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Designed specifically for wildlife viewing, the intimate 28-passenger Zambezi Queen made her debut in one of the world’s most captivating places, Africa’s legendary Chobe River. As she drifts along the river, animals perceive no threat, affording you with once-in-a-lifetime up-close game experiences. Additionally, to ensure no harm to the environment, the eco-friendly Zambezi Queen uses a water jet propulsion system, fuel-efficient and low-emission generators, and a solar heating system. An enclosed, air-conditioned dining room, lounge and bar grace the top deck, as well as an open-air Sun Deck complete with plunge pool. Suites feature private balconies where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the river and African landscape. Throughout the day, be treated to complimentary South African wines, beer, local spirits, soft drinks and bottled water. And on one special night, enjoy an African-themed dinner with traditional dishes and entertainment.
On our cruises, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. We always include a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
Arrival transfer and hotel check-in
After being greeted at the airport by an AmaWaterways Representative, transfer to the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa in the desirable Sandton neighborhood. The hotel’s extensive gardens have captured the spirit, grace and elegance of a bygone era.
Fly to Kasane, Botswana where you’ll be transferred to the Chobe River. Tender boats will take you to the Zambezi Queen moored on the Namibia side of the river. Settle into your stateroom and in the evening, enjoy a Welcome Cocktail Reception and Dinner. (B,D)
Zambezi Queen - Chobe River safaris by boat
Embark on an exhilarating morning boat safari exploring the Chobe River’s diverse game. Afterwards, return to the Zambezi Queen for lunch. Later in the day, enjoy another thrilling boat safari. (B,L,D)
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)
Start the day off with an unforgettable visit to a typical African village to experience the local culture. Spend time with the village children as well as its elders. After lunch on board, you can go on a boat safari, bird watch or fish. Enjoy a festive African- themed dinner hosted by your crew—complete with music and dancing. (B,L,D)
Zambezi Queen - Disembarkation Victoria Falls
During breakfast, watch for wildlife as you cruise the Chobe River. Later in the morning, transfer to Victoria Falls. Spend the afternoon at leisure and in the evening, join a cocktail reception aboard a vintage steam train, followed by dinner. (B,D)
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. (B)
Flight to Johannesburg
After breakfast, you’ll be taken to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Transfer to the Fair lawns Boutique Hotel and enjoy a free evening at leisure. (B)
Take a fascinating tour of Johannesburg and its rich history from colonialism to apartheid, and finally democracy. Get an in-depth look at Soweto’s unique neighborhoods, the center of the uprising against the apartheid state. Walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, visiting the Mandela House located on Vilakazi Street and along the way enjoy a township lunch. Before dinner, gather with a local expert for an informative discussion and afterwards enjoy a multi-course dinner. (B,L,D)
Fly to the Greater Kruger National Park in the morning where you’ll be transferred to your luxurious game lodge. This region is one of the world's most spectacular, game nature reserves, which you'll discover on your late afternoon game drive in search of the country's "Big Five" and other native wildlife. Spend your first night and every night, if you wish, gathering with fellow travelers, sharing stories of the day’s adventures or simply gazing up at the stunning star-filled African sky. (B,L,D)
The early morning is the perfect time to go on safari as the wildlife is prolific. Your open-air vehicle provides the perfect way to explore your private game reserve, located just a stone’s throw from the game-rich Kruger National Park. The rest of the morning can be spent enjoying the facilities at your lodge. Later in the day, you’ll go on another game drive deep into the bush, where you may encounter South Africa’s top predators: cheetahs, hyenas and lions. (B,L,D)
Go on two exhilarating game drives today, as well as enjoy ample leisure time at your game lodge. (B,L,D)
Kruger Park - Johannesburg
Be treated to an early-morning game drive before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg for your connecting flight home or extend your journey with four nights in magical Rwanda. (B)
Note: Please do not schedule your onward flight until after 4:00 p.m.
