Stars of South Africa 2015 Cruise

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A variety of wildlife in Africa.
Zambezi Queen, Africa Safari
Zambezi Queen, Africa Safari
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African carvings are a traditional from of art and culture.
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A beautiful black and white Oryx stands in the dry Africa landscape.
Relax at the bar and lounge aboard the Zambezi Queen.
Relax on the sun deck of the Zambezi Queen.
Your 14-day adventure begins with a 3-night stay in picturesque Cape Town. Next, fly to Kasane, Botswana to begin your 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. Spend two nights at the legendary Victoria Falls before flying to Johannesburg for an overnight stay. Travel to Hoedspruit, located in the game-rich country of the Greater Kruger National Park. Spend three nights at a game lodge in this premier eco-tourist destination, known for some of the best “Big Five” viewing in South Africa. Experience the thrill of daily game drives, while evenings bring you breathtakingly clear skies.

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 vibrant 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. Afterwards, head off on a scenic drive through the wine regions outside Cape Town – Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. Visit two famous wine estates to taste various South African wines. Enjoy a private cellar tour and tasting at a wine estate owned by golf champion and award-winning winemaker Ernie Els, a native of South Africa. Enjoy lunch with drinks at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel. (B,L)

      Day 3

        Cape Town, South Africa

        After breakfast at your hotel, journey by motor coach along the Atlantic Seaboard, past the 12 Apostles and Hout Bay and through Chapman’s Peak, one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. Also see 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 4

          Embark Zambezi Queen / Kasane, Botswana

          After breakfast, fly to Kasane, Botswana via Johannesburg. Here you are transferred to the Chobe River where tender boats escort you to board the Zambezi Queen. This afternoon, enjoy the view as you settle in on the Chobe River before a Welcome Cocktail and Dinner on board the vessel. (B,L,D)

          Day 5

            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, journey back to the Zambezi Queen for lunch and time to relax on board and enjoy the scenery. 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. 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, then depart for a river safari along with sundowner drinks. Towards the end of your river safari by boat, enjoy a chance to take in the famous African sunset from the vantage point of the Chobe River. 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 throughout the day. Options include a private boat safari, a bird watching excursion, or an expedition to catch the ferocious tigerfish. Today 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 viewpoint to observe hippos and elephants in their natural habitat. Tonight, your Cruise Manager hosts a Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

                Day 8

                  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 at your hotel. (B)

                  Day 9

                    Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

                    A local guide and your Cruise Manager take you on a tour of the remarkable Victoria Falls today. L

                    Learn about its history and the flora and fauna that makes this area so unique. Tonight, embark on a private and festive Sundowner Cruise along the Zambezi River. Relax on board as you observe a variety of game and enjoy a delicious mix of tapas 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. After arriving at your hotel, settle in to your suite or enjoy the lawns on property grounds. A special dinner is arranged for you tonight. (B,L, D)

                      Day 11

                        Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa

                        This morning, fly to the Greater Kruger National Park, the top eco-tourist destination of the Lowveld, where you are transferred to a private game lodge, Tintswalo Safari Lodge. Later, set out on an afternoon game drive in search of the country’s “Big Five” and other native wildlife. Tonight enjoy your first dinner at the lodge. (B,L,D)

                        Day 12

                          Greater 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 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, including eagles often seen soaring in the skies 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

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

                            Day 14

                              Greater 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 connecting flight home. (B)
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                              Intra-Africa Air: $1,690 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges
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                              Intra-Africa Air: $1,690 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges
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                              $12,295$12,544$13,144
                              Intra-Africa Air: $1,690 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges
                              Please note: Cruise fare does not include airfare, please add $1,175 for Intra-Africa air per person.

                              Included Features:
                              CAPE TOWN
                              - 3 nights in the luxurious Cape Grace hotel including daily breakfast
                              - Full day Wineland Tour to Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl with lunch and two wine tastings
                              - Entrance to the Taal Monument and the Huguenot Museum
                              - Full day Cape Point Tour via Hout Bay and Chapmans Peak to Cape of Good Hope with lunch
                              - Funicular and Table Mountain (weather permitting)

                              KRUGER NATIONAL PARK AREA
                              - 3 nights in a suite at Tintswalo Safari Lodge
                              - Daily morning and afternoon/evening game drives
                              - All meals included at the lodges

                              JOHANNESBURG
                              - 1-night in the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel including meals

                              MS ZAMBEZI QUEEN
                              - 4 nights accommodation in balcony stateroom
                              - Chobe National Park game drives
                              - Private boat game drives along the banks of the Chobe River
                              - Visit to Kasenu village for a cultural interaction with the local community
                              - Explore surroundings in a Mokoro (traditional dugout canoe)
                              - Traditional African Boma Dinner
                              - African BBQ on island in Namibia
                              - Beach Lunch
                              - All meals included during the cruise
                              - Complimentary wine and beer included with all lunch and dinners

                              VICTORIA FALLS
                              - 2 nights hotel in the Victoria Falls Hotel including daily breakfast
                              - Special multi-course dinner including South African wines

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

                              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: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

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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