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A herd of elephants of all sizes make their way across the valley.

Wildlife and the Falls

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Highlights
  • Cruise the Chobe River, observing wildlife in their natural habitat
  • Observe African wildlife in beautiful Chobe National Park
  • Experience local life firsthand with an African village visit
  • Tour legendary Victoria Falls, one of the world's greatest natural wonders
  • Explore Johannesburg and discover its rich history
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Arrive in Johannesburg

After being greeted at the airport, transfer to the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa in the desirable Sandton neighborhood. The hotel’s extensive gardens have captured the spirit, grace, and elegance of a bygone era.

Day 2: Johannesburg | Zambezi Queen | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Transfer to the airport this morning and fly to Kasane, Botswana. Here you are transferred to the Chobe River where tender boats escort you to board the Zambezi Queen moored on the Namibia side of the Chobe River. This afternoon, enjoy the view as you settle in on the river before a Welcome Cocktail and Dinner on board the vessel. 

 

Day 3: Chobe River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning embark on a boat safari to explore the Chobe River’s spectacular game viewing. Then journey back to the Zambezi Queen for lunch and time to relax on board. Later today, enjoy a slightly different version of a river safari aboard a special double-decker barge which allows you to venture into the southern channels. This excursion offers you an unusual viewpoint to observe hippos and elephants in their natural habitat.
 

Day 4: Chobe National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join a full day safari of Chobe National Park in open-top 4x4 vehicles. Chobe National Park is home to one of the densest populations of wildlife in Africa. Be on the lookout for elephants, giraffe, zebra, sable, warthog, and cape buffalo. Prides of lions, hyenas, and more rarely cheetahs are normally visible along the way. Lunch includes a delicious picnic served up under the trees. 
 

Day 5: Kasenu Village

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start the day off with an unforgettable visit to a typical African village to experience the local culture. Spend time with the village children as well as its elders. After lunch on board, you can go on a boat safari, bird watch or fish. Enjoy a festive African- themed dinner hosted by your crew—complete with music and dancing. 

Day 6: Zambezi Queen | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
During breakfast, watch for wildlife as you cruise the Chobe River. Later in the morning, transfer to Victoria Falls. Spend the afternoon at leisure and in the evening, join a cocktail reception aboard a vintage steam train, followed by dinner. 

Day 7: Zambezi Queen | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

  • 1 Breakfast
A local guide will take you on a tour of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. You’ll learn about its history and the flora and fauna that make this area so unique. In the evening, embark on a private sunset cruise along the Zambezi River. Relax on board as you observe a variety of game while enjoying a delicious mix of tapas with drinks. 

Day 8: Victoria Falls | Johannesburg, South Africa

After breakfast, you’ll be taken to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Transfer to the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and enjoy a free evening at leisure. 
 

Day 9: Johannesburg

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a fascinating tour of Johannesburg and its rich history from colonialism to apartheid, and finally democracy. Get an in-depth look at Soweto’s unique neighborhoods, the center of the uprising against the apartheid state. Walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, visiting the Mandela House located on Vilakazi Street and along the way enjoy a township lunch. Before dinner, gather with a local expert for an informative discussion and afterwards enjoy a multi-course dinner. 

Day 10: Johannesburg | Kruger National Park Area

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fly to the Greater Kruger National Park in the morning where you’ll be transferred to your luxurious game lodge. This region is one of the world's most spectacular, game nature reserves, which you'll discover on your late afternoon game drive in search of the country's "Big Five" and other native wildlife. Spend your first night and every night, if you wish, gathering with fellow travelers, sharing stories of the day’s adventures or simply gazing up at the stunning star-filled African sky. 

 

Day 11: Kruger National Park Area

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The early morning is the perfect time to go on safari as the wildlife is prolific. Your open-air vehicle provides the perfect way to explore your 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. Later in the day, you’ll go on another game drive deep into the bush, where you may encounter South Africa’s top predators: cheetahs, hyenas and lions. 

Day 12: Kruger National Park Area

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Go on two exhilarating game drives today, as well as enjoy ample leisure time at your game lodge.

Day 13: Kruger National Park Area | Johannesburg

  • 1 Breakfast
Be treated to an early-morning game drive before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg for your connecting flight home. Note: Please do not schedule your onward flight until after 4:30 p.m.

Photo Gallery

A herd of elephants of all sizes make their way across the valley. Johannesburg Lioness relaxing in an African sunset Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg A herd of zebras quench their thirst at a watering hole. Orlando Towers, Soweto A Maasai warrior walks across the African bush A variety of wildlife in Africa.

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Ship/Hotel

Zambezi Queen

Zambezi Queen-Dining
Zambezi Queen-Lounge
Relax on the sun deck of the Zambezi Queen.

Kruger National Park - Hotels

Johannesburg - Hotels

Dates & Prices

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$13,695
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Suite B
Upper Deck, 215 sq feet. Private bath facilities, separate sitting area, balcony.
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Suite A
Upper Deck, 235 sq feet. Private bath facilities, separate sitting area, balcony.
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Master Suite
Upper Deck, 300 sq feet. Private bath facilities, separate sitting area, balcony.

Notes

Included Features:
- 4 nights deluxe accommodation in an air-conditioned balcony suite
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during the cruise and a Tour Director during land program
- Game viewing deck with pool
- Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
- All onboard dining, including a traditional African dinner
- Regionally inspired cuisine
- Welcome Dinner
- Complimentary wine, beer and local spirits
- Chobe National Park safari
- Exclusive private picnic in Chobe National Park
- Private boat safaris along the Chobe riverbank
- Visit to an African village for a unique cultural interaction
- Land Program
- 3 nights at the Cape Grace Hotel in an upgraded Luxury Table Mountain view room, including daily breakfast
- Welcome Reception with drinks and tapas
- Full-day Cape of Good Hope tour and local lunch with drinks
- Cableway to the summit of Table Mountain
- Cape Winelands tour including tastings and lunch OR guided visit to Robben Island followed by lunch
- 2-night stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel in an upgraded stable wing room, including daily breakfast
- Cocktail reception aboard a vintage steam train followed by dinner
- Guided tour of Victoria Falls National Park
- Exclusive Sundowner Cruise with tapas
- 2 nights at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel in a Chateau suite, including daily breakfast
- Special dinner and presentation
- Soweto tour with local lunch
- 3 nights in a suite at an exclusive and luxurious lodge (Tintswalo Safari Lodge or Makanyi Game Lodge)
- Daily morning, afternoon and evening game drives
- All meals, drinks and laundry service
- All airport transfers

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