Southern Africa - Travel to the ends of the earth 9 Day Cruise

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9 days, from £3835
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Description

African Dream
The newly constructed African Dream ship sails on the Chobe and Zambezi rivers in Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. The Chobe River flows through the Chobe National Park and is the scene for some of the best game viewing in Southern Africa as well as providing a safe haven for the continent's greatest concentration of elephants. With just eight cabins (six suites and two suites with balcony) the African Dream river cruiser offers stylish and spacious accommodation. There is a panoramic lounge bar restaurant and a large observation deck allowing guests complete immersion in the surrounding nature. The spacious rooftop area allows for recreation and relaxation.

Itinerary


 Day 1: Johannesburg

Meet up at your 4* hotel at the end of the morning and depart by coach towards Soweto, which came to the world's attention in 1976 with the Soweto Uprising, when mass protests erupted over the government's policy to enforce education in the Afrikaans language rather than English. All eleven of South Africa's official languages are spoken here. It is a community of extremes, of abject poverty and extraordinary wealth in the suburbs such as Diepkloof Extension and Selection Park. Enjoy lunch before setting out on a panoramic tour to discover the Freedom Park and the unique atmosphere in this well-known neighborhood. Enjoy dinner and spend the night at a four-star hotel.


 Day 2: Johannesburg - Kasane

Fly from Johannesburg to Kasane, Botswana. You will then be transferred from the airport to board the luxury ship, the African Dream. Enjoy lunch after a welcome cocktail. Your first nature and wildlife cruise will be to observe the different species along the Kasai Channel. Later return to your private mooring in the heart of the Chobe River. Enjoy dinner and spend the night onboard.


 Day 3: Chobe National Park

Today you will experience your first safari adventure by jeep. Explore the Chobe National Park that is home to more than a quarter of the total elephant population in Africa. Enjoy lunch before spending the afternoon cruising to the Zambezi River, marking the border between Zambia and Namibia. In the afternoon, board small motor boats for a water safari in search of the larger animals. Here you may enjoy unique, up-close experiences with the wildlife that lives on the banks from just a few yards away. Dinner and night on board the African Dream.


 Day 4: Kabulabula, Chobe National Park

Spend the day cruising to Kabulabula. The Chobe National Park has a myriad of swamps, flooded plains, lakes and rivers, making this cruise the ideal and most-adapted way to set out on unforgettable tours. Along the entire route, you'll discover some of the richest pockets of wildlife in Africa, including zebras, water buffalos, antelopes and an abundance of birds. Enjoy dinner and spend the night on board the African Dream.


 Day 5: Chobe River - Sedudu Island - Lodge

In the morning you will disembark the ship and join an early water safari to try to catch more than a glimpse of the big five. Lunch in a 'floating restaurant' in the middle of the river and feast on some local delicacies. You will then leave for the lodge. As you travel, you'll see Sedudu Island and its marshes, overflowing with abundant wildlife such as hippopotamus, water buffalos and crocodiles. Arrive at CroisiEurope's lodge and check into your rooms. Enjoy dinner and spend the night at the lodge.


 Day 6: Impalila Island

This morning depart for a local school to meet the teachers and students. This will be a truly unique face-to-face experience that will enrich your travels. Return to the lodge for lunch. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to take advantage of the activities proposed at the lodge or spend the time relaxing under the trees or by the pool. After dinner tonight, let a local storyteller entrance you with the mysterious legends of the region. Spend the night at the lodge.


 Day 7: Impalila Island

Join an excursion to an authentic village to discover the culture and customs of the area. Meet the locals and learn about traditional Namibian houses. After lunch at the lodge, join some activities delving into local customs. Dinner will be served under the stars this evening, a truly wonderful way to experience the African skies. Spend your final night at the lodge.


 Day 8: Victoria Falls

Depart by coach for the Victoria Falls and on an exceptional lunch cruise at the foot of the falls. In the afternoon leave for a tour on foot of the falls in Zimbabwe, where the views are among the most exceptional in the world. You will also see where the Zambezi River plunges over the cliff to become the tallest waterfall in the world, creating the 'smoke that thunders.' Tonight enjoy a 'Boma' dinner with traditional dance and music. Spend the night at a four-star hotel.


 Day 9: Victoria Falls

After breakfast check out of your hotel for your onward journey home. An optional early morning excursion is available: Soar over Victoria Falls in a helicopter.