Highlights
  • Visit most beautiful national parks like Ngorongoro Crater,  Serengeti National Park and Tarangire National Park.
  • Explore Arusha
  • Enjoy fascinating look at Johannesburg
  • Enjoy the glorious Victoria Falls commonly referred to as the smoke that thunders.
  • Visit Chobe National Park
  • Opportunity to experience 4-night safari cruise & 2 nights in Victoria Falls, 2 nights in Johannesburg, 7 nights at Tanzanian

Your journey begins with an overnight stay in Johannesburg (option to start with 3 nights in Cape Town). Next, fly to Kasane, Botswana and board the Zambezi Queen, your wildlife river cruise vessel on the Chobe River for the next 4 nights. Enjoy two nights at Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. From here, fly to Johannesburg for two nights at your intimate, all-suite hotel. Depart to Nairobi where a connecting flight brings you to your Tanzania safari. Enjoy two nights at three of the four luxury Tanzanian lodges: Tarangire Treetops, The Manor at Ngorongoro, and the luxury-tented Serengeti Migration Camp or Serengeti Pioneer Camp.

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Solo traveling October 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
As a senior solo traveler, safety and price are very important to me. I am so tired of paying the single supplement, charged by most travel vendors. With AMA Waterways, an E category cabin can often be booked without the single supplement charge.

Once onboard, AMA Waterways invites the solo travelers to dine at the Captain's Table. This is done on the first night so that you can meet other solo travelers. While I didn't do a lot with the other solo travelers, it was nice to know that I could find someone with whom I could share a meal, if I found myself alone.

AMA Waterways also has different categories of walkers for excursions. They have a fast-paced group, a moderate-paced group and a group for gentle walkers. They have thought of everything!
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Ama Waterways Never Disappoints January 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I'm very glad to see that Ama is expanding to Asia and Africa because I've cruised with them in Europe and I think they have the best food of any of the European river cruise lines, not to mention big cabins. I also like their little touches like the travel guides they hand out so you can explore the ports on your own if you like, or just learn more about what you're going to see along the way. Now I can't decide whether to try out their Asia or Africa cruises, but it's something i don't mind thinking about.
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Does Not Recommend

This is incredibly frustrating. Be very very careful when using this company December 2016

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  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
I booked a cruise with AMAwaterways - first mistake - through their designated travel agent Avoya Travel - second mistake. I paid $800 deposit. Six months later I was asked to pay the balance. Avoya Travel asked if they could use my credit card. My wife was in hospital and I delayed answering until we discovered what was wrong and when I got the diagnosis and we couldn't travel. I told Avoya Travel and asked them not to charge my credit card. Avoya Travel still charged my credit card account without my permission!!! When I phoned up I discovered the agent was on holidays and I couldn't speak to her. Through major detective work I managed to reach and talk to her and she told me it would be dealt with. It was not and still has not been to this day, six months later.
I asked my credit card company to dispute the amount paid and they are in the process of doing that now but the company is fighting this all the way. Be aware that I cannot get through to anybody in the company and the travel agent isn't responding. This is incredibly frustrating. Be very very careful when using this company, they do not allow direct access on complaints. This is no way to gain customers. I would like to talk to somebody in the company about this but I cannot.
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Recommends

I definitely valued this trip. It was relaxing, it was fun, and it was greater than my expectations. September 2016

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
I definitely valued this trip. It was relaxing, it was fun, and it was greater than my expectations. This trip didn't put a hole in my wallet but it wasn't just a small dent either. It was definitely worth every penny. This had to be the best part. The STAY was too good to be a cruise. It was quiet and I didn't really worry about a shipwreck or anything drastic. Well, there were many things I had planned to do while on the cruise and I did everything and more. There were so many options and I did them and I really enjoyed myself while doing them. The heating and those other things relating to that were great and didn't cause any problems whatsoever to me at all.
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Does Not Recommend

Cost too much to go around puking my guts up all over the deck so there really was no value I could have got drunk at home and did the same thing. September 2016

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  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
Cost too much to go around puking my guts up all over the deck so there really was no value I could have got drunk at home and did the same thing. They made me make my own bed. That's **. The maid was hitting on me and I told her I would punch her in the kisser if she did it again. Not much to do on a river. I mean seriously they only had 1 show that they did over and over and over and over and over again every day. Besides the bar which was too expensive at least they had one that I could drink away the memories of the horrible thing. And yes I'm talking about my girlfriend.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive In Johannesburg

Welcome to Africa! Upon arrival, you will be met by an AmaWaterways Representative and transfered to your hotel.

