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

Southern Africa

Explore southern Africa on this unique holiday which includes a 3-night cruise through Zimbabwe and on the atmospheric Lake Kariba, a 3-night lodge stay in Namibia and hotel stays in Johannesburg and Victoria Falls. Land and water safaris give up-close encounters with amazing wildlife and traditional villages.

Cruise Only
8 nights

Cruise and Land Tour Holiday
  • Victoria Falls
  • African Elephants
  • Hippo, Botswana

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From Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, you’ll not only discover spectacular panoramas and tumultuous histories, but also incredible wildlife.

Explore Johannesburg before flying to Kasane to stay at a lodge for three nights. Enjoy a full day safari in jeeps in the Chobe National Park, home to more than 1/4 of the total elephant population. Board small private boats to sail the Chobe River. Visit an authentic village on Impalila Island in Namibia and learn about the culture and customs. Take a small plane on to Kariba and discover the ecosystem at Lake Kariba. Spend the next three nights on your ship. See the rare and mysterious landscapes of Lake Kariba and look out for unique wildlife during a small private boat trip. One of the many highlights of this trip is Matusandona National Park in Zimbabwe. This untouched area is home to many species of animals including elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and big cats.

After an exciting stay on board ship, fly out to Victoria Falls. See spectacular views from the foot of the falls and see where the Zambezi River plunges off the cliff to become the widest waterfall in the world.

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Southern Africa Itinerary

Day 1 - Johannesburg (South Africa)

Meet at the hotel at 11:30. Join your guide and have lunch before visiting the Apartheid Museum. It is famous around the world 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. Arrive at the hotel and settle into your room before dinner.

Day 2 - Johannesburg - Kasane

Fly from Johannesburg to Kasane, Botswana. Transfer to your lodge on small private boats. You may see numerous bird species or even hippo basking in the sun. Be greeted upon arrival and settle into the lodge, located in an island created by a tributary of the Zambezi River. Have dinner and spend the night in the heart of the wilderness.

Day 3 - Chobe National Park

Enjoy a full day safari in Jeeps to explore the Chobe National Park which 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, board small private boats and sail off on Chobe River all the way to Sedudu Island and its marshes. Have dinner and spend the night at the lodge.

Day 4 - Impalila Island

Travel to an authentic village on Impalila Island in Namibia to discover the traditional Namibian houses, cultures and customs. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure or perhaps join a private boat to discover more of the Zambezi River. Tonight a local will tell more about the traditions of the island.

Day 5 - Kasane - Kariba

After a water safari in the Chobe National Park area, enjoy lunch then transfer to Kasane Airport and board a small private plane. Take in the stunning views over Lake Kariba and the changing landscapes. After arriving in Kariba, transfer to your ship then sail across the lake.

Day 6 - Lake Kariba

At sunrise the ship will sail through the landscapes of Lake Kariba. Set out on small private boats to discover Gache Gache River and its unique wildlife. Return on board for lunch. Later sail towards Changa then set out in small boats to admire the sunset.

Day 7 - Lake Kariba - Matusadona National Park

This morning enjoy a safari to discover the Matusadona National Park, home to numerous animal species including elephants, hippos, crocodiles, buffalo and thousands of birds. You may even spot a 'big cat'. This is a protected area where hunting is strictly prohibited. Enjoy lunch on board before sailing in the afternoon. During an afternoon on board, have a round table discussion about the creation of Lake Kariba and the ecosystem.

Day 8 - Kariba - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)

Disembark ship and transfer to the airport. Discover the gigantic Kariba Dam, 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. Fly to Victoria Falls on small private planes. Enjoy an exceptional lunch cruise on the Zambezi River, upstream from the falls. This afternoon, leave for a tour on foot of the falls where the views are among the most exceptional in the world. 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 a 'Boma' dinner with traditional dance and music. Spend the night at a hotel.

Day 9 - Victoria Falls

Check out of the hotel after breakfast. There is an optional early morning helicopter trip over Victoria Falls (extra cost, must be booked before departure).

Itinerary is subject to change.

Price Includes

  • 3-night full board cruise
  • 3-night lodge stay in Kasane, Namibia
  • 1-night hotel stay in Johannesburg
  • 1-night hotel stay in Victoria Falls
  • Johannesburg to Victoria Falls and Kariba flights
  • Unlimited complimentary house wine, beer, mineral water and soft drinks on board and in the lodge. In Johannesburg and Victoria Falls, drinks include 1 water and 1 glass of local wine or beer
  • Guided excursions and safaris

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights – we can arrange these, please call for details
  • Zimbabwe visa
  • Botswana tourism levy
  • Optional excursions

Special Features

  • 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.
  • When visiting the villages on Impalila Island, we will pass the island's school. If you wish, you can bring supplies such as pens and notebooks. In case the school is closed (during weekends, on public holidays and during vacations), you will be able to leave those supplies with the lodge manager who will distribute them to the teachers when school starts again.
  • 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 begins. The airline has limited passengers' luggage to a maximum of 20kgs (44 lbs) per traveller (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.
Map for Southern Africa