Southern Africa: 
travel to the ends of the earth

SOUTH AFRICA - BOTSWANA - NAMIBIA - ZIMBABWE


At the edge of a fast-paced world, southern Africa’s beautiful, tranquil landscapes await. From Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, you’ll not only discover spectacular panoramas and tumultuous histories, but also incredible wildlife and carefully crafted menus that reflect the flavors and savors of Africa. This in-depth voyage will take you to the heart of one of the most beautiful natural reserves—Chobe National Park. On board your premium ship, the African Dream, you’ll discover the secrets of Lake Kariba—a veritable oasis at the other end of the earth—before taking in the grandeur of what David Livingstone called the “smoke that thunders,” Victoria Falls.

Southern Africa: travel to the ends of the earth.......


All inclusive on board                                            
  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined local cuisine 
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Tour leader or cruise director on board
  • Onboard activities and/or lectures
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included
SOUTH AFRICA - BOTSWANA - NAMIBIA - ZIMBABWE

Day 1: Johannesburg (South Africa)
Johannesburg (South Africa)
We’ll meet up at the hotel at 11:00 a.m.  Departure by coach with your guide. We’ll have lunch before visiting the Apartheid Museum which opened in 2001. It is famous the world over for being the first museum centering on South African history in the 20th century, and more particularly on Apartheid. Afterwards, we’ll set off for a panoramic tour of the city. In addition to being South Africa’s financial capital, Johannesburg is also the city of superlatives. It is indeed the richest town in Africa, with the tallest buildings and widest social discrepancies, but is also infused with one of the best atmospheres you’ll ever come across. We’ll arrive at our four-star hotel LS where you’ll be welcome to settle into your rooms before dinner. You’ll spend the night at the hotel.


Day 2: Johannesburg - Kasane - Arrival at Cascades Lodge (South Africa-Botswana-Namibia)
We’ll take a regular flight from Johannesburg to Kasane, Botswana. You’ll be transferred from the airport to your CroisiEurope lodge on board small private boats. Take advantage of your trip to observe the numerous bird species living among the flooded flatlands. You may even catch a glimpse of a few hippos or crocodiles basking in the sun! You’ll be greeted by our crew upon arrival and settle into your comfortable lodge ideally located in an island created by one of the tributaries of the Zambezi River. We’ll have dinner and spend the night at the lodge in absolute tranquility at the heart of the wilderness.

Day 3: Chobe National Park (Namibia-Botswana)
We’ll journey out on a full-day safari in Jeeps to explore the Chobe National Park that is home to more than 1/4 of the total elephant population in Africa. Enjoy lunch in a “floating restaurant” in the middle of the river where the views of the surrounding nature are unparalleled. Afterwards, we’ll board small private boats and sail off on Chobe River all the way to Sedudu Island and its marshes. We’ll have dinner and spend the night at the lodge.

Day 4: Impalila Island (Namibia)
Join us for a trip to authentic villages on Impalila Island, Namibia, to discover the traditional Namibian houses, culture and customs. We’ll return to our lodge for lunch. This afternoon, you can enjoy time at leisure at the lodge, taking advantage of the private pools and comfortable fittings, or join us for a discovery of the Zambezi River on small private boats. We’ll have dinner at the lodge. Tonight, let a local tell you all about the traditions of this particular island. We’ll spend the night at the lodge.

Day 5: Cascades Lodge - Kasane - Lake Kariba - BOARDING THE SHIP (Namibia-Botswana-Zimbabwe)
We’ll depart from the lodge for the Kasane airport. On board small private planes, you’ll be amazed at the stunning panoramas over Lake Kariba and the changing landscapes of the wilderness during your flight from Kasane to Kariba. You’ll be transferred to board the African Dream. Enjoy lunch on board after comfortably settling into your cabins. We’ll start sailing across the lake. Reaching over 140mi/200km in length and spanning a distance of approximately 25mi/40km at its widest point, the lake flooded flatlands, hills and forests alike, creating unique and emblematic landscapes. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

Day 6: LAKE KARIBA - SAILING ON THE GACHE-GACHE AND SANYATI RIVERS (Zimbabwe)
At sunrise, we’ll set sail through the rare and mysterious landscapes of Lake Kariba where drowned trees reach skywards from the depths of the reflecting water. We’ll set out on small private boats to discover the Gache Gache River and its unique wildlife. Gliding along its meanders, large bends and small, unspoiled inlets, you’ll be amazed by the magical atmosphere all around. We’ll return on board for lunch. This afternoon, we’ll discover one of the most impressive gorges to be found at Lake Kariba as we sail through the Sanyati Gorge until sundown. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

Day 7: LAKE KARIBA - MATUSADONA NATIONAL PARK (Zimbabwe)
We’ll journey out this morning on a safari to discover the area around Matusadona National Park. Bordered by the Sanyati and Ume Rivers, this 1,400km²/540 sq mi-large untouched area is home to numerous animal species such as elephants, hippos, crocodiles, buffalos as well as thousands of birds, among which the legendary African Sea Eagle, the majestic Yellow-billed Stork, or the Black Heron with its interesting hunting method. We might be lucky enough to cross paths with a big cat or two! The history of the park is closely linked with that of the lake: during the construction of the dam, the rising floodwaters affected the native wildlife although the damage was mitigated by Operation Noah, an initiative which saved the lives of over 6,000 animals. This rescue operation allowed for large mammals, big cats, impalas and more to be moved to Matusadona where hunting is strictly prohibited. We’ll enjoy lunch on board and start sailing again. During this time, a round table will be the opportunity to learn more about the creation of the Lake, its inhabitants as well as its ecosystem. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