Day 2: Johannesburg – Zambezi Queen – Embarkation

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

After breakfast, fly to Kasane, Botswana where you’ll board the elegant Zambezi Queen on the Chobe River. Late this afternoon, enjoy the riverside scenery before your Welcome Cocktail and Dinner on board.

Day 3: Zambezi Queen

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning embark on a boat safari to explore the Chobe River’s spectacular game viewing. Then journey back to the Zambezi Queen for lunch and time to relax on board. Later today, enjoy a slightly different version of a river safari aboard a special double decker barge which will allow you to venture into the southern channels. This excursion will offer you an unusual viewpoint to observe hippos and elephants in their natural habitat

Day 4: Zambezi Queen

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Join a full day safari of Chobe National Park in open-top 4x4 vehicles. Chobe National Park is home to one of the most dense populations of wildlife in Africa. Be on the lookout for elephants, giraffe, zebra, sable, warthog and cape buffalo. Prides of lions, hyenas and more rarely cheetahs, are normally visible along the way. Lunch will be a delicious picnic served up under the trees.

Day 5: Zambezi Queen

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning, enjoy 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 on board, you can choose your afternoon activity including an afternoon safari by boat, bird watching or fishing. Tonight your crew hosts an African themed dinner complete with singing and dancing.

Day 6: Zambezi Queen – Disembarkation – Victoria Falls

Meals: Breakfast  and Dinner

Transfer to legendary Victoria Falls, one of the nature’s greatest natural wonders. Settle into your hotel and spend the afternoon exploring the town or experience one of the many activities offered at your hotel. This evening you have a special dinner and an encounter with Africa’s “gentle giants.”

Day 7: Victoria Falls

Meals: Breakfast

Join a local guide for a tour of remarkable Victoria Falls, more commonly referred to as the smoke that thunders. The afternoon is free for independent activities. Relax and enjoy the amenities of your iconic hotel, walk into town or perhaps take an optional outing including a helicopter ride or wildlife trail walk. Tonight, embark on a private and festive Sundowner cruise complete with drinks, tapas and music.

Day 8: Victoria Falls – Johannesburg

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

After breakfast, a flight to Johannesburg brings you to the largest city in South Africa. After arriving at your hotel, settle into your suite and relax in the park-like setting. Before dinner, gather for an informative discussion on the day-to-day life

Day 9: Johannesburg

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Head out this morning for a fascinating look at Johannesburg and the rich history it has to share, from colonialism to apartheid, and finally democracy. Get an in-depth look at Soweto, the center of the uprising against the apartheid state. Walk the footsteps of Nelson Mandela and explore the colorful neighborhoods, parks and squares of Soweto. A visit to the Apartheid Museum is also on the agenda. Enjoy a delicious “township” lunch along the way.

Day 10: Johannesburg – Arusha

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Fly to Arusha, via Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where you will be met by an AmaWaterways Representative at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfered to the Arusha Coffee Lodge. The lodge provides a peaceful and calming retreat before you start your Tanzanian safari.

Day 11: Arusha - Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Enjoy a scenic drive to Tarangire. Take an afternoon safari drive, followed by a visit to Masai village. Spend two nights in a Tree House that rests on the branches of thousand-year old marula and baobab trees overlooking Treetops’ private reserve.

Day 12: Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Enjoy a full day of activities including game-drives, and a sunset drive in the bush. The meals at Treetops are also their own unique experiences to be enjoyed.

Day 13: Tarangire - Ngorongoro, Tanzania

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a game-drive and picnic lunch. Then on to the renowned Ngorongoro Manor.

Day 14: Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You’ll enjoy a full day of exploration of the Ngorongoro Crater. Once a gigantic volcano, it is the largest intact caldera in the world and shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. A picnic hamper lunch will be served on the crater floor. After lunch, explore more of the crater before heading back to the Manor for evening cocktails, dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 15: Ngorongoro - Serengeti, Tanzania

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast you will be transfered to Manyara Airstrip for your Serengeti flight. Upon your arrival you’ll enjoy a game drive en route to the luxurious camp where your lunch will be served. This afternoon, it is time for another drive.

Day 16: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today you’ll have two game drives exploring the vast Serengeti, one in the morning and another after lunch. It is not possible to say with any accuracy where the Great Migration of the Wildebeest will be located at any one time. There are a number of determining factors; however, one can be assured that if there is a good chance of seeing it, then this can be accomplished from the Pioneer Camp or Migration Camp.

