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Rivers & Rails of Africa 12 Nights

Get the best of both worlds on this cruise, stay and railway adventure down the Chobe River. Enjoy 13 days discovering Africa, travelling through its most sought-after sights.

Explore Africa through our featured activities, multiple safaris, tastings and more. Our itinerary is meticulously crafted to show you the highlights of Africa from multiple angles, whether that be on foot, by boat or train.

Enjoy the tasteful accommodation customary to AmaWaterways, across all locations. Modern amenities, classy decoration and luxurious conveniences await you.

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  • Cruise Line: AmaWaterways
  • Ship: Zambezi Queen
  • Duration: 12 Nights
  • Departure: Mar-Oct
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Rivers & Rails of Africa 12 Nights Cruise Itinerary

A triple threat, this itinerary has been crafted to show you Africa from multiple angles. Featuring safaris, picnics, tastings and much more, you’ll enjoy hotel stays, scenic cruising and adventuring via railway on this unique adventure.

Day 1

Cape Town

Arrive at your hotel and check in. Get to know your Tour Director at the Welcome Reception.

Day 2

Cape Town

Spend a full-day exploring, stopping at the Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach. Enjoy lunch and drinks at a local restaurant overlooking False Bay

Day 3

Cape Town

Choose between two featured activities – either take a cableway up Table Mountain and enjoy a scenic drive through Cape Winelands (featuring lunch and tastings) or embark on a Robben Island guided tour (featuring lunch in a local restaurant).

Day 4

Cape Town (EMBARK)

In the morning, fly to the Namibian border and arrive at your floating hotel. Spend the rest of your day settling into your stateroom, before being treated at the Welcome Reception and Dinner.

Day 5

Safaris by boat

Enjoy panoramic views offered on both the morning and evening safaris arranged for this day. Eat lunch aboard the Zambezi Queen and make the most of her luxuries at your disposal.

Day 6

Chobe National Park

Join a full-day safari of Chobe National Park by open top 4×4 vehicle and enjoy a picnic lunch on the lookout for wildlife.

Day 7

Local African Village

Get to know the locals on our arranged morning visit to one of the local African Villages. Spend your afternoon on an activity of your choosing – either on a safari, bird watching or fishing. Enjoy a festive African-themed dinner hosted by your crew.

Day 8

Victoria Falls (DISEMBARK)

Disembark your ship in the legendary Victoria Falls. In the late afternoon, join a cocktail reception followed by dinner aboard a vintage steam train. Make your way to Victoria Falls Bridge to watch the sunset over the falls.

Day 9

Victoria Falls

Enjoy a tour of Victoria Falls with a local guide before embarking on a private sunset cruise along the Zambezi River, followed by a special dinner with live local entertainment at the hotel.

Day 10

Victoria Falls / Rovos Rail

Tour of the town of Victoria Falls and enjoy a home-hosted lunch. Later in the day, head to the colonial-era rail Station where you’ll board the Rovos Rail.

Day 11

Rovos Rail – Hwange Game Reserve

Begin your day with a safari to the Hwange Game Reserve. Return to the train for a lovely brunch as scenic landscapes pass you by.

Day 12

Rovos Rail – cross into South Africa

Enjoy travelling through the scenic Marico Valley and Magaliesberg Range, leave baobab tree country to cross the Tropic of Capricorn.

Day 13


Arrive in Pretoria mid-morning before transferring to Johannes Airport for your onward flight home.

Rivers & Rails of Africa 12 Nights 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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Enjoy Africa from multiple viewpoints

12 Nights
Mar Oct

Rivers & Rails of Africa 12 Nights

  • Cape Town
  • Cape Town (EMBARK)
  • Safari By Boat
  • Chobe National Park
  • Local African Village
  • Victoria Falls (DISEMBARK)
  • Victoria Falls
  • Victoria Falls / Rovos Rail
  • Rovos Rail - Hwange Game Reserve
  • Rovos Rail - cross into South Africa
  • Pretoria
£11,869pp Est. Price per person
  • Zambezi Queen

Rivers & Rails of Africa 12 Nights Cruise Review

“Lovely. It’s not often you find a holiday as well-paced as this one. I like the whole ‘triple threat’, cruise-stay AND railway situation; it really added some variety to the travelling – I’ve never seen Africa in as much detail before. The Zambezi Queen was a lovely, intimate experience, and other accommodation just as pleasant. My thanks to the Tour Directors for putting this together.”

Anna Flipton, Birminghham

Rivers & Rails of Africa 12 Nights FAQ

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

How many days will be spent in Cape Town?

You’ll wake up in Cape Town for 4 days of this adventure.

How many days will be spent cruising?

Out of the total 13 days of this holiday, 5 will be spent cruising aboard the Zambezi Queen.

What will my accommodation look like?

AmaWaterways aims to procure the best during your stay with us. Your suite, no matter whether at the hotel, aboard the Zambezi Queen or at Rovos Rail, will be intimate, luxurious and filled with the modern conveniences you would expect from us.

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