Dinner, featuring various flavorful local specialties. Tonight, your Cruise Manager shows you the African sky, pointing out southern hemisphere constellations.

Day 5

Cruising the Chobe River

You have a choice of exciting water activities throughout the day. Options include a private boat safari, a bird watching excursion, or an expedition to catch the ferocious Tigerfish. Today you can also enjoy a slightly different version of a river safari aboard a special river barge which allows you to venture into new areas of the Chobe River. This excursion offers you a new vantage point to observe hippos and elephants in their natural habitat. Tonight, your Cruise Manager hosts your Farewell Dinner on board.

Day 6

Disembark the 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.

Day 7

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.

Day 8

Fly to Johannesburg, South Africa

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa. After arriving at your hotel, settle in to your suite or enjoy the lawns on the property grounds. A special dinner is arranged for you tonight.

Day 9

Nairobi, Kenya / Arusha, Tanzania

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in the morning before flying to Nairobi, Kenya. Upon arriving in Nairobi you be met by a guide to escort you to your connecting flight to Tanzania. After arriving in Tanzania you are picked up by a lodge representative from Kilimanjaro Airport and chauffeured to Arusha Coffee Lodge. Said to be haven for calming composure for the start of a Tanzanian safari, the Arusha Coffee Lodge is your retreat for the next two nights.

Day 10

Arusha, Tanzania

After breakfast this morning, you are welcomed with a briefing session on your safari followed by a "bean-to-cup" coffee tour. Later, choose one of the activities available - such as a day of shopping at the famous Masai markets. This afternoon, perhaps sip champagne as you reminisce about the bygone eras of settlers, pioneers and explorers. Indulge yourself and unwind in the warm and home-style comfort of the Arusha Coffee Lodge with a dinner prepared by the lodge’s chef.

Day 11

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

After breakfast you are chauffeured just minutes away to Arusha Airport to board the Executive Grand Caravan and fly to Kuro Airstrip in Tarangire National Park. On arrival, the Tarangire Treetops team meets you for an exciting game drive and a lunch in the wilds of Africa, after which you enter Treetops’ private reserve. Spend two magical nights in a Tree House that rests on the branches of thousand-year old marula and baobab trees. Listen as the winds through ancient tree limbs to calm your senses and cradle your slumber. Nowhere does fantasy come alive as it does here. Awaken to beautiful bird song and leave only your footprints as you walk alongside the creatures of the African wilderness.

Day 12

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

After breakfast at Treetops enjoy a full day of activities including game drives, a visit to an authentic Masai village, a game-walk, sundowners in the bush and a night game drive. Lunch and dinner are served at Treetops in Tarangire. This national park in Tanzania has a stunning baobab-studded landscape and is a bird watcher’s paradise, containing the highest number of breeding bird species of any habitat in the world. It is also home to thousands of resident elephants and huge herds of buffalo, a good place to see leopards, lions and a wide variety of plains game. The park holds the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators – and is the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. Dinner at Treetops is always a delight, whether it is in the Masai Manyatta under the stars with local Masai warriors to entertain you, or in the more sophisticated dhow-wood furnished restaurant overlooking the floodlit waterhole under a canopy of giant baobab trees.

Day 13

Tarangire National Park / Fly to Lake Manyara, Tanzania

Today enjoy a morning game drive through Tarangire National Park en route to the airstrip. Upon arrival at Manyara Airstrip, the team from The Manor at Ngorongoro meet you and take you to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive and where lunch is served overlooking the lake. Arrive at The Manor in time for high-tea. Here, your two-night stay is in a cottage. The Manor at Ngorongoro, located on a huge coffee estate adjacent to the Ngorongoro Conservation area, enjoys magnificent views from coffee bushes to far-flung African horizons. Designed to celebrate the Cape Dutch settlers’ influence in the region, its sparkling, white-painted, ornate gables are set off perfectly amongst the mature, indigenous and exotic trees.

Day 15

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

After breakfast, your safari vehicle takes you on a full day of exploration of the Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania. Once a gigantic volcano, it is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with the famous 600 meter deep Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth and is home to a wide variety of animals. 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 overnight sojourn. Enjoy the splendor of watching the sun go down from your private terrace before an evening of sophisticated up–country hospitality in the magnificent main house.

Day 16

Fly to Serengeti, Tanzania

After breakfast you are chauffeured to Manyara Airstrip from where your flight to the Serengeti departs. Upon arrival at Lobo Airstrip you are welcomed by the team from Serengeti Migration Camp and get to enjoy a game drive en route to the camp where your lunch will be served. This afternoon, it is time to stretch your legs on a game walk, should you choose to join. Spend the next two nights at Serengeti Migration Camp in a luxurious safari tent. Serengeti Migration camp is hidden in a beautiful place where silence and peace are so enchanting that they create a private symphony whose audience is your every sensation. Discover the pleasure of raw wilderness on a level never imagined.

Day 17

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

After breakfast spend the full day exploring the vast Serengeti. Enjoy a lunch in the bush, after which the afternoon is spent game viewing. Return to Serengeti Migration Camp in time for sundowners and dinner. It is not possible to say with any accuracy where the Great Migration of the Wildebeest is 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 Migration Camp. Today is spent in an open safari cruiser, well stocked with a picnic hamper and cool drinks, for the great expedition to find the Migration. It’s important to remember that not all the animals in the Serengeti opt to join the wildebeest in their time-honored circuit to find the best grazing. Zebras certainly tag along and a good number of predators who are looking for the weak and unwary. But many species are quite happy with their own territory, which makes a day’s game driving in the Serengeti an absolute delight and an experience to be treasured and remembered.

Day 18

  • Breakfast, Lunch

Fly to Arusha, Tanzania / Depart

After breakfast enjoy a game drive en route to the Lobo airstrip in the Serengeti for your flight back to Arusha. Once again the team from Arusha Coffee Lodge welcomes you and shows you to your dayroom to freshen-up and relax. Lunch is served in the gardens of the lodge before your final transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport where your African safari comes to a close. We trust your memories will last a lifetime.
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Intra-Africa Air: $3,820 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges
Intra-Africa Air: $3,820 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges
Please note: Cruise fare does not include airfare, please add $3,820 per person for Intra-Africa air

Included Features

- 1 night at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel
, including breakfast

- 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 Cruise
- Guided tour of Victoria Falls National Park

- 1 night at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel including meals
- Special multi-course dinner including South African wines

- 2 nights 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.