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Golden Trails of East Africa

1 Night in Johannesburg, a 4-night safari cruise & 2 nights in Victoria Falls, overnight in Johannesburg, then 8 nights at Tanzanian luxury safari lodges in Arusha,Tarangire, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti

Golden Trails of East Africa

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2017 Departure Dates & Pricing

Johannesburg to Arusha - 17 day

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Ship - Zambezi Queen

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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
Welcome to Africa! Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your hotel in Sandton. Enjoy the night to relax, tomorrow morning your African journey begins.

Day 2:JOHANNESBURG – ZAMBEZI QUEEN (EMBARKATION DAY)

After breakfast at your hotel, you will fly to Kasane, Botswana via Johannesburg 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 3: ZAMBEZI QUEEN

This morning embark on a boat safari to explore the Chobe River’s spectacular game viewing. Journey back to the Zambezi Queen for lunch as well as time to relax on board and take in the scenery surrounding you at every turn. After lunch, enjoy an unforgettable visit to Kasenu village to experience the local culture first-hand. This evening you’ll head ashore for an African Boma Dinner, which features various flavorful local specialties. (B,L,D)

Day 4: ZAMBEZI QUEEN

Today, take a safari game-drive adventure into the Chobe National Park, home to one of the densest populations of wildlife in Africa. Experience your first game drive by vehicle as you set off in search for an array of different animals in Botswana’s most famous National Park. In the afternoon, join a safari by boat as you explore the banks of Chobe National Park, or go an expedition to catch the ferocious tigerfish. Unwind on board later with High Tea and a delicious dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 5: ZAMBEZI QUEEN

This morning enjoy an exciting private boat safari as well as a bird watching excursion to introduce you to then area’s local birdlife. Later you will also enjoy a slightly different version of a river safari aboard a special river barge which will allow you to venture into the southern channels. This excursion will offer you a new viewpoint to observe hippos and elephants in their natural habitat. Tonight, your Cruise Manager will host your Farewell Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 6: ZAMBEZI QUEEN (DISEMBARKATION DAY) – 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)

Day 7: 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 8: VICTORIA FALLS – JOHANNESBURG
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa. After arriving at your hotel, settle in to your suite or enjoy the lawns on the property grounds. A special dinner is arranged for you tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 9: JOHANNESBURG – NAIROBI – ARUSHA, TANZANIA

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in the morning before flying to Nairobi, Kenya. Upon arriving in Nairobi you be met by an AmaWaterways representative who will escort you to your connecting flight to Tanzania. After arriving in Tanzania you shall be picked up by a lodge representative from Kilimanjaro Airport and chauffeured to Arusha Coffee Lodge. Your stay at The Arusha Coffee Lodge will be for two nights and is on an all-inclusive basis. The Arusha Coffee Lodge is said to be haven for calming composure for the start of a Tanzanian safari. (B,L,D)

Day 10: ARUSHA, TANZANIA

After breakfast this morning, you will be welcomed with a briefing session on your safari followed by a ‘bean-to-cup’ coffee tour. Later, choose one of the activities available just for our guests such as a day of shopping at the famous Masai markets. This afternoon, perhaps sip champagne as you reminisce about the bygone eras of settlers, pioneers and explorers. Indulge yourself and unwind in the warm and home-style comfort of the Arusha Coffee Lodge with a dinner prepared by the lodge’s chef. (B,L,D)

Day 11: ARUSHA - TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA

After breakfast you will be chauffeured just minutes away to Arusha Airport to board our Executive Grand Caravan and fly to Kuro Airstrip in Tarangire National Park. On arrival, the Tarangire Treetops team will meet you for an exciting game drive and a lunch in the wilds of Africa, after which you will enter Treetops’ private reserve. Spend two magical nights on an all-inclusive basis in a Tree House that rests on the branches of thousand-year old marula and baobab trees. Listen as the winds seem to carry bedtime stories through ancient tree limbs to calm your senses and cradle your slumber. Nowhere, does fantasy come alive as it does here. Awaken to beautiful bird song and leave only your footprints as you walk alongside the creatures of the African wilderness. (B,L,D)