- 4 nights deluxe accommodation in an air-conditioned balcony suite
- Bottled water replenished daily
- Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during the cruise and a Tour Director during land program
- Game viewing deck with pool
- Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
- All onboard dining, including a traditional African dinner
- Regionally inspired cuisine
- Welcome Dinner
- Complimentary wine, beer and local spirits
- Chobe National Park safari
- Exclusive private picnic in Chobe National Park
- Private boat safaris along the Chobe riverbank and its channels
- Visit to an African village for a unique cultural interaction
- 1 night Johannesburg at the luxurious Fairlawns Boutique Hotel in a Grand Château suite, including breakfast
- 2-night stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel in an upgraded stable wing room, including daily breakfast
- Cocktail reception aboard a vintage steam train followed by dinner
- Guided tour of Victoria Falls National Park
- Exclusive Sundowner Cruise with tapas
- 2 nights in Johannesburg at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel in a Chateau suite, including daily breakfast
- Special dinner and presentation
- Soweto tour with local lunch
- 3 nights in a suite at an exclusive and luxurious lodge (Tintswalo Safari Lodge or Makanyi Game Lodge)
- Daily morning, afternoon and evening game drives
- All meals, drinks and laundry service
- All airport transfers
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Europe: All ships are equipped with a whirlpool or heated swimming pool, perfect for a refreshing dip. Saunas are available on select ships. AmaMagna offers both a heated pool and whirlpool.
Africa: The Sun Deck has a small environmentally-friendly pool for your enjoyment. This pool is filled with filtered water from the Chobe River and is drained and refilled each day. No harmful chemicals are ever added to the water in order to protect the wildlife living in and along the river.
Vietnam & Cambodia: There is a refreshing pool located on the Sun Deck.
Please note there is no attendant on duty and use of these facilities is solely at your own risk.
Le Springs Travels and its affiliates are not responsible for any injuries sustained during the use of the whirlpool, pool or sauna.
We do not accept Traveler's Checks on board. Please find the preferred forms of payment that guests can use to settle their accounts on board.
Europe: All onboard charges will be in Euros. Payable with cash (Euros) and credit card. Pre-paid charge cards are not accepted.
Mekong: All onboard charges are in Vietnamese Dong. Payable in cash (USD or Vietnamese Dong) or with credit card. Pre-paid credit cards are not accepted.
Africa: All onboard charges are in US Dollars. Payable in cash in the following currencies: US Dollar, Rand (South Africa), Pula (Botswana), Tanzanian Shilling (Tanzania) and credit card (Mastercard/Visa, not American Express). Pre-paid charge cards are not accepted.
For credit card payments, the guest’s credit card company will convert their onboard charges into the guest’s home country’s currency at the current exchange rate and service fees may apply.
We are continuously monitoring the international travel bulletins regarding the COVID-19 and will always take preventive measures as recommended by the health authorities, as well as intensifying our normal very high standards of hygiene on board. We work closely with our partners in the destinations we sail through to ensure our excursions are operated in accordance with the most up-to-date recommended guidelines.
The official language on board is English on all ships. Most crew members speak fluent English. All announcements and lectures will be presented in English. All locals guides are fluent in English.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside any of the ships. Smoking is only permitted on the Aft of the Sun Deck. For the safety and comfort of all passengers on board, your cooperation in observing the no-smoking policy is greatly appreciated.
Stateroom and suite appointments include white-on-white plush bedding, cotton bathrobes and slippers, high-quality bath and body products, hair dryer, safe and water replenished daily. Suites include added enhancements, such as larger sitting areas and expansive bathrooms with both a shower and bathtub. Entertainment-On-Demand center in all staterooms and suites with complimentary high-speed internet access, movies, extensive music library and English-language TV stations.
Vietnam & Cambodia: Each stateroom is equipped with a hair dryer, bathrobes, slippers and a safe. Your bathroom offers toiletries including soaps, body wash, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion.
