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Your journey begins with a one night-night stay in cosmopolitan Johannesburg. Next, fly to Kasane, Botswana to begin your Zambezi Queen safari cruise on the Chobe River. After exploring the Chobe region and national Park head off to Victoria Falls, one of the world’s seven natural wonders. Fly back to Johannesburg for two nights including a visit to the township of Soweto and learn about its past struggles and the rise of the human spirit. Then take a short flight to the game-rich country of Greater Kruger National Park. Spend three nights at a five-star game lodge, known for some of the best “Big Five” viewing in Southern Africa. Experience the thrill of daily game drives and exceptional amenities, service, and cuisine.
JohannesburgLioness relaxing in an African sunsetNelson Mandela Square, JohannesburgA herd of zebras quench their thirst at a watering hole.Orlando Towers, SowetoA Maasai warrior walks across the African bushA variety of wildlife in Africa.A herd of elephants of all sizes make their way across the valley.
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
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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  • 12 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 12 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Onboard Entertainment 
  • Bottled water replenished daily
  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Beverages: Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.
  • Beverages: Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Personal headset for excursions. 
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sip & Sail Daily Cocktail Hour with complimentary wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks
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  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Laundry 
  • Port Fees

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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