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Wildlife & Safari
River Journeys
Africa
Oct - Nov

Stay on one of the world's most dramatic rivers with a floating safari on the luxurious houseboat, the Zambezi Queen. The Chobe River rests on the border of Namibia and Botswana in the heart of Africa. See wildlife from the special perspective of the river on small launch excursions, experience the changing moods of the river through the day and relax in this pristine environment. The river stay is easily combined with exciting Cape Town and just upriver from the famous Victoria Falls. 

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  • Full Day Cape Point Tour
  • Excursion of the Cape Winelands
  • Victoria Falls Sunset Cruise
  • Steam train to Victoria Falls dinner experience
  • Zambezi Queen river safari

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  • Days 1 - 2
    Arrive in Cape Town
    Depart from UK for overnight flight to Cape Town.
  • Day 2
    Cape Town

    On arrival meet and greet at Cape Town International Airport.Private road transfer from Cape Town International Airport to Winchester Mansions - Standard Sedan With Driver

    Winchester Mansions are situated at the famous Sea Point Promenade facing the Atlantic coastline, only minutes from the V&A Waterfront to which guests are offered a complimentary shuttle service. The original Cape Dutch architecture combined with personalized hospitality and professional service form the hotel’s unique classic elegance signature. Business and leisure travellers can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere that is set against the backdrop of the mountain and overlooking the swell of the Atlantic. Experience a dash of flair as the contemporary elegance of Winchester Mansions provides the perfect setting of a romantic courtyard, stylish restaurant and luxury rooms with spectacular sea or mountain views. The hotel boasts 51 classic or contemporary loft style rooms and 25 suites, including one presidential suite. Bistro by day and restaurant by night, Harvey’s at Winchester Mansions offers guests South African cuisine with a European twist.

    This non sea-facing room is furnished in a traditional style.  It has air-conditioning, a stocked mini-bar fridge, remote control satellite television, an electronic safe, tea and coffee making facilities, wireless internet access, a hairdryer and a beautiful spacious bathroom with a separate walk-in shower
             
    Accommodation : Winchester Mansions (Classic Room)
    Meals : Bed & Breakfast

  • Day 3
    Full-day Cape Point tour

    Day Tour: Scheduled Full Day Cape Point Tour - Daily

    Your journey to Cape Point takes us along the scenic Atlantic seaboard coastal road. Pass the pristine beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay with their soft white sand and azure blue water. The formidable 12 Apostles Peaks rise above the road on one side, while sheer cliffs and incredible rock formations drop into the icy Atlantic Ocean on the other side. There is no doubt the coast of the Cape peninsula offers magnificent scenery with its great biodiversity. Arrive at the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay with its imposing Sentinel. Visit Seal Island (own account) or shop for souvenirs at the craft market at the harbour. Your tour continues over Chapman’s Peak which offers amazing photo opportunities, and onto the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. This area is home to magnificent ‘fynbos’, many different species of antelope and birds, the Cape Mountain Zebra, and mischievous baboons. These creatures entertain guests enjoying lunch (own account) at the restaurant, which has splendid views of False Bay. Take the funicular (own account) to the lighthouse to see the meeting of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the Cape Point. Visit Boulders Beach to see the Jackass penguins, travel through the naval base of Simonstown and then venture inland to your last stop of the day at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (own account). With the sun setting over the tall peaks of Table Mountain the last rays sparkle on the trees and flowers, and offer a fitting end to a day filled with all the Cape has to offer.

    Option includes: Cape Point gate entrance, Chapman's peak entrance and Boulders beach entrance

    Option excludes: Seal Island cruise ticket, Cape Point funicular ticket, lunch, and Kirstenbosh Botanical Gardens entrance.

