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Africa: South Africa Explorer and Zambezi River Cruise

Take our South Africa Explorer Tour and enjoy a Zambezi River Cruise

Take our South Africa Explorer Tour and enjoy a Zambezi River Cruise

What Makes Me Mighty Fine

  • Thrilling, two week South African adventure with a host of highlights including four nights on board the fabulous Zambezi Queen, three nights in Cape Town, a tour of Victoria Falls and three nights at a luxury safari lodge in Great Kruger National Park
  • Visit Victoria Falls where you'll experience a guided tour and an exclusive Sundowner cruise along the Zambezi River
  • Spend three nights in Cape Town and enjoy a cable car trip up Table Mountain, a fascinating wine tour and a driving tour of 12 Apostles and Hout Bay, Chapman's Peak and the Cape of Good Hope at Cape Point
  • Stay at Tintswalo Safari Lodge in Kruger National Park for three nights and embark on six, thrilling game safaris
  • Get to know the local area when you meet the locals in Kasenu village, take a Chobe river safari and enjoy an African Boma dinner

A real African adventure, this South Africa Explorer and Zambezi River Cruise offers so much to look forward to. From sightseeing on city tours to exploring traditional villages, visitors get a true insight into all aspects of African culture. During your South Africa Explorer holiday you will journey to Cape Town, Kruger National Park, Johannesburg, Chobe National Park and the fabulous Victoria Falls.

Your four nights on board the luxury Zambezi Queen is an experience you'll never forget. Carrying only 28 passengers at a time, each journey on this ship is intimate and relaxing, and you can expect an excellent and personalised service. Your cabin stateroom has its own balcony so you can watch for fascinating wildlife during your Zambezi River Cruise along the Chobe River. And with a restaurant, bar, lounge and pool on board, you can look forward to a truly fabulous experience.

The Zambezi River Cruise, though a real highlight, is just one aspect of your holiday. Before your voyage along the Chobe River, there are ample opportunities to discover the joys of Cape Town and after your cruise you will discover the Victoria Falls and set out on a host of fabulous game drives, witnessing animals such as lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, rhinos, buffalo and giraffes in their natural habitat.

For an all round view of South Africa, this fabulous getaway is hard to beat!

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  • Day 1 - Arrive in Cape Town

    Take our South Africa Explorer Tour and enjoy a Zambezi River Cruise - Arrive in Cape Town

    Your South Africa Explorer holiday begins as your guide greets you at the airport and you transfer to your hotel in Cape Town, the second largest city in South Africa. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying the rich cultural and historical heritage of this vibrant city.

  • Day 2 - Sightseeing in Cape Town

    Sightseeing in Cape Town

    Today, on your South Africa Explorer holiday, enjoy the delights of Cape Town as you take the cable car up Table Mountain. Here, you’ll experience panoramic views of your stunning surroundings. Afterwards, embark on a scenic drive through some of South Africa’s famous wine growing regions – Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. Then, visit two famous wine estates, one of which is owned by golf champion and award-winning winemaker Ernie Els. Take a private tour of the cellars before tasting the delicious local produce.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 3 - More Time in Cape Town

    More Time in Cape Town

    On the South Africa Explorer holiday today we set out on one of the most spectacular marine drives imaginable, along the picturesque coastline, taking in the sights of the 12 Apostles and Hout Bay and later, Chapman’s Peak. Afterwards, head to Cape Point to visit the Cape of Good Hope Reserve and the famous Cape Point Lighthouse. Then, enjoy a taste of local cuisine as you head to a local restaurant for a delicious meal and drinks. Finish your day off by visiting Boulders Beach where you can get up close and personal with a group of stunning African Penguins.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 4 - Cape Town - Embarkation

    Cape Town - Embarkation

    This morning, fly to Kasane via Johannesburg, and transfer to the Chobe River where you will board your luxury Zambezi River Cruise ship, the Zambezi Queen. Enjoy the view this afternoon as you settle into your suite and prepare for the evening's welcome dinner.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Zambezi Queen - Chobe National Park and Kasenu Village

    Zambezi Queen - Chobe National Park and Kasenu Village

    After a delicious breakfast on board, leave your Zambezi River Cruise ship as you embark on a thrilling boat safari, hopefully spotting some of the area’svaried wildlife. Later, visit the village of Kasenu where you’ll delve into the fascinating history and culture of a typical African village. Interact with the locals and perhaps pick up some handmade souvenirs to remind you of your South Africa Explorer holiday. This evening, return to the shore for a special African Boma Dinner.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Zambezi Queen - Chobe National Park

    Zambezi Queen - Chobe National Park

    Today, there is another opportunity to spot Africa’s wildlife on a game drive through Chobe National Park which boasts one of the densest wildlife populations on the continent. Here, you may spot crocodiles, elephants and hippos as they wallow in the cool waters of the river. In the afternoon, choose either a boat safari, allowing you more time to see the stunning African wildlife, or an exhilarating tigerfishing experience. Then, head back to your ship to enjoy high tea and dinner on board your Zambezi River Cruise.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Aboard the Zambezi Queen

    Aboard the Zambezi Queen

    Your day begins with a private boat safari and bird watching excursion allowing you to meet some of the area's exotic birdlife whilst catching another glimpse of Africa's amazing animals. Later, enjoy a special river cruise into the southern channels where you'll experience surreal, up-close views of hippos and elephants in their natural habitat. Enjoy a fabulous Farewell Dinner on board the Zambezi River Cruise ship before the next part of your journey begins tomorrow. 

