Golden Trails of East Africa Cruise

Adventure Life
A flock of flamingos creates a pink reflection on the water
Adventure Life
A heard of elephants of all sizes make their way across the valley.
Zambezi Queen, Africa Safari
Adventure Life
A cheetah scouts for prey
Zambezi Queen, Africa Safari
Relax at the bar and lounge aboard the Zambezi Queen.
Relax on the sun deck of the Zambezi Queen.
Experience the best of Africa on this 17-day African tour! Explore the exciting citie of Johannesburg before setting of on a cruise up the Chobe River. Visit national parks and encounter some of the world's most diverse wildlife in the Serengeti.

Day 1

    Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa

    Welcome to Africa! Upon arrival you are met by your guide and escorted to your hotel. The night is yours to relax.

    Day 2

      Embark Zambezi Queen / Kasane, Botswana

      After breakfast at your hotel, fly to Kasane, Botswana 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. (B,L,D)

      Day 3

        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 the Zambezi Queen 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 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. 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 5

            Cruising the Chobe River

            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 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. (B)

              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. (B,D)

                Day 8

                  Fly to Johannesburg, South Africa

                  After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the Victoria Falls Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. After arriving in South Africa, transfer to your luxurious hotel where you can rest, venture into the city or enjoy a relaxing spa treatment. (B, D)

                  Day 9

                    Fly to Nairobi, Kenya

                    Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before flying to Nairobi, Kenya. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel with your guide and spend the remainder of the evening at your leisure. (B)

                    Day 10

                      Fly to Lake Manyara, Tanzania

                      After breakfast today, fly to Lake Manyara, Tanzania. Upon arrival meet your safari guide and head off to your secluded lodge overlooking Lake Manyara. Tonight, enjoy dinner and drinks amid your luxurious surroundings. (B, L, D)

                      Day 11

                        Lake Manyara / Ngorongo Conservation Area, Tanzania

                        On your early morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park today, observe a variety of animal habitats, including rain forest, swampland and savannah. Continue on to the Ngorongoro Conservation area, where you stay for the next two nights. (B,L,D)

                        Day 12

                          Ngorongo Conservation Area, Tanzania

                          Considered by many to be the “eighth wonder of the natural world,” the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife areas. You have a full-day game drive today through this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Deep within the Crater, enclosed by towering walls, some 25,000 large mammals – elephants, lions, wildebeest and buffalo – wander the plains, lakes and forests of “the land that time forgot.” Enjoy a private picnic lunch within this natural Garden of Eden. (B,L,D)

                          Day 13

                            Fly to Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

                            After breakfast, board a small charter plane and fly to Serengeti National Park for a three-night stay in a luxurious tented lodge. This incredible wildlife habitat is home to Africa’s "Big Five," as well as the setting for the annual wildebeest Migration. (B,L,D)

                            Day 14

                              Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

                              Tanzania’s greatest park is populated by a broad spectrum of wildlife. Lions, leopards, cheetahs and all three species of the African jackal are found here, along with spotted hyenas, blue wildebeests and a host of other species. More than 500 species of birds have also been recorded here, including ostriches and black eagles. Enjoy daily morning and afternoon game drives during your stay. (B,L,D)

                              Day 15

                                Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

                                Venture forth on another day of exhilarating game drives through this treasure trove of African wildlife. (B,L,D)

                                Day 16

                                  Fly to Nairobi, Kenya

                                  After breakfast fly to Nairobi and board your homeward flight. (B)
                                   Suite BSuite AMaster Suite
                                  Please add $1,085 per person for Intra-Africa airfare
                                  Please add $1,085 per person for Intra-Africa airfare
                                  Please add $1,085 per person for Intra-Africa airfare
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                                  Africa, South Africa, Tanzania, Botswana, Chobe National Park, Kasane, Victoria Falls, Kenya, Nairobi, Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park, Johannesburg
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                                  Included Features:

                                  - 1 night at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, including breakfast

                                  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

                                  - 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

                                  - 1 night at the Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel, including breakfast

                                  TANZANIA SAFARI LODGES
                                  - 1 night at the Escarpment Luxury Lodge at Lake Manyara
                                  - 2 nights at The Manor at Ngorongoro
                                  - 3 nights at a luxury tented bush camp (Serengeti Migration Camp or Singita Sabora Tented Camp)
                                  - Daily game drives
                                  - All meals, drinks and laundry service included

                                  Deposit & Payment

                                  Initial deposit is $1400 for 2013 departures, $2700 for 2014 departures, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at:

                                  Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure.

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                                  Cancellation Policy

                                  Days Prior to departureFee
                                  121 days or more$800 per person
                                  120-90 days$1400 per person
                                  89-60 days40% trip cost
                                  59-30 days55% trip cost
                                  29-0 days100% trip cost