Southern Africa: Travel to the Ends of the Earth
SOUTH AFRICA - BOTSWANA - NAMIBIA - ZIMBABWE
From Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, you’ll discover spectacular panoramas and tumultuous histories, but also incredible wildlife and carefully crafted menus that reflect the flavors and savors of Africa, as well as the most beautiful natural reserves and the secrets of Lake Kariba before taking in the grandeur of the “smoke that thunders,” Victoria Falls.
Explore Southern Africa for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with CroisiEurope’s luxurious and comfortable lodge, and on board a new ship designed to provide an intimate look at the nature.
Embark for a unique cruise on Africa's Largest Man Made Lake - Lake Kariba.
Lake Kariba stretches the long border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and represents a precious resource for the animals that gravitate to its shores. These days are marked by wildlife along the banks of the lake, water safaris by small boats to islands and inlets of Matusadona National Park (Zimbabwe), and African Sunsets viewed from the Sun Deck.
On land and on water safaris, we’ll take you to the deepest treasures on the African continent. Tours for encounters with mammals that dot the shores will be on small boats. Once the engines are cut, you’ll experience the wild up close - reveling in the sounds of nature and the animals just a few yards away.
Victoria Falls is one of the most spectacular attractions in Africa and one of the most unusual waterfalls in the world. Discover where the Zambezi River plunges over the cliff to become the tallest waterfall in the world, creating the “smoke that thunders”.
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Southern Africa: Travel to the Ends of the Earth
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 : Johannesburg (South Africa)
We'll meet up at the hotel at 11:30 a.m. We'll have lunch before visiting the Apartheid Museum which opened in 2001. It is famous the world over for being the first museum centering on South African history in the 20th century, and more particularly on Apartheid. Afterwards, we'll set off for a panoramic tour of the city. In addition to being South Africa's financial capital, Johannesburg is also the city of superlatives. It is indeed the richest town in Africa, with the tallest buildings and widest social discrepancies, but is also infused with one of the best atmospheres you'll ever come across. We'll arrive at our five-star hotel LS where you'll be welcome to settle into your rooms before dinner. You'll spend the night at the hotel.
Day 2 : Johannesburg - Kasane - Arrival at CASCADES LODGE (South Africa-Botswana-Namibia)
We'll take a regular flight from Johannesburg to Kasane, Botswana. You'll be transferred from the airport to your CroisiEurope lodge on board a small private boat. 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. We'll have dinner and spend the night at the lodge in absolute tranquility at the heart of the wilderness.
Day 3 : LODGE: Chobe National Park (Namibia-Botswana)
We'll journey out on a full-day safari in Jeeps to explore the Chobe National Park that is home to more than 1/4 of the total elephant population in Africa. Enjoy lunch in a “floating restaurant” in the middle of the river where the views of the surrounding nature are unparalleled. Afterwards, we'll board a small private boat and sail off on Chobe River all the way to Sedudu Island and its marshes. We'll have dinner and spend the night at the lodge.
Day 4 : LODGE: 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 pool and comfortable fittings, or join us for a discovery of the Zambezi River on a small private boat. We'll have dinner at the lodge. Tonight, let a local tell you all about the traditions of this particular island. We'll spend the night at the lodge.
Day 5 : Lodge - Kasane - Lake Kariba - BOARDING THE AFRICAN DREAM (Namibia-Botswana-Zimbabwe)
We'll depart from the lodge for one last water safari in the Chobe National Park area. After lunch, we'll set out for the Kasane airport. On board private planes, you'll be amazed at the stunning panoramas over Lake Kariba and the changing landscapes of the wilderness during your flight from Kasane to Kariba. You'll be transferred to board the ship and comfortably settle into your cabins. We'll start sailing across the lake. 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. We'll have dinner and spend the night on board.
Day 6 : SHIP: LAKE KARIBA - SAILING ON THE GACHE-GACHE RIVER (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 a small private boat 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 sail towards Changa. When the sun starts to set, we'll set out on a small private boat to admire the changing colors of the sky. We'll have dinner and spend the night on board.
Day 7 : SHIP: LAKE KARIBA - MATUSADONA NATIONAL PARK (Zimbabwe)
We'll journey out this morning 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, 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 on board and start sailing again. 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 8 : SHIP: KARIBA - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
At sunrise, we'll set sail towards Kariba to disembark and journey out to the airport. We'll 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 history and legends surrounding the creation of the lake, including the tale of NyamiNyami, the river god. We'll fly out to Victoria Falls on board private planes. 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, enjoy dinner and spend the night at a four-star hotel LS.
Day 9 : Victoria Falls
Optional early morning excursion: Soar over Victoria Falls in a helicopter (must be booked before departure). The helicopter ride depends on suitable weather conditions. End of our services at the hotel.
Note: The tour itinerary can change depending on the weather. The order of the visits can change. The observation of wildlife can't be guaranteed.
Ports of Call
- Lake Kariba
- Lake Kariba - Sailing on the Gache-Gache River (Zimbabwe)
- Lake Kariba - Matusadona National Park (Zimbabwe)
- Kariba - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
CroisiEurope offers you an up-close and personal experience with nature at the ends of the world on board our new Premium-rated ship as we sail along Lake Kariba and the most beautiful bends of the region for fantastic views of the surrounding wonderland.
Year Built : 2018 | Number of cabins : 8 | Width : 8 | Length : 33
Number of decks : 2 | Guest capacity : 16 | Draft : 0.78 | Cabins outside
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