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Southern Africa: Travel to the Ends of the Earth with Extended Stay at the Cape of Good Hope

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This 12-day expedition to the ends of the Earth gives you the opportunity to experience the best of the Chobe and Zambezi rivers. During this unforgettable journey, ascent to Table Mountain to take in the views from Table Bay, discover the legendary Cape of Good Hope, enjoy a guided tour of Roben Island, taste South-African wines, and meet-up with a penguin colony near Simon´s Town. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Cape Town
Day 2 : Robben Island | Groot Constantia Wine Estate
Day 3 : The Cape Peninsula
Day 4 : Cape Town | Fly to Johannesburg
Day 5 : Fly to Kasane | Embark | Chobe River
Day 6 : Chobe National Park | Zambezi River
Day 7 : Kabulabula
Day 8 : Chobe River | Disembark | Sedudu Island
Day 9 : Impalila Island
Day 10 : Impalila Island
Day 11 : Victoria Falls
Day 12 : Victoria Falls

Highlights

  • Enjoy a guided tour of Robben Island, given by one of its former prisoners
  • Take the Flying Dutchman funicular to the summit of Cape of Good Hope
  • Board small boats for a water safari in search of Africa's larger animals
  • Observe where the Zambezi River plunges, creating the “smoke that thunders”

Ship

African Dream

Places Visited

  • Africa
  • Botswana
  • South Africa
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
  • Cape Town
  • Chobe National Park
  • Johannesburg
  • Kasane
  • Robben Island
  • Victoria Falls

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A Hippopotamus glides through the swampy waters. Take the cable car during one of your days in Cape Town A herd of elephants of all sizes make their way across the valley. Family on Safari Zebra herd drinking water

Day 1 Cape Town

Today meet up at the hotel at 9:30 a.m. and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city. Cape Town is a meticulously preserved city with modern towers in the center, cobblestone roads and a bounty of historical monuments. Then, take the Table Mountain Cableway to soak up the 360-degree views of Table Bay and the nearby peaks of the surrounding mountains (subject to favorable weather conditions). Later, have dinner and spend the night at our 4-star hotel LS.

Day 2 Robben Island | Groot Constantia Wine Estate

  • Country
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the fist part of your day, visit a place that needs no introduction with regards to its significance in South Africa’s and indeed the world’s history: Robben Island. Enjoy a guided tour of the island and its cells, given by one of its former prisoners. Then, return to Cape Town for lunch on the waterfront. Afterwards, visit the Groot Constantia estate, considered the oldest vineyard in South Africa. For the past 300 years, agricultural activities at Groot Constantia have focused on wine making, and the Constantia wines have become renowned throughout Europe. Visit the cellar followed by a tasting. In the evening enjoy a delicious dinner and spend the night at the hotel.

Day 3 The Cape Peninsula

  • Country
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, set out for the legendary Cape of Good Hope. Ride along Chapman’s Peak Drive, located on the Atlantic coast of the southwestern tip of South Africa. The narrow stretch of land, dotted with beautiful valleys, bays and beaches, contains a mix of extraordinarily diverse and unique fauna and flora. Later, take the famous Flying Dutchman funicular to the summit to see the old lighthouse and relish the panoramic views. Have lunch before discovering the penguin colony near Simon’s Town. Once called Jackass Penguins, they are famous for their hilarious braying call. Have dinner and spend the night at the hotel.

Day 4 Cape Town | Fly to Johannesburg

  • Country
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning be transferred to the airport and fly to Johannesburg. Afterwards, depart by coach towards Soweto, which came to the world's attention in 1976 with the Soweto Uprising, when mass protests erupted over the government's policy to enforce education in the Afrikaans language rather than English. It has been estimated that one-third of Johannesburg’s population lives in Soweto. All eleven of South Africa’s official languages are spoken here. It is a community of extremes: on the one hand there is abject poverty, and on the other hand there is extraordinary wealth in the suburbs such as Diepkloof Extension and Selection Park. Have lunch before setting out on a panoramic tour to discover Freedom Park and the unique atmosphere in this well-known neighborhood. Later, have dinner and spend the night at a four-star hotel LS.

