Detailed Itinerary Rivers & Rails of Africa
CRUISE YEAR
3 NIGHTS CAPE TOWN, 4-NIGHT SAFARI CRUISE, 2 NIGHTS VICTORIA FALLS, 3 NIGHTS ROVOS RAIL
Day 1
ARRIVE IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
After being greeted at the airport by an AmaWaterways Representative, transfer to Cape Grace Hotel. Get to know your Tour Director at the Welcome Reception. (WR)

Day 2
CAPE TOWN
Embark on a full-day exploration along one of the world’s most stunning routes, taking you past the 12 Apostles, Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope, first rounded in modern times in 1488 by the Portuguese in their attempt to establish trade in the Far East and still a significant landmark for sailors today. Visit Boulders Beach, home to thousands of African penguins, and then be treated to lunch with drinks overlooking beautiful False Bay. (B,L)

Cape Town
Day 3
CAPE TOWN
Take a cableway up to Table Mountain followed by a trip to the Cape Winelands where you’ll visit two of its best vineyards, complete with wine tasting. A delicious lunch will be included along the way. Or choose to explore another side of Cape Town at famous Robben Island, once used as a prison for many political inmates, including Nelson Mandela. Ferry over to the island where you will take a tour led by a former inmate. Back in Cape Town, enjoy lunch and afterwards board the cableway to Table Mountain’s summit, followed by a drive through some of the city’s diverse neighborhoods. (B,L)

Cape Town
Day 4
CAPE TOWN – ZAMBEZI QUEEN – EMBARKATION
Fly to Kasane, Botswana (via Johannesburg), where you’ll be transferred to the Chobe River. Tender boats will take you to the Zambezi Queen moored on the Namibia side of the river. Settle into your stateroom and in the evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail Reception and Dinner. (B,D)

Cape Town
Day 5
ZAMBEZI QUEEN
Embark on an exhilarating morning boat safari exploring the Chobe River’s diverse game. Afterwards, return to the Zambezi Queen for lunch. During the afternoon, you’ll meet an environmentalist, who’ll share his insight on Chobe National Park. Later in the day, enjoy another thrilling boat safari. (B,L,D)

Zambezi Queen
Day 6
ZAMBEZI QUEEN
Join a full-day safari of Chobe National Park in open-top 4x4 vehicles. Be on the lookout for elephants, giraffe, zebra, sable, warthog and cape buffalo. For lunch, take a seat under the trees and savor a delicious picnic. (B,L,D)

Zambezi Queen
Day 7
ZAMBEZI QUEEN
Visit a typical African village where you’ll spend time with the village children as well as its elders. Back on board and following lunch, you’ll have a choice to take a boat safari, bird watch or fish. Enjoy your last evening aboard with a festive African- themed dinner hosted by your crew. (B,L,D)

Zambezi Queen
Day 8
ZAMBEZI QUEEN – DISEMBARKATION – VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE
Go on a slightly different version of a river safari aboard a double-decker barge, providing an unusual viewpoint to observe hippos and elephants before transferring to Victoria Falls. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon, and in the evening, join a cocktail reception aboard a vintage steam train, followed by dinner. (B,D)

Zambezi Queen
Day 9
VICTORIA FALLS
A local guide will take you on a tour of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. In the evening, embark on a private sunset cruise along the Zambezi River, observing a variety of game while enjoying a delicious mix of tapas with drinks. (B)

Victoria Falls
Day 10
VICTORIA FALLS – ROVOS RAIL
Enjoy a leisurely morning before touring the town of Victoria Falls and being treated to a home-hosted lunch. Later in the day, head to the Victoria Falls colonial-era rail station where you’ll board the Rovos Rail. (B,L,D)

Victoria Falls
Day 11
ROVOS RAIL
Start the morning with a safari to the Hwange Game Reserve, Zimbabwe’s largest national park, boasting a tremendous selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 different birds. The elephants of Hwange are world famous and the park’s elephant population is one of the largest in the world. After your safari, return to the train for a lovely brunch as you travel through the vast landscapes of central Zimbabwe on the way to the border town of Beitbridge. Take in the southern African landscape from the lounge, observation cars or your deluxe suite. (B,L,D)

Rovos Rail
Day 12
ROVOS RAIL
Leave baobab tree country and South Africa’s northern wilderness as you cross the Tropic of Capricorn, traveling alongside the Magaliesberg Mountains. (B,L,D)

Rovos Rail
Day 13
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – JOHANNESBURG
Disembark the train in Pretoria where you will be transferred to the airport in Johannesburg for your onward flight home or extend your trip with four nights in Rwanda. (B)
Note: Please do not schedule your onward flight until after 4:00 p.m.

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