Africa: Suites on the Zambezi Queen include private balconies overlooking the Chobe River, en-suite bathrooms with Bao Body amenities, floor-to-ceiling glass windows for riverside views, sliding shutters for sun protection and privacy, private in-room safes and sliding mosquito net doors.
Ship’s Crew: The entire amount will be divided equally amongst all crew members. Recommendation: 100 Euros per 7-night cruise, per guest. (AmaMagna 120 Euros per 7-night cruise, per guest)
Cruise Manager: Your Cruise Manager is not part of the ship’s crew and is the AmaWaterways representative who also accompanies you on any pre- and/or post-cruise hotel/land extensions you may have booked. Recommendation: 25 Euros per 7-night, per guest; 4 Euros for each additional day, per guest for pre- and post-cruise hotel/land extensions.
Ship’s Crew: The entire amount will be divided equally amongst all crew members. Recommendation: 143 Euros per 10-night cruise, per guest.Cruise Manager: Your Cruise Manager is not part of the ship’s crew and is the AmaWaterways representative who also accompanies you on any pre- and/or post-cruise hotel/land extensions you may have booked. Recommendation: 36 Euros per 10-night, per guest; 4 Euros for each additional day, per guest for pre- and post-cruise hotel/land extensions.
Ship’s Crew: The entire amount will be divided equally amongst all crew members. Recommendation: 158 Euros per 11-night cruise, per guest.
Cruise Manager: Your Cruise Manager is not part of the ship’s crew and is the AmaWaterways representative who also accompanies you on any pre- and/or post-cruise hotel/land extensions you may have booked. Recommendation: 40 Euros per 11-night, per guest; 4 Euros for each additional day, per guest for pre- and post-cruise hotel/land extensions.
Ship’s Crew: The entire amount will be divided equally amongst all crew members. Recommendation: 200 Euros per 14-night cruise, per guest.
Cruise Manager: Your Cruise Manager is not part of the ship’s crew and is the AmaWaterways representative who also accompanies you on any pre- and/or post-cruise hotel/land extensions you may have booked. Recommendation: 50 Euros per 14-night, per guest; 4 Euros for each additional day, per guest for pre- and post-cruise hotel/land extensions.
Ship’s Crew: The entire amount will be divided equally amongst all crew members. Recommendation: 100 Euros per week, per guest.
Cruise Manager: Your Cruise Manager is not part of the ship’s crew and is the AmaWaterways representative who also accompanies you on any pre- and/or post-cruise hotel/land extensions you may have booked. Recommendation: 30 Euros per week, per guest; 4 Euros for each additional day, per guest for pre- and post-cruise hotel/land extensions.
PRE- AND POST-CRUISE
Cruise Manager: $3 per person per day
Crew: $10 per person per day (To be divided evenly among all crew members)
Zambezi Queen Onboard Staff: To be divided evenly among all crew members US$15-20 per guest per day
AmaWaterways Tour Guide: From Cape Town to Johannesburg US$5-10 per guest per day
Safari Lodge Stay
Safari Ranger/Guide: US$10-20 per person per day
Game Tracker (South Africa only): US$5 person per day
Butler/Waiter at Lodges: US$5 person per day
General Lodge Staff: US$10-20 person per day
Europe: The ship's reception desk is open 24 hours a day. Should you need any assistance, please call from your stateroom by dialing 9, or pay them a visit.
Vietnam & Cambodia: The ship's reception desk is open from 6:00 AM to 12:00 AM Should you need any assistance, please call from your stateroom by dialing 9, or pay them a visit.
Africa: The Cruise Manager will be available at approximately 6:00 AM each morning until 10:00 PM every night.
Europe: Our Entertainment-On-Demand center is available in all staterooms and suites with complimentary high-speed internet access, movies, extensive music library and English-language TV stations. It's all available on your flat-panel TV, and it's completely free of charge. Please note that television reception is via satellite, therefore depending on location, reception may be temporarily restricted or unclear.
