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Livingstone's Southern Africa with River Cruise

South Africa, Africa

from $6,495* per room 12 Days June, August-October
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Travcoa 24 people max
  • Johannesburg, south africa
  • Active & Adventure trips
Explore a little-known part of Africa by land and river on this unique expedition. The banks of the Chobe River boast among the most dense populations of wildlife on the African continent. From your luxurious suite on the new Zambezi Queen, embark on game-viewing cruises from small boats that allow you to get close to the elephant, lion, buffalo, giraffe, hippo and crocodile. Take a helicopter ride high over Victoria Falls — “The Smoke That Thunders” — and a one-of-a-kind elephant-back safari. Then it’s on to Lower Zambezi National Park where you’ll stay in the deluxe Royal Zambezi Lodge. See abundant wildlife and search for wild dogs as expert guides and trackers escort you on day and night game drives, walking safaris or river safaris in traditional African canoes. Join us on a luxurious modern-day expedition through these exotic lands.

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South Africa, Africa

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DAYS 1 & 2

Johannesburg, South Africa

Arrive in Johannesburg on Day 2 and transfer by private car to your deluxe hotel. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers and Travel Director at a festive cocktail reception and welcome dinner.

D’Oreale Hotel, Johannesburg

DAYS 3 – 5

Chobe River Cruise, Botswana

The great Chobe River divides Namibia’s Caprivi Strip from Botswana’s Chobe National Park, and the river’s exotic banks boast one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. After boarding your home for the next three nights — the luxurious Zambezi Queen — embark on the first of many game-viewing cruises from small boats that allow you to get close to the elephants, crocodiles and hippos that call the river home. When you’re not on safari, take a dip in the pool, enjoy a relaxing siesta, tour a local village by canoe or even do some fishing.

Zambezi Queen, Chobe River

DAYS 6 & 7

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Discover the natural wonders of Victoria Falls, “The Smoke That Thunders,” while on an elephant-back safari. Take a helicopter flight to get a bird’s-eye view of this natural wonder. The Edwardian-style Victoria Falls Hotel, known as “the Grand Dame of the Falls,” is just a few minutes walk from the famous falls using the hotel’s private pathway.

The Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe

DAYS 8 – 10

Lower Zambezi National Park

The pristine Lower Zambezi National Park occupies nearly 1,600 square miles of spectacular wilderness, home to lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos, hippos, zebras and an astonishing array of birdlife. Your luxurious accommodations, the Royal Zambezi Lodge, are located on the bank of the Zambezi River just opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe. While in this stunning setting, embark on game drives, river trips and walking safaris; then return to your luxurious camp for a cocktail at sunset and an intimate, private dinner under the stars.

Royal Zambezi Lodge, Lower Zambezi National Park

DAYS 11 & 12

Depart for Home

Fly back to Lusaka or Johannesburg to catch your flight home on Day 11, arriving home the following day.

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