CRUISETOUR

Stars of South Africa (15 Days)

Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
Ship: Zambezi Queen  |  4 Reviews
Cape Town, South Africa to Johannesburg, South Africa
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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Cape Town, South Africa

After your airport greeting by an AmaWaterways representative, transfer to your hotel. Your tour director hosts a Welcome Reception at 6:30 pm. (WR)

DAY 2
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape of Good Hope (Cruising), South Africa
Boulders Beach, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa

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 established trade in the Far East and still a significant landmark for sailors today. Also visit Boulders Beach, home to thousands of African penguins. Lunch today is fine dining with drinks overlooking False Bay. (B,L)

DAY 3
Cape Town, South Africa

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 meal lunch will be included along the way. Or you can to choose board a ferry to Robben Island, once used as a prison for many political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela. Your tour will be 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. (B,L)

DAY 4
Cape Town, South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa
Air travel
Kasane, Botswana

Fly to Kasane, Botswana, via Johannesburg. Here you will be transferred to the Chobe River where tender boats will escort you to board the Zambezi Queen. This afternoon, enjoy the view as you settle in on the river before a Welcome Cocktail and Dinner onboard the vessel. (B,D)

DAY 5
River (Cruising)

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 onboard. 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 6
River (Cruising)

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 7
River (Cruising)

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 onboard, you can choose your afternoon activity including an afternoon safari by boat, bird watching, or fishing. Tonight your crew hosts an Africa-themed dinner complete with singing and dancing. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
Kasane, Botswana
Victoria Falls, Zambia

Transfer to legendary Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders on earth. Spend the afternoon exploring the town or experience one of the many activities offered at your hotel. This evening you have a special dinner and meeting with Africa's "gentle giants". (B,D)

DAY 9
Victoria Falls, Zambia

Join a local guide for a tour of remarkable Victoria Falls, more commonly referred to as the smoke that thunders. The afternoon is free. Relax and enjoy the amenities and grounds of your iconic hotel, walk into town for a little shopping, or take an optional outing. Tonight, embark on a private and festive Sundowner cruise complete with drinks and tapas, along with music. (B)

DAY 10
Victoria Falls, Zambia
Air travel
Johannesburg, South Africa

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Before dinner, gather with a local expert for an informative discussion on the day-to-day life of the South African bushmen in the Kalahari Desert followed by a special dinner. (B,D)

DAY 11
Johannesburg, South Africa

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. Also, visit the Apartheid Museum. Enjoy a delicious "township" lunch along the way. (B,L)

DAY 12
Johannesburg, South Africa
Air travel
Kruger National Park, South Africa

This morning fly to the Greater Kruger National Park, where you'll be transferred to a private game lodge, luxurious Tintswalo Safari Lodge. Later, set out on an afternoon game drive in search of the country's "Big Five" and other native wildlife. Tonight you will enjoy your first dinner at the lodge. (B,L,D)

DAY 13
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Begin your day with an early morning game drive. Your open-air vehicle is the perfect means to explore this private game reserve, located just a stone's throw from the game-rich Kruger National Park. The rest of the morning can be spent enjoying the facilities at your lodge. The afternoon brings another game drive deep into the bush, where you may encounter South Africa's top predators: cheetahs, hyenas, and lions. (B,L,D)

DAY 14
Kruger National Park, South Africa
DAY 15
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Air travel
Johannesburg, South Africa

Early this morning, you'll have your final game-drive before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg for your connecting flight home. Please do not schedule onward flight before 4:30 pm. (B)

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About the Ship

View of Zambezi Queen
Zambezi Queen

The 28-passenger Zambezi Queen offers 14 air-conditioned balcony staterooms (which range up to 300 sq. ft). The air-conditioned top deck of the ship offers a dining room, lounge, bar and pool area. Enjoy game watching from your stateroom, or visit the top deck for more game watching and a drink. Explore the riverbanks of the Chobe River on the Zambezi Queen.

What's Included

Included

  • • 4 nights deluxe accommodation in balcony suite

    • Sun Deck pool

    • All meals included during the cruise with complimentary wine and beer

    • Chobe National Park game safari

    • Exclusive private picnic in Chobe National Park

    • Private boat safaris along the Chobe riverbank

    • Visit to an African village for a cultural interaction with the community

    • Traditional African (Boma) dinner

    • $100 shipboard credit per stateroom on all Africa itineraries

Not Included

  • • International airfare

    • Intra-Africa air

    • Gratuities

About Us

At AmaWaterways, we love what we do - providing our guests with the best travel experiences possible. In fact, "Ama" is derived from the Latin word for "love." It is a concept that permeates every aspect of our river cruises, from the design of our ships to the development of our itineraries to the high levels of service we deliver to our guests. Experience more ways to discover, more ways to indulge and more onboard amenities. With an award-winning fleet in Europe, Vietnam, Cambodia and Africa, critically acclaimed dining and unique tour options, you will have the trip of a lifetime on our cruises.

Insider Tip

AmaWaterways is proud to be the only river cruise line inducted into La Chaine des Rotisseurs, one of the world's most prestigious culinary organizations.

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per-person, U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy of a cabin, or standard hotel room, unless indicated otherwise. | Single rates are available for the cruise-only, at a supplement of plus-50% for standard rooms, plus-100% for other rooms, such as deluxe rooms and suites. | Single rates for land are available at a supplement. | Please see individual itineraries for amount of the supplement. | Pricing accuracy is assured only at time of printing. | If any of the cost factors increases, such as airfare, port or dock charges, fuel, insurance, taxes, surcharges or other, we reserve the right to increase cruise or cruise tour prices without notice.

Cancellation Policy: For any cruise/land booking, whether under deposit, partially paid, or paid in full, including air packages, the following travel agent or guest-requested situations are considered cancellations and penalties will apply as noted below: changes to departure date; substitutions of itinerary; substitution of another person for original booked guest(s); or changing to a promotional fare. All cancellations must be in writing. For all air-inclusive packages cancelled after issuance of an airline ticket, the air portion of the refund, if any, will be processed only after the return of airline ticket. The following cancellation charges will be assessed for all written cancellations received prior to departure up to the scheduled time of departure.

Cancellation received | Following charges will apply: (Broken out by days before departure) 121 days or more is $200 per person | 120-90 days is $400 per person | 89-60 days is 35% of full fare | 59-30 days is 50% of full fare | 29-7 days is 80% of full fare | 6 days prior to sailing is 100% cancellation. Full Fare is defined as the full cost of any cruise, land or air component purchased from AmaWaterways. All air purchased through AmaWaterways has a cancellation penalty of $350 per person for Economy and $600 per person for Business class. In the event you purchase a non-refundable ticket, the full fare is under penalty.

*Certain airline tickets, including all intra-Asia Flights within 90 days of departure and published price tickets, are 100% non-refundable. Penalty rates shown are for flight arrangements deposited/booked from July 1, 2014 onward. Except as otherwise provided in your Passenger Ticket Contract, after travel begins, there is no refund for unused services, or unused portions of cruise, cruise/tour or airfare.

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