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Golden Trails of Africa

Leave your cares behind and set off on an exclusive cruise through the stunning continent of Africa, a spellbinding display of nature in its purest and most awe-inspiring forms.

Travel by land, air and river across the continent and experience the beauty of each region with a dedicated itinerary, luxury accommodation, and a host of amenities at your disposal.

Join a select group of like-minded explorers on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure and take to one of the most celebrated continents in the world.

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  • Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
  • Ship: Zambezi Queen
  • Duration: 16 Nights
  • Departure: Mar - Nov
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Golden Trails of Africa Cruise Itinerary

Join your fellow adventurers on an exhilarating itinerary of excursions designed to help you make the most of your Golden Trails of Africa cruise.

Note: Day 17 – do not schedule your onward flight until after 6:00 p.m.

Day 1


After meeting your AmaWaterways representative at the airport, transfer to the Fairlawns Hotel.

Day 2

Johannesburg / Zambezi Queen

Fly to Kasane, Botswana before transferring to the Zambezi Queen, where you can enjoy an evening Welcome Cocktail Reception and Dinner.

Day 3

Zambezi Queen

Join a thrilling morning boat safari before returning to the ship for lunch. Later, embark on another boat safari.

Day 4

Zambezi Queen

Enjoy a full-day safari of Chobe National Park, complete with a picnic.

Day 5

Zambezi Queen

Join a morning visit to a local African village. In the afternoon, embark on a boat safari. Alternatively, try bird watching or fishing. Tonight, partake in an African-themed dinner.

Day 6

Zambezi Queen / Victoria Falls

Transfer to Victoria Falls and explore the town, or try some hotel-exclusive activities. Later, partake in a cocktail reception and have dinner aboard a vintage steam train.

Day 7

Victoria Falls

Embark on a guided tour of Victoria Falls before enjoying some leisure time. Later, join a private sunset cruise complete with drinks and tapas.

Day 8

Victoria Falls

After breakfast, embark on your flight to Johannesburg before transferring to the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel.

Day 9


Join a fascinating tour of Soweto followed by lunch. Later, enjoy a multi-course dinner.

Day 10


Fly to Kilimanjaro and meet an AmaWaterways representative. Then, be transferred to the Arusha Coffee Lodge.

Day 11

Arusha / Tarangire

Join a Tarangire National Park safari before checking into the Treetops Lodge.

Day 12


Enjoy a morning bushwalk with a lodge naturalist. In the afternoon, join a safari and a sunset drive.

Day 13

Tarangire / Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro

Visit a local village before embarking on an exhilarating game drive through Manyara National Park. Enjoy a picnic while you travel to The Manor at Ngorongoro.

Day 14


Embark on a full-day visit to the Ngorongoro Crater. Enjoy a picnic held on the floor of the crater.

Day 15

Ngorongoro / Serengeti National Park

Fly to the Serengeti before your afternoon game drive.

Day 16

Serengeti National Park

Explore the iconic Serengeti during a morning safari, followed by another after lunch.

Day 17

Serengeti National Park / Arusha

Enjoy one last morning safari before transferring to the airstrip for your flight back to Arusha. Have lunch before transferring to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your return flight home.

Golden Trails of Africa Cruise Ships

Zambezi Queen

Designed specifically for safari river cruising, this vessel offers a sophisticated design that serves to optimise both your comfort but also the likelihood of animal sightings. Enjoy an immersive yet luxury experience aboard this floating hotel.

Max. Capacity of 28 Guests
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Take to the unbridled beauty of Africa aboard your luxury voyage with Crui.se

16 Nights
Mar Nov

Golden Trails of Africa

  • Johannesburg
  • Johannesburg / Zambezi Queen
  • Zambezi Queen
  • Zambezi Queen / Victoria Falls
  • Victoria Falls
  • Arusha / Tarangire
  • Tarangire
  • Tarangire / Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro
  • Ngorongoro
  • Ngorongoro / Serengeti National Park
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Serengeti National Park / Arusha
£14,677pp Est. Price per person
  • Zambezi Queen  

Golden Trails of Africa Cruise Review

“Me and my friend have been looking for the perfect Africa cruise to go on for a while now and we’re a hundred percent certain that this is it. We had an amazing time, our time on the ship was brilliant and we loved the multi-course dinner. We especially loved staying at the Treetops Lodge and we’ll definitely sail with AmaWaterways again.”

Valerie Aster and Melissa Coolidge, Lichfield, Staffordshire

Golden Trails of Africa FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

Are the excursions mentioned in the itinerary included in the Golden Trails of Africa cruise package?

Yes, all excursions are included in the Golden Trails of Africa cruise package.

Is there an elevator on board the Zambezi Queen?

No, the Zambezi Queen does not come equipped with an elevator.

What amenities are available in our staterooms?

The Zambezi Queen’s suites include private balconies, en-suite bathrooms (complete with Bao Body products), glass windows spanning from floor-to-ceiling, sliding shutters for sun protection and privacy, in-room safes, and sliding mosquito net doors for your comfort.

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