River Cruise Itinerary
1 night in Johannesburg, 4-night wildlife cruise, 2 nights in Victoria Falls, 2 nights in Johannesburg and 7 nights at luxury safari lodges in Tanzania, including Arusha, Tarangire, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. Option to start in Cape Town for 3 nights.
Day 1 (Sun, Nov 17, 2019): ARRIVE IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. After being greeted at the airport by an AmaWaterways Representative, transfer to Fairlawns Hotel.
Day 2 (Mon, Nov 18, 2019): JOHANNESBURG ''' ZAMBEZI QUEEN ''' EMBARKATION. After breakfast, fly to Kasane, Botswana where you'''ll board the elegant Zambezi Queen on the Namibia side of the Chobe River. Settle into to your stateroom and in the evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail Reception and Dinner. (B,D)
Day 3 (Tue, Nov 19, 2019): ZAMBEZI QUEEN. Embark on an exhilarating morning boat safari. Return to the Zambezi Queen for lunch and then meet an environmentalist. Later in the day, enjoy another thrilling boat safari. (B,L,D)
Day 4 (Wed, Nov 20, 2019): ZAMBEZI QUEEN. Join a full-day safari of Chobe National Park in open-top 4x4 vehicles. For lunch, take a seat under the trees and savor a delicious picnic. (B,L,D)
Day 5 (Thu, Nov 21, 2019): ZAMBEZI QUEEN. Visit a typical African village spending time with the village children as well as its elders followed by lunch on board. During the afternoon, you can go on a boat safari, bird watch or fish, and then cap the day off with a festive African-themed dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 6 (Fri, Nov 22, 2019): ZAMBEZI QUEEN ''' DISEMBARKATION ''' VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE. Go on a slightly different version of a river safari aboard a double-decker barge, before transferring to Victoria Falls. Later, join a cocktail reception aboard a vintage steam train along with dinner. (B,D)
Day 7 (Sat, Nov 23, 2019): VICTORIA FALLS. . Spend the day touring Victoria Falls and then later enjoy a private sunset cruise along the Zambezi River observing a variety of game while enjoying tapas with drinks. (B)
Day 8 (Sun, Nov 24, 2019): VICTORIA FALLS ''' JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. Fly to Johannesburg and then check into the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel. (B)
Day 9 (Mon, Nov 25, 2019): JOHANNESBURG. Take a fascinating tour of Johannesburg and Soweto. Walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, visiting the Mandela House, followed by a township lunch. In the evening, enjoy a multi-course dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 10 (Tue, Nov 26, 2019): JOHANNESBURG ''' ARUSHA, TANZANIA. Fly to Arusha, via Nairobi, where you'''ll be met by an AmaWaterways Representative at Kilimanjaro Airport and transferred to the Arusha Coffee Lodge. (B,D)DAY 11, ARUSHA ''' TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK. Journey to Tarangire National Park, where you'll go on an adventurous safari before checking into Treetops Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 11 (Wed, Nov 27, 2019): ARUSHA ''' TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK. Journey to Tarangire National Park, where you'll go on an adventurous safari before checking into Treetops Lodge. (B,L,D)
Day 12 (Thu, Nov 28, 2019): TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA. Experience the wonders of Tarangire with a full day of activities, including a morning bushwalk, an afternoon safari and a sunset drive. This is home to the highest number of breeding bird species in the world along with thousands of elephants, huge herds of buffalo, stately fringe-eared oryx and the towering kudu. (B,L,D)
Day 13 (Fri, Nov 29, 2019): TARANGIRE - NGORONGORO, TANZANIA. Visit a Maasai village before enjoying a game drive through Manyara National Park, home to tree-climbing lions, giraffes, cheetahs, monkeys, impalas and baboons. Be treated to a picnic en route to The Manor at Ngorongoro. (B,L,D)
Day 14 (Sat, Nov 30, 2019): NGORONGORO CRATER, TANZANIA. Go on a full-day exploration to the awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater. Once a gigantic volcano, it'''s the world'''s largest intact caldera offering a unique environment virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. The nearly three million years old caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Deep within the crater, some 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes and forests. A picnic will be served on the crater floor, followed by further exploration before heading back to The Manor. (B,L,D)
Day 15 (Sun, Dec 01, 2019): NGORONGORO - SERENGETI, TANZANIA. Fly to the Serengeti and in the afternoon, go on a game drive to see the '''Big Five.''' (B,L,D)
Day 16 (Mon, Dec 02, 2019): SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA. Explore the vast Serengeti via an open safari cruiser during the morning and 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 several 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. (B,L,D)
Day 17 (Tue, Dec 03, 2019): SERENGETI - ARUSHA, TANZANIA. Take your final safari drive in the morning, and 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 or extend your journey with four nights in magical Rwanda. (B,L). Note: Please do not schedule your onward flight until after 6:00 p.m.