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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.

Fly Cruise
12 nights from £19749pp

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

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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.

F440 Operated by AmaWaterways


Rivers and Rails of Africa Itinerary

Day 1 - Cape Town (South Africa)

Situated amidst majestic mountains and lined with pristine beaches, Cape Town has a rich cultural heritage with extraordinary attractions. After being greeted at the airport by an AmaWaterways representative, transfer to Cape Grace Hotel. Get to know your Tour Director and fellow travelers at the Welcome Reception. (WR)

Day 2 - Cape Town

Embark on a full-day exploration along one of the world’s most stunning routes, taking you past the 12 Apostles, Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope, first rounded in modern times in 1488 by the Portuguese in their attempt to establish trade in the Far East and still a significant landmark for sailors today. Visit Boulders Beach, home to thousands of African penguins, and then be treated to lunch with drinks overlooking beautiful False Bay. (B,L)

Day 3 - Cape Town

Take a cableway up to Table Mountain followed by a trip to the Cape Winelands where you’ll visit two of its best vineyards, complete with wine tasting. A delicious lunch will be included along the way. Or choose to explore another side of Cape Town at famous Robben Island, once used as a prison for many political inmates, including Nelson Mandela. Ferry over to the island where you will take a tour led by a former inmate. Back in Cape Town, enjoy lunch, and then visit the colourful historic Bo Kaap neighbourhood before boarding the cableway to Table Mountain’s summit. (B,L)

Day 4 - Cape Town - Zambezi Queen (Botswana)

In the morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Victoria Falls. Here, you will be transferred to the Chobe River that forms the border between Botswana and Namibia. Then board tender boats that will take you to the Zambezi Queen moored on the Namibia side of the river. Settle into your stateroom, enjoy a mid-afternoon snack, and in the evening, be treated to a Welcome Cocktail Reception and Dinner. (B,D)

Day 5 - Zambezi Queen

Embark on an exhilarating, morning boat safari to explore the Chobe River’s diverse game viewing. Afterwards, return to the Zambezi Queen for lunch. As the Zambezi Queen cruises along the Chobe River, relax on board in the afternoon and enjoy what nature has to offer. Be sure to spend time in the splash pool or perhaps catch-up with your favorite book. Later in the day, revel in panoramic view with another thrilling boat safari. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Zambezi Queen

Join a full-day safari of Chobe National Park in open-top 4x4 vehicles. Be on the lookout for elephants, giraffe, zebra, sable, warthog and cape buffalo. For lunch, take a seat under the trees and savor a delicious picnic. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Zambezi Queen

Visit a typical African village where you’ll spend time with the village children as well as its elders. Back on board and following lunch, you’ll have a choice to take a boat safari, bird watch or fish. Enjoy your last evening aboard with a festive African- themed dinner hosted by your crew. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Zambezi Queen – Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

Enjoy a morning cruise during breakfast and be on the lookout for wildlife. Afterward, transfer to the legendary Victoria Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Spend the afternoon exploring the town or experience one of the many activities offered at your hotel. Later this afternoon, join a cocktail reception with appetizers aboard a vintage steam train and make your way to the Victoria Falls Bridge to watch the sunset over the Falls. (B)

Day 9 - Victoria Falls

A local guide will take you on a tour of the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. You’ll learn about its history, and the flora and fauna that make this area so unique. In the evening, embark on a private sunset cruise along the Zambezi River. Relax on board as you observe a variety of game while enjoying a delicious mix of tapas with drinks, followed by a special dinner with live local entertainment at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 10 - Victoria Falls – Rovos Rail

Enjoy a leisurely morning before touring the town of Victoria Falls and being treated to a home-hosted lunch. Later in the day, head to the Victoria Falls colonial-era rail station where you’ll board the Rovos Rail. (B,L,D)

Day 11 - Rovos Rail

Start the morning with a safari to the Hwange Game Reserve, Zimbabwe’s largest national park, boasting a tremendous selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 different birds. The elephants of Hwange are world famous and the park’s elephant population is one of the largest in the world. After your safari, return to the train for a lovely brunch as you travel through the vast landscapes of central Zimbabwe on the way to the border town of Beitbridge. Take in the southern African landscape from the lounge, observation cars or your deluxe suite. (B,L,D)

Day 12 - Rovos Rail (South Africa)

Leave baobab tree country and South Africa’s northern wilderness as you cross the Tropic of Capricorn, traveling alongside the Magaliesberg Mountains. (B,L,D)

Day 13 - Rovos Rail - Johannesburg

Disembark the train in Pretoria where you will be transferred to the airport in Johannesburg for your onward flight home or extend your trip with four nights in Rwanda. (B) Note: Please do not schedule your onward flight before 4:00 p.m.

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
  • Return flights and transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • 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

2024 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • September
    • Sep 13th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £20092
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £20092 Blue Water Price from: £20542

2025 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • March
    • Mar 7th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £19749
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £19749 Blue Water Price from: £20209
  • August
    • Aug 22nd - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £20349
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £20349 Blue Water Price from: £20809
  • October
    • Oct 10th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £21271
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £21271 Blue Water Price from: £21732
    • Oct 17th - Cape Town to Johannesburg - Sailing on: Zambezi Queen From: £21156
      Cat SB Balcony Suite Cat SA Balcony Suite
      Blue Water Price from: £21156 Blue Water Price from: £21616

Price Information

  • Please note, the holiday begins a few days earlier than shown, please contact us for the exact departure date
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