Southern Africa Safari by River and Rail (13 Days)

Cruise Line: Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC - Cruises
Cape Town, South Africa to Johannesburg, South Africa
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
Cape Town, South Africa

Arrive in Cape Town, the metropolitan light of South Africa, where you transfer to one of the country's most famous hotels, set in the heart of the city.

Cape Town, South Africa

Explore this magnificent harbor city, starting with a scenic drive to flat-topped Table Mountain, where you reach the summit via cable car (weather permitting). Take in the panorama of southern seas, sun-drenched city, and the impressive cliffs of the Twelve Apostles, brooding high above the ragged shore. History follows with a drive through old Cape Town, past Groote Kerk (South Africa's oldest church), City Hall, and the Grand Parade. Continue with a drive past the Company's Gardens with views of the Houses of Parliament and National Art Gallery. Stop for an artisan visit at Streetwires, where locals come together to craft handmade bead art. Your afternoon is at leisure before tonight's welcome dinner.

Cape Town, South Africa
Hout Bay, South Africa
Cape Point, South Africa
Simon's Town, South Africa
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa

Journey along the Atlantic coast, past the "bikini beaches", through the charming harbor of Hout Bay and over historic Chapman's Peak Drive. Reach the tip of the continent at the Cape of Good Hope, a richly diverse 22,000-acre nature reserve that juts into the sea. Ride the "Flying Dutchman" funicular to the great pinnacle at Cape Point, offering views of Southern right whales from July through November. Spot Cape mountain zebras and possibly the rare bontebok en route to Boulders Beach, to sight endangered African penguins. Pass through Simon's Town with its English seaside feel, False Bay with its brightly painted boats, and Constantia, South Africa's legendary wine country. Stop at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to explore five of Africa's six biomes (distinctive ecological regions) with a private local guide. Enjoy an evening at leisure at your hotel.

Cape Town, South Africa
Matjiesfontein, South Africa
Kimberley, South Africa
Pretoria, South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa

After breakfast and views of the gold fields of Witwatersrand, arrive at Pretoria Station. Transfer to your modern residential-style retreat in Johannesburg, where you enjoy lunch before an afternoon at leisure. Rest and relax or enjoy the amenities of your accommodations.

Johannesburg, South Africa
Air travel
Victoria Falls, Zambia

Fly to Victoria Falls, where you transfer to your beautiful historic hotel overlooking the magnificent falls. This afternoon, set sail on a Scenic Sundowner cruise on the Zambezi River, watching for the rising mist of the falls in the far distance while you sip a refreshing cocktail. Spot hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of birds as you gently glide along.

Victoria Falls, Zambia
Kasane, Botswana

Join your guide for a private walking tour on the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya ("The Smoke That Thunders"). Watch as the mile-wide Upper Zambezi plunges 300 feet into the Lower Zambezi, making rainbows form and fade in the mist. Later, enjoy a market visit, browsing stalls filled with local handicrafts and relax on a drive to Kasane, where you pass through Namibian customs before boarding five-star 'Zambezi Queen'. Enjoy the sunset river views on this elegant, uniquely African vessel while sipping cocktails and sampling canapés. Watch as elephants, buffalo, and monkeys come to the river's edge to drink. Onboard tonight, enjoy a beautiful dinner prepared by the resident chef, who shares a dinner that matches the majesty of your surroundings.

Chobe River, Botswana

Discover the wildlife-rich Chobe plain, which boasts buffalo, lions, giraffes, and hippos, as well as Africa's highest concentration of elephants. Experience the region as you wish: choose a morning and afternoon activity, opt to tour a local Namibian village, fish on the Chobe River, or embark on a river safari aboard a small boat. The next day, set off on a morning game drive in Chobe National Park. Following lunch and time to unwind aboard 'Zambezi Queen', you again have the choice to fish or embark on a river safari, both from aboard a smaller boat for more intimate views of the river. This evening, from the decks of 'Zambezi Queen', watch baboons, buffalo, and familial herds of elephants come to the river to drink, while hippos begin their nightly graze.

DAY 10
Chobe River, Botswana
DAY 11
Kasane, Botswana
Air travel
Okavango Delta, Botswana

After breakfast, disembark 'Zambezi Queen' and fly to the Okavango Delta via Kasane Airport. Arrive at the newly renovated Sanctuary Chief's Camp, in the Mombo Concession of the vast Moremi Game Reserve. This area is considered the "Predator Capital of the World" and is home to the "Big Five". It offers Botswana's most exciting game viewing, with a lush delta that draws a remarkable concentration of birds and wildlife. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer.

DAY 12
Okavango Delta, Botswana

Rise early for a game drive on the reserve, where the game viewing is magnificent. Large concentrations of elephants, buffalo, and impalas, as well as lions and other predators, call the Okavango home. Activities include a seasonal mokoro ride on the delta and a Chef's Table experience offering you a taste of traditional local cuisine. Visit the area in Moremi Reserve where 20 rare and endangered rhinos now live, having been transported there from South Africa to protect them from poachers in a bold conservation initiative supported by A&K Philanthropy and Sanctuary Retreats in partnership with the Botswana Defense Force and Wilderness Safaris. Before your afternoon safari, enjoy an educational presentation about the rhinos and their journey. Tonight, celebrate with a special farewell dinner.

DAY 13
Okavango Delta, Botswana
Air travel
Maun, Botswana
Air travel
Johannesburg, South Africa

After breakfast, fly to Johannesburg via Maun, where you connect with your international flight home. Enjoy access to the comfortable Premier Lounge before your departure.

Southern Africa Safari by River and Rail map

About the Ship

What's Included


  • All meals, complimentary soft drinks, coffee drinks, juices and bottled water while onboard, all shore excursions, services of a Tour Director and arrival and departure transfers.

Not Included

  • A&K Guest Protection Program, gratuities for the Tour Director and beverages other than those noted above.

About Us

Virtuoso and your Travel Advisor curate the best travel experiences from around the world. We picked this exclusive experience just for you.

Insider Tip

Contact your Virtuoso Travel Advisor for insider knowledge to help enhance your experience.

Terms & Conditions

Cancellation policy:  
Cancellation policies are not the same for every product and you should check with A&K at the time of booking.  In general, cancellations received by A&K 90 days or more prior to departure will be subject to a $500 per person/per tour cancellation fee.  Cancellations received less than 90 days prior to departure will be subject to the following forfeit of tour costs:  89-60 days – 20% of tour cost; 59-30 – 50% of tour cost; 29-0 days – 100% of tour cost.    A 100% cancellation charge applies to internal air cancelled less than 90 days prior to departure, where applicable.  For some tours, permit costs may not be refundable.    

Please Note: For details regarding takeover of consumer direct bookings, please contact the preferred supplier directly for their specified policies and procedures.

The trademarks VIRTUOSO, the Globe Swirl Logo and SPECIALISTS IN THE ART OF TRAVEL are registered trademarks of Virtuoso, Ltd. Virtuoso, Ltd. has a U.S. copyright registration for the Globe Swirl Logo, ©2000. All rights reserved. Virtuoso CST#2069091-50. California CST# 2069091; TA# 808 - Registered Iowa Travel Agency; Washington UBI # 601 554 183. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

Reviews and Recommendations for Abercrombie & Kent USA, LLC - Cruises

Virtuoso Verified Traveler

All reviews are from confirmed guests sharing exclusive insights

Sort reviews by