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At the edge of a fast-paced world, southern Africa’s beautiful, tranquil landscapes await. From Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, you’ll not only discover spectacular panoramas and tumultuous histories, but also incredible wildlife and carefully crafted menus that reflect the flavors and savors of Africa. This in-depth voyage will take you to the heart of one of the most beautiful natural reserves—Chobe National Park. On board your premium ship, the African Dream, you’ll discover the secrets of Lake Kariba—a veritable oasis at the other end of the earth—before taking in the grandeur of what David Livingstone called the “smoke that thunders,” Victoria Falls. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Johannesburg (South Africa)
Day 2 : Johannesburg - Kasane - Arrival at Cascades Lodge (South Africa-Botswana-Namibia)
Day 3 : Chobe National Park (Namibia-Botswana)
Day 4 : Impalila Island (Namibia)
Day 5 : Cascades Lodge - Kasane - Lake Kariba - BOARDING THE SHIP (Namibia-Botswana-Zimbabwe)
Day 6 : LAKE KARIBA - SAILING ON THE GACHE-GACHE RIVER (Zimbabwe)
Day 7 : LAKE KARIBA - MATUSADONA NATIONAL PARK (Zimbabwe)
Day 8 : KARIBA - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Day 9 : Victoria Falls
Day 10 : Victoria Falls

Highlights

  • Experience luxurious and comfortable lodge and ship
  • Enjoy a cruise on Lake Kariba through emblematic and mysterious landscapes
  • Tour on land and water safaris in Chobé and Matusadona National Parks
  • Visit the grandness of Victoria Falls

Ship

African Dream

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sunrise over Victoria Falls A herd of elephants of all sizes make their way across the valley. Victoria Falls Bridge Elephant herd crossing the Chobe river at sunset Lion in Chobe National Park

Day 1 Johannesburg (South Africa)

strong>Meet up at the hotel at 11:30 a.m.  Departure by coach with your guide. We’ll have lunch before visiting the Apartheid Museum which opened in 2001. It is famous the world over for being the first museum centering on South African history in the 20th century, and more particularly on Apartheid. Afterwards, we’ll set off for a panoramic tour of the city. In addition to being South Africa’s financial capital, Johannesburg is also the city of superlatives. It is indeed the richest town in Africa, with the tallest buildings and widest social discrepancies, but is also infused with one of the best atmospheres you’ll ever come across. We’ll arrive at our four-star hotel LS where you’ll be welcome to settle into your rooms before dinner. You’ll spend the night at the hotel.

Day 2 Johannesburg - Kasane - Arrival at Cascades Lodge (South Africa-Botswana-Namibia)

We’ll take a regular flight from Johannesburg to Kasane, Botswana. You’ll be transferred from the airport to your lodge on board a small private boat. Take advantage of your trip to observe the numerous bird species living among the flooded flatlands. You may even catch a glimpse of a few hippos or crocodiles basking in the sun! You’ll be greeted by our crew upon arrival and settle into your comfortable lodge ideally located in an island created by one of the tributaries of the Zambezi River. We’ll have dinner and spend the night at the lodge in absolute tranquility at the heart of the wilderness.

Day 3 Chobe National Park (Namibia-Botswana)

We’ll journey out on a full-day safari in Jeeps to explore the Chobe National Park that is home to more than 1/4 of the total elephant population in Africa. Enjoy lunch in a “floating restaurant” in the middle of the river where the views of the surrounding nature are unparalleled. Afterwards, we’ll board a small private boat and sail off on Chobe River all the way to Sedudu Island and its marshes. We’ll have dinner and spend the night at the lodge.

Day 4 Impalila Island (Namibia)

  • Country
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join us for a trip to authentic villages on Impalila Island, Namibia, to discover the traditional Namibian houses, culture and customs. We’ll return to our lodge for lunch. This afternoon, you can enjoy time at leisure at the lodge, taking advantage of the private pools and comfortable fittings, or join us for a discovery of the Zambezi River on a small private boat. We’ll have dinner at the lodge. Tonight, let a local tell you all about the traditions of this particular island. We’ll spend the night at the lodge.

