River cruising has exploded in popularity like never before. Not only can you sail the waterways of Europe, but prospective guests can also explore the mysteries hidden within Egypt’s Nile, Russia’s Volga, and Asia’s mighty Yangtze and Mekong rivers. Not content to rest on its laurels, California-based AmaWaterways wants you to consider a new destination: Africa.
Debuting this summer aboard the brand-new, 28-guest Zambezi Queen, AmaWaterways is offering three distinct African itineraries: the 16-day Stars of Africa; the 16-day Africa Sunsets; and the immersive, 19-night Golden Trails of Africa.
In Stars of Africa, guests will enjoy three nights in the beautiful city of Cape Town, three nights in Kruger National Park Area and one night in Johannesburg before embarking for four nights aboard the Zambezi Queen, ending with a two-night stay in breathtaking Victoria Falls. Known as “The Smoke that Thunders,” Victoria Falls is notable for its beautiful, 355-foot high sheet of cascading water.
African Sunsets includes 16 days of exploration on this beautiful continent. Three nights are spent in Cape Town before travelling to Okavango Delta for two nights. Okavango is the world’s largest inland delta, and one of the richest permanent and non-permanent settlements of wildlife. Upward of 400 species of birds and more than 70 species of fish can be found here. After that, it’s off to Savute for two nights before embarking Zambezi Queen for your four-day safari cruise. This itinerary ends with two nights in spectacular Victoria Falls.
But the grandest journey of all may be AmaWaterways’ 19-night Golden Trails of Africa. Beginning with one night in Nairobi, spend eight nights at game reserves in Amboseli, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti; one night in Johannesburg, followed by four nights aboard the Zambezi Queen and two nights in Victoria Falls. If you’ve always dreamed of seeing the breathtaking wildlife of Africa up-close and personal, this is the trip for you.
“Africa is a popular destination spot that provides so many natural activities,” says AmaWaterways’ Executive Vice President and Co-Owner Kristin Karst. “AmaWaterways is always looking for ways to wow our guests and the safari itineraries do not disappoint. Africa’s diverse wildlife, sweeping plains and towering peaks make it the perfect place for an exciting vacation.”
Even Jack Hanna, host of the hit TV show, Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild, was impressed with AmaWaterways new product, which was featured on a recent episode of his show.
“I highly recommend the Zambezi Queen. It’s a must. Anyone that’s looking to cross something off a bucket list or a way to travel in Africa, this is the way to go,” Hanna said. “From dining to the resting area to the accommodations and the wonderful staff and riverboat guides that get you up close to the wildlife, everything is top-notch and beyond five star. I’ve done this for 26 years now and this has been the epitome for me and my family to be on this magnificent vessel.”
For more information on AmaWaterways and its new African itineraries, be sure to check out our complete AmaWaterways profile here on River Cruise Advisor, and watch for our profile of the Zambezi Queen, coming soon!