2023 : Golden Trails of East Africa : Johannesburg to Arusha : 1 Night Johannesburg (or 3 Nights Cape Town), 4-Night Safari Cruise, 2 Nights Victoria Falls, 2 Nights Johannesburg and 7 Nights Tanzania : ms Zambezi Queen


Golden Trails of Africa

1 Night Johannesburg (or 3 Nights Cape Town), 4-Night Safari Cruise, 2 Nights Victoria Falls, 2 Nights Johannesburg AND 7 Nights Tanzania

Your journey begins with an overnight stay in Johannesburg (option to start with 3 Nights in Cape Town). Next, fly to Kasane, Botswana and board the Zambezi Queen, your wildlife river cruise vessel on the Chobe River for the next 4 nights. Enjoy two Nights at Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. From here, fly to Johannesburg for two Nights at your intimate, all-suite hotel. Depart to Nairobi where a connecting flight brings you to your Tanzania safari. Enjoy two Nights at three of the four luxury Tanzanian lodges: Tarangire Treetops, The Manor at Ngorongoro, and the luxury-tented Serengeti Migration Camp or Serengeti Pioneer Camp.

COUNTRIES: Botswana, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe


Golden Trails of Africa

At A Glance

On our cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.

Included Features


  • 4 Nights deluxe accommodation in an air-conditioned balcony suite
  • Bottled water replenished daily


  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during the cruise and a Tour Director during land programs
  • Game viewing deck with pool
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar


  • All onboard dining, including a traditional African dinner
  • Regionally inspired cuisine
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and local spirits


  • Chobe National Park safari
  • Exclusive private picnic in Chobe National Park
  • Private boat safaris along the Chobe riverbank and its channels
  • Visit to an African village for a unique cultural interaction

    Land Program

  • 1 night at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, including daily breakfast
  • 2-night stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel in an upgraded Stable Wing room, including daily breakfast
  • Cocktail reception aboard a vintage steam train followed by dinner
  • Guided tour of Victoria Falls National Park
  • Exclusive Sundowner Cruise with tapas
  • 2 Nights at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, including daily breakfast
  • Special dinner and presentation
  • Soweto tour with local lunch
  • 1 night at Arusha Coffee Lodge
  • 2 Nights at Tarangire Treetops
  • 2 Nights at The Manor at Ngorongoro
  • 2 Nights at Serengeti Migration Camp or Serengeti Pioneer Camp
  • Daily game drives with no more than 6 guests per vehicle
  • Day room in Arusha
  • All airport transfers

    Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1 : ARRIVE IN Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA
    After being greeted at the airport by an AmaWaterways Representative, transfer to Fairlawns Hotel.

    Day 2 : Johannesburg - ZAMBEZI QUEEN - EMBARKATION
    After breakfast, fly to Kasane, Botswana where you'll board the elegant Zambezi Queen on the Namibia side of the Chobe River. Settle into to your stateroom and in the evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail Reception and Dinner. (B,D)

    Embark on an exhilarating morning boat safari. Return to the Zambezi Queen for lunch. Later in the day, enjoy another thrilling boat safari. (B,L,D)

    Join a full-day safari of Chobe National Park in open-top 4x4 vehicles. For lunch, take a seat under the trees and savor a delicious picnic. (B,L,D)

    Visit a typical African village spending time with the village children as well as its elders followed by lunch on board. During the afternoon, you can go on a boat safari, bird watch or fish, and then cap the day off with a festive African-themed dinner. (B,L,D)

    During breakfast, watch for wildlife as you cruise the Chobe River. Then transfer to Victoria Falls. Later, join a cocktail reception aboard a vintage steam train. (B)

    Day 7 : Victoria Falls
    . Spend the day touring Victoria Falls and then later enjoy a private sunset cruise along the Zambezi River observing a variety of game while enjoying tapas with drinks. (B)

    Day 8 : Victoria Falls - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA
    Fly to Johannesburg and then check into the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel. (B)