Day 5 Cascades Lodge - Kasane - Lake Kariba - BOARDING THE SHIP (Namibia-Botswana-Zimbabwe)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We’ll depart from the lodge for one last water safari in the Chobe National Park area. After lunch, we'll set out for the Kasane airport. On board private planes, you’ll be amazed at the stunning panoramas over Lake Kariba and the changing landscapes of the wilderness during your flight from Kasane to Kariba. You’ll be transferred to board the African Dream and comfortably settle into your cabins. We’ll start sailing across the lake. Reaching over 140mi/200km in length and spanning a distance of approximately 25mi/40km at its widest point, the lake flooded flatlands, hills and forests alike, creating unique and emblematic landscapes. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

Day 6 LAKE KARIBA - SAILING ON THE GACHE-GACHE RIVER (Zimbabwe)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At sunrise, we’ll set sail through the rare and mysterious landscapes of Lake Kariba where drowned trees reach skywards from the depths of the reflecting water. We’ll set out on a small private boat to discover the Gache Gache River and its unique wildlife. Gliding along its meanders, large bends and small, unspoiled inlets, you’ll be amazed by the magical atmosphere all around. We’ll return on board for lunch. This afternoon, we’ll sail towards Changa. When the sun starts to set, we'll set out on a small private boat to admire the changing colors of the sky. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

Day 7 LAKE KARIBA - MATUSADONA NATIONAL PARK (Zimbabwe)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We’ll journey out this morning on a safari to discover the area around Matusadona National Park. Bordered by the Sanyati and Ume Rivers, this 1,400km²/540 sq mi-large untouched area is home to numerous animal species such as elephants, hippos, crocodiles, buffalos as well as thousands of birds, among which the legendary African Sea Eagle, the majestic Yellow-billed Stork, or the Black Heron with its interesting hunting method. We might be lucky enough to cross paths with a big cat or two! The history of the park is closely linked with that of the lake: during the construction of the dam, the rising floodwaters affected the native wildlife although the damage was mitigated by Operation Noah, an initiative which saved the lives of over 6,000 animals. This rescue operation allowed for large mammals, big cats, impalas and more to be moved to Matusadona where hunting is strictly prohibited. We’ll enjoy lunch on board and start sailing again. During this time, a round table will be the opportunity to learn more about the creation of the Lake, its inhabitants as well as its ecosystem. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

Day 8 KARIBA - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

At sunrise, we’ll set sail towards Kariba to disembark and journey out to the airport.  We’ll discover the gigantic Kariba Dam which was created in 1955 to form Lake Kariba. Today, the dam serves as a source of electric power for 70% of Zimbabwe. You’ll get to discover the history and legends surrounding the creation of the lake, including the tale of NyamiNyami, the river god. We’ll fly out to Victoria Falls on board private planes. Enjoy an exceptional lunch cruise on the Zambezi River, upstream from the falls. This afternoon, we’ll leave for a tour on foot of the falls where the views are among the most exceptional in the world. We’ll also see where the Zambezi River plunges over the cliff to become the widest waterfall in the world, creating the “smoke that thunders.” Tonight we’ll enjoy a dinner at the hotel. We’ll spend the night at a four-star hotel LS.

Day 9 Victoria Falls

Join us for a guided tour of the Victoria Falls Bridge. Built at the turn of the 20th century, this steel arch spans the Zambezi river, linking Zimbabwe and Zambia. You will get to learn about the history of its construction and stroll along its walkway as you take in the impressive view. Lunch. This afternoon, you can enjoy time at leisure at the hotel. Optional excursion: Soar over Victoria Falls in a helicopter (must be booked before departure). Tonight we’ll enjoy a “Boma” dinner with traditional dance and music. We’ll spend the night at the hotel.

Day 10 Victoria Falls

  • 1 Breakfast
Breakfast. End of our services at the hotel.

African Dream

Johannesburg - Hotels

Kasane

Namibia

Victoria Falls

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$7,751
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6 suites, all opened onto the outside.
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2 suites, all opened onto the outside.

Notes

This offer includes
the domestic flight Johannesburg/Kasane - airport taxes (€120 - 2019 rates) - accommodation in a double cabin in your choice of category - double-occupancy accommodations in a first-class lodge and in 4* hotels - all meals - drinks served by CroisiEurope at all meals and drinks served at the bar on the African Dream and at the CroisiEurope lodge - in Johannesburg and Victoria falls, drinks include: 1 water, 1 glass of local wine* or 1 soda or 1 local beer*, 1 tea or coffee per person and per meal - the excursions mentioned in the program - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - tips (excluding tips for crew members on board the African Dream and at the lodge).

Tips: To make your vacation worry-free, the equivalent of €20 per passenger will be given to service providers in your destination countries (excluding tips for crew members on board the ship and at the lodge) as tips. We feel this amount is appropriate in consideration of local customs and practice.

*Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.

This offer does not include
international flights and their taxes - flight between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg - transfers airport/hotel/airport - cancellation and baggage insurance - Zimbabwean visa (US$30 to this day, to be paid for on site in US$) - cancellation/baggage insurance - optional excursion - tips for crew members on board the African Dream and at the lodge (for informational purposes, daily tips per passenger amount to US$5) - the Botswana Tourism levy (US$30 to be paid for on site in US$, and likely to be applicable in the year) - personal expenses. 