Comfortable “Country Club Casual” is the recommended attire for daytime, and to pack something a little dressier for the Captain’s night/Farewell Dinner – similar to how one would dress to dine at a 5-star restaurant. Comfortable shoes are recommended for excursions and workout clothing if you plan to take part in any wellness activities, active tours or use the onboard gym. Depending on the time of year, clothing that can be layered is highly recommended.
Vietnam & Cambodia: It is always advisable to travel light in Southeast Asia. For the hot and humid weather, lightweight easy-care clothing that includes some long-sleeved items for protection from mosquitoes and sun, raingear, and sturdy and comfortable walking shoes that you won’t mind getting wet or muddy. We also recommend you pack a few smart casual items to wear at the Welcome and Farewell dinners.
Africa: When traveling through Africa, it is always advisable to travel light as some itineraries baggage size and weight are strictly limited. On Safari: casual, easy-care clothing that includes some long-sleeved items for protection from mosquitoes and sun. Attire during Winter (April - September): it is wise to bring some warm clothes for chilly early morning and late night temperatures. Dressing in layers is also recommended, as temperatures rise quickly during the day.
Dining in Town: If you plan on dining at a fine restaurant in a city such as Cape Town or Johannesburg, “smart casual” is the norm – no ties for men or evening dresses for women are necessary.
We are continuously monitoring the updates from global health authorities and local governments in the U.S. and around the world with regards to the ongoing situation. At this time, we have suspended river cruise sailings embarking through November 15, 2020. For the latest information, please view our Travel Updates Page.
Europe: High-speed Internet service is available free of charge as part of the in-stateroom "Entertainment-On-Demand." Additionally, AmaWaterways offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
Africa: Free Wi-Fi is available but may be limited and sporadic during certain times of the day due to the ships isolated location.
Vietnam and Cambodia: Free Internet and Wi-Fi is available in the lounge with computer stations.
Europe: Elevators are available on board all vessels reaching the two highest passenger decks, reception area and restaurant, but does not reach the lowest passenger deck or the Sun Deck. The AmaMora, AmaLea and AmaKristina feature an elevator that reaches all 3 passenger decks, but does not reach the Sun Deck. The AmaMagna features a pop-up elevator that can reach all decks, including the Sun Deck during select times.
Vietnam & Cambodia: The AmaDara does not feature elevators.
Africa: The Zambezi Queen cruising the Chobe River does not feature an elevator.
Egypt: The AmaDahlia features an elevator; deck information to be determined.
Europe: Each stateroom has its own telephone, along with instructions for use. Phones may be used to call from stateroom to stateroom and ship to shore. Since the telephone system functions via GSM, there may be times, depending on location, when service is unavailable. Any charges for calls will be billed to your shipboard account. Please inquire at the reception desk for rates.
Vietnam & Cambodia: Each stateroom has its own telephone, which may be used to call within the ship.
Africa: There are no phones in the staterooms.
Please advise your Travel Advisor or call us directly to advise if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies prior to embarkation. In most cases, we will do our best to accommodate special dietary requests and food allergies, but with one exception: Kosher. This diet has specific rules regarding food and its preparation and the shipboard environment does have limitations that prevent us from being able to adequately cater to this dietary need. Please note, though we can provide options to accommodate food allergies and sensitivities, we cannot guarantee there will not be any cross-contamination.
Europe: Various beauty and hair treatments as well as massages are available on board. Please inquire at the reception desk for a list of services and to schedule an appointment.
Vietnam/Cambodia & Portugal: A spa offering massages is available on board our ships in Portugal, Vietnam & Cambodia. Please inquire at the reception desk for a list of services and to schedule an appointment.
The ship has an onboard gift shop that sells accessories, souvenirs, gifts, and a limited selection of personal and toiletry items. Opening hours vary according to itinerary.