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Updated: May 31, 2022

Is taking a trip to Africa and seeing the native wildlife and eye-popping scenery up close one of your dreams?

A few years ago, Ama Waterways began a unique river cruise safari experience on the Chobe River. Combined with five different land offerings plus optional extensions, it’s a one-package African adventure that’s sure to provide an unforgettable experience.

Chobe River

The Chobe River is undeniably one of Africa’s most beautiful rivers, supporting a diversity and concentration of wildlife unparalleled anywhere else on the continent. The Chobe riverfront attracts an almost unbelievable density of game, especially during the dry season – from March through November – when water inland is scarce and migratory animals head towards the river. Forming the northern boundary of the Chobe National Park as well as much of Botswana's border with Namibia's Caprivi Strip, the Chobe River is an integral part of the Botswana safari experience. The river cruise portion of your journey covers a relatively small area and there will not be ports of call or towns to visit. This is purely a wildlife viewing opportunity and a great one at that.

A Special Vessel for a Special Cruise

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 a plunge pool. Suites feature private balconies where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the river and African landscape.

Depending on the package you choose, you’ll experience the following:


Spend three nights in Cape Town, discovering its many treasures with visits to Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach, and Table Mountain. You also have a choice to visit the renowned Cape Winelands or tour the famous Robben Island.

Victoria Falls

Two nights at one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The combined height and width of Victoria Falls make it the largest waterfall in the world. At twice the height of Niagara Falls, the spray and mists rise upwards to about 260 miles and can be seen from over 30 miles. Millions of cubic liters of water crash upon the ground every minute. These thunderous echoes give the UNESCO World Heritage Site its local name – Mosi-oa-Tunya, which literally translates as “The Smoke That Thunders.”

Rovos Rail

Since its establishment in 1989, Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its truly world-class travel experiences. In a series of bespoke train journeys lasting from 48 hours to 15 days, you’ll spend 3 days on the train, which links some of the continent’s greatest destinations with a variety of off-train excursions. Step aboard the vintage wood-paneled coaches and sit back as some of the most varied scenery imaginable unfolds beyond the windows. With discreet and friendly service, top cuisine, and a selection of South Africa’s finest wines, Rovos Rail harks back to a simpler, more elegant era encompassing the timeless grace and high romance of African exploration.


A two-night stay gives you time to soak up its rich heritage and follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela. South Africa's biggest city and capital of Gauteng province, began as a 19th-century gold-mining settlement. Its sprawling Soweto township was once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Mandela’s former residence is now the Mandela House museum. Other Soweto museums that recount the struggle to end segregation include the somber Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill, a former prison complex.

Kruger National Park

Spend three nights at a luxurious game lodge in this premier eco-tourist destination, known for some of the best “Big Five” viewing in Africa. Experience the thrill of daily game drives, while evenings bring you breathtakingly clear skies.


As part of the “ Golden Trails of Africa “ itinerary, you’ll depart to Nairobi where a connecting flight brings you to your 7 day Tanzania safari. Enjoy two nights at three of the four luxury Tanzanian lodges: Tarangire Treetops, The Manor at Ngorongoro, and the luxury-tented Serengeti Migration Camp or Serengeti Pioneer Camp.

Rwanda Extension

Rwanda offers unimaginable beauty with the utterly spellbinding Volcanoes National Park—home to the rare Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys. Extend any itinerary with four amazing nights, discovering Rwanda’s natural wonders and wildlife on an epic adventure.

See more here to keep dreaming and message me to get started on a plan!

Photos courtesy of AmaWaterways


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