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Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Zambezi Queen
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Africa is a melting pot of culture and wildlife, and a safari is the best way to experience it. From the Western Cape to the wilds of South Africa and Botswana, join this African Cruise Safari! True to its meaning, this safari expedition observes Africa's wildlife in its natural habitat. Explore by bus, boat and jeep. Starting in Cape Town discover South Africa’s culture, valley and vineyards before enjoying the diverse wildlife of Kapama Private Game Reserve. Traveling to Botswana, enjoy some safari lodge luxury in Botswana's Chobe National Park – home to 45,000 roaming elephants as well as lion, leopard, giraffe, cheetah, buffalo and over 450 species of birdlife – before spending three nights cruising the Chobe River aboard the Zambezi Queen. To top it all off, enjoy three glorious nights at Victoria Falls.
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  • Explore historic Cape Town’s valleys and vineyards
  • Visit the Kapama Private Game Reserve and Chobe Game Reserve
  • Sail the Chobe River aboard the luxury 28-passenger Zambezi Queen
  • Stay in luxury safari lodges with guided game drives each day
  • Spend three nights at the famous Victoria Falls Hotel
  • Enjoy complimentary photography workshops with Antony Watson
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1-3: Cape Town, South Africa

Arrive into Cape Town at your leisure and meet your Expedition Leader and fellow expeditions for a sumptuous welcome dinner.

Enjoy a full day exploration of the Cape Winelands region, sampling a wide range of local produced wines and cheeses. Spend time exploring Cape Town’s colorful Malay quarter and Milnerton Lagoon’s spectacular views of Table Mountain as well as enjoying a cultural dining experience at one of Cape Town’s finest African restaurants.

Day 4-6: Fly to Hoedspruit | Kapama Private Game Reserve, South Africa

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a mid-morning flight to Hoedspruit and transfer to your lodge in the Kapama Private Game Reserve, situated in South Africa’s northern most province of Limpopo and renowned for its prolific and diverse wildlife, including over 40 different mammal species (including the famous Big Five), over 350 bird species, and a myriad smaller species. Predawn safaris feature the departure of night predators, the dawn chorus, and visits to many local waterholes. Rest during the hottest part of the day then board open-sided Land Rovers for a night safari before returning for dinner and entertaining talks.

Day 7-8: Chobe National Park, Botswana

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your charter flight to Botswana offers a spectacular bird’s-eye view across the African landscape. Arriving into Kasane. travel to luxury Mowana Safari Lodge, set amongst baobab trees with magnificent views to where the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers meet. In the surrounding Chobe Game Reserve, some 45,000 elephants share their lands with lion, leopard, giraffe, cheetah, zebra, buffalo and more than 450 species of bird. As in Kapana, your overland safaris are early in the morning and early evening, with a rest in the middle of the day.

Day 9-11: Cruising the Chobe River, Botswana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today board the Zambezi Queen on the Chobe River. Over three days delight in viewing Chobe National Park’s teeming wildlife from the open air lounge or from watercraft that allows close views of the wildlife that has come to bathe and drink. Generator-free evenings allow darkness for stargazing and the stillness to enjoy sounds of the Africa night.

Day 12-14: Disembark the Zambezi Queen | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembarking the Zambezi Queen, make your way to Victoria Falls and the elegant Victoria Falls Hotel for three nights, delighting in the magnificent views over the Fall’s Bridge to Zambia. A sunset cruise on the Zambezi River reveals crocodiles, hippos and birdlife, while on a trek through the rainforest, learn local legends of ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. Enjoy a traditional Boma dinner, featuring kudu, warthog, crocodile and the local delicacies like Mopani worms, while being entertained by tribal dancing and storytelling.

Day 15: Fly to Johannesburg, South Africa

  • 1 Breakfast
Today transfer to Victoria Falls Airport for your flight to Johannesburg and trip’s end.


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Relax on the sun deck of the Zambezi Queen.

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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.


Please Note: Initial deposit is $2,700 per person for this itinerary.

Included Features:
+ All internal flights associated with the itinerary
+ All meals except where not advised
+ Accommodation during the expedition
+ Snacks, tea and coffee are available on board the vessel and lodges
+ All land and shore excursions
+ Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
+ Comprehensive pre-departure information
+ Professionally produced voyage journal (one per booking)
+ All taxes and charges during the expedition
+ All entry fees to historic landings sites.
+ BONUS: Free Photography Workshops

Excluded Features:
+ International or domestic flights to or from the cruise safari starting point, unless specified
+ Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
+ Airport arrival or departure taxes
+ Visa, passport, and vaccination charges
+ Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
+ Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
+ Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
+ All items of a personal nature including, but not limited to:alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services,personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.

Note: Visas are required for travel to Africa; please consult with your Consulate for more information.


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