Day 17: Serengeti - Arusha, Tanzania

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

This morning take your final safari drive. Then transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Arusha. Lunch will be served in the gardens of the lodge before your final transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport. Do not schedule onward flights before 6:00 pm.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 14,495

Price Per Day:

$ 853 per day
 
  • Deposit Price: $ 400

Important:  Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change

Single Supplement:  40% of twin price for Cat. SB & SA; 100% of twin price for Cat. MS. Please see terms below for details.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Ship Name

Zambezi Queen

Ship Stats
  • Built: 2009
  • Renovated: 2015
  • Built in: Namibia
  • Length: 150 feet
  • Width: 25.6 feet
  • Crew: 22 (African)
  • Staterooms: 10
  • Suites: 4
  • Registry: Namibia
  • Home port: Kasane
Ship Description

With a design specific for safari river cruising on the Chobe River, the 28-passenger Zambezi Queen offers a sophisticated onboard experience designed to maximize animal sightings. Your comfort is ensured when staying in any of the 14 air-conditioned balcony staterooms (which range up to 300 sq. ft), all decorated in contemporary style. The air-conditioned top deck of the ship offers a dining room, lounge, bar and pool area for your comfort. Enjoy game watching from your stateroom, or visit the top deck for a beverage, sun bathing and more game watching. Peruse the library of books, enjoy a board game and explore the riverbanks of the Chobe River on the Zambezi Queen.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Deck Plan - Zambezi Queen

Trip Includes

Johannesburg

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • 1 night at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, in a Grand Chateau Suite including breakfast

Zambezi Queen

  • 4-night accommodations in a balcony stateroom
  • Chobe National Park safari
  • Private boat safaris along the banks of the Chobe River
  • Visit to African village for a cultural interaction with the community
  • African-themed dinner
  • All meals included during the cruise with complimentary wine and beer

Victoria Falls

  • 2-night stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel in upgraded Stable Wing Rooms including daily breakfast
  • Sunset cocktail reception aboard a historic steam train to Victoria Falls Bridge, followed by dinner
  • Guided tour of Victoria Falls National Park
  • Exclusive Zambezi River Sundowner Cruise

Johannesburg

  • 2 nights at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel in a Grand Chateau Suite, including breakfast daily
  • Presentation and discussion focusing on the day-to-day life of the South African bushmen
  • Special multi-course dinner with wine
  • Johannesburg and Soweto tour with lunch

Tanzania Safari Lodges

  • 1 night at Arusha Coffee Lodge
  • 2 nights at Tarangire Treetops
  • 2 nights at The Manor at Ngorongoro
  • 2 nights at Serengeti Migration Camp or Serengeti Pioneer Camp, both luxury tented camps
  • Day room at Arusha Coffee Lodge on your last day
  • Daily game drives with no more than 6 guests per vehicle
  • All meals, drinks and laundry service included
Trip Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses
Meals Included:

16 Breakfasts,11 Lunches and 13 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
Johannesburg
End City
Arusha
Cancellation Policy:

In the unfortunate event a participant must cancel travel, notice to AmaWaterways must be via email to Res@AmaWaterways.com, which must include a return receipt and read notation, or other writing stating clearly and correctly each guest’s name, ship name, start and end date of the cruise and a brief statement of the reason for cancellation. Other forms of notice are not sufficient. The effective date of the cancellation is the date we receive the written cancellation notice. Name changes, a substitution of a participant or a reduction in the number of guests in a stateroom are treated as a cancellation in that all applicable cancellation charges apply. Cancellation charges for bookings within charter and part-charter agreements are as per the charter contract. All other cancellation charges are per-person, based on the cancellation date, as follows:

 

  • More than 121 days prior to departure , Cruise & Land Cancellation Charge: $1,200 (Africa)
  • 120-90 days prior to departure , Cruise & Land Cancellation Charge: $2,400 (Africa)
  • 89-60 days prior to departure, Cruise & Land Cancellation Charge: 35% of cruise and land price
  • 59-30 days prior to departure, Cruise & Land Cancellation Charge: 50% of cruise and land price
  • 29-7 days prior to departure, Cruise & Land Cancellation Charge: 80% of cruise and land price
  • 6-0 days prior to departure, Cruise & Land Cancellation Charge: 100% of cruise and land price

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