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Example 17 Day Cruise aboard Zambezi Queen
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Start this 17-day voyage with an overnight stay in Johannesburg. Then off to Kasane, Botswana to board the luxurious Zambezi Queen, which takes you down the Chobe River in elegant accommodations. Enjoy two nights at Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Journey to Tanzania by way of Nairobi to begin your East African safari. Your safari days include game drives in world-famous Serengeti National Park, the drama of Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, Treetops’ private 87,000-acre game concession, as well as a safari excursion to Lake Manyara National Park. In the evening, retire to one of four Tanzania safari lodges.
African PenguinSafari in AFricaA cheetah scouts for preyA herd of elephants of all sizes make their way across the valley.Nelson Mandela Square, JohannesburgA Maasai warrior walks across the African bushCape TownThe sun sets over Kruger National Park
  • Take a game drive through Chobe National Park in search of wildlife
  • Visit Kasenu Village & experience the local culture first hand
  • Tour remarkable Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders
  • Explore the Serengeti for a chance to see the great wildebeest migration
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa

Welcome to Africa! Upon arrival you are met by a guide and escorted to your hotel. Enjoy the night to relax, as tomorrow morning your African journey begins.

Day 2: Embark the Zambezi Queen | Kasane, Botswana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, fly to Kasane, Botswana and board the elegant Zambezi Queen on the Chobe River. Later this afternoon, enjoy the riverside scenery before your Welcome Cocktail and Dinner on board.

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: Disembark | Victoria Falls

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Transfer to legendary Victoria Falls, one of the nature’s greatest natural wonders. Settle into your hotel and spend the afternoon exploring the town or experience one of the many activities offered at your hotel. This evening you have a special cocktail reception aboard an iconic steam train followed by dinner

Day 7: Victoria Falls

  • 1 Breakfast
Join a local guide for a tour of remarkable Victoria Falls, more commonly referred to as the smoke that thunders. The afternoon is free for independent activities. Relax and enjoy the amenities of your iconic hotel, walk into town, or perhaps take an optional outing including a helicopter ride or wildlife trail walk. Tonight, embark on a private and festive Sundowner cruise complete with drinks, tapas and music. 

Day 8: Victoria Falls | Johannesburg

After breakfast, a flight to Johannesburg brings you to the largest city in South Africa. After arriving at your hotel, settle into your suite and relax in the park-like setting. Before dinner, gather for an informative discussion on the day-to-day life of the South African bushmen in the Kalahari Desert.

Day 9: Johannesburg

Head out this morning for a fascinating look at Johannesburg and the rich history it has to share, from colonialism to apartheid, and finally democracy. Get an in-depth look at Soweto, the center of the uprising against the apartheid state. Walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela and explore the colorful neighborhoods, parks and squares of Soweto. A visit to the Apartheid Museum is also on the agenda. Enjoy a delicious “township” lunch along the way. 

Day 10: Arusha, Tanzania

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Fly to Arusha, via Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where you are met by a guide at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfered to the Arusha Coffee Lodge. The lodge provides a peaceful and calming retreat before you start your Tanzanian safari.

Day 11: Arusha | Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a scenic drive to Tarangire. Take an afternoon safari drive, followed by a visit to a Masai village. Spend two nights in a tree house that rests on the branches of thousand-year-old marula and baobab trees overlooking Treetops’ private reserve. 

Day 12: Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a full day of activities including game drives and a sunset drive in the bush. The meals at Treetops are also their own unique experiences to be enjoyed. 

Day 13: Tarangire | Ngorongoro, Tanzania

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive and picnic lunch. Then on to the renowned Ngorongoro Manor.

Day 14: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a full day of exploration of the Ngorongoro Crater. Once a gigantic volcano, it is the largest intact caldera in the world and shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. A picnic hamper lunch is served on the crater floor. After lunch, explore more of the crater before heading back to the Manor for evening cocktails, dinner, and an overnight stay. 

Day 15: Ngorongoro | Serengeti, Tanzania

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, transfer to Manyara Airstrip for your Serengeti flight. Upon your arrival, enjoy a game drive en route to the luxurious camp where your lunch is served. This afternoon, it is time for another drive. 

Day 16: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you have two game drives exploring the vast Serengeti, one in the morning and another after lunch. It is not possible to say with any accuracy where the Great Migration of the Wildebeest is located at any one time. There are a number of determining factors; however, one can be assured that if there is a good chance of seeing it, then this can be accomplished from the Pioneer Camp or Migration Camp. 

Day 17: Serengeti | Arusha, Tanzania | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning take your final safari drive. Then transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Arusha. Lunch is served in the gardens of the lodge before your final transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport. Do not schedule onward flights before 6:00 pm. 


Zambezi Queen

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

Arusha Coffee Lodge

Arusha Coffee Lodge

Tarangire Treetops Lodge

A view of the tree house style lodge at Tarangire Treetops Lodge
Enjoy the sunset from the open porch at Tarangire Treetops Lodge
Enjoy an outdoor meal on the plains.

Serengeti National Park - Hotels

Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Hotels

Johannesburg - Hotels

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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.


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 programs
- 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
- 1 night at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, including daily breakfast
- 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 Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, including daily breakfast
- Special dinner and presentation
- Soweto tour with local lunch
- 1 night at Arusha Coffee Lodge
- 2 nights at Tarangire Treetops
- 2 nights at The Manor at Ngorongoro
- 2 nights at Serengeti Migration Camp or Serengeti Pioneer Camp
- Daily game drives with no more than 6 guests per vehicle
- Day room in Arusha
- All airport transfers


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