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2018

Southern Africa: travel to the ends of the earth (port-to-port cruise)

9 Days - 11A_CLPP
# Description

Cruise

SOUTH AFRICA - BOTSWANA - NAMIBIA - ZIMBABWE

At the edge of a fast-paced world, southern Africa’s beautiful, tranquil landscapes await. From Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, you’ll not only discover spectacular panoramas and tumultuous histories, but also incredible wildlife and carefully crafted menus that reflect the flavors and savors of Africa. This in-depth voyage will take you to the heart of one of the most beautiful natural reserves—Chobe National Park. On board your premium ship, the African Dream, you’ll discover the secrets of Lake Kariba—a veritable oasis at the other end of the earth—before taking in the grandeur of what David Livingstone called the “smoke that thunders,” Victoria Falls. 

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Croisi +
All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined local cuisine
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Tour leader or cruise director on board
  • Onboard activities and/or lectures
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Luxurious and comfortable lodge and ship
  • Unique cruise on Lake Kariba through emblematic and mysterious landscapes
  • Land and water safaris in Chobé and Matusadona National Parks
  • The grandness of Victoria Falls is waiting for you, on foot or on board a helicopter (optional)

Cruise

Day 1

JOHANNESBURG (South Africa)

We’ll meet up at the hotel around 12:00 p.m. Departure by coach with your guide. Our first stop will be Soweto, which came to the world's attention in 1976 with the Soweto Uprising, when mass protests erupted over the government's policy to enforce education in the Afrikaans language rather than English. It has been estimated that one-third of Johannesburg’s population lives in Soweto. All eleven of South Africa’s official languages are spoken here. It is a community of extremes: on the one hand there is abject poverty, and on the other hand there is extraordinary wealth in the suburbs such as Diepkloof Extension and Selection Park. We’ll have lunch before setting out on a panoramic tour to discover Freedom Park and the unique atmosphere in this well-known neighborhood. We’ll have dinner and spend the night at a four-star hotel LS.

Day 2

JOHANNESBURG - VICTORIA FALLS - KARIBA - BOARDING THE SHIP (South Africa-Zimbabwe)

We’ll fly from Johannesburg to Kariba (flight with a stop-over). Enjoy a picnic lunch. We’ll set out to discover the gigantic Kariba Dam which was created in 1955 to form Lake Kariba. Today, the dam serves as a source of electric power for 70% of Zimbabwe. Reaching over 140mi/200km in length and spanning a distance of approximately 25mi/40km at its widest point, the lake flooded flatlands, hills and forests alike, creating unique and emblematic landscapes. You’ll get to discover the history and legends surrounding the creation of the lake, including the tale of NyamiNyami, the river god. You’ll be transferred to board your ship. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we’ll start sailing across the lake, have dinner and spend the night on board.

Day 3

LAKE KARIBA - SAILING ON THE GACHE-GACHE AND SANYATI RIVERS (Zimbabwe)

At sunrise, we’ll set sail through the rare and mysterious landscapes of Lake Kariba where drowned trees reach skywards from the depths of the reflecting water. We’ll set out on small private boats to discover the Gache Gache River and its unique wildlife. Gliding along its meanders, large bends and small, unspoiled inlets, you’ll be amazed by the magical atmosphere all around. We’ll return on board for lunch. This afternoon, we’ll discover one of the most impressive gorges to be found at Lake Kariba as we sail through the Sanyati Gorge until sundown. During this time, a round table will be the opportunity to learn more about the creation of the Lake, its inhabitants as well as its ecosystem. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.

Day 4

LAKE KARIBA - MATUSADONA NATIONAL PARK (Zimbabwe)

We’ll journey out on a full-day safari to discover the area around Matusadona National Park. Bordered by the Sanyati and Ume Rivers, this 1,400km²/540 sq mi-large untouched area is home to numerous animal species such as elephants, hippos, crocodiles, buffalos as well as thousands of birds, among which the legendary African Sea Eagle, the majestic Yellow-billed Stork, or the Black Heron with its interesting hunting method. We might be lucky enough to cross paths with a big cat or two! The history of the park is closely linked with that of the lake: during the construction of the dam, the rising floodwaters affected the native wildlife although the damage was mitigated by Operation Noah, an initiative which saved the lives of over 6,000 animals. This rescue operation allowed for large mammals, big cats, impalas and more to be moved to Matusadona where hunting is strictly prohibited. We’ll enjoy lunch and dinner on board the ship and spend the night on board.

