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Our African safaris and river cruises offer some of the most amazing opportunities for wildlife discovery on the planet. Join us on a classic African safari in Tanzania, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia or Zimbabwe.  Experience the world's densest elephant populations on a luxurious safari cruise of the Chobe River and Okavango Delta of Botswana. Stand in awe overlooking Victoria Falls. In Eastern Africa, go gorilla tracking in Rwanda and Uganda. Or venture deep into the Indian Ocean at the paridisical Seychelles Islands, far off the eastern coast of Africa. Immerse yourself in the rhythms, tastes and colors of Africa with Adventure Life. Contact one of our African safari experts and we'll help you find the best safari or river cruise for your precise interests, budget and schedule.

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10 Best African River Cruises for 2017

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Golden Trails of Africa$1449517RelaxedExplore Africa by land and river boat on this 17-day combination tour! Cruise the Chobe River, visit local villages, take a safari through the Serengeti and Tarangire National Park, and tour Victoria Falls, all from aboard the luxurious Zambezi Queen and a host of luxurious hotels in the heart of wild Africa.
Discover Africa$929910RelaxedFrom the luxurious Zambezi Queen, this 10-day itinerary showcases the best of South Africa & Botswana, including wildlife viewing, stops in Chobe National Park, and even a visit to the renowned Victoria Falls. You'll see elephants, leopards, lions, gazelles, and buffalo.
Stars of South Africa$1369515RelaxedThis two-week adventure combines a stay in Cape Town, a river cruise aboard the Zambezi Queen, and a stay in the private Tintswalo Atlantic game lodge. Experience the best of South Africa with the opportunity to visit national parks, take game drives, and visit Victoria Falls, all in one itinerary!
Luxor to Aswan$9755RelaxedExplore this historic region of Egypt on a 5-day Nile River cruise from Luxor to Aswan. Aboard the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, discover the legendary Nile River and explore some of the most significant Egyptian ruins in the region.
Sea to Sahara: Cape Verde, Canary Islands & Morocco$1398015RelaxedJourney from Praia, São Tiago Island, Cape Verde to Marrakech, Morrocco on this 15-day cruise aboard the small ship Island Sky. Discover Cape Verde’s charming Portuguese villages; hike through the volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands; explore magical Marrakech; and experience the undulating Sahara Desert.
Rivers & Rails of Africa$1399513RelaxedThis 13-day tour combines a stay in Cape Town, a Chobe River cruise aboard the comfortable Zambezi Queen, a safari in Chobe National Park, and a stay at Victoria Falls all in one unforgettable African adventure. Enjoy the rivers and rails as you travel through southern Africa!
Wildlife and the Falls$1299513RelaxedEnjoy a stay in Johannesburg, a 5-day African river safari aboard the Zambezi Queen, 2 nights in Victoria Falls, 2 nights in Johannesburg & 3 nights at a luxury safari lodge in greater Kruger National Park. Along the way, see the "Big 5" plains animals as you do daily game drives.
Canary Islands: Round-trip Las Palmas$52959RelaxedThe legendary wind-jammer Sea Cloud hosts this 9-day itinerary of the Canary Islands, visiting Gran Canaria, La Gomera, Tenerife, El Hierro and La Palma.
Canary Islands: Las Palmas - Las Palmas$46958RelaxedThis 8-day cruise of the Canary Islands aboard the classic tall ship Sea Cloud visits destinations like Las Palmas in Gran Canaria and any number of other destinations in this tranquil Mediterranean archipelago that follows no particular schedule besides what the winds may decide.
Aswan to Luxor$7304RelaxedSail from Aswan to Luxor on this 4-day Nile River cruise and explore this historic region of Egypt. Aboard the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, discover this legendary river and explore some of the most significant Egyptian ruins in the region.

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Adventure Life's African cruise experts pick their three favorite adventure cruises on the African continent.

African Safari Cruise on the Chobe River
Go beyond a normal safari with a safari cruise. Visit the Kapama Game Reserve in South Africa before boarding your luxury small boat on the Chobe river in Botswana for the ultimate safari experience. Here is home to 45,000 roaming elephants plus lions, leopards, giraffes, and cheetahs. Finish your adventure at glorious Victoria Falls. 

Small Boat cruises on the Nile River
There's no better way to see the Pyramids and ancient cities of Egypt than on a luxury small ship cruise from Luxor to Aswan on a 4 or 5 day voyage through time.  

Seychelles Islands Cruise to the Garden of Eden
Far off the coast of East Africa is a tropical paradise unbeknownst to most except for savvy SCUBA divers and snorkelers who come to explore some of the most crystaline wildlife-rich waters on the planet. Island hopping reveals quaint villages where oxcarts and bicycles far outnumber cars.   
Fun Facts about Africa
Q: How many countries are there in Africa?
A: 54.

