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01756 706500 +44 1756 706500
Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Golden Trails of East Africa

See some of Southern Africa's most spectacular areas including the Chobe, Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Parks and explore Botswana along the Chobe River on Zambezi Queen on this unique 16-night cruise and land tour with hotel stays and game drives

Cruise Only
16 nights from £12852pp

Cruise and Land Tour Holiday
  • Sunset over Botswana
  • The luxurious Zambezi Queen
  • African Elephants
  • Enjoy unique experiences
  • Enjoy game drives
  • Candlelit dinner under the stars
  • Zebra

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Golden Trails of East Africa Special Offer

Enjoy an overnight stay in Johannesburg before flying to Kasane in Botswana to embark the elegant Zambezi Queen on the Chobe River. Experience the local cultures at a local African village and spot some of South Africa's wildlife in the Chobe National Park.

Transfer to Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders, for a 2-night stay and an evening Sundowner Dinner Cruise. Enjoy an overnight stay in Johannesburg to retrace the steps of Nelson Mandela and visit the Apartheid Museum.

Enjoy spectacular safaris, game-drives and a visit to a Masai Village. Spend two nights in a luxury Tree House on a private reserve in the Tarangire National Park, before enjoying lunch on the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater and heading to the Serengeti National Park.

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Golden Trails of East Africa Itinerary

Day 1 - Johannesburg (South Africa)

Upon your arrival in Johannesburg, transfer to your hotel where you will have the evening free.

Day 2 - Johannesburg - Zambezi Queen (Botswana)

After breakfast, fly to Kasane in Botswana to board elegant Zambezi Queen on the Chobe River. Enjoy a sunset cruise before a Welcome Cocktail and Dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Zambezi Queen

In the morning, embark on a boat safari to explore the Chobe River's game viewing. After returning to your ship for lunch, you will embark on another river safari: this time on a double decker barge with which provides the opportunity to see hippos and elephants in their natural habitat. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Zambezi Queen

Enjoy a full day safari of Chobe National Park in open-top 4x4 vehicles. Look out for elephants, giraffe, zebra, lions, hyenas and warthogs before settling down for a picnic under the shade of the trees. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Zambezi Queen

Visit a typical African village to experience the local culture. Spend time with the children and the elders of the village and learn about their everyday life. Lunch will be on board and then you may choose your activity for the afternoon from options such as bird-watching, fishing or boat safari. In the evening your crew will host an African themed dinner with musical entertainment. (B,L,D) (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Zambezi Queen - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

Disembark Zambezi Queen and 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. In the evening there will be a special cocktail reception on an iconic steam train followed by dinner. (B,D)

Day 7 - Victoria Falls

Enjoy a tour of the magnificent Victoria Falls with a local guide before free time in the afternoon for independent activities. Take a walk into town, relax in your hotel or join one of the optional excursions; such as, a wildlife park trail or helicopter ride. Tonight, there will be a festive Sundowner cruise with drinks, Tapas and music. (B)

Day 8 - Victoria Falls - Johannesburg (South Africa)

After breakfast fly to Johannesburg and transfer to your luxurious hotel. Before dinner, enjoy an informative discussion about the everyday life of the bushmen in the Kalahari Desert. (B,D)

Day 9 - Johannesburg

Discover the rich history of Johannesburg, from colonialism to apartheid and then democracy. Retrace the footsteps of Nelson Mandela with an in-depth look at Soweto, enjoying a 'township' lunch along the way. (B,L)

Day 10 - Johannesburg - Arusha (Tanzania)

Fly to Arusha where you will be met by a representative and transferred to the calm and peaceful Arusha Coffee Lodge. (B,D)

Day 11 - Arusha - Tarangire National Park

Enjoy a scenic drive to Tarangire for an afternoon safari. Spend your first night in Tree House which overlooks the Treetops' private reserve. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Tarangire National Park

Today there will be a full day of activities including game-drives and a sunset drive in the bush. Your meals at the Treetops will be enjoyable and unique. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Tarangire - Ngorongoro

Morning visit to a Masai village before heading to Lake Manyara National Park for a game-drive and picnic lunch and enjoying a trip to the renowned Ngorongoro Manor. (B,L,D)

Day 14 - Ngorongoro Crater

Today you will enjoy a full day exploring the Ngorongoro Crater which was once a gigantic volcano and is now one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. A picnic lunch will be served on the crater floor and after further exploration in the afternoon, you will head back to the Manor for cocktails, dinner and an overnight stay. (B,L,D)

Day 15 - Ngorongoro - Serengeti National Park

Transfer to the Manyara airstrip after breakfast, for your Serengeti flight. Enjoy a game drive en route to your luxurious camp, where lunch will be served. There will be another drive in the afternoon. (B,L,D)

Day 16 - Serengeti National Park

There will be two game drives today, to explore the vast Serengeti - one in the morning and one after lunch. (B,L,D)

Day 17 - Serengeti - Arusha

Your final safari drive will take place in the morning before you 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. Flights should not be scheduled for before 6:00pm. (B,L)

This itinerary is subject to change. Key: Breakfast - B, Lunch - L, Dinner - D

Price Includes

  • Zambezi Queen: 4 nights accommodation in balcony stateroom aboard Zambezi Queen including all meals and complimentary wine, beer and local spirits with lunch and dinner
  • Johannesburg: 1 night stay at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel with breakfast
  • Victoria Falls: 2-night stay at The Victoria Falls Hotel in upgraded Stable Wing Rooms including breakfast
  • Johannesburg: 2 nights at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel including breakfast
  • Tanzania Safari Lodges: 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
  • Guided excursions and game drives