Day 5

LAKE KARIBA - VICTORIA FALLS - KASANE - ARRIVAL AT LODGE (Zimbabwe-Botswana-Namibia)

At sunrise, we’ll set sail towards Kariba to disembark and fly out to Victoria Falls. We’ll then reach Kasane and set out on small private boats headed to your CroisiEurope lodge. Take advantage of your trip to observe the numerous bird species living among the flooded flatlands. You may even catch a glimpse of a few hippos or crocodiles basking in the sun! You’ll be greeted by our crew upon arrival and settle into your comfortable lodge ideally located on one of the islands created by the Zambezi River. We’ll have dinner and spend the night at the lodge in absolute tranquility at the heart of the wilderness.

Day 6

CHOBE NATIONAL PARK (Namibia-Botswana)

We’ll journey out on a full-day safari in Jeeps to explore the Chobé National Park that is home to more than 1/4 of the total elephant population in Africa. Enjoy lunch in our “floating restaurant” in the middle of the river where the views of the surrounding nature are unparalleled. Afterwards, we’ll board small private boats and sail off on Chobé River all the way to Sedudu Island and its marshes. We’ll have dinner and spend the night at the lodge.

Day 7

IMPALILA ISLAND (Namibia)

Join us for a trip to authentic villages on Impalila Island, Namibia, to discover the traditional Namibian houses, culture and customs. We’ll return to our lodge for lunch. This afternoon, you can enjoy time at leisure at the lodge, taking advantage of the private pools and comfortable fittings, or join us for a discovery of the Zambezi River on small private boats. We’ll have dinner at the lodge. Tonight, let a local tell you all about the traditions and customs of this particular island. We’ll spend the night at the lodge.

Day 8

LODGE - KASANE - VICTORIA FALLS (Namibia-Botswana-Zimbabwe)

We’ll depart from the lodge and leave by coach for Victoria Falls. Enjoy an exceptional lunch cruise on the Zambezi River, upstream from the falls. This afternoon, we’ll leave for a tour on foot of the falls where the views are among the most exceptional in the world. We’ll also see where the Zambezi River plunges over the cliff to become the widest waterfall in the world, creating the “smoke that thunders.” Tonight we’ll enjoy a “Boma” dinner with traditional dance and music. We’ll spend the night at a four-star hotel LS.

Day 9

VICTORIA FALLS

Breakfast.
Optional early morning excursion: Soar over Victoria Falls in a helicopter (must be booked before departure). End of our services at the hotel.

Dates & Prices

START IN 2018
Departure 22/07/2018
Arrival 30/07/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
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Departure 03/08/2018
Arrival 11/08/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Sold out
Departure 09/08/2018
Arrival 17/08/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
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Departure 15/08/2018
Arrival 23/08/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
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Departure 21/08/2018
Arrival 29/08/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Departure 27/08/2018
Arrival 04/09/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Sold out
Departure 02/09/2018
Arrival 10/09/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Departure 08/09/2018
Arrival 16/09/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
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Departure 14/09/2018
Arrival 22/09/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Sold out
Departure 20/09/2018
Arrival 28/09/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
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Departure 26/09/2018
Arrival 04/10/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Departure 02/10/2018
Arrival 10/10/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Sold out
Departure 08/10/2018
Arrival 16/10/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Departure 20/10/2018
Arrival 28/10/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Sold out
Departure 07/11/2018
Arrival 15/11/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Departure 13/11/2018
Arrival 21/11/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Sold out
Departure 25/11/2018
Arrival 03/12/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Sold out
Departure 01/12/2018
Arrival 09/12/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Departure 07/12/2018
Arrival 15/12/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Sold out
Departure 13/12/2018
Arrival 21/12/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Departure 19/12/2018
Arrival 27/12/2018
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
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* Price based on double occupancy

Sales

15% discount for 1 child from 7 to under 17 years old, sharing 1 cabin/room/bungalow with 1 or 2 adult(s) client(s) (excluding international flights, taxes, additional costs, visa and booking fees). Discount valid for the safari-cruise and the Cape of Good Hope pre-cruise program and limited to 1 child per room.
Under 7 years old, children aren't allowed for security reasons.