Q:Which two countries were not colonized by foreign rule?
A: Ethiopia & Liberia.

Q: What is the most spoken language of Africa?
A: Arabic. 2nd most spoken language? English.

Q: What is the population of Africa?
A: Despite its massive land mass, it is home to just 1.1 billion people.

Q: What portion of the population is under 25 years old?
A: Over 50%!

Q: How much of Africa is actually desert?
A: About 60% is covered in drylands & deserts.
Africa FAQs
Do I need a visa to travel to Africa?
In all countries in Africa, you must have a passport with at least three and often six months of validity. On top of this, most countries do require a tourist visa, however (with the exception of Uganda) these can be purchased either in advance or upon arrival in the airport or port of entry into the countries. 

Is tipping customary in Africa?
Generally speaking, tipping is not obligatory, but appreciated. Guides might get anywhere between $15-25; porters can get about $1 per bag; concierges can get up to $10-15 if they're helping you with a favor; bars do not expect tips; most restaurants don't either but the higher end ones will likely include a 10% service charge on the bill. Otherwise, tipping is not usually an expectation.

What is internet access like in Africa?
While internet access in Africa is definitely on the rise and quickly expanding, the penetration throughout the continent, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, is relatively low. Since our tours tend to be in the more isolated areas of the African countries, in general terms, you shouldn't count on internet access.

Can I use my cell phone while in Africa?
You will likely be out of range of any cell towers for much of your expedition in Africa, but in cities, the best option if you need to use your phone is purchasing a local SIM chip for your smart phone, which will work with the local towers.

Do I need power adapters?
The electricity in Africa is 220-240v in all countries, but the socket adapters you will need vary considerably by country. Make sure to check individual countries to see which adapters you will need. Also, keep in mind that certain 110v devices aren't able to handle 220v currents, so you will need a power converter too.

What are the toilets like in Africa?
For the most part, you will find western style bowl toilets in your accommodations and restaurants, but when you visit more remote sites that have facilities, it's possible that they are simply a hole in the ground or a squat toilet. 

Can I drink the water in Africa?
There are no countries in Africa where you can drink the water. That's why we make sure that all of our tours provide clean bottled or filtered water free of charge throughout your tour.

Are credit cards accepted in Africa? Will I be able to find ATMs?
Travel with plenty of cash and keep it in a safe place. Your trip is all-inclusive, but if you want to purchase souvenirs or leave tips along the way, you will need to have cash on hand since ATMs are few and far between and it's not likely that you'll find a business that accepts credit cards.

Should I purchase travel insurance?
You should definitely purchase travel insurance, and we make it easy through our partner TravelGuard on the Once You're Booked page.
Wildlife of Africa
There are two types of animals that you will see during your time in Africa: Predators & Prey. As you enjoy hours-long game drives across the savanna and through the mountains, you will likely come across:
  • Lions
  • Cheetahs
  • Rhinoceros
  • Buffalo
  • Leopards
  • Elephants
  • Giraffes
  • Gorillas
  • Hyenas
  • Antelope
  • Kudu
  • Tsessebe
  • Wildebeest
  • Zebra
Often, you will simply see these animals grazing in the majesty of the African plains, but occasionally, you might witness the desperate struggle for life between predator and prey.
Taking an African cruise
Most of our African tours are land-based excursions and safaris, but the rivers that wind through Africa provide a unique way to explore this largely untamed continent aboard one of the many luxurious river boats that we feature. You can choose to explore just about anywhere by boat, so here's a list of our most popular African cruise destinations:

Egypt: Cruise the Nile from Luxor to Aswan, and see the Great Pyramids that have endured centuries while you learn how this culture has been evolving for over five thousand years.

Botswana: The Okavango Delta & Chobe River will acquaint you with wild Botswana, where elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, giraffes, zebras, hippos, and rhinos come to drink from these pure waters.

Tanzania: Some of the most popular African destinations are right here in Tanzania, including the mighty Serengeti, towering Mt. Kilimanjaro, and the unique Maasai culture.

South Africa: From the bustling ports of Cape Town and Johannesburg to the safaris where the Big 5 are sure to be spotted, the southernmost African nation awaits!

Zimbabwe: With a variety of expansive national parks like Hwange and Zambezi to the world-renowned Victoria Falls, a river cruise in Zimbabwe won't disappoint!

Canary Islands & Morroco: Geared more towards relaxation than adventure, these cruises in Spain's faraway island territory off the coast of Africa offer engaging ways to escape the buzz of society and enjoy the sun-warmed waters of the Atlantic, including several cruises that even cross to the Caribbean.


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