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Golden Trails of East Africa

1 night in Johannesburg (or 3-night Cape Town Pre-Extension), then a 4-night wildlife cruise & 2 nights in Victoria Falls, overnight in Johannesburg, 1 night in Nairobi, Kenya, 6 nights at Tanzania luxury safari lodges in Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti
18 Days – Travel to Johannesburg & return from Nairobi

OVERVIEW

Your journey begins with an overnight stay in Johannesburg (or an optional 3-night extension in Cape Town). Next, fly to Kasane and board the Zambezi Queen. Your wildlife river cruise ship on the Chobe River provides elegant accommodations surrounded by an incredibly diverse population of animals. Enjoy two nights at Victoria Falls, fly to Johannesburg for a night, then on to Nairobi, a time-honored starting point for safari adventures. After an overnight stay, you will fly to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive and overnight stay before continuing on to Ngorongoro. Your two-night stay includes a full-day crater game drive in this renowned wildlife area. Onward to the fabled Serengeti National Park, the jewel in the crown of Tanzania’s protected areas, with the greatest collection of animals on earth. You will spend three incredible nights in ultra-luxurious accommodations here before returning to Nairobi for your return flight home.


  • SELECT DIRECTION:
DayDestinationActivities
1Overnight flight to South Africa
2JohannesburgHotel check-in
3JohannesburgFlight to Kasane, Botswana
Transfer to Zambezi Queen
Zambezi QueenEMBARKATION
Welcome Cocktail & Dinner
4Zambezi QueenFull-day Chobe National Park safari
High tea and dinner onboard
5Zambezi QueenKasenu village visit
River safari with sundowner drinks
African Boma dinner onshore
6Zambezi QueenMorning water-based activity; water safari
OR bird watching OR Tigerfishing
Farewell Dinner
7Zambezi QueenDISEMBARKATION
Transfer to Victoria Falls
Victoria FallsHotel check-in
8Victoria FallsPrivate guided tour of Victoria Falls
Zambezi Sundowner Cruise with Tapas
9Victoria FallsFlight to Johannesburg
JohannesburgEvening at leisure
10JohannesburgFlight to Nairobi, Kenya
NairobiHotel check-in
Evening at leisure
11NairobiFlight to Lake Manyara, Tanzania
Lake ManyaraLodge check-in
12Lake ManyaraMorning Lake Manyara game drive
NgorongoroGame drive en route to Ngorongoro
Lodge check-in
13NgorongoroFull-day Ngorongoro Crater safari
Private picnic in the crater
14Serengeti National ParkLodge check-in
15Serengeti National ParkMorning & afternoon game drives
16Serengeti National ParkMorning & afternoon game drives
17Serengeti National ParkFlight to Nairobi via Arusha
NairobiReturn flight home
18Arrive home

INCLUDED FEATURES

JOHANNESBURG

  • 1 night at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, including breakfast

ZAMBEZI QUEEN

  • 4 nights accommodation in balcony stateroom
  • Chobe National Park safari
  • Private boat safaris along the banks of the Chobe River
  • Visit to Kasenu village for a cultural interaction with the community
  • Traditional African Boma Dinner onshore
  • All meals included during the cruise with complimentary wine and beer

VICTORIA FALLS

  • 2-night stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel including daily breakfast
  • Exclusive Zambezi River Sundowner Cruise
  • Guided tour of Victoria Falls National Park

JOHANNESBURG

  • 1 night at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel including meals
  • Special multi-course dinner including South African wines

NAIROBI

  • 1 night at the Fairmont the Norfolk Hotel, including breakfast

TANZANIA SAFARI LODGES

  • 1 night at the Escarpment Luxury Lodge at Lake Manyara
  • 2 nights at The Manor at Ngorongoro
  • 3 nights at a luxury tented bush camp (Serengeti Migration Camp or Singita Sabora Tented Camp)
  • Daily game drives
  • All meals, drinks and laundry service included

