Discover Africa (10 Days)

Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
Ship: Zambezi Queen  |  3 Reviews
Cape Town, South Africa to Johannesburg, South Africa
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Cape Town, South Africa

Situated amidst majestic mountains and lined with pristine beaches, Cape Town offers a rich culture and heritage with extraordinary attractions. After being greeted at the airport by an AmaWaterways representative, transfer to the Cape Grace hotel. Get to know your tour director at the Welcome Reception. (WR)

Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Point, South Africa
Boulders Beach, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa

Embark on a full-day exploration along one of the world's most stunning routes, taking you southeast along the Atlantic seaboard past the 12 Apostles, Hout Bay, and Chapman's Peak. Stop at Cape Point, located in the nature reserve within Table Mountain National Park, which forms part of the Cape Floral Region, a World Heritage Site. You'll also visit Boulders Beach, home to thousands of African penguins, and then be treated to lunch with drinks overlooking False Bay—one of the world's most beautiful bays. (B,L)

Cape Town, South Africa
Robben Island, South Africa, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa

You have a choice of two excursions, depending on your interests. Take a cableway up to Table Mountain for spectacular views of the city and surrounding areas, followed by a trip to the Cape Winelands, which comprises the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and Paarl valleys. South African wine is world renowned, and you'll get to visit two of its best vineyards, complete with wine tasting. A sumptuous lunch will be included along the way. Or choose to explore another side of Cape Town at famous Robben Island, once used as a prison for many political inmates, including Nelson Mandela. You'll ferry over to the island where you will take a tour led by a former inmate. Back in Cape Town, enjoy lunch and afterwards board the cableway to Table Mountain's summit, followed by a drive through some of the city's diverse neighborhoods. (B,L)

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

In the morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Kasane, Botswana, via Johannesburg. Here, you'll be transferred to the Chobe River where tender boats take you to the Zambezi Queen moored on the Namibia side of the river. Settle into your stateroom, enjoy a late lunch, and in the evening, be treated to a Welcome Cocktail Reception and Dinner. (B,D)

Chobe River, Botswana

Embark on an exhilarating morning boat safari to explore the Chobe River's diverse game viewing. Afterwards, return to the Zambezi Queen for lunch. During the afternoon, you'll meet an environmentalist, who'll share his insight on Chobe National Park and its animals. Later in the day, enjoy another thrilling boat safari. (B,L,D)

Chobe River, Botswana

Join a full-day safari of Chobe National Park in open-top 4x4 vehicles. Be on the lookout for elephants, giraffe, zebra, sable, warthog, and Cape buffaloes. Prides of lions, hyenas, and (more rarely) cheetahs could be encountered along the way. For lunch, take a seat under the trees and savor a delicious picnic. (B,L,D)

Chobe River, Botswana

Start the day off with 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 between a boat safari, bird watching or fishing. Spend your last evening aboard with a festive African-themed dinner hosted by your crew—complete with singing and dancing. (B,L,D)

Kasane, Botswana
Victoria Falls, Zambia

During the early morning, enjoy a slightly different version of a river safari aboard a unique double-decker barge, which allows you to venture into the smaller channels on the Botswana side of Chobe National Park. This excursion offers you an unusual viewpoint to observe hippos and elephants in their natural habitat. Later in the morning, transfer to legendary Victoria Falls, one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Spend the afternoon exploring the town or experience one of the many activities offered at your hotel. During the evening, join a cocktail reception aboard a vintage steam train, followed by a special dinner. (B,D)

Victoria Falls, Zambia

A local guide will take you on a tour of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. You'll learn about its history, and the flora and fauna that make this area so unique. In the evening, embark on a private sunset cruise along the Zambezi River. Relax onboard as you observe a variety of game while enjoying a delicious mix of tapas with drinks. (B)

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

After breakfast, bid adieu to Zimbabwe as you head to Victoria Falls Airport for your return flight to Johannesburg and onward flight home or extend your trip with two nights in Johannesburg and/or four nights in Rwanda. (B)

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About the Ship

Sun Deck
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


  • • 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

Brochure 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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