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Golden Trails of East Africa 2014

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Experience the best of Africa on this 17-day African tour! Explore the exciting citie of Johannesburg before setting of on a cruise up the Chobe River. Visit national parks and encounter some of the world's most diverse wildlife in the Serengeti.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Johannesburg
Day 2 : Embark the Zambezi Queen
Day 3 : Cruise on the Zambezi Queen
Day 4 : Cruise on the Zambezi Queen
Day 5 : Cruise on the Zambezi Queen
Day 6 : Victoria Falls
Day 7 : Victoria Falls
Day 8 : Victoria Falls-Johannesburg
Day 9 : Johannesburg-Nairobi
Day 10 : Nairobi-Lake Manyara
Day 11 : Lake Manyara-Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Day 12 : Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Day 13 : Ngorongoro Conservation Area-Serengeti National Park
Day 14 : Serengeti National Park
Day 15 : Serengeti National Park
Day 16 : Serengeti Naitonal Park-Nairobi


Zambezi Queen

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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

A cheetah scouts for prey A herd of elephants of all sizes make their way across the valley. Zambezi Queen, Africa Safari A flock of flamingos creates a pink reflection on the water Zambezi Queen, Africa Safari

Day 1 Arrive in Johannesburg

Upon arrival, meet an AmaWaterways representative and be escorted to your hotel in Sandton. Enjoy the night to relax and perhaps explore Johannesburg on your own before beginning your journey in the morning.

Day 2 Embark the Zambezi Queen

After breakfast at the hotel, fly to Kasane, Botswana via Johannesburg and board the elegant ZAMBEZI QUEEN on the Chobe River. In the late afternoon, savor the enchanting riverside scenery on a sunset cruise, before a welcome cocktail and dinner on board.

Day 3 Cruise on the Zambezi Queen

Today, take a safari game-drive into Chobe National Park, home to one of the densest populations of wildlife in Africa. Experience your first game drive by vehicle as you set off in search for an array of different animals in Botswana’s most famous National Park. From here, you will journey back to the Zambezi Queen for lunch as well as time to relax onboard and enjoy the scenery. Tonight, savor your dinner on board, followed by an entertaining presentation about the history of the Chobe area.

Day 4 Cruise on the Zambezi Queen

This morning, go on an unforgettable visit to Kasenu village to experience the local culture first-hand. If you prefer to use your time in search of more animals, you can join a morning safari by boat as you explore the banks of Chobe National Park. Return to the vessel for lunch and relaxation, and then depart for a river safari along with sundowner drinks. Towards the end of your river safari by boat, take in the famous African sunsets from the vantage point of the Chobe River. This evening, head ashore for an African Boma Dinner, featuring various flavorful local specialties. At night, your Cruise Manager may show you the African sky, pointing out southern hemisphere constellations.

Day 5 Cruise on the Zambezi Queen

You have a choice of exciting water activities throughout the day. Options include a private boat safari, a bird watching excursion, or an expedition to catch the ferocious Tigerfish. Also enjoy a slightly different version of a river safari aboard a special river barge which will allow you to venture into new areas of the Chobe River. This excursion offers a new vantage point to observe hippos and elephants in their natural habitat. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with the Cruise Manager.

Day 6 Victoria Falls

This morning, transfer to the legendary Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders on earth. Settle into your hotel and spend the afternoon exploring the city or experiencing one of the many activities offered at your hotel.

Day 7 Victoria Falls

Today, a local guide and your Cruise Manager take you on a tour of the remarkable Victoria Falls. Learn about its history and the flora and fauna that make this area so unique. AT night, embark on a private and festive Sundowner Cruise along the Zambezi River. Relax on board as you observe a variety of game and enjoy a delicious mix of tapas with drinks and music.

Day 8 Victoria Falls-Johannesburg

After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the Victoria Falls Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. After arriving in South Africa, transfer to your luxurious hotel where you can rest, venture into the city or enjoy a relaxing spa treatment.

Day 9 Johannesburg-Nairobi

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before flying to Nairobi, Kenya. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel with your guide and spend the remainder of the evening at your leisure.

Day 10 Nairobi-Lake Manyara

After breakfast today, you will fly to Lake Manyara, Tanzania. Upon arrival, meet your safari guide and head off to your secluded lodge overlooking Lake Manyara. Tonight, enjoy dinner and drinks amid your luxurious surroundings.

Day 11 Lake Manyara-Ngorongoro Conservation Area

On your early morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, observe a variety of animal habitats, including rain forest, swampland and savannah. Continue on to the Ngorongoro Conservation area, where you spend the next two nights.

Day 12 Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Considered by many to be the “eighth wonder of the natural world,” the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife areas. You’ll have a full-day game drive today through this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Deep within the Crater, enclosed by towering walls, some 25,000 large mammals – elephants, lions, wildebeest and buffalo – wander the plains, lakes and forests of “the land that time forgot.” Enjoy a private picnic lunch within this natural Garden of Eden.

Day 13 Ngorongoro Conservation Area-Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, board a small charter plane and fly to Serengeti National Park for a three-night stay in a luxurious tented lodge. This incredible wildlife habitat is home to Africa’s “Big Five,” as well as the setting for the annual wildebeest Migration.

Day 14 Serengeti National Park

Tanzania’s greatest park is populated by a broad spectrum of wildlife. Lions, leopards, cheetahs and all three species of the African jackal are found here, along with spotted hyenas, blue wildebeests and a host of other species. More than 500 species of birds have also been recorded here, including ostriches and black eagles. Enjoy daily morning and afternoon game drives during your stay.

Day 15 Serengeti National Park

Venture forth on another day of exhilarating game drives through this treasure trove of African wildlife.

Day 16 Serengeti Naitonal Park-Nairobi

After breakfast, fly to Nairobi and board your homeward flight.

Zambezi Queen

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Included Features:

- 1 night at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, including breakfast

- 4 nights accommodation in balcony stateroom
- Full-day Chobe National Park game drive
- Exclusive private picnic in Chobe National Park
- Private boat safaris along the Chobe riverbanks
- Visit to Kasenu village to experience local culture
- Explore in a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe
- Traditional African Boma Dinner onshore
- Lunch excursion on private Safari Boat
- All meals included during the cruise with complimentary wine and beer

- 2-night stay at The Victoria Falls Hotel, including daily breakfast
- Exclusive Zambezi River Sundowner Dinner Cruise
- Guided tour of Victoria Falls National Park

- 1 night at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, including breakfast
- NEW for 2014: Special multi-course dinner with an array of South African wines hosted by a guest presenter at Fairlawns

- 1 night at the Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel, including breakfast

- 1 night at the Escarpment Luxury Lodge at Lake Manyara
- 2 nights at The Manor at Ngorongoro
- 3 nights at a luxury tented bush camp (Serengeti Migration Camp or Singita Sabora Tented Camp)
- Daily game drives
- All meals, drinks and laundry service included
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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