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Rivers and Rails of Africa

Explore South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe on this incredible tour which combines exciting river cruising and a luxury rail journey to highlight the very best of Africa. Includes hotel stays in Cape Town and Victoria Falls, a 3-night Rovos Rail trip, game drives and guided excursions.

Cruise Only
12 nights from £10493pp

Cruise and Land Tour Holiday
  • Victoria Falls
  • Water game viewing
  • Cape Town
  • Rovos Rail
  • Victoria Falls

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

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Rivers and Rails of Africa Special Offer

This unique river and rail trip through Africa includes hotel stays in Cape Town and Victoria Falls, an unforgettable safari cruise on the Chobe river and finally a luxurious train journey through Zimbabwe.

Explore the paradise city of Cape Town during a three-night stay which includes a tour of the Atlantic Seaboard, a cableway journey up Table Mountain and a trip to sample local wines at two renowned wineries, or a visit to historic Robben Island. Next, head to Botswana for an unforgettable four-night Zambezi Queen Safari Cruise on the beautiful river Chobe. See how locals live in villages alongside the river, take special boat safaris to see hippos and elephants in their natural habitat and spend a full day exploring Chobe National Park in an open-top 4x4 vehicle.

Enjoy two nights at the natural wonder that is Victoria Falls, with a private Sundowner cruise, home-hosted lunch and steam train ride. Finish this trip of a lifetime with a three-night luxurious train journey through the dramatic landscapes of Zimbabwe and a remarkable safari in the Hwange Game Reserve.

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Rivers and Rails of Africa Itinerary

Day 1 - Cape Town (South Africa)

Situated amidst majestic mountains and surrounded by pristine white beaches, Cape Town is home to a rich cultural and historical heritage with lively restaurants and remarkable sightseeing activities. After your airport greeting, transfer to your hotel. Welcome Reception this evening.

Day 2 - Cape Town

Start the day by heading southeast on a coach along the Atlantic Seaboard. Check out the 12 Apostles, Hout Bay and Chapman's Peak along the way before stopping to explore the Cape of Good Hope which is still an iconic landmark for sailors today. Continue to Boulders Beach which is home to thousands of African Penguins, before having lunch overlooking False Bay. (B,L)

Day 3 - Cape Town

Take the cableway up the famous Table Mountain and appreciate the glorious views before enjoying a scenic drive through Cape Winelands, visiting two wineries for wine tastings. A delicious regional lunch will be provided along the way. Alternatively, board a ferry to Robben Island and take a guided tour of the place which once housed political prisoners. After lunch take the cable car to the summit of Table Mountain then you will have the opportunity to explore some of Cape Town’s diverse neighbourhoods. (B,L)

Day 4 - Cape Town - Zambezi Queen (Botswana)

After breakfast, fly to Kasane in Botswana and transfer to the beautiful Chobe River to embark your ship, the sophisticated Zambezi Queen. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail and Dinner on board. (B,D)

Day 5 - Zambezi Queen

Take a boat safari to explore the Chobe River's spectacular game viewing before returning to Zambezi Queen for lunch. Later, board a special river barge which will allow you to venture into the southern channels where you can see elephants and hippos in their natural habitat. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Zambezi Queen

Today you will have the opportunity to spot elephants, giraffes, zebra, warthogs, cape buffalo and prides of lions as you tour the spectacular Chobe National Park in an open-top 4x4 vehicle. This full day safari includes a delightful picnic lunched served under the trees. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Zambezi Queen

Start your day with a trip to an African village where you can meet the people of the village, learn about their day-to-day life and fully immerse yourself in the local culture. In the afternoon, choose from a boat safari, bird watching trip or fishing before finishing the day with an all-singing all-dancing African-themed dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Zambezi Queen – Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

After bidding farewell to the Zambezi Queen, you will transfer to one of the greatest natural wonders on earth, the legendary Victoria Falls. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the town or relax at the hotel. This evening, board a historic steam train and travel back in time as you journey onto the magnificent Victoria Falls Bridge. Cocktails and appetisers will be served along the way. Dinner will be served at the hotel this evening. (B,D)

Day 9 - Victoria Falls

Begin your day with a guided tour of the remarkable Victoria Falls before enjoying an afternoon at leisure. Perhaps have a stroll into town for an afternoon of shopping or relax at the luxury hotel. As the evening draws in, set sail on a special Sundowner cruise complete with music, tapas and drinks. (B)

Day 10 - Victoria Falls – Rovos Rail

Venture into the town of Victoria Falls for a tour of the local neighbourhoods where you can learn about the day-to-day lives of the locals and enjoy a delicious home hosted lunch. This afternoon, transfer to the Victoria Falls train station and embark the Rovos Rail luxury train. Dinner is served in the dinner car tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Rovos Rail

The day will begin with an early morning trip to the Hwange Game Reserve where you will take part in an exciting safari before heading back to the train for a delicious brunch. Delectable dinner selections will be served as you journey towards South Africa. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Rovos Rail (South Africa)

Today you will arrive in South Africa, the last destination of this journey. Lunch will be served as the train passes through baobab tree country, home to ancient trees which look as if they have been uprooted and put back into the ground upside down. This evening, enjoy your final dinner on board. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Rovos Rail - Johannesburg

Enjoy a final breakfast on board the train before arriving in Pretoria. From there you will be transferred to the airport in Johannesburg to begin your journey home. Please do not schedule onward flights before 4:00pm (B).