Day 8: KARIBA - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
At sunrise, we’ll set sail towards Kariba to disembark and journey out to the airport.  We’ll discover the gigantic Kariba Dam which was created in 1955 to form Lake Kariba. Today, the dam serves as a source of electric power for 70% of Zimbabwe. You’ll get to discover the history and legends surrounding the creation of the lake, including the tale of NyamiNyami, the river god. We’ll fly out to Victoria Falls on board private planes. Enjoy an exceptional lunch cruise on the Zambezi River, upstream from the falls. This afternoon, we’ll leave for a tour on foot of the falls where the views are among the most exceptional in the world. We’ll also see where the Zambezi River plunges over the cliff to become the widest waterfall in the world, creating the “smoke that thunders.” Tonight, enjoy buffet dinner at the BOMA restaurant with an introduction to the African drum(1). We’ll spend the night at a four-star hotel LS.

Day 9:  Victoria Falls
Breakfast.
Optional early morning excursion: Soar over Victoria Falls in a helicopter (must be booked before departure). End of our services at the hotel.


**The tour itinerary can change depending on the weather.
The order of the visits can change.
The observation of wildlife can't be guaranteed.
The helicopter ride depends on suitable weather conditions.



South Africa and Cape of Good Hope cruise map
Highlights
  • Luxurious and comfortable lodge and ship
  • Unique cruise on Lake Kariba through emblematic and mysterious landscapes
  • Land and water safaris in Chobé and Matusadona National Parks
  • The grandness of Victoria Falls is waiting for you, on foot or on board a helicopter (optional)

Regular Price $6.275
per person twin share

Please call for departure dates
Including:
  • the domestic flight Johannesburg/Kasane - airport taxes (€120 - 2018 rates) 
  • accommodation in a double cabin in your choice of category 
  • double-occupancy accomodations in a first-class lodge and in 4* hotels 
  • all meals - drinks served at all meals and drinks served at the bar on the African Dream and at the lodge 
  • in Johannesburg and Victoria falls, drinks include: 1 water, 1 glass of local wine* or 1 soda or 1 local beer*, 1 tea or coffee per person and per meal 
  • the excursions mentioned in the program 
  • travel assistance and repatriation insurance 
  • tips (excluding tips for crew members on board the African Dream and at the lodge).

Tips : To make your vacation worry-free, the equivalent of €60 per passenger will be given to service providers in your destination countries as tips. We feel this amount is appropriate in consideration of local customs and practice


Excluding:
  • international flights and their taxes
  • flight between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg
  • transfers airport/hotel/airport
  • cancellation and baggage insurance
  • Zimbabwean visa (US$30 to this day, to be paid for on site in US$)
  • cancellation/baggage insurance
  • optional excursion
  • tips for crew members on board the African Dream and at the lodge (for informational purposes, daily tips per passenger amount to US$5)
  • the Botswana Tourism levy (US$30 to be paid for on site in US$, and likely to be applicable in the year)
  • personal expenses.

These cruises and tours are not recommended for persons with reduced mobility as we will walk along stony paths and slopes.
 
  • Your cruise on board the African Dream as well as your stay at the lodge are fully dedicated to the protected areas of Lake Kariba and Chobé National Park. Life on board and at the lodge revolves around the discovery and observation of the local fauna and flora, providing constant enchantment.
  • The domestic flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg will be provided by South African Airways or another airline serving Southern Africa.
  • The domestic flight from Johannesburg to Kasane will be provided by South African Airways or another airline serving Southern Africa.
  • Domestic flights for Lake Kariba will be provided by Central Air Transport Service, Safari Logistics or another airline serving Southern Africa.
  • For your own comfort, we will be taking small, private airplanes between Victoria Falls and Kariba, where your cruise on board the African Dream begins.
    The airline has limited passengers' luggage to a maximum of 20kgs (44 lbs) per traveler (including purses, checked and carry-on luggage.) Please note that hard-shell suitcases are not allowed.Therefore, appropriate luggage will be available at the Victoria Falls airport so that you only bring what you need for your cruise. The rest of your belongings will be safely stored in a secure room at the Victoria Falls airport for the entire duration of your cruise. You’ll be able to retrieve it at the end of your journey.
Please note: international flights are not included, our services start from the hotel in Johannesburg and end at the hotel in Victoria Falls.
Time difference: You can consult www.worldtimezone.com to see the time difference between your home and your destination.

PRECAUTIONS:
The following information has been put together from the official French website http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr which was updated on December 28th, 2017. It is given for guidance only and may be modified at any time. This information cannot anticipate the sovereign application thereof made by the authorities of the countries to be visited nor by the airlines.
There are no compulsory vaccinations for this destination except for passengers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever who may be required to produce proof of vaccination at the airport or at the border post.
However, it is strongly recommended that you ensure that your inoculations for the following diseases are up-to-date: Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A and B, Diphtheria and Typhoid. Consultation with your attending physician regarding antimalarial treatment and yellow fever vaccine is recommended.
Booster shots for tetanus, diphtheria and polio as well as rubella, mumps, measles and tuberculosis are recommended for minors.
As a general rule, please note that consultation with your attending physician or visiting an international vaccination center before departure is strongly recommended.