    Day 9 : Johannesburg
    Take a fascinating tour of Johannesburg and Soweto. Walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, visiting the Mandela House, followed by a township lunch. In the evening, enjoy a multi-course dinner. (B,L,D)

    Day 10 : Johannesburg - ARUSHA, Tanzania
    Fly to Arusha, via Dar es Salaam, where you'll be met by an AmaWaterways Representative at Kilimanjaro Airport and transferred to the Arusha Coffee Lodge. (B,D)

    Journey to Tarangire National Park, where you'll go on an adventurous safari before checking into Treetops Lodge. (B,L,D)

    Day 12 : TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK, Tanzania
    Experience the wonders of Tarangire with a full day of activities, including a morning bushwalk, an afternoon safari and a sunset drive. This is home to the highest number of breeding bird species in the world along with thousands of elephants, huge herds of buffalo, stately fringe-eared oryx and the towering kudu. (B,L,D)

    Day 13 : TARANGIRE - NGORONGORO, Tanzania
    Visit a Maasai village before enjoying a game drive through Manyara National Park, home to tree-climbing lions, giraffes, cheetahs, monkeys, impalas and baboons. Be treated to a picnic en route to The Manor at Ngorongoro. (B,L,D)

    Day 14 : NGORONGORO CRATER, Tanzania
    Go on a full-day exploration to the awe-inspiring Ngorongoro Crater. Once a gigantic volcano, it's the world's largest intact caldera offering a unique environment virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. The nearly three million years old caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Deep within the crater, some 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes and forests. A picnic will be served on the crater floor, followed by further exploration before heading back to The Manor. (B,L,D)

    Day 15 : NGORONGORO - SERENGETI, Tanzania
    Fly to the Serengeti and in the afternoon, go on a game drive to see the "Big Five." (B,L,D)

    Day 16 : SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, Tanzania
    Explore the vast Serengeti via an open safari cruiser during the morning and after lunch. It is not possible to say with any accuracy where the Great Migration of the Wildebeest will be located at any one time. There are several determining factors; however, one can be assured that if there is a good chance of seeing it, then this can be accomplished from the Pioneer Camp or Migration Camp. (B,L,D)

    Day 17 : SERENGETI - ARUSHA, Tanzania
    Take your final safari drive in the morning, and then transfer to the airstrip for your flight back to Arusha. Lunch will be served in the gardens of the lodge before your final transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport or extend your journey with four Nights in magical Rwanda. (B,L)

    Note: Please do not schedule your onward flight until after 6:00 p.m.

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    Cruise Line
    17 Days
    Cruise Ship
    ms Zambezi Queen

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    Day 1Johannesburg  
    Day 2Zambezi Queen  
    Day 3Zambezi Queen  
    Day 4Zambezi Queen  
    Day 5Zambezi Queen  
    Day 6Victoria Falls  
    Day 7Victoria Falls  
    Day 8Johannesburg  
    Day 9Johannesburg  
    Day 10Arusha  
    Day 11Tarangire National Park  
    Day 12Tarangire National Park  
    Day 13Ngorongoro  
    Day 14Ngorongoro Crater  
    Day 15Serengeti  
    Day 16Serengeti National Park  
    Day 17Arusha  

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    3-NIGHT Cape Town PRE-EXTENSIONInstead of spending your first night in Johannesburg, start your trip early and enjoy 3 Nights in Cape Town before the cruise. This includes a full-day Cape of Good Hope tour and a full-day Cape Winelands or Robben Island tour as well as an extra flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg. From $2,175 per person

    ImportantDates, prices & itineraries are subject to change

    Intra-Africa Air$2,625 per person including taxes and fuel surcharges.

    Single Supplement50% of twin price for Cat. SB & SA; 100% of twin price for Cat. MS. Please see terms below for details.

    BeddingPlease select bedding configuration at the time of booking: Option A: Two twin beds; Option B: One large bed

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