Formalities
Non-EU nationals are requested to consult their embassy or consulate.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure to check the mandatory travel requirements for minor children as specific documents will be asked to enter and leave South Africa.

The following information has been put together from the official French website http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr which was updated on November 5th, 2018. It is given for guidance only and may be modified at any time. This information cannot anticipate the sovereign application thereof made by the authorities of the countries to be visited, nor by the airlines.

All parents are requested to produce legal proof of filiation with their children upon entering and leaving South Africa. This rule is enforced at all borders point of the country.

Specific documents may be requested according to the following situations:

     1/ Minor traveling with both parents
     2/ Minor traveling with one parent who is not separated from the other parent
     3/ Minor for whom one parent is deceased
     4/ Minor traveling with one parent who is legally separated or divorced from the other parent
     5/ Minor traveling with an adult who is not a parent
     6/ Minor traveling alone

It is crucial for guests traveling to South Africa with minors to consult the South African Embassy in their own country and check the entry and travel requirements for all countries to be visited.

Additional information
/!\ ATTENTION - BAGGAGE REGULATIONS TO FOLLOW /!\

On this trip, we plan to use private planes to get you between Kasane (lodge) and Kariba (ship).

The airline company operating these flights are imposing many restrictions regarding the bags being transported due to the capacity of the planes and for safety reasons.

You’ll find the list of regulations below:


Your checked baggage (1 per person maximum) MUST NOT EXCEED 20KG/44lbs.
It MUST COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING DIMENSIONS 60cm/23,60in. in length x 40cm/15,70in. in height x 30cm/11,80in. in width.
It must be made from SOFT FABRIC. Hard-shell suitcases are not accepted.
Luggage with wheels is accepted (a maximum of 2 wheels per bag).
Your carry-on baggage and personal items MUST NOT EXCEED 3KG/6.6lbs.


If your baggage does not comply with the above rules, THE AIRLINE WILL REFUSE TO TRANSPORT IT. Your stay aboard the African Dream would take place without your personal belongings. At the end of your cruise and before taking your international flight, you will be forced to return to the lodge at your own expense to collect your suitcase.

For your comfort, a laundry service is available during your stay at the lodge.

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CABIN FOR TRIPLE USE ON BOARD THE AFRICAN DREAM
If two adults and one child are sharing one cabin, the spare bed will measure 150cm x 80cm (59 in. x 31 in.).

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EXTENDED STAY
THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE

Ref. 14F_PP - 3-DAY PRE-CRUISE PROGRAM

A rich diversity of excursions awaits you during your extended stay at the Cape: take in wonderful views from the Table Bay and the nearby peaks of the surrounding mountains, learn how Robben Island made its mark on history, meet with a hilarious penguin colony near Simon's Town and of course, taste some of the most famous local wines* when touring the oldest vineyard in South Africa. You will love this unique and captivating way of discovering Africa!

Useful information
These cruises and tours are not recommended for persons with reduced mobility as we will walk along stony paths and slopes.


Your cruise on board the African Dream, as well as your stay at the lodge, are fully dedicated to the protected areas of Lake Kariba and Chobé National Park. Life on board and at the lodge revolves around the discovery and observation of the local fauna and flora, providing constant enchantment.
The domestic flight from Johannesburg to Kasane will be provided by South African Airways or another airline serving Southern Africa.
Domestic flights for Lake Kariba will be provided by Central Air Transport Service, Safari Logistics or another airline serving Southern Africa.


Please note: international flights are not included, our services start from the hotel in Johannesburg and end at the hotel in Victoria Falls.

Time difference: You can consult www.worldtimezone.com to see the time difference between your home and your destination.


PRECAUTIONS:


The following information has been put together from the official French website http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr which was updated on November 5th, 2018. It is given for guidance only and may be modified at any time. This information cannot anticipate the sovereign application thereof made by the authorities of the countries to be visited nor by the airlines.

There are no compulsory vaccinations for your destinations except for guests arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever; these guests may be required to produce proof of vaccination at the airport or at the border post.

However, it is strongly recommended you ensure your vaccines for the following diseases are up-to-date: tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B, diphtheria and typhoid. We also recommend consulting with your general practitioner regarding an antimalarial treatment and a yellow fever vaccine.

Vaccines for tetanus, diphtheria, polio, rubella, mumps, measles, and tuberculosis are recommended for minors. As a general rule, we strongly recommend consulting with your general practitioner about any health concerns before your departure.

Mentions
The tour itinerary can change depending on the weather.

The order of the visits can change.

The observation of wildlife can't be guaranteed.

The helicopter ride depends on suitable weather conditions.

*Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation. Valid information for the year 2020
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