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18 Days | Golden Trails of East Africa


Day 1 | Overnight flight to Johannesburg, South Africa. Board your overnight flight to Africa.

Day 2 | Johannesburg. Welcome to Africa! Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and escorted to your hotel. The night is yours to relax.

Day 3| Johannesburg. Embark. 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 4 | Chobi National Park. 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 Zambezzi 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 5 | Kasenu Village. 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 6 | River cruising. 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 7 | Disembark. 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)

ay 8 | 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 9 | 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 10 | 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 11 | 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 12 | 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 13 | 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)

Day 18 | USA/Canada. Arrive home.

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents.

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