    Accommodation : Winchester Mansions (Classic Room)
    Meals : Bed & Breakfast

  • Day 4
    Full-day Winelands tour

    Day Tour: Scheduled Full Day Winelands Tour - Daily

    Heading north to Paarl, your first stop this morning is at Anura Wine Estate for a cheese and wine tasting. Then the tour makes its way to Franschhoek, with a photo stop en route, at the Groot Drakenstein Prison where Nelson Mandela was released in Feb 1990. The village of Franschhoek nestled amongst the mountains, can easily be mistaken as being in Switzerland. After a short tour of the little town, a second wine tasting will take place in Franschhoek, followed by a lunch stop (optional – own account), and maybe a chance to try some of the fresh trout that Franschhoek is known for. After lunch the tour continues over the Hells Hoogte Mountain Pass to Stellenbosch. It is easy to understand why Simon van der Stel decided to settle a village amongst the mountains. The backdrop of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads and the oak lined streets and lanes all blend in to give this place a charm that will not be forgotten. Time permitting; you will include a third wine tasting. Return to Cape Town with amazing photos and fond memories.

    Option includes: 3 Wine tastings (3rd tasting time permitting) + 1 with cheese, cellar tour

    Option excludes: Lunch at Franschhoek is optional and not included in the price

    Accommodation : Winchester Mansions (Classic Room)
    Meals : Bed & Breakfast

  • Day 5
    Cape Town to Victoria Falls

    After breakfast transfer to Cape Town airport for flight to Victoria Falls. On arrival meet and greet and scheduled road transfer to Ilala Lodge.

    The perfect base from which to explore the majestic Victoria Falls which is also one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. Victoria Falls accommodation at Ilala Lodge Hotel provides distinguished yet affordable accommodation in a gracious and secluded setting. Ilala Lodge Hotel is ideally situated on the Zimbabwean side of the mighty Zambezi River, where it is the closest hotel to the magnificent Victoria Falls. The falls, recently voted one of the World's Seven Natural Wonders, are within easy walking distance for guests, as is the Victoria Falls town centre. Wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns and restaurant diners can see the spray of the falls in the background while they listen to the majestic roar of "the smoke that thunders" and enjoy Zimbabwe's finest cuisine in Ilala's Palm Restaurant

    Deluxe Twin or King bedded rooms have en-suite bathrooms with walk in shower (no bath), his & her basins. Air conditioning, overhead fan, satellite TV, hair dryer, safe, free Wi-Fi, bar fridge, room service and individual coffee and tea facilities. Enjoy the private patio with sliding doors from the bedrooms, with magnificent views of the sun rising over the Victoria Falls.

    Accommodation : Ilala Lodge (Deluxe Room)
    Meals : Breakfast

  • Day 6
    Victoria Falls tour

    Activity: Tour of the Falls
    Including: Park fees                     

    The Victoria Falls reaches Its Zenith in About May Each Year. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience, the sight, the sound, the smell and the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality and nothing prepares you for your first sight. This tour is conducted in the morning and afternoon. En route, guests may be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where they may stop and take photos. Guests will be accompanied through the Rainforest by a qualified Guide who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Raincoats are provided when needed.

    Accommodation : Ilala Lodge (Deluxe Room)
    Meals : Breakfast

  • Day 7
    Bushtracks Express

    Activity: Bushtracks Express Dinner Run - Per person

    The Bushtracks Express consists of three carriages, beautifully restored by Rohan Vos of Rovos Rail and pulled by a 14a Locomotive 512. The train is fully air-conditioned and the carriages consist of the Observation Car, Club Car, and the Dining Car which is the sister of the famous Wembley Dining Car.

    The Observation Car houses a bar and veranda viewing deck. Smoking is only permitted on the outside deck and not inside any of the carriages. The Club Car otherwise houses the small lounge and bar, as well as the kitchen. This can be used as a pre-dinner drinks private venue for approximately 10-12 guests. The Dining Car has the original fans and the 7 x 4 and 8 x 2 table configuration for guests to enjoy dinner aboard the locomotive.

    Set departures on Tuesdays and Fridays only.
    No transfers are required as the train station is in walking distance of the lodge.

