River Cruises/AFRICA

Golden Trails of East Africa

17-DAYS

1 NIGHT JOHANNESBURG (OR 3 NIGHTS CAPE TOWN), 4-NIGHT SAFARI CRUISE, 2 NIGHTS VICTORIA FALLS, 2 NIGHTS JOHANNESBURG AND 7 NIGHTS TANZANIA
Your journey begins with an overnight stay in Johannesburg (option to start with 3 nights in Cape Town). Next, fly to Kasane, Botswana and board the Zambezi Queen, your wildlife river cruise vessel on the Chobe River for the next 4 nights. Enjoy two nights at Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. From here, fly to Johannesburg for two nights at your intimate, all-suite hotel. Depart to Nairobi where a connecting flight brings you to your Tanzania safari. Enjoy two nights at three of the four luxury Tanzanian lodges: Tarangire Treetops, The Manor at Ngorongoro, and the luxury-tented Serengeti Migration Camp or Serengeti Pioneer Camp.

COUNTRIES: BOTSWANA, SOUTH AFRICA, TANZANIA, ZIMBABWE
RIVERS: CHOBE


ITINERARY

Day 1 : ARRIVE IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Welcome to Africa! Upon arrival, you will be met by an AmaWaterways Representative and transfered to your hotel.
Day 2 : JOHANNESBURG – ZAMBEZI QUEEN – EMBARKATION
After breakfast, fly to Kasane, Botswana where you’ll board the elegant Zambezi Queen on the Nambia side of the Chobe River. Late this afternoon, enjoy the riverside scenery before your Welcome Cocktail and Dinner on board. (B,D)
Day 3 : ZAMBEZI QUEEN
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 will allow you to venture into the southern channels. This excursion will offer you an unusual viewpoint to observe hippos and elephants in their natural habitat (B,L,D)
Day 4 : ZAMBEZI QUEEN
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 will be a delicious picnic served up under the trees. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : ZAMBEZI QUEEN
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. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : ZAMBEZI QUEEN – DISEMBARKATION – VICTORIA FALLS
Transfer to legendary Victoria Falls, one of the nature's greatest natural wonders. Settle into your hotel and spend the afternoon exploring the town or experience one of the many activities offered at your hotel. This evening you have a special cocktail reception aboard an iconic steam train followed by dinner. (B,D)
Day 7 : VICTORIA FALLS
Join a local guide for a tour of remarkable Victoria Falls, more commonly referred to as the smoke that thunders. The afternoon is free for independent activities. Relax and enjoy the amenities of your historic hotel, walk into town or perhaps take an optional outing including a helicopter ride over the falls. Tonight, embark on a private and festive Sundowner cruise complete with drinks, tapas and music. (B)
Day 8 : VICTORIA FALLS – JOHANNESBURG
After a leisurely breakfast, a flight to Johannesburg brings you to the largest city in South Africa. After arriving at your hotel, settle into your suite and relax in the park-like setting. Before dinner, gather for an informative discussion on the day-to-day life of the South African bushmen in the Kalahari Desert (B,D)
Day 9 : JOHANNESBURG
Head out this morning for a fascinating look at Johannesburg and the rich history it has to share, from colonialism to apartheid, and finally democracy. Get an in-depth look at Soweto, the center of the uprising against the apartheid state. Walk the footsteps of Nelson Mandela and explore the colorful neighborhoods, parks and squares of Soweto. Enjoy a delicious "township" lunch along the way. (B,L)
Day 10 : JOHANNESBURG – ARUSHA
Fly to Arusha, via Nairobi, where you will be met by an AmaWaterways Representative at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfered to the Arusha Coffee Lodge. The lodge provides a peaceful and calming retreat before you start your Tanzanian safari. (B,D)
Day 11 : ARUSHA - TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
Enjoy a scenic drive to Tarangire. Enjoy an afternoon safari drive. Spend two nights in a Tree House that rests on the branches of thousand-year old marula and baobab trees overlooking Treetops' private reserve. (B,L,D)
Day 12 : TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
Enjoy a full day of activities including game-drives, and a sunset drive in the bush. The meals at Treetops are also their own unique experiences to be enjoyed. (B,L,D)
Day 13 : TARANGIRE - NGORONGORO, TANZANIA
Morning visit to a Masai village, then drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a game-drive and picnic lunch. Then on to the renowned Ngorongoro Manor. (B,L,D)
Day 14 : NGORONGORO CRATER, TANZANIA
You'll enjoy a full day of exploration of the Ngorongoro Crater. Once a gigantic volcano, it is the largest intact caldera in the world and shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. A picnic hamper lunch will be served on the crater floor. After lunch, explore more of the crater before heading back to the Manor for evening cocktails, dinner and an overnight stay. (B,L,D)
Day 15 : NGORONGORO - SERENGETI, TANZANIA
After breakfast you will be transfered to Manyara Airstrip for your Serengeti flight. Upon your arrival you'll enjoy a game drive en route to the luxurious camp where your lunch will be served. This afternoon, it is time for another drive. (B,L,D)
Day 16 : SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
Today you'll have two game drives exploring the vast Serengeti, one in the morning and another after lunch. It is not possible to say with any accuracy where the Great Migration of the Wildebeest will be located at any one time. There are a number of determining factors; however, one can be assured that if there is a good chance of seeing it, then this can be accomplished from the Pioneer Camp (March to early May) or Migration Camp (late May through November). (B,L,D)
Day 17 : SERENGETI - ARUSHA, TANZANIA
This morning take your final safari drive. Then transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Arusha. Lunch will be served in the gardens of the lodge before your final transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport. Do not schedule onward flights before 6:00 pm. (B,L)
(B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)

