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The perfect way to begin your African journey is to spend 3 nights in the picturesque Cape Town. Then fly to Kasane, Botswana to begin your 4-night Zambezi Queen safari cruise on the Chobe River. Explore the banks of Chobe National Park, home to one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. Encounter elephants, leopards, lions, gazelles and buffalos on excursions by boat or open-air vehicle. Your journey continues with two nights at the legendary Victoria Falls, one of the world’s great natural wonders. From here, join the Rovos Rail train to enjoy a 3-night luxurious train journey as you travel almost 1,000 miles through breathtaking scenery from Botswana to South Africa.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive In Cape Town, South Africa
Day 2 : Cape Town
Day 3 : Cape Town
Day 4 : Fly to Kasane, Botswana | Embark
Day 5 : Chobe River
Day 6 : Chobe National Park
Day 7 : Kasenu Village, Zimbabwe
Day 8 : Zambezi Queen | Disembark
Day 9 : Zambezi Queen | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Day 10 : Victoria Falls
Day 11 : Victoria Falls | Rovos Rail
Day 12 : Rovos Rail
Day 13 : Rovos Rail
Day 14 : Pretoria, South Africa | Johannesburg

Highlights

  • Enjoy a cable car up Table Mountain for great views
  • Discover renowned local vineyards and sample their wine
  • Visit Kasenu Village and experience the local culture
  • Safari through Chobe National Park in search of wildlife

Ship

Zambezi Queen

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Arrive In Cape Town, South Africa

Situated amidst majestic mountains and lined with pristine white-sand beaches, Cape Town is home to a rich cultural and historical heritage. After your airport greeting, transfer to your hotel. Your Tour Director hosts a Welcome Reception at 6:30 pm. 

Day 2 Cape Town

Your full-day exploration on one of the world’s most beautiful drives takes you southeast along the Atlantic seaboard past the 12 Apostles, Hout Bay, and Chapman’s Peak. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope, first rounded in modern times in 1488 by the Portuguese in their attempt to establish trade in the Far East and still a significant landmark for sailors today. Also visit Boulder Beach, home to thousands of African penguins. Lunch today is fine dining with drinks overlooking False Bay. 

Day 3 Cape Town

Choose from two sightseeing options today. The first option is to take a cableway up Table Mountain for spectacular views from the summit. Then head out to the scenic Cape Winelands, which comprises the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl valleys. Visit two renowned vineyards and sample their wines. A sumptuous regional lunch is included along the way. Or you can choose to board a ferry to Robben Island, once used as a prison for many political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela. Your tour is led by a former inmate before returning back to Cape Town. After lunch, board the cableway to the summit of Table Mountain followed by a drive through some of the city’s diverse neighborhoods. 

Day 4 Fly to Kasane, Botswana | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Fly to Kasane, Botswana (via Johannesburg) and board the Zambezi Queen. This afternoon, enjoy the view as you settle in on the Chobe River before a Welcome Cocktail and Dinner. 

Day 5 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 6 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 7 Kasenu Village, Zimbabwe

  • 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 8 Zambezi Queen | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark your cruise in Kasane. 

Day 9 Zambezi Queen | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Go on a slightly different version of a river safari aboard a double-decker barge, providing an unusual viewpoint to observe hippos and elephants before transferring to Victoria Falls. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon, and in the evening, join a cocktail reception aboard a vintage steam train, followed by dinner.

Day 10 Victoria Falls

A local guide will take you on a tour of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. In the evening, embark on a private sunset cruise along the Zambezi River, observing a variety of game while enjoying a delicious mix of tapas with drinks. 

Day 11 Victoria Falls | Rovos Rail

Enjoy a leisurely morning before touring the town of Victoria Falls and being treated to a home-hosted lunch. Later in the day, head to the Victoria Falls colonial-era rail station where you’ll board the Rovos Rail. 

Day 12 Rovos Rail

Start the morning with a safari to the Hwange Game Reserve, Zimbabwe’s largest national park, boasting a tremendous selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 different birds. The elephants of Hwange are world famous and the park’s elephant population is one of the largest in the world. After your safari, return to the train for a lovely brunch as you travel through the vast landscapes of central Zimbabwe on the way to the border town of Beitbridge. Take in the southern African landscape from the lounge, observation cars or your deluxe suite. 

Day 13 Rovos Rail

Leave baobab tree country and South Africa’s northern wilderness as you cross the Tropic of Capricorn, traveling alongside the Magaliesberg Mountains. 

Day 14 Pretoria, South Africa | Johannesburg

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark the train in Pretoria where you will be transferred to the airport in Johannesburg for your onward flight home or extend your trip with four nights in Rwanda. Note: Please do not schedule your onward flight until after 4:00 p.m.

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Rovos Rail Station

Victoria Falls

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$13,995
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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.

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 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
- 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 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
- 3-nights journey on the Rovos Rail luxury train in an upgraded Deluxe Suite
- All meals and drinks
- Excursions accompanied by a qualifiedguide
- 24-hour full room service and bar facilities
- All airport transfers
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