    Accommodation : Ilala Lodge (Deluxe Room)
    Meals : Breakfast

  • Days 8 - 11
    Zambezi Queen

    After breakfast scheduled road transfer from Ilala Lodge to Kasane Immigration office/Zambezi Queen boarding area

    Moving along the banks of the great Chobe River, Zambezi Queen is a 5-star, 42-metre long luxury houseboat offering unparalleled sophistication in one of the most remote locations on the planet. Best of all, as a guest on the vessel, you can enjoy a truly unique and adventurous river safari holiday while still being surrounded by complete comfort and elegance. With ten standard suites and four master suites, the Zambezi Queen is a boutique floating hotel offering unsurpassed elegance and luxurious comfort.  Departing three days a week, this unique African river safari traverses 25km of the Chobe River while you soak up beautiful scenery, enjoy mouth-watering food and enjoy unparalleled game viewing.

    3 Night Itinerary - Zambezi Queen in a Suite on Fully Inclusive basis
    Please note that should you arrive at Chobe Marina Lodge before 13h00, you will remain in the comfort of the lodge where you are able to relax in the air-conditioned riverside lounge offering Zambezi Queen clients a complimentary coffee station. You can also make use of the public areas & use the complimentary WIFI of the hotel before our Zambezi Queen staff collects you from the Riverside Lounge at 13h00 to transfer you to Zambezi Queen. Please note that all drinks and food ordered, other than what is on offer at our coffee station will be for your own account to settle before you depart to the Zambezi Queen.

    Day 1: Friday
    13h00 – 16h00 Estimated Time of Arrival at Chobe Marina Lodge (Botswana)
    Enter through the reception of the Chobe Marina Lodge and look out for the Zambezi Queen sign pointing you to the Riverside Lounge & Bar.
    Meet the Zambezi Queen staff who will assist you with your luggage and the immigration forms.
    Complimentary tea & coffee will be available in the comfort of the Riverside Lounge.
    Your luggage will be taken by the Zambezi Queen staff to your Zambezi Queen suite.
    Boat Transfer: Chobe Marina Lodge – Kasane Immigration Office
    Passport Control: Kasane Immigration Office as you are exiting Botswana
    Boat Transfer: Kasane Immigration Office – Namibia Immigration Office
    Passport Control: Namibia Immigration Office as you are entering Namibia
    Boat Transfer: Namibia Immigration Office – Zambezi Queen

    Note: Kasane Immigration Office & Namibia Immigration Office closes at 16h30 thus all passengers must arrive before 16h00 at Kasane Immigration Office on the Botswana side of the Chobe River
    Passengers embarking after 14h30 will be served a snack on board Zambezi Queen

    16h00 Estimated Arrival Time on Zambezi Queen
    Enjoy an afternoon sail on either the main vessel or on tender boats (weather dependant)
    19h00 Safety Briefing
    19h30 Three-course set-menu Dinner on-board Zambezi Queen commences
    22h00 Generator shuts down and the inverter system kicks in (only reading lights & LED lighting available)
    Enjoy a quiet African night.
    Overnight: Zambezi Queen

    Day 2: Saturday
    06h00 Generator starts up and you are now able to charge your electronic devices
    Coffee & Tea available in the dining / lounge area on the upper deck
    07h30 Breakfast commences on board the Zambezi Queen
    After breakfast you have the option of visiting a local African Village on the Namibian side of the Chobe River.
    Return for lunch on board Zambezi Queen


    13h30 Lunch on board Zambezi Queen
    Rest and Relaxation
    Enjoy the pool deck or spend time in the lounge as you view the river and the wildlife around you
    In the afternoon you have the option of one of the following activities:
    Water based game viewing on tender boat
    Fishing from fishing boat
    Or Water based game viewing on tender boat

    19h30 Traditional African dinner on board the Zambezi Queen, including African singing and dancing
    22h00 Generator shuts down and the inverter system kicks in (only reading lights & LED lighting available)
    Enjoy a quiet African night.
    Overnight: Zambezi Queen

