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2018
FROM $ 6,033 per person

Southern Africa: travel to the ends of the earth

9 Days - 11A_CLPP
# Description

Cruise

SOUTH AFRICA - BOTSWANA - NAMIBIA - ZIMBABWE

Welcome to South Africa!
CroisiEurope brings you to the ends of the world in luxury at our top-rated lodge and on our new "5-anchor” rated ship. An up-close and personal experience with nature, along with CroisiEurope's excellent service and savoir-faire.

 

Port-to-port - Cruise on the African Dream/Stay at your Croisieurope Lodge
 

 

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All inclusive on board

CroisiEurope's luxurious and comfortable lodge and ship provide an intimate look at the nature to be found
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Unique cruise on Lake Kariba through emblematic and mysterious landscapes where drowned, bare trees reach skywards from the depths
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Land and water safaris give you an up-close experience of two regions and ecosystems in Chobé National Park and Lake Kariba
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The grandness of Victoria Falls is waiting for you
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Enjoy authentic traditional cuisine and learn about age-old customs

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

Departure city

* Price based on double occupancy

START IN 2018
Departure 06/22/2018
Arrival 06/30/2018
FROM $ 8,135 per person
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
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Departure 06/28/2018
Arrival 07/06/2018
FROM $ 8,135 per person
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
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Departure 07/04/2018
Arrival 07/12/2018
FROM $ 6,033 per person
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
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Departure 07/10/2018
Arrival 07/18/2018
FROM $ 6,033 per person
$ 6,319
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Departure 07/16/2018
Arrival 07/24/2018
FROM $ 8,135 per person
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Sold out
Departure 07/22/2018
Arrival 07/30/2018
FROM $ 6,033 per person
$ 6,319
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Departure 08/03/2018
Arrival 08/11/2018
FROM $ 8,135 per person
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Sold out
Departure 08/09/2018
Arrival 08/17/2018
FROM $ 6,033 per person
$ 6,319
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Departure 08/15/2018
Arrival 08/23/2018
FROM $ 6,033 per person
$ 6,319
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Departure 08/21/2018
Arrival 08/29/2018
FROM $ 6,033 per person
$ 6,319
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Departure 08/27/2018
Arrival 09/04/2018
FROM $ 6,033 per person
$ 6,319
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Departure 09/02/2018
Arrival 09/10/2018
FROM $ 6,033 per person
$ 6,319
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Departure 09/08/2018
Arrival 09/16/2018
FROM $ 6,033 per person
$ 6,319
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Departure 09/14/2018
Arrival 09/22/2018
FROM $ 8,136 per person
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Sold out
Departure 09/20/2018
Arrival 09/28/2018
FROM $ 6,033 per person
$ 6,319
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Departure 09/26/2018
Arrival 10/04/2018
FROM $ 6,033 per person
$ 6,319
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Departure 10/02/2018
Arrival 10/10/2018
FROM $ 8,136 per person
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Sold out
Departure 10/20/2018
Arrival 10/28/2018
FROM $ 8,136 per person
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Sold out
Departure 11/07/2018
Arrival 11/15/2018
FROM $ 6,681 per person
$ 6,967
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Departure 11/13/2018
Arrival 11/21/2018
FROM $ 8,135 per person
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Sold out
Departure 11/25/2018
Arrival 12/03/2018
FROM $ 8,136 per person
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Sold out
Departure 12/07/2018
Arrival 12/15/2018
FROM $ 8,135 per person
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Sold out
Departure 12/13/2018
Arrival 12/21/2018
FROM $ 6,319 per person
Ship : African Dream Anchors : 5
Departure 12/19/2018
Arrival 12/27/2018
FROM $ 8,363 per person
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 - 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.

international flights - flight between Victoria Falls and Johannesburg - airport taxes for international and domestic flights (including the 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 - tips - 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

Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

African Dream

1 Deck

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.

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