Formalities

Non-EU nationals are requested to consult their embassy or consulate.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure to check the mandatory travel requirements for minor children as specific documents will be asked to enter and leave South Africa.

The following information has been put together from the official French website http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr which was updated on December 28th, 2017. It is given for guidance only and may be modified at any time. This information cannot anticipate the sovereign application thereof made by the authorities of the countries to be visited, nor by the airlines.

All parents are requested to produce legal proof of filiation with their children upon entering and leaving South Africa. This rule is enforced at all borders point of the country.

Specific documents may be requested according to the following situations:

     1/ Minor traveling with both parents
     2/ Minor traveling with one parent who is not separated from the other parent
     3/ Minor for whom one parent is deceased
     4/ Minor traveling with one parent who is legally separated or divorced from the other parent
     5/ Minor traveling with an adult who is not a parent
     6/ Minor traveling alone

It is crucial for guests travelling to South Africa with minors to consult the South African Embassy in their own country and check the entry and travel requirements for all countries to be visited.

Included :
Not included

the domestic flight Johannesburg/Victoria Falls - airport taxes (€130 - subject to change) - accommodation in a double cabin in your choice of category - double-occupancy accomodations in a first-class CroisiEurope lodge and in 4* hotels - all meals - drinks served by CroisiEurope at all meals and drinks served at the bar on the African Dream and at the CroisiEurope lodge - in Johannesburg and Victoria falls, drinks include: 1 water, 1 glass of local wine or 1 soda or 1 local beer, 1 tea or coffee per person and per meal - the excursions mentioned in the program - travel assistance and repatriation insurance - tips.

Tips : To make your vacation worry-free, the equivalent of €60 per passenger will be given to service providers in your destination countries as tips. We feel this amount is appropriate in consideration of local customs and practice.

international flights - flight between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg - transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance - Zimbabwean visa (US$45 to this day, to be paid for on site in US$) - cancellation/baggage insurance - optional excursion - the Botswana Tourism levy (US$30 to be paid for on site in US$, and likely to be applicable in the year) - personal expenses. 

Shore Excursions

Visit Lake Kariba's "Dam Wall"

We’ll set out to discover the gigantic Kariba Dam which was created in 1955 to form Lake Kariba. Today, the dam serves as a source of electric power for 70% of Zimbabwe. You’ll get to discover the story and legends surrounding the creatio...

Duration 2h00

Water safari on the Gache-Gache River

We’ll set out on small private boats to discover the Gache Gache River and its unique wildlife. Gliding along its meanders, large bends and small, unspoiled inlets, you’ll be amazed by the magical atmosphere all around. Our safari will al...

Duration 2h00

Land and water safari in Matusadona National Park

We’ll journey out on a safari to discover the area around Matusadona National Park. Bordered by the Sanyati and Ume Rivers, this 1,400km²/540 sq mi-large untouched area is home to numerous animal species such as elephants, hippos, crocodil...

Duration 3h00

Soar over Victoria Falls in a helicopter (optional excursion)

Soar over Victoria Falls in a helicopter for spectacular views over this true wonder of nature known as the "Smoke That Thunders". You'll also get to see from above where the Zambezi River plunges over the cliff to become the widest wat...

Duration 2h00
Price per person 270.00 € Before departure

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

African Dream

1 Deck

Lodges

Included lodge

8 Bungalows

The tour itinerary can change depending on the weather.

The order of the visits can change.

The observation of wildlife can't be guaranteed.

The helicopter ride depends on suitable weather conditions.

*Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation.

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