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Disembarkation - Victoria Falls

    Disembarkation - Victoria Falls

    After breakfast, we disembark the Zambezi River Cruise ship and journey to the spectacular Victoria Falls. Once settled into your accommodation, enjoy the afternoon exploring the area at your leisure.

    Meals included:Breakfast
  • Day 9 - Victoria Falls

    Victoria Falls

    On today's South Africa Explorer itinerary, you will spend the full day admiring Victoria Falls, one of the greatest sights in the world. Take a guided tour of the area and learn more about its geology and wildlife. Later, board the Sundowner Cruise and set sail along the Zambezi River. Sit back and relax as you enjoy tapas and dancing whilst spotting the fantastic wildlife in the river and on land.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Victoria Falls - Johannesburg

    Victoria Falls - Johannesburg

    This morning, on your South Africa Explorer holiday, board a flight to South Africa’s most populated city, Johannesburg. Here, after checking in to your hotel, you'll be able to explore this exciting city as you wish. Perhaps visit the fascinating Apartheid Museum where you can delve into South Africa's interesting history.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Johannesberg - Greater Kruger National Park

    Johannesberg - Greater Kruger National Park

    Today we take a flight to Greater Kruger National Park and transfer to an authentic game lodge in Lowveld. In the afternoon, we embark on an exciting game drive for a chance to spot iconic African animals like buffalo, lions, zebras, giraffes, elephants and leopards. Enjoy the sunset this evening as you relax in the beautiful grounds of the lodge.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Explore Greater Kruger National Park

    Explore Greater Kruger National Park

    We set off early this morning for an action-packed day on your South Africa Explorer holiday. Start the day by exploring a private game reserve which is located adjacent to Kruger National Park. With less safari vehicles in the area, your chances of spotting amazing wildlife are much greater. Head back to the lodge and enjoy the facilities before embarking on your second safari of the day. This excursion takes you deep into the bush where South Africa’s top predators including cheetahs, hyenas and lions, reside. This area is also home to many raptors including awe striking eagles.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13 - More Time in Greater Kruger National Park

    More Time in Greater Kruger National Park

    Today's South Africa Explorer itinerary consists of two game drives ensuring that you get a last glimpse of the astounding wildlife and birdlife which resides here. Absorb the peace and tranquillity of Kruger as you spend you final evening stargazing and watching the sunset.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14 - Departure


    Today marks the end of your fabulous South Africa Explorer holiday. However, there's still time for one final game drive before breakfast. Have your camera at the ready and make sure you capture some stunning images of this fabulous experience. After breakfast at the lodge, transfer to Johannesberg to board your return flight.

    Meals included:Breakfast


  • Return international flights
  • Escorted airport transfers
  • Nine nights' accommodation in luxury lodges and hotels
  • Five days' voyage on-board the Zambezi Queen with accommodation in a balcony suite
  • The following activities and excursions, as per the itinerary:
    • Full day wineland tour with two wine tastings
    • Full day Cape Point tour
    • Table Mountain visit with funicular and Cableway
    • Chobe National Park game drives
    • Private boat safaris on the banks of the Chobe River
    • Visit to Kasenu village
    • Traditional Boma Dinner
    • Sundowner cruise on Zambezi River
    • Guided tour of Victoria Falls National Park
    • Special multi-course dinner with South African wines
    • Daily game drives in Kruger National Park Area
    • Guided tour as per the itinerary
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Services of a professional guide
  • 20kg luggage allowance - this does not include 8kg carry-on luggage

Not Included...

  • Visas – required for entry into South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Visa requirements vary depending on nationality and we recommend contacting the relevant embassies for details
  • Local payments
  • Travel Insurance (this can, however, be arranged for you. Simply speak to our travel team for a competitive quote for comprehensive cover)

Please call our friendly advisors on 0333 800 2033 for pricing on this holiday.

Please note:

  • due to flight departure times, you may need to fly out a day before the start of your South Africa Explorer and Zambezi River Cruise and/or spend an additional night in Africa at the end of your holiday
  • all guides are trained in first aid but certain medication and vaccinations will be required before and during the trip

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