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

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
  • Cape Town: 3-night stay at the Cape Grace Hotel in upgraded Luxury Table Mountain view room including breakfast
  • Victoria Falls: 2-night stay at The Victoria Falls Hotel in upgraded Stable Wing Rooms including breakfast
  • Rovos Rail: 3-night journey on the Rovos Rail luxury train in upgraded Deluxe Suite
  • Intra-Africa flights
  • Guided excursions and game drives

Price Does Not Include

  • Return flights from the UK
  • Visas

Cruise Extensions

  • Rwanda Extension Extend your holiday with a 4-night stay in Rwanda for the chance to see rare Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys in the spellbinding Volcanoes National Park. Please contact us for more details
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • March
    • Mar 8th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10493
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10543 Brochure Price from: £10754 Brochure Price from: £11247
      Blue Water Price from: £10493 Blue Water Price from: £10704 Blue Water Price from: £11197
    • Mar 15th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10493
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10543 Brochure Price from: £10754 Brochure Price from: £11247
      Blue Water Price from: £10493 Blue Water Price from: £10704 Blue Water Price from: £11197
    • Mar 29th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10493
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10543 Brochure Price from: £10754 Brochure Price from: £11247
      Blue Water Price from: £10493 Blue Water Price from: £10704 Blue Water Price from: £11197
  • April
    • Apr 12th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10493
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10543 Brochure Price from: £10754 Brochure Price from: £11247
      Blue Water Price from: £10493 Blue Water Price from: £10704 Blue Water Price from: £11197
    • Apr 19th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10493
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10543 Brochure Price from: £10754 Brochure Price from: £11247
      Blue Water Price from: £10493 Blue Water Price from: £10704 Blue Water Price from: £11197
    • Apr 26th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10563
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10613 Brochure Price from: £10824 Brochure Price from: £11317
      Blue Water Price from: £10563 Blue Water Price from: £10774 Blue Water Price from: £11267
  • May
    • May 3rd - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10704
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10754 Brochure Price from: £10965 Brochure Price from: £11458
      Blue Water Price from: £10704 Blue Water Price from: £10915 Blue Water Price from: £11408
    • May 17th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10704
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10754 Brochure Price from: £10965 Brochure Price from: £11458
      Blue Water Price from: £10704 Blue Water Price from: £10915 Blue Water Price from: £11408
    • May 31st - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10915
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10965 Brochure Price from: £11176 Brochure Price from: £11669
      Blue Water Price from: £10915 Blue Water Price from: £11126 Blue Water Price from: £11619
  • June
    • Jun 14th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10915
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10965 Brochure Price from: £11176 Brochure Price from: £11669
      Blue Water Price from: £10915 Blue Water Price from: £11126 Blue Water Price from: £11619
  • July
    • Jul 5th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10915
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10965 Brochure Price from: £11176 Brochure Price from: £11669
      Blue Water Price from: £10915 Blue Water Price from: £11126 Blue Water Price from: £11619
    • Jul 19th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10915
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10965 Brochure Price from: £11176 Brochure Price from: £11669
      Blue Water Price from: £10915 Blue Water Price from: £11126 Blue Water Price from: £11619
  • August
    • Aug 2nd - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10915
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10965 Brochure Price from: £11176 Brochure Price from: £11669
      Blue Water Price from: £10915 Blue Water Price from: £11126 Blue Water Price from: £11619
    • Aug 16th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10915
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10965 Brochure Price from: £11176 Brochure Price from: £11669
      Blue Water Price from: £10915 Blue Water Price from: £11126 Blue Water Price from: £11619
    • Aug 30th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10915
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10965 Brochure Price from: £11176 Brochure Price from: £11669
      Blue Water Price from: £10915 Blue Water Price from: £11126 Blue Water Price from: £11619
  • September
    • Sep 13th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10915
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10965 Brochure Price from: £11176 Brochure Price from: £11669
      Blue Water Price from: £10915 Blue Water Price from: £11126 Blue Water Price from: £11619
    • Sep 27th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10915
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10965 Brochure Price from: £11176 Brochure Price from: £11669
      Blue Water Price from: £10915 Blue Water Price from: £11126 Blue Water Price from: £11619
  • October
    • Oct 4th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10915
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10965 Brochure Price from: £11176 Brochure Price from: £11669
      Blue Water Price from: £10915 Blue Water Price from: £11126 Blue Water Price from: £11619
    • Oct 11th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10915
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10965 Brochure Price from: £11176 Brochure Price from: £11669
      Blue Water Price from: £10915 Blue Water Price from: £11126 Blue Water Price from: £11619
    • Oct 18th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10774
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10824 Brochure Price from: £11035 Brochure Price from: £11528
      Blue Water Price from: £10774 Blue Water Price from: £10985 Blue Water Price from: £11478
  • November
    • Nov 1st - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10633
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10683 Brochure Price from: £10894 Brochure Price from: £11387
      Blue Water Price from: £10633 Blue Water Price from: £10844 Blue Water Price from: £11337
    • Nov 8th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10563
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10613 Brochure Price from: £10824 Brochure Price from: £11317
      Blue Water Price from: £10563 Blue Water Price from: £10774 Blue Water Price from: £11267
    • Nov 15th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10493
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10543 Brochure Price from: £10754 Brochure Price from: £11247
      Blue Water Price from: £10493 Blue Water Price from: £10704 Blue Water Price from: £11197

