CRUISETOUR

Wildlife and The Falls (13 Days)

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

After being greeted at the airport by an AmaWaterways representative, transfer to the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa in the desirable Sandton neighborhood. The hotel's extensive gardens have captured the spirit, grace, and elegance of a bygone era.

DAY 2
Johannesburg, South Africa
Air travel
Kasane, Botswana

Fly to Kasane, Botswana, where you'll be transferred to the Chobe River. Tender boats will take you to the Zambezi Queen moored on the Namibia side of the river. Settle into your stateroom and in the evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail Reception and Dinner. (B,D)

DAY 3
Chobe River, Botswana

Embark on an exhilarating morning boat safari exploring the Chobe River's diverse game. 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 the its animals. Later in the day, enjoy another thrilling boat safari. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
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 buffalo. For lunch, take a seat under the trees and savor a delicious picnic. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
Chobe River, Botswana

Start the day off with an unforgettable visit to a typical African village to experience the local culture. Spend time with the village children as well as its elders. After lunch onboard, you can go on a boat safari, bird watch, or fish. Enjoy a festive African-themed dinner hosted by your crew—complete with music and dancing. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
Kasane, Botswana
Victoria Falls, Zambia

Go on a river safari aboard a double-decker barge, providing an unusual viewpoint to observe hippos and elephants. Later in the morning, transfer to Victoria Falls. Spend the afternoon at leisure and in the evening, join a cocktail reception aboard a vintage steam train, followed by dinner. (B,D)

DAY 7
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 8
Victoria Falls, Zambia
Air travel
Johannesburg, South Africa

After breakfast, you'll be taken to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Transfer to the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and enjoy a free evening at leisure. (B)

DAY 9
Johannesburg, South Africa

Take a fascinating tour of Johannesburg and its rich history from colonialism to apartheid, and finally democracy. Get an in-depth look at Soweto's unique neighborhoods, the center of the uprising against the apartheid state. Walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, visiting the Mandela House located on Vilakazi Street and along the way enjoy a township lunch. Before dinner, gather with a local expert for an informative discussion and afterwards enjoy a multi-course dinner. (B,L,D)

DAY 10
Johannesburg, South Africa
Air travel
Hoedspruit, South Africa
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Fly in the morning to the Greater Kruger National Park where you'll be transferred to your luxurious game lodge. This region is one of the world's most spectacular game nature reserves, which you'll discover on your late afternoon game drive in search of the country's "Big Five" and other native wildlife. Spend your first night and every night, if you wish, gathering with fellow travelers, sharing stories of the day's adventures, or simply gazing up at the stunning star-filled African sky. (B,L,D)

DAY 11
Kruger National Park, South Africa

The early morning is the perfect time to go on safari as the wildlife is prolific. Your open-air vehicle provides the perfect way to explore your 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. Later in the day, you'll go on another game drive deep into the bush, where you may encounter South Africa's top predators: cheetahs, hyenas, and lions. (B,L,D)

DAY 12
Kruger National Park, South Africa

Go on two exhilarating game drives today, as well as enjoy ample leisure time at your game lodge. (B,L,D)

DAY 13
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Hoedspruit, South Africa
Air travel
Johannesburg, South Africa

Be treated to an early-morning game drive before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg for your connecting flight home or extend your journey with four nights in magical Rwanda. (B); Note: Please do not schedule your onward flight until after 4:30 p.m.

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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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