Day 12: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA

After breakfast at Treetops you will enjoy a full day of activities including game drives, a visit to an authentic Masai village, a game-walk, sundowners in the bush and a night game drive. Lunch and dinner will be served at Treetops in Tarangire. This national park in Tanzania has a stunning baobab-studded landscape and is a bird watcher’s paradise, containing the highest number of breeding bird species of any habitat in the world. It is also home to thousands of resident elephants and huge herds of buffalo, a good place to see leopards, lions and a wide variety of plains game. The park holds the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators – and is the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed. Dinner at Treetops is always a delight, whether it is in the Masai Manyatta under the stars with local Masai warriors to entertain you, or in the more sophisticated dhow-wood furnished restaurant overlooking the floodlit waterhole under a canopy of giant baobab trees. (B,L,D)

Day 13: TARANGIRE - NGORONGORO, TANZANIA

Today you will enjoy a morning game drive through Tarangire National Park en route to the airstrip. Upon arrival at Manyara Airstrip, the team from The Manor at Ngorongoro will meet you and take you to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive and where lunch will be served overlooking the lake. You will arrive at The Manor in time for high-tea. Here, your two-night stay will be in a cottage on an all-inclusive basis. The Manor at Ngorongoro, located on a huge coffee estate adjacent to the Ngorongoro Conservation area, enjoys magnificent views from coffee bushes to far-flung African horizons. Designed to celebrate the Cape Dutch settlers’ influence in the region, its sparkling, white-painted, ornate gables are set off perfectly amongst the mature, indigenous and exotic trees. (B,L,D)

Day 14: NGORONGORO CRATER, TANZANIA

After breakfast, your safari vehicle will take you on a full day of exploration of the Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania. Once a gigantic volcano, it is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with the famous 600 meter deep Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth and is home to a wide variety of animals. A picnic hamper lunch will be served on the crater floor. After lunch, you will explore more of the crater before heading back to the Manor for evening cocktails, dinner and overnight sojourn. Enjoy the splendor of watching the sun go down from your private terrace before an evening of sophisticated up–country hospitality in the magnificent main house. (B,L,D)

Day 15: NGORONGORO - SERENGETI, TANZANIA

After breakfast you will be chauffeured to Manyara Airstrip from where your flight to the Serengeti departs. Upon arrival at Lobo Airstrip you will be welcomed by the team from Serengeti Migration Camp and will get to enjoy a game drive en route to the camp where your lunch will be served. This afternoon, it is time to stretch your legs on a game walk, should you choose to join. Spend the next two nights at Serengeti Migration Camp in a luxurious safari tent, on an all-inclusive basis. Serengeti Migration camp is hidden in a beautiful place where silence and peace are so enchanting that they create a private symphony whose audience is your every sensation. Discover the pleasure of raw wilderness on a level never imagined. (B,L,D)

Day 16: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA

After breakfast you will spend the full day exploring the vast Serengeti. Enjoy a lunch in the bush, after which the afternoon will be spent game viewing. You will return to Serengeti Migration Camp in time for sundowners and dinner. It is not possible to say with any accuracy where the Great Migration of the Wildebeest will be at any one time. There are a number of determining factors; however, one can be assured that if there is a good chance of seeing it then this can be accomplished from Migration Camp. Today will be spent in an open safari cruiser, well stocked with a picnic hamper and cool drinks, for the great expedition to find the Migration. It’s important to remember that not all the animals in the Serengeti opt to join the wildebeest in their time-honored circuit to find the best grazing. Zebras certainly tag along and a good number of predators who are looking for the weak and unwary. But many species are quite happy with their own territory, which makes a day’s game driving in the Serengeti an absolute delight and an experience to be treasured and remembered. (B,L,D)

Day 17: SERENGETI - ARUSHA, TANZANIA

After breakfast enjoy a game drive en route to the Lobo airstrip in the Serengeti for your flight back to Arusha. Once again the team from Arusha Coffee Lodge will welcome you and show you your dayroom to freshen-up and relax. Lunch will be served in the gardens of the lodge before your final transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport where your African safari comes to a close. We trust you will bring home memories that will last a lifetime. (B,L)

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Advisements:

