Sail through the heart of Africa on the royal Zambezi Queen

Our five unique itineraries through southern Africa venture across river and land to create a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience. During your cruise along the magnificent Chobe River, you will have a plethora of opportunities to discover the beauty of Chobe National Park, where you may encounter elephants, giraffes, leopards, zebras and buffaloes along the edge of the river. Delight in extraordinary cuisine such as our expert Chef Josephine’s sweet lemon meringue pie or creamy butternut macadamia nut soup, savoring incredible regional and Western flavors while taking in the incredible wonders that surround you at every angle.

Gaze Upon the Polished Jewels of Zambezi Queen

During your Africa Safaris & Wildlife Cruise’s 4-night river cruise, glide along the Chobe River on the regal Zambezi Queen. Refurbished in early 2023, the ship now features designs inspired by celebrated South African artist Denby Meyer woven into the soft fabrics of its furniture. Enjoy the allure of these gorgeous patterns in the lavish public spaces as well as within the 14 private suites you and your fellow cruisers will call your home away from home.

This graceful ship welcomes you to revel in the beauty of the African landscape in style – either from your private balcony, inside your elegantly appointed stateroom, or even in the gorgeous lounge. After you return from your daily safari adventures, reminisce on your newly made memories in luxury on this comfortably air-conditioned ship. Savor a regional vintage, beer, or local beverage – all included in your river cruise fare – from your seat at the bar as you watch giraffes or elephants dip their heads and drink from the water that surrounds your ship. Enjoy the extraordinary care from your dedicated crew during your stay on board as you delight in exquisite meals, lively onboard entertainment, and breathtaking views that you can only experience on the elegant Zambezi Queen.

Clean Sailing, Conscientious Cruising

Specifically designed to cruise through the natural landscapes and near the breathtaking wildlife along the Chobe River, the exquisite Zambezi Queen keeps the environment and your comfort at the forefront of your river journey experience. With features such as fuel efficient and low emission generators, hot water provided by a solar heating system, a waterjet propulsion system instead of a conventional propeller system, and more, you can enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your ship is not leaving a heavy carbon footprint on the beautiful flora and fauna native to this region. Even the cleaning detergents and soaps on board are biodegradable!

What’s Included in Your Africa Safaris & Wildlife River Cruise Journey?

Each Africa Safaris & Wildlife River Cruise itinerary offers a unique land package. On the border between Namibia and Botswana, witness the awe-inspiring splendor of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Once you see it in person, you will understand why this captivating waterfall has received such a designation. Enjoy two nights in the presence of the sight that inspired Scottish physician and missionary David Livingstone to remark, “No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”

Depending on the itinerary you choose, you will visit a variety of other iconic destinations as you explore Africa on your included 6- to 12-night land package experience. While staying in Cape Town, South Africa, encounter the beloved penguins that reside at Boulders Beach as you bask in the view of one of the world’s most beautiful bays. Follow the footsteps of South African president and activist Nelson Mandela as you visit his house and explore the neighborhood he once called home. Take a bushwalk with an experienced naturalist through Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. Ride in an open-air vehicle though the private game reserve in Kruger National Park in South Africa. Sweep your gaze over the Serengeti, seeking the Great Migration of Wildebeest that is known to roam this region of Tanzania. Our exceptional river and land journeys through vibrant landscapes, rich regional culture, and stunning safari opportunities truly immerse you in the marvels of southern Africa.

Extend Your Journey and Greet the Gorillas of Rwanda

You can also extend your journey to Rwanda with an optional 4-night land package available on all of our Africa itineraries – an experience that our Co-Founder and President Rudi Schreiner still treasures as one of his favorite travel memories. Walk among families of gorillas during a thrilling experience in Volcanoes National Park. As you do so, know that while you are trekking through the picturesque mountain landscape, you are also supporting the ongoing preservation of these majestic creatures. Only a select number of individuals are exclusively permitted to trek these paths each year, so you will not want to miss this intimate experience.

Explore the details of our fascinating Africa Safaris & Wildlife River Cruises and contact your travel advisor to plan your vacation today!

Experience More Connections

Feel the holiday magic of Provençal Christmas celebrations
Read more
One of the most enriching ways to ‘find Africa’ is through the cultures and traditions of its people.
Read more
Learn the legend of how the captivating Ha Long Bay received its name
Read more