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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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Johannesburg
Day 2 : Johannesburg | Zambezi Queen | Embark
Day 3 : Chobe River
Day 4 : Chobe National Park
Day 5 : Kasenu Village
Day 6 : Zambezi Queen | Disembark
Day 7 : Zambezi Queen | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Day 8 : Victoria Falls
Day 9 : Victoria Falls | Johannesburg, South Africa
Day 10 : Johannesburg
Day 11 : Johannesburg | Kruger National Park Area
Day 12 : Kruger National Park Area
Day 13 : Kruger National Park Area
Day 14 : Kruger National Park Area | Johannesburg

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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Zambezi Queen

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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

Day 1 Arrive in Johannesburg

After your airport greeting, transfer to your boutique hotel situated in a park-like setting in the desirable Sandton neighborhood.

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 most dense 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
This morning, enjoy an unforgettable visit to a typical African village to experience the local culture first hand. Spend time with the children of the village as well as its elders and learn about their day-to-day life. After lunch on board, you can choose your afternoon activity including an afternoon safari by boat, bird watching or fishing. Tonight your crew hosts an African-themed dinner complete with singing and dancing. 

Day 6 Zambezi Queen | Disembark

Disembark your cruise in Kasane. 

Day 7 Zambezi Queen | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Go on a river safari aboard a double-decker barge, providing an unusual viewpoint to observe hippos and elephants. 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 8 Victoria Falls

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 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 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 13 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 14 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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Upper Deck, 215 sq feet. Private bath facilities, separate sitting area, balcony.
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Upper Deck, 235 sq feet. Private bath facilities, separate sitting area, balcony.
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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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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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