  • Valid passports and Visas are required for travel to Africa. Please consult with your Consulate for more information. Responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • OPTIONAL: It is possible to book a 3-night Cape Town Pre-Extension. Start your trip 2 nights earlier and join the rest of the group in Cape Town before the cruise. This pre-extension includes a full-day Cape Point tour, full-day Cape Winelands tour and an extra flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg. Call to inquire the additional cost per person.
2017 Departure Dates
Start City
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing a twin cabin
From Johannesburg
Hotel Check-in Date
Cruise Embarkation Date
Category Suite B w/ balcony - Middle Deck
Category Suite A w/ balcony - Lower Deck & Middle Deck
Master Suite w/ balcony - Lower Deck fwd & Middle Deck fwd
Mar 12, 2017
Mar 14, 2017
$14, 495
$14,744
$15,344
Apr 2, 2017
Apr 3, 2017
$14,795
$15,044
$15,644
Apr 23, 2017
Apr 24, 2017
$14,795
$15,044
$15,644
May 21, 2017
May 22, 2017
$14,995
$15,244
$15,844
Jun 18, 2017
Jun 19, 2017
$14,995
$15,244
$15,844
Jul 9, 2017
Jul 10, 2017
$14,995
$15,244
$15,844
Jul 23, 2017
Jul 24, 2017
$14,995
$15,244
$15,844
Aug 6, 2017
Aug 7, 2017
$14,995
$15,244
$15,844
Aug 20, 2017
Aug 21, 2017
$14,995
$15,244
$15,844
Sep 3, 2017
Sep 4, 2017
$14,995
$15,244
$15,844
Sep 17, 2017
Sep 18, 2017
$14,995
$15,244
$15,844
Oct 1,2017
Oct 2, 2017
$14,995
$15,244
$15,844
Oct 15, 2017
Oct 16, 2017
$14,995
$15,244
$15,844
Nov 5, 2017
Nov 6, 2017
$14,695
$14,944
$15,544
Nov 19, 2017
Nov 20, 2017
$14, 495
$14,744
$15,344
VISAS are required for travel to Africa. Please consult with your Consulate for more information.
Please note: On the Zambezi Queen, air conditioning only available in public areas. Staterooms have large fans.
Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. Option A: two twin beds; Option B: One double bed.
IMPORTANT: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
For Single Traveler: Single Supplement: 40% of twin price for Cat. SB & SA; 100% of twin price for Cat. MS
Intra-Africa Air: Additional $2,625 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges.

Prices Include:

JOHANNESBURG

  • 1 night at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, in a Grand Cheateau Suite including breakfast

ZAMBEZI QUEEN

  • 4 nights accommodation in balcony stateroom
  • Chobe National Park safari
  • Private boat safaris along the banks of the Chobe River
  • Visit to African village for a cultural interaction with the community
  • Traditional African Dinner
  • All meals included during the cruise with complimentary wine and beer

VICTORIA FALLS

  • 2-night stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel in upgraded Stable Wing Room including daily breakfast
  • Elephant Interaction Experience at a Wildlife Sanctuary and Orphanage followed by dinner
  • Exclusive Zambezi River Sundowner Cruise
  • Guided tour of Victoria Falls National Park

JOHANNESBURG

  • 2 nights at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel in Grand Chareau Suite including daily breakfast
  • Presentation and discussion focusing on the day-to-day life of the South African bushmen
  • Special multi-course dinner including South African wines
  • Soweto and Apartheid Museum tour with lunch

TANZANIA SAFARI LODGES

  • 1 night at Arusha Coffee Lodge
  • 2 nights at Tarangire Treetops in Tarangire National Park
  • 2 nights at The Manor at Ngorongoro
  • 2 nights at Serengeti Migration Camp, a luxury tented bush camp
  • Day room at Arusha Coffee Lodge on your last dayD
  • Daily game drives with no more than 6 guests per vehicle
  • All meals, drinks and laundry service included
Prices Do Not Include:
▪ Individual arrival and departure
▪ Transatlantic and Intra-Africa Air
▪ Air taxes and fuel surcharges
▪ Travel Insurance
▪ Gratuities
▪ Personal Expenses

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