Price Does Not Include

  • Return flights from the UK
  • Visas

Additional Information

  • MS Zambezi Queen Enjoy Chobe National Park game drives, private boat drives on the Chobe River, a visit to a traditional African village, and a traditional African Boma Dinner
  • Victoria Falls Enjoy a Zambezi River Sundowner Cruise and tour
  • Serengeti National Park Enjoy daily game drives
  • Tarangire National Park Enjoy safari drives, game-drives and a visit to Masai Village
  • Serengeti National Park Enjoy two game-drives and a safari drive

Cruise Extensions

  • Rwanda Extension Spend 4 nights in the Volcanoes National Park, home to the rare Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys. Please contact us for more details and pricing

Special Features

  • 20kg (44lbs) luggage allowance per person on all small charter flights. Bags must be soft with no frame or wheels i.e. a duffel bag.
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • February
    • Feb 23rd - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £12922
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £12972 Brochure Price from: £13183 Brochure Price from: £13676
      Blue Water Price from: £12922 Blue Water Price from: £13133 Blue Water Price from: £13626
  • March
    • Mar 15th - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £12993
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £13043 Brochure Price from: £13254 Brochure Price from: £13747
      Blue Water Price from: £12993 Blue Water Price from: £13204 Blue Water Price from: £13697
  • April
    • Apr 5th - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £12993
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £13043 Brochure Price from: £13254 Brochure Price from: £13747
      Blue Water Price from: £12993 Blue Water Price from: £13204 Blue Water Price from: £13697
    • Apr 19th - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £12993
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £13043 Brochure Price from: £13254 Brochure Price from: £13747
      Blue Water Price from: £12993 Blue Water Price from: £13204 Blue Water Price from: £13697
  • May
    • May 3rd - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £12993
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £13043 Brochure Price from: £13254 Brochure Price from: £13747
      Blue Water Price from: £12993 Blue Water Price from: £13204 Blue Water Price from: £13697
    • May 17th - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £13274
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £13324 Brochure Price from: £13535 Brochure Price from: £14028
      Blue Water Price from: £13274 Blue Water Price from: £13485 Blue Water Price from: £13978
  • June
    • Jun 7th - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £13486
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £13536 Brochure Price from: £13747 Brochure Price from: £14240
      Blue Water Price from: £13486 Blue Water Price from: £13697 Blue Water Price from: £14190
    • Jun 21st - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £13486
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £13536 Brochure Price from: £13747 Brochure Price from: £14240
      Blue Water Price from: £13486 Blue Water Price from: £13697 Blue Water Price from: £14190
  • July
    • Jul 5th - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £13486
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £13536 Brochure Price from: £13747 Brochure Price from: £14240
      Blue Water Price from: £13486 Blue Water Price from: £13697 Blue Water Price from: £14190
    • Jul 19th - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £13486
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £13536 Brochure Price from: £13747 Brochure Price from: £14240
      Blue Water Price from: £13486 Blue Water Price from: £13697 Blue Water Price from: £14190
  • August
    • Aug 2nd - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £13486
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £13536 Brochure Price from: £13747 Brochure Price from: £14240
      Blue Water Price from: £13486 Blue Water Price from: £13697 Blue Water Price from: £14190
    • Aug 16th - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £13486
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £13536 Brochure Price from: £13747 Brochure Price from: £14240
      Blue Water Price from: £13486 Blue Water Price from: £13697 Blue Water Price from: £14190
  • September
    • Sep 6th - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £13486
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £13536 Brochure Price from: £13747 Brochure Price from: £14240
      Blue Water Price from: £13486 Blue Water Price from: £13697 Blue Water Price from: £14190
    • Sep 20th - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £13486
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £13536 Brochure Price from: £13747 Brochure Price from: £14240
      Blue Water Price from: £13486 Blue Water Price from: £13697 Blue Water Price from: £14190
    • Sep 27th - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £13486
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £13536 Brochure Price from: £13747 Brochure Price from: £14240
      Blue Water Price from: £13486 Blue Water Price from: £13697 Blue Water Price from: £14190
  • October
    • Oct 4th - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £13486
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £13536 Brochure Price from: £13747 Brochure Price from: £14240
      Blue Water Price from: £13486 Blue Water Price from: £13697 Blue Water Price from: £14190
    • Oct 11th - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £13486
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £13536 Brochure Price from: £13747 Brochure Price from: £14240
      Blue Water Price from: £13486 Blue Water Price from: £13697 Blue Water Price from: £14190
    • Oct 18th - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £13486
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £13536 Brochure Price from: £13747 Brochure Price from: £14240
      Blue Water Price from: £13486 Blue Water Price from: £13697 Blue Water Price from: £14190
    • Oct 25th - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £13486
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £13536 Brochure Price from: £13747 Brochure Price from: £14240
      Blue Water Price from: £13486 Blue Water Price from: £13697 Blue Water Price from: £14190
  • November
    • Nov 1st - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £13274
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £13324 Brochure Price from: £13535 Brochure Price from: £14028
      Blue Water Price from: £13274 Blue Water Price from: £13485 Blue Water Price from: £13978
    • Nov 15th - Johannesburg to Arusha - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £12993
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £13043 Brochure Price from: £13254 Brochure Price from: £13747
      Blue Water Price from: £12993 Blue Water Price from: £13204 Blue Water Price from: £13697
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