Africa, Arabia & Indian Ocean
(Chobe River Cruise)
Your African adventure begins with a three-night stay in picturesque Cape Town. Next, fly to Kasane where you will transfer to the Chobe River to begin your wildlife cruise aboard the all-suite Zambezi Queen. During your cruise, you'll 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. Conclude your journey with two nights at the legendary Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders.
Package Start Dates (2014):
Mar 14,28, Apr 25, May 9, Jun 6,27, Jul 18, Aug 1,15,29, Sep 12,26, Oct 10,24, Nov 7,21.
Upon arrival to Cape Town, you'll be met at the airport and transfered to your hotel.
The remainder of your day today is spent at leisure.
Magical views sparkle from the windows of Cape Grace, situated on the waterfront of Cape Town. The hotel comprises of 122 rooms, with a range of sizes and styles to suit the needs of each guest. Some rooms are built like lofts, with rooftop access for breakfast. Others offer balconies or french doors with views to the yacht marina. Cuisine at the hotel is enjoyable, while others prefer to explore restaurants around Cape Town itself. A melange of influences have formed a grand palette of flavors for the city. Friendly staff and small pleasantries add a smile to guests' stay at Cape Grace. Stay healthy with visits to the hotel gym, or spend time lounging near the pool. The convenient location of Cape Grace promises short distances to all the key attractions in town.
Your full-day tour starts with a cable car journey up the famous Table Mountain, which offers magnificent views from its summit. Continue by motor coach along the Atlantic Seaboard, past the 12 Apostles and Hout Bay and along Chapman's Peak, one of the monst spectacular marine drives in the world. You'll also see the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and majestic Cape Point, where you'll venture to the famous Cape Point Lighthouse. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, followed by a visit to Boulders Beach for an exciting up-close encounter with African penguins.
After breakfast, head off on a scenic drive through the wine regions outside Cape Town - Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. Visit two famous wine estates for tastings, then enjoy lunch with drinks at a local restaurant. You will also have a private cellar tour and tasting at a wine estate owned by South African golf champion and award-winning winemaker Ernie Els before returning to your hotel.
Board your scheduled flight to Kasane.
Luggage restrictions applicable to this flight: Hand luggage: One piece not exceeding 8kg (18lb) and maximum dimension of 56cm (L) 36cm (W) 23cm (H). Checked luggage: One piece not exceeding 23 kg (50 lb) and maximum dimension of 158cm (62inches).
A shared transfer will bring you and the other Zambezi Queen guests to your awaiting ship.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in your suite, and to explore the length of the Zambezi Queen. You'll set sail this afternoon.
The 28-passenger Zambezi Queen was built in 2009 with a design specific for safari river cruising on the Chobe River, offering a sophisticated onboard experience designed to maximize animal sightings. Your comfort is ensured when staying in any of the 14 balcony staterooms (which range up to 300 sq. ft), all decorated in contemporary style. The air-conditioned top deck of the ship offers a dining room, lounge, bar and pool area for your comfort. Enjoy game watching from your stateroom, or visit the top deck for a beverage, sun bathing and more game watching. Peruse the library of books, enjoy a board game or study the night sky with the onboard telescope. Explore the riverbanks of the Chobe River on the Zambezi Queen.
Today you’ll have a full-day game drive in Chobe National Park, home to one of the densest populations of wildlife in Africa. Enjoy a picnic within the park, then continue your safari before returning to the Zambezi Queen for High Tea. Tonight, savor your dinner on board, followed by an entertaining presentation about the history of the Chobe area.
This morning you’ll have an unforgettable visit to Kasenu village to experience the local culture first-hand. Afterwards, you’ll have the option to explore smaller waterways in a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe. Return to the ship for lunch, then depart for a river safari with sundowner drinks. This evening, head ashore for an African Boma Dinner, which features various flavorful local specialties. Tonight, your Cruise Manager will show you the African sky, pointing out southern hemisphere constellations.
You have a choice of exciting water activities this morning. Options include a private boat safari, a bird watching excursion, or an expedition to catch the ferocious Tigerfish. Enjoy a safari lunch cruise as you observe hippos and elephants in their natural habitat. Tonight, your Cruise Manager will host a Farewell Dinner on board.
You'll disembark from the Zambezi Queen this morning.
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 at leisure or experiencing one of the many activities offered by your hotel.
The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the Grand Old Lady of the Falls”, is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, a world heritage site. The recently redesigned Victoria Falls Hotel combines the charm of the old world with the convenience of the new world. Set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs, it provides the tranquility and seclusion that many guests seek. The 161 Edwardian-style rooms and suites are decorated to reflect the history of Zimbabwe’s colonial era. Enjoy dinner in the elegant Livingstone Room, featuring a 7 course menu and award winning wine list. Dining at the Jungle Junction offers an unforgettable experience with a fusion of African flavours and aromas, while Stanley’s Terrace is a must for light meals and high tea throughout the day. Relax with some of the hotel’s famous cocktails at Stanley’s Bar, as you listen to the roar of the mighty Victoria Falls. Cool off and enjoy the splendor of the glorious colonial swimming pool set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens, overlooking the famous Victoria Falls. Relax and pamper yourself by visiting the Spa, featuring a full range of beauty treatments.
A local guide will take you on a tour of the remarkable Victoria Falls National Park today. You’ll learn about its history and the flora and fauna that make this area so unique.
Tonight, embark on a private and festive Sundowner Dinner Cruise along the Zambezi River. Relax on board as you observe a variety of game and enjoy a delicious dinner with drinks and music.
Board your scheduled flight to Johannesburg.
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