    Day 3: Sunday
    06h00 Generator starts up and you are now able to charge your electronic devices
    Coffee & Tea available in the dining / lounge area on the upper deck
    07h30 Breakfast on board the Zambezi Queen
    After breakfast you have the option of one of the following activities:
    Water based game viewing on tender boat
    Or Fishing from fishing boat
    Or Land based 4 x 4 safari in the Chobe National Park (passport required) (additional cost)

    Return for lunch on board Zambezi Queen
    Rest and Relaxation
    Enjoy the pool deck or spend time in the lounge as you view the river and the wildlife around you
    In the afternoon you have the option of one of the following activities:
    Water based game viewing on tender boat
    Or Fishing from fishing boat

    19h30 Three-course set-menu Dinner on-board Zambezi Queen
    Enjoy time relaxing in the lounge with after dinner drinks
    22h00 Generator shuts down and the inverter system kicks in (only reading lights & LED lighting available)
    Enjoy a quiet African night.
    Overnight: Zambezi Queen

    Day 4: Monday
    06h00 Generator starts up and you are now able to charge your electronic devices
    Coffee & Tea available in the dining / lounge area on the upper deck
    07h30 Breakfast on board the Zambezi Queen
    08h30 - 10h30 Disembarking the Zambezi Queen depending on onward arrangements
    Boat Transfer: Zambezi Queen - Namibia Immigration Office
    Passport Control: Namibia Immigration Office as you are exiting Namibia
    Boat Transfer: Namibia Immigration Office - Kasane Immigration Office
    Passport Control: Kasane Immigration Office as you are entering Botswana
    Boat Transfer: Kasane Immigration Office – Chobe Marina Lodge

    You will be escorted to the Riverside Lounge where you are able to relax in the air-conditioned lounge, make use of the public areas & use the complimentary WIFI of the hotel before your transfer company collects you from the lodge reception where your luggage will be.

    Please note that should you depart Chobe Marina Lodge after 11h00 you will be taken to the Riverside Lounge, where you will be able to relax in the air-conditioned lounge, make use of the public areas & use the complimentary WIFI of the hotel before your transfer company collects you from the lodge reception.
    All drinks and food, other than the Zambezi Queen coffee station items will be for your own account and needs to be settled before your departure.

    Zambezi Queen sails on the Chobe River, which is the natural boundary between Botswana & Namibia. Sailing is subject to weather and water conditions and at the discretion of the captain
    Please note that the timings above should be used as guideline only as all services are dependent on outside factors. Itinerary subject to change at management discretion. Program is subject to change.

    Option includes: Accommodation on board Zambezi Queen; All meals on board Zambezi Queen; All soft drinks, mineral water, coffee & tea, beer & wine throughout your stay on ZQ; Water-based game viewing and bird watching on tender boats; A land-based cultural tour of a local village; Tiger & bream fishing in season; Road Transfers to/ from Kasane Airport and Chobe Marina Lodge (located close to Kasane Immigration Office on the Botswana side of the Chobe river. Boat Transfers to/ from Chobe Marina Lodge and the Zambezi Queen; 15% VAT and tourism levy

    Option excludes: Air tickets; Alcoholic beverages (such as bubbly, spirits & dessert wines); Additional transfers; A land-based half- day 4x4 game viewing in Botswana's Chobe National Park (passport required); Curio Shop purchases; Gratuities and Visa Fees

  • Days 11 - 12
    Return flight
    Scheduled road transfer from the Kasane Immigration Office/Zambezi Queen boarding area to Kasane Airport for your flight back home.
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This trip includes

3 nights at the Winchester Mansion - Classic room 

3 nights at Ilala Lodge - Deluxe room 
Tour of Victoria Falls 
Dinner on Bushtracks train
3 nights on the Zambezi Queen - Suite 
All road transfers included 
International flights included in Economy class 
Price based for departure 27 October 2017

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