Although the waterways of Europe gave birth to modern river cruising, it is an experience that is by no means limited to “the continent.” River cruises frequently ply the waters of Russia’s legendary Volga, Egypt’s Nile, and Asia’s mighty Mekong. Now, award-winning river cruise line AmaWaterways wants to add another contender to that list: Africa.
Designed as part of AmaWaterways’ new AmaVoyages product, the new Africa Safaris and Wildlife Cruise program consists of a four-night cruise aboard the specially designed Zambezi Queen, built with wildlife viewing in mind as she sails the Chobe River through Chobe National Park.
Located in Botswana, Chobe National Park is home to one of the largest populations of wildlife on the continent. Guests can expect to view elephants, leopards, lions, sable and buffalo either from the deck of their ship or via excursions offered in smaller boats and open-air vehicles for a true safari experience.
This unique cruise is paired with one of three distinct land tours that will whisk guests deep into the heart of Africa, viewing the magnificent wildlife and land-based sights like the mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro. Each tour concludes with two nights in Victoria Falls, the largest waterfalls in the world.
When ashore, guests will be treated to stays at iconic African safari lodges, camps, and exclusive hotels in addition to the luxurious accommodations aboard the Zambezi Queen. Each day, professional guides will lead wildlife viewing excursions that offer guests the chance to some of the world’s most stunning animals in their natural habitat.
Commenting on the newest extension of its river cruise product, AmaWaterways President Rudi Schreiner said, “We’re extremely proud to introduce our new program in Africa, one of the world’s great destinations. Our exclusive combination of a safari cruise on the Zambezi Queen, three different land programs and two nights at Victoria Falls provide the most unique and exceptional African experience available.”
Ranging in duration from 16 to 19 days, AmaVoyages’ new African Safari cruise tours will commence in June, 2012.
Created by AmaWaterways to better represent its diverse, non-European offerings, AmaVoyages consists of the line’s popular Russian Waterways cruise program aboard the recently refurbished AmaKatarina; as well as its stellar offerings in Vietnam and Cambodia aboard the MS La Marguerite and the brand-new AmaLotus.
Be sure to check back here frequently for more details on AmaVoyages’ new African Safari offerings and full details of the brand-new MS Zambezi Queen.