Day 5 Fly to Kasane | Embark | Chobe River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today fly from Johannesburg to Kasane, Botswana. Then, be transferred from the airport to board your luxury ship, the African Dream. Enjoy lunch after a welcome cocktail. Your first nature and wildlife cruise allows you to observe the different species along the Kasai Channel. Afterwards, return to your private mooring in the heart of the Chobe River. Have dinner and spend the night onboard.

Day 6 Chobe National Park | Zambezi River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey out on your first safari today in Jeeps equipped exclusively with misters for your comfort. Explore the Chobe National Park that is home to more than 1/4 of the total elephant population in Africa. Have lunch before spending the afternoon cruising to the Zambezi River, marking the border between Zambia and Namibia. In the afternoon, leave on small motor boats for a water safari in search of the larger animals. Enjoy a unique, up-close experience with the wildlife that lives on the banks from just a few yards away. Afterwards, have dinner and spend the night on board.

Day 7 Kabulabula

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day cruising to Kabulabula. The Chobe National Park has a myriad of swamps, flooded plains, lakes and rivers, making this cruise the ideal and most-adapted way to set out on unforgettable tours. Along the entire route, discover some of the richest pockets of wildlife in Africa, including zebras, water buffalos, antelopes and an abundance of birds. Have dinner and spend the night on board.

Day 8 Chobe River | Disembark | Sedudu Island

  • Country
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning disembark the ship and leave on an early water safari to try to catch more than a glimpse of the major game animals. Have lunch in your “floating restaurant” in the middle of the river and feast on some local delicacies. Then, leave for the lodge. As you travel, observe Sedudu Island and its marshes, overflowing with abundant wildlife such as hippopotami, Cape buffalos and crocodiles. After arrive at your lodge, and check into your rooms. Enjoy a delicious dinner and spend the night at the lodge.

Day 9 Impalila Island

  • Country
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, leave for a visit to the local school to meet the teachers and students. This is a truly unique and enriching face-to-face experience. Afterwards, return to the lodge for lunch. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to take advantage of the activities proposed at the lodge or spend the time relaxing under the trees or by the pool. After dinner tonight, let a local storyteller entrance you with the mysterious legends of the region. Spend the night at the lodge.

Day 10 Impalila Island

  • Country
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, join a trip to an authentic village to discover the culture and customs of the area. Meet the locals and learn about traditional Namibian houses. After lunch at the lodge, enjoy some activities delving into local customs. Dinner is served under the stars this evening, a truly wonderful way to experience the African skies. Spend the night at the lodge.

Day 11 Victoria Falls

  • Country
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today leave by coach for Victoria Falls and on an exceptional lunch cruise. This afternoon, join an on foot tour to the falls in Zimbabwe, where the views are among the most exceptional in the world. Observe where the Zambezi River plunges over the cliff to become the widest waterfall in the world, creating the “smoke that thunders.” Tonight enjoy a “Boma” dinner with traditional dance and music. Spend the night at the a four-star hotel LS.

Day 12 Victoria Falls

  • 1 Breakfast
This morming enjoy your last breakfast and join an optional early morning excursion: Soar over Victoria Falls in a helicopter. Then, prepare yourself for your return flight home. 

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Per person starting at
$8,501
Accommodations aboard the African Dream
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6 suites, all opened onto the outside.
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Balcony Suite
2 suites, all opened onto the outside.

Notes

Inclusions:
  • Domestic flights
  • Cruise with double-occupancy cabin in the category of your choice
  • Double-occupancy accommodations at the lodge and at 4-star hotels
  • All meals
  • Drinks included at all meals and at the bar on the African Dream, as well as at the CroisiEurope lodge
  • During the pre-cruise program in The Cape as well as in Johannesburg and Victoria Falls, the drinks included are: 1 water + 1 glass of local wine or 1 soft drink or 1 local beer + 1 cup of tea or coffee per person and per meal
  • Visits and excursions mentioned in the program
  • Baggage carrying services
  • Services of a local guide in The Cape
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance.
Exclusions: 
  • International flights
  • Airport taxes for international and domestic flights
  • Transfers
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Visa for Zimbabwe ($86 per person)
  • Tips
  • Optional excursion
  • Personal expenses
Formalities: 
Non-EU nationals are requested to consult their embassy or consulate.

Included

  • 11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
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