2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • February
    • Feb 21st - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10633
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10683 Brochure Price from: £10894 Brochure Price from: £11387
      Blue Water Price from: £10633 Blue Water Price from: £10844 Blue Water Price from: £11337
  • March
    • Mar 13th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10704
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10754 Brochure Price from: £10965 Brochure Price from: £11458
      Blue Water Price from: £10704 Blue Water Price from: £10915 Blue Water Price from: £11408
  • April
    • Apr 3rd - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10704
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10754 Brochure Price from: £10965 Brochure Price from: £11458
      Blue Water Price from: £10704 Blue Water Price from: £10915 Blue Water Price from: £11408
    • Apr 17th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10704
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10754 Brochure Price from: £10965 Brochure Price from: £11458
      Blue Water Price from: £10704 Blue Water Price from: £10915 Blue Water Price from: £11408
  • May
    • May 1st - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10915
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10965 Brochure Price from: £11176 Brochure Price from: £11669
      Blue Water Price from: £10915 Blue Water Price from: £11126 Blue Water Price from: £11619
    • May 15th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10915
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10965 Brochure Price from: £11176 Brochure Price from: £11669
      Blue Water Price from: £10915 Blue Water Price from: £11126 Blue Water Price from: £11619
  • June
    • Jun 5th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £11197
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £11247 Brochure Price from: £11458 Brochure Price from: £11951
      Blue Water Price from: £11197 Blue Water Price from: £11408 Blue Water Price from: £11901
    • Jun 19th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £11197
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £11247 Brochure Price from: £11458 Brochure Price from: £11951
      Blue Water Price from: £11197 Blue Water Price from: £11408 Blue Water Price from: £11901
  • July
    • Jul 3rd - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £11197
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £11247 Brochure Price from: £11458 Brochure Price from: £11951
      Blue Water Price from: £11197 Blue Water Price from: £11408 Blue Water Price from: £11901
    • Jul 17th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £11197
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £11247 Brochure Price from: £11458 Brochure Price from: £11951
      Blue Water Price from: £11197 Blue Water Price from: £11408 Blue Water Price from: £11901
    • Jul 31st - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £11197
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £11247 Brochure Price from: £11458 Brochure Price from: £11951
      Blue Water Price from: £11197 Blue Water Price from: £11408 Blue Water Price from: £11901
  • August
    • Aug 14th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £11197
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £11247 Brochure Price from: £11458 Brochure Price from: £11951
      Blue Water Price from: £11197 Blue Water Price from: £11408 Blue Water Price from: £11901
  • September
    • Sep 4th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £11197
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £11247 Brochure Price from: £11458 Brochure Price from: £11951
      Blue Water Price from: £11197 Blue Water Price from: £11408 Blue Water Price from: £11901
    • Sep 18th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £11197
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £11247 Brochure Price from: £11458 Brochure Price from: £11951
      Blue Water Price from: £11197 Blue Water Price from: £11408 Blue Water Price from: £11901
    • Sep 25th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £11197
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £11247 Brochure Price from: £11458 Brochure Price from: £11951
      Blue Water Price from: £11197 Blue Water Price from: £11408 Blue Water Price from: £11901
  • October
    • Oct 2nd - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £11197
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £11247 Brochure Price from: £11458 Brochure Price from: £11951
      Blue Water Price from: £11197 Blue Water Price from: £11408 Blue Water Price from: £11901
    • Oct 9th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £11197
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £11247 Brochure Price from: £11458 Brochure Price from: £11951
      Blue Water Price from: £11197 Blue Water Price from: £11408 Blue Water Price from: £11901
    • Oct 16th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £11056
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £11106 Brochure Price from: £11317 Brochure Price from: £11810
      Blue Water Price from: £11056 Blue Water Price from: £11267 Blue Water Price from: £11760
    • Oct 23rd - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £11056
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £11106 Brochure Price from: £11317 Brochure Price from: £11810
      Blue Water Price from: £11056 Blue Water Price from: £11267 Blue Water Price from: £11760
    • Oct 30th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10915
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10965 Brochure Price from: £11176 Brochure Price from: £11669
      Blue Water Price from: £10915 Blue Water Price from: £11126 Blue Water Price from: £11619
  • November
    • Nov 13th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £10704
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite Cat MS Master Suite
      Brochure Price from: £10754 Brochure Price from: £10965 Brochure Price from: £11458
      Blue Water Price from: £10704 Blue Water Price from: £10915 Blue Water Price from: £11408
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