INCLUDED FEATURES

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS

  • 4 nights deluxe accommodation in an air-conditioned balcony suite
  • Bottled water replenished daily

AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES

  • 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

DINING AND CUISINE

  • All onboard dining, including a traditional African dinner
  • Regionally inspired cuisine
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and local spirits

A WORLD OF EXPLORATION

  • 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
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways

LAND PROGRAM

  • 1 night at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, including daily breakfast
  • 2-night stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel in an 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
  • 2 nights at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, including daily breakfast
  • Special dinner and presentation
  • Soweto tour with local lunch
  • 1 night at Arusha Coffee Lodge
  • 2 nights at Tarangire Treetops
  • 2 nights at The Manor at Ngorongoro
  • 2 nights at Serengeti Migration Camp or Serengeti Pioneer Camp
  • Daily game drives with no more than 6 guests per vehicle
  • Day room in Arusha
  • All airport transfers

TOUR PRICES & DEPARTURE DATES:

2017 SAILINGS
CHECK-IN START CITY SHIP NAME EMBARK CITY PRICES
Mar 12Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$13,495
Apr 2Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$14,795
Apr 23Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$14,795
May 7Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$14,895
May 21Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$14,995
Jun 4Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$14,995
Jun 18Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$14,495
Jul 9Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$14,995
Jul 23Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$14,995
Aug 6Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$14,995
Aug 20Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$14,995
Sep 3Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$14,995
Sep 17Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$14,995
Oct 1Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$14,995
Oct 15Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$14,995
Nov 19Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$13,495
CABIN UPGRADES PER PERSON
CATEGORY DECK STATEROOM ADDITIONAL
SBMiddlePrivate BalconyBase Price
SALower & MiddlePrivate Balcony+$249
MSLower & MiddlePrivate Balcony with Sitting Area+$849

Note:

  • 3-NIGHT CAPE TOWN PRE-EXTENSION: Instead of spending your first night in Johannesburg, start your trip early and enjoy 3 nights in Cape Town before the cruise. This includes a full-day Cape of Good Hope tour and a full-day Cape Winelands or Robben Island tour as well as an extra flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg. From $2,175 per person.
  • Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
  • Intra-Africa Air: $2,625 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges.
  • Single Supplement: 40% of twin price for Cat. SB & SA; 100% of twin price for Cat. MS. Please see terms below for details.
  • Bedding: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking: Option A: Two twin beds; Option B: One large bed.
  • Visa: Visas are required for travel to Africa; please consult with your Consulate for more information.

Terms & Conditions:

    All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

2018 SAILINGS
CHECK-IN START CITY SHIP NAME EMBARK CITY PRICES
Mar 11Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$14,995
Apr 1Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$15,095
Apr 22Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$15,195
May 6Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$15,295
May 20Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$15,395
Jun 3Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$15,395
Jun 17Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$15,495
Jul 8Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$15,495
Jul 22Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$15,495
Aug 5Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$15,495
Aug 19Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$15,495
Sep 2Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$15,495
Sep 16Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$15,495
Sep 30Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$15,495
Oct 14Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$15,395
Nov 4Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$15,095
Nov 18Cape TownZambezi QueenJohannesburg$14,995
CABIN UPGRADES PER PERSON
CATEGORY DECK STATEROOM ADDITIONAL
SBMiddlePrivate BalconyBase Price
SALower & MiddlePrivate Balcony+$249
MSLower & MiddlePrivate Balcony with Sitting Area+$849

Note:

  • 3-NIGHT CAPE TOWN PRE-EXTENSION: Instead of spending your first night in Johannesburg, start your trip early and enjoy 3 nights in Cape Town before the cruise. This includes a full-day Cape of Good Hope tour and a full-day Cape Winelands or Robben Island tour as well as an extra flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg. From $2,175 per person.
  • Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
  • Intra-Africa Air: $2,625 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges.
  • Single Supplement: 40% of twin price for Cat. SB & SA; 100% of twin price for Cat. MS. Please see terms below for details.
  • Bedding: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking: Option A: Two twin beds; Option B: One large bed.
  • Visa: Visas are required for travel to Africa; please consult with your Consulate for more information.

Terms & Conditions:

    Terms & Conditions: All rates are per person, based on double occupancy. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, is limited to availability, is capacity controlled and is subject to change or termination without notice. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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