DETAILED ITINERARY


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Day 1OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO JOHANNESBURG
Board your overnight flight to Africa.
Day 2JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Welcome to Africa! Upon arrival you will be met by an AmaWaterways representative and escorted to your hotel in Sandton. Enjoy the night to relax, tomorrow morning your African journey begins.
Day 3JOHANNESBURG – ZAMBEZI QUEEN – EMBARKATION
After breakfast at your hotel, you will fly to Kasane, Botswana via Johannesburg where you will board the elegant ZAMBEZI QUEEN on the Chobe River. Late this afternoon, savor the enchanting riverside scenery on a sunset cruise, before a Welcome Cocktail and Dinner on board. (B,L,D)
Day 4ZAMBEZI QUEEN
Today you’ll take a safari game-drive into the Chobe National Park, home to one of the densest populations of wildlife in Africa. Experience your first game drive by vehicle as you set off in search for an array of different animals in Botswana’s most famous National Park. From here, you will journey back to the Zambezi Queen for lunch as well as time to relax onboard and enjoy the scenery. Tonight, savor your dinner on board, followed by an entertaining presentation about the history of the Chobe area. (B,L,D)
Day 5ZAMBEZI QUEEN
This morning you’ll have an unforgettable visit to Kasenu village to experience the local culture first-hand. If you prefer to use your time in search of more animals, you can join a morning safari by boat as you explore the banks of Chobe National Park. You will return to the vessel for lunch and relaxation, and then depart for a river safari along with sundowner drinks. Towards the end of your river safari by boat, you will be able to take in the famous African sunsets from the vantage point of the Chobe River. This evening, head ashore for an African Boma Dinner, featuring various flavorful local specialties. Tonight, your Cruise Manager will show you the African sky, pointing out southern hemisphere constellations. (B,L,D)
Day 6ZAMBEZI QUEEN
You have a choice of exciting water activities throughout the day. Options include a private boat safari, a bird watching excursion, or an expedition to catch the ferocious Tigerfish. Today you will also enjoy a slightly different version of a river safari aboard a special river barge which will allow you to venture into new areas of the Chobe River. This excursion will offer you a new vantage point to observe hippos and elephants in their natural habitat. Tonight, your Cruise Manager will host your Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)
Day 7ZAMBEZI QUEEN – DISEMBARKATION – VICTORIA FALLS
This morning, transfer to the legendary Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders on earth. Settle into your hotel and spend the afternoon exploring the city or experiencing one of the many activities offered at your hotel. (B)
Day 8VICTORIA FALLS
A local guide and your Cruise Manager will take you on a tour of the remarkable Victoria Falls today. You’ll learn about its history and the flora and fauna that make this area so unique. Tonight, embark on a private and festive Sundowner Cruise along the Zambezi River. Relax on board as you observe a variety of game and enjoy a delicious mix of tapas with drinks and music. (B,D)
Day 9VICTORIA FALLS – JOHANNESBURG
After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to the Victoria Falls Airport for your flight to Johannesburg. After arriving in South Africa, transfer to your luxurious hotel where you can rest, venture into the city or enjoy a relaxing spa treatment. (B, D)
Day 10JOHANNESBURG – NAIROBI
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before flying to Nairobi, Kenya. Upon arrival, you will transfer to your hotel with your guide and spend the remainder of the evening at your leisure. (B)
Day 11NAIROBI – LAKE MANYARA
After breakfast today, you will fly to Lake Manyara, Tanzania. Upon arrival you will meet your safari guide and head off to your secluded lodge overlooking Lake Manyara. Tonight, enjoy dinner and drinks amid your luxurious surroundings. (B, L, D)
Day 12LAKE MANYARA – NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
On your early morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park today, you’ll observe a variety of animal habitats, including rain forest, swampland and savannah. Continue on to the Ngorongoro Conservation area, where you will stay for the next two nights. (B,L,D)
Day 13NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
Considered by many to be the “eighth wonder of the natural world,” the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife areas. You’ll have a full-day game drive today through this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Deep within the Crater, enclosed by towering walls, some 25,000 large mammals – elephants, lions, wildebeest and buffalo – wander the plains, lakes and forests of “the land that time forgot.” Enjoy a private picnic lunch within this natural Garden of Eden. (B,L,D)
Day 14NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, board a small charter plane and fly to Serengeti National Park for a three-night stay in a luxurious tented lodge. This incredible wildlife habitat is home to Africa’s “Big Five,” as well as the setting for the annual wildebeest Migration. (B,L,D)
Day 15SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Tanzania’s greatest park is populated by a broad spectrum of wildlife. Lions, leopards, cheetahs and all three species of the African jackal are found here, along with spotted hyenas, blue wildebeests and a host of other species. More than 500 species of birds have also been recorded here, including ostriches and black eagles. Enjoy daily morning and afternoon game drives during your stay. (B,L,D)
Day 16SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Venture forth on another day of exhilarating game drives through this treasure trove of African wildlife. (B,L,D)
Day 17SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK - NAIROBI
After breakfast, you will fly to Nairobi, and board your homeward flight. (B)
Day 18USA/CANADA
Arrive home.

 

 

DATES & RATES

Prices are per person in a Cat. SB. Clickto view individual sailing stateroom category pricing.

HOTEL
CHECK-IN
START
CITY
SHIP
NAME
EMBARK
CITY
EMBARK
DATE
CRUISE
& LAND
 REQUEST
A QUOTE
Mar 16JohannesburgZambezi QueenZambezi QueenMar 17$12,995Has Sailed
Mar 30JohannesburgZambezi QueenZambezi QueenMar 31$12,995Has Sailed
Jun 8JohannesburgZambezi QueenZambezi QueenJun 9$13,495Has Sailed
Jun 29JohannesburgZambezi QueenZambezi QueenJun 30$13,495Has Sailed
Jul 20JohannesburgZambezi QueenZambezi QueenJul 21$13,995Has Sailed
Aug 3JohannesburgZambezi QueenZambezi QueenAug 4$13,995Has Sailed
Aug 17JohannesburgZambezi QueenZambezi QueenAug 18$16,495Has Sailed
Aug 31JohannesburgZambezi QueenZambezi QueenSep 1$13,995Has Sailed
Sep 14JohannesburgZambezi QueenZambezi QueenSep 15$16,495Click to view upgrades
Sep 28JohannesburgZambezi QueenZambezi QueenSep 29$13,995Click to view upgrades
Oct 12JohannesburgZambezi QueenZambezi QueenOct 13$13,495Click to view upgrades
Oct 26JohannesburgZambezi QueenZambezi QueenOct 27$13,495Click to view upgrades
Nov 9JohannesburgZambezi QueenZambezi QueenNov 10$13,495Click to view upgrades
Nov 23JohannesburgZambezi QueenZambezi QueenNov 24$13,495Click to view upgrades


Notes:

Important:  Dates, prices & itineraries for 2014 sailings are subject to change

**:  OPTIONAL 3-Night Cape Town Pre-Extension $1,999 per person; please ask for details

Intra-Africa Air:  $2,630 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges

Single Supplement:  40% of twin price

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


SHIP(S)

Zambezi Queen

The beautiful Zambezi Queen was specifically designed for safari river cruising on the Chobe River and offers a sophisticated design to maximize animal sightings.

REVIEWS

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