Arrive Cape TownSituated amidst majestic mountains and surrounded by pristine white 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.
Cape TownEnjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing on a scenic drive through the local wine regions of Cape Town: Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. Visit two of the famous wine estates to savor various wines produced in South Africa. Your tour also includes the Huguenot Museum in Franschhoek and the Taal monument on Paarl rock. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel. (B,L)
Cape TownDuring your full day tour, you will see the 12 Apostles and Hout Bay along your drive through Chapmans Peak, one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world (seasonal). Continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, ending at majestic Cape Point where you will see the Atlantic and the Indian oceans meet. After lunch at a local restaurant in Simon’s Town, admire magnificent views from the sandstone plateau of Table Mountain (weather permitting). (B,L)
Embark Zambezi QueenAfter breakfast, fly to Victoria Falls Airport and then transfer to Kasane. Here, you will board the the Zambezi Queen docked on the Chobe River. Late this afternoon, depart for a sunset cruise before your Welcome Cocktail and Dinner on board. (B,D)
Chobe National ParkThis morning, disembark for a game drive in Chobe National Park, home of one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent and best known for its spectacular elephant population. Encounter families of giraffe, gazelle and buffalo. Late this afternoon, venture out on a tender boat excursion that will give you a close up view of the wild animals. This evening, dine ashore at the delicious African Boma Dinner, where you will savor the distinct local flavors in this unique vibrant setting. Afterwards, your guide will show you the African sky using a laser pointer, showing you magnificent stars and planets (weather permitting). (B,L,D)
Chobe RiverBegin your day with a visit to Kasenu village for a cultural interaction with the local community. You will have free time to shop for local artifacts. Then board a mokoro (a traditional dugout canoe) to explore the waterways and observe African animals and abundant birdlife from close proximity. Relax on the beach in quaint and colorful rustic-style tents as you are served delicacies cooked from a traditional wood fire oven. After lunch, return to the ship for an afternoon cruise. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure to relax on board and enjoy unobstructed views of river and floodplain from the upper deck’s lounge and bar areas. (B,L,D)
African CultureAfter breakfast on board, choose between a game drive in the Chobe National Park, a walking tour of a traditional village, a local school visit or a fishing excursion to catch the ferocious tigerfish. Late this afternoon after lunch, travel by boat to observe crocodiles, hippos and elephants in their natural habitat. Experience a traditional African barbecue tonight. (B,L,D)
Disembark Zambezi Queen / Victoria FallsBid farewell to the Zambezi Queen and transfer to Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders on earth. Settle into your hotel before embarking on your Sundowner Cruise along the Zambezi River. Relax on board as you observe a variety of game, including hippos and rhinos. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure. (B)
Victoria FallsToday, your local guide will take you on a tour of the remarkable Victoria Falls providing a history as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird and wildlife that makes this area so unique. Witness the towering column of spray when the river is high, listen to the thunder of the falling water and experience the tranquil lagoons upstream where you may find hippos and crocodiles.
Fly JohannesburgFly to Johannesburg and check in to your hotel. The evening is yours to explore the city on foot.
Kruger National ParkBegin your morning with an early game drive in your open-air vehicle for three or four hours. Explore your private game reserve, located a stone’s throw away from the Kruger National Park and surrounded by game-rich country. The rest of the morning is at your leisure to enjoy the facilities at your lodge. The afternoon brings another game drive into the bush where you may encounter South Africa’s top predators: cheetahs, hyenas and lions. This region is also home to the majority of South African raptors including eagles which you will find soaring in the skies above. Return to your lodge in the evening for dinner and relax as you game watch from the terrace in your guest room. (B,L,D)
Kruger National ParkAfter breakfast, fly to Hoedspruit. Upon arrival in the premier eco-tourist destination of the Lowveld, transfer to your private game lodge. Set out on an afternoon game drive in search of the country’s Big Five and other native wildlife. (B,L,D)
Kruger National ParkBegin your morning with another early game drive in your open-air vehicle for three or four hours. The rest of the morning is at your leisure to enjoy the facilities at your lodge. The afternoon brings another game drive into the bush. Return to your lodge this evening for dinner and relaxation, as you have another evening to game watch from the terrace in your guest room.
Kruger National Park / Return homeEnjoy a last early-morning game-drive before transferring to the airport for your connecting flights home.