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Golden Trails of Africa- Cape Town to Victoria Falls - 16 nights
 
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


DAY 1 - JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Welcome to Africa! Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and escorted to your hotel. The night is yours to relax.
DAY 2 - JOHANNESBURG – ZAMBEZI QUEEN – EMBARKATION
After breakfast at your hotel, fly to Kasane, Botswana 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 3 - ZAMBEZI QUEEN
Today you’ll have a full-day game drive in Chobe National Park, home to one of the densest populations of wildlife in Africa. Enjoy a private picnic within the park, then continue your safari before returning to the ZAMBEZI QUEEN for High Tea. Tonight, savor your dinner on board, followed by an entertaining presentation about the history of the Chobe area. (B,L,D)
DAY 4 - ZAMBEZI QUEEN
This morning you’ll have an unforgettable visit to Kasenu village to experience the local culture first-hand. Afterwards, you’ll have the option to explore smaller waterways in a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe. Return to the ship for lunch, then depart for a river safari with sundowner drinks. This evening, head ashore for an African Boma Dinner, which features various flavorful local specialties. Tonight, your Cruise Manager will show you the African sky, pointing out southern hemisphere constellations. (B,L,D)
DAY 5 - ZAMBEZI QUEEN
You have a choice of exciting water activities this morning. Options include a private boat safari, a bird watching excursion, or an expedition to catch the ferocious Tigerfish. Enjoy a safari lunch cruise as you observe hippos and elephants in their natural habitat. Tonight, your Cruise Manager will host a Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)
DAY 6 - ZAMBEZI 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 by your hotel. (B)
DAY 7 - VICTORIA FALLS
A local guide will take you on a tour of the remarkable Victoria Falls National Park 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 Dinner Cruise along the Zambezi River. Relax on board as you observe a variety of game and enjoy a delicious dinner with drinks and music. (B,D)
DAY 8 - VICTORIA 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 9 - JOHANNESBURG – 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 10 - NAIROBI – 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 11 - LAKE 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 12 - NGORONGORO 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 14 - NGORONGORO 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 15 - SERENGETI 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 16 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Venture forth on another day of exhilarating game drives through this treasure trove of African wildlife. (B,L,D)
DAY 17 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK - NAIROBI
After breakfast, you will fly to Nairobi, and board your homeward flight. (B)

Please Note: Visas are required for travel to Africa. Please consult with your Consulate for more information. Responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Program
Begins

Program Ends

Start City

Ship

Private Balcony Middle Deck (SB)

Pivate Balcony Lower & Middle Decks (SA)

Pivate Balcony Lower & Middle Decks with sitting area (MS)

16-Mar-14

1-Apr-14

Johannesburg

Zambezi Queen

$12,995

$13,193

$13,793

30-Mar-14

15-Apr-14

Johannesburg

Zambezi Queen

$12,995

$13,193

$13,793

8-Jun-14

24-Jun-14

Johannesburg

Zambezi Queen

$13,495

$13,693

$14,293

29-Jun-14

15-Jul-14

Johannesburg

Zambezi Queen

$13,495

$13,693

$14,293

20-Jul-14

5-Aug-14

Johannesburg

Zambezi Queen

$13,995

$14,193

$14,793

3-Aug-14

19-Aug-14

Johannesburg

Zambezi Queen

$13,995

$14,193

$14,793

17-Aug-14

2-Sep-14

Johannesburg

Zambezi Queen

$16,495

$16,693

$17,293

31-Aug-14

16-Sep-14

Johannesburg

Zambezi Queen

$13,995

$14,193

$14,793

14-Sep-14

30-Sep-14

Johannesburg

Zambezi Queen

$16,495

$16,693

$17,293

28-Sep-14

14-Oct-14

Johannesburg

Zambezi Queen

$13,995

$14,193

$14,793

12-Oct-14

28-Oct-14

Johannesburg

Zambezi Queen

$13,495

$13,693

$14,293

26-Oct-14

11-Nov-14

Johannesburg

Zambezi Queen

$13,495

$13,693

$14,293

9-Nov-14

25-Nov-14

Johannesburg

Zambezi Queen

$13,495

$13,693

$14,293

23-Nov-14

9-Dec-14

Johannesburg

Zambezi Queen

$13,495

$13,693

$14,293

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

Program includes:

JOHANNESBURG

  • 1 night at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, including breakfast

ZAMBEZI QUEEN

  • 4 nights accommodation in balcony stateroom
  • Full-day Chobe National Park game drive
  • Exclusive private picnic in Chobe National Park
  • Private boat safaris along the Chobe riverbanks
  • Visit to Kasenu village to experience local culture
  • Explore in a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe
  • Traditional African Boma Dinner onshore
  • Lunch excursion on private Safari Boat
  • 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 Dinner Cruise
  • Guided tour of Victoria Falls National Park

JOHANNESBURG

  • 1 night at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, including breakfast
  • NEW for 2014: Special multi-course dinner with an array of South African wines hosted by a guest presenter at Fairlawns

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

*For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.