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28th Jun 2024 | 10 nights | AMAWaterways | Zambezi Queen

Free wi-fi
Excursions included
Drinks included with meals
Complimentary cocktail hour
Complimentary speciality restaurant
Cape Town
Chobe National Park
Victoria Falls
Free wi-fi
Excursions included
Drinks included with meals
Complimentary cocktail hour
Complimentary speciality restaurant
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Arrival
Departure
 
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28th Jun 2024 Friday
Cape Town
2
29th Jun 2024 Saturday
Cape Town
3
30th Jun 2024 Sunday
Cape Town
4
1st Jul 2024 Monday
Cape Town
4
1st Jul 2024 Monday
Chobe National Park
5
2nd Jul 2024 Tuesday
Chobe National Park
6
3rd Jul 2024 Wednesday
Chobe National Park
7
4th Jul 2024 Thursday
Chobe National Park
8
5th Jul 2024 Friday
Chobe National Park
9
6th Jul 2024 Saturday
Chobe National Park
9
6th Jul 2024 Saturday
Victoria Falls
10
7th Jul 2024 Sunday
Victoria Falls
11
8th Jul 2024 Monday
Victoria Falls
11
8th Jul 2024 Monday
Johannesburg

Zambezi Queen is owned and operated by The Mantis Group, which has hotels and eco-lodges worldwide. The boat is also featured by luxury river cruise line AmaWaterways, which sells four nights onboard as part of extended Africa packages. The vessel itself is stunning, all done up in tasteful neutrals with African artwork, zebra rugs and faux (of course)-leopard skin cushions. Service is exceptional, the food is superb and there is an open bar serving quality South African wines.

Bedtime

Zambezi Queen doesn’t have air conditioning; each cabin has sliding shutters and mosquito screens, and comes with a fan. The whole upper deck lounge/dining area has mosquito screens, too, and is open to river breezes from end to end. At 10pm, the power switches to backup, the main lights go out and you fall asleep to the whirring of your fan, the noises of the African night and the occasional grunt of a hippo. Needless to say, with no lights for miles around, the stargazing is spectacular.

Sailing

Don't expect a typical river cruise. The Zambezi Queen only sails a 25km stretch of the Chobe River and potters slowly between the same mid-river moorings all the time. There are no ports of call and no river traffic; there aren’t even any towns here apart from the nearby gateway of Kasane. Once you're out on the river, it's just vast expanses of open space.

Chilling Out

You can do a four-night itinerary. Zambezi Queen is so relaxing and the river so beautiful that we could have done with an extra day onboard, just gazing at the scenery, as we were away from the boat on a morning game drive and a separate sunset cruise for most of our middle day. You see elephants, hippos, crocs and birds all the time from the mother ship and we even spotted two leopards coming down to the river to drink.

African Time

You have to slow down in Africa and adjust expectations of service, understanding your accent and so on. The 47 Namibian crew on Zambezi Queen have been expertly trained by Vicky Nel, the South African hotel manager and were outstandingly professional, but these are very gentle people with their own particular hierarchy and on or off the boat, you can't speak fast, or get impatient, or bark orders, as you'll draw a blank. It's not as though winding down is difficult, in any case; it's amazing that this level of food, service and accommodation can be achieved in the middle of the African bush.

Upper Deck
Middle Deck
Lower Deck

Best for...

Wine-lovers, foodies, wellness enthusiasts and families

Not the best for...

Travellers with limited mobility

Who goes on AMAWaterways cruise ships?

Most passengers are North Americans, though a good share come from Australia and the U.K. Most are in the 50-plus range, and are well-educated and active. AmaWaterways attracts solo travellers and couples, and recent ships draw families and multigenerational groups with stateroom designs accommodating multiple passengers.


Do I have to dress up on a AMAWaterways cruise?

A little bit, particularly in Europe where, in general, the dress code is country club casual, with cruisers turning up the notch a bit for the captain's night and farewell dinner, showing up dressed as they would be for a fine restaurant. In Southeast Asia, the line urges cruisers to travel lighter with smart casual clothing for the welcome and farewell dinners, and in Africa the rule is casual throughout.


Is everything free on AMAWaterways cruises?

In all destinations, AmaWaterways offers free Wi-Fi, coffee, tea and bottled water, and in Europe, Vietnam and Cambodia, a complimentary shore excursion is provided in each port. In Africa all excursions are included in the fare. On all European river cruises (except Portugal), there is complimentary sparkling wine and juices at breakfast, and beer, soft drinks and unlimited wines at lunch and dinner, plus a cocktail hour with complimentary wine, beer and spirits. These same cruises provide free bikes and helmets for independent use in port. In Vietnam and Cambodia, cruisers have complimentary soft drinks, juices, house brand spirits, local beers, filtered coffee and tea during the cruise, with free flowing wine with lunch and dinner onboard and bottled water, replenished daily. In Africa complimentary wine and beer is served with all lunch and dinners onboard. Gratuities, laundry, spa and beauty services and some shore excursions carry an additional fee, as do premium alcoholic beverages and drinks outside of meal times.


What are AMAWaterways's most popular activities?

The destinations visited are the main draw for cruises on an Ama sailing, and passengers take advantage of shore excursions that range from Gentle to Active Walker groups; there's even a concentrated Late Starter option for people who want to sleep in but still see key tour highlights. In Europe there are also guided bicycle and hiking tours in some cities along the way. While sailing, wine tastings and lectures draw a crowd, and when nothing is on the schedule, cruisers are just as happy to relax on deck or in the lounge and watch the scenery go by or read. Some afternoons local cultural groups come onboard to perform and share their heritage. AmaWaterways has found that many of its passengers want active pursuits onboard, so the line established a wellness program onboard. Passengers do relax in the lounges, but they also show up for stretch sessions, yoga, cardio/core strengthening, resistance band workouts and circuit training. There are quite a few reasons to be in your stateroom, too; the line's Entertainment-On-Demand system not only provides high-speed internet access but also movies, music and English language TV stations.


  • Return flights from London or Manchester
  • Group overseas transfers to and from the ship
  • Full board meals
  • Exquisite, La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, regionally-inspired cuisine at every meal paired with complimentary hand-selected wines with every lunch and dinner
  • A meal in the The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant once per cruise
  • Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour every evening
  • A diverse menu of shore excursions, up to 4 choices each day
  • High speed internet provided free of charge throughout the ship
  • Wellness programme
  • Dedicated wellness host
  • Use of the onboard gym, heated pool & walking track

Inclusions may differ depending on region. Please check with our team.

Prices based on:

Private Balcony - Main Deck - 215sq.ft
Private Balcony - Main Deck - 215sq.ft

  • In-room temperature control and fan
  • Deluxe hotel-style bedding and oversized king beds (can also be configured as two single beds)
  • Spacious en-suite bathrooms
  • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, toiletries, bathrobes and slippers
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows, sliding glass doors and sliding shutters for privacy and protection from the sun
  • Outside balcony
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and electronic safe
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Located on the Main Deck
  • 215 sq.ft.

Cabin Grade Fly Cruise
SB £10,523 pp
Private Balcony - Main & Lower Deck - 235sq.ft
Private Balcony - Main & Lower Deck - 235sq.ft

  • In-room temperature control and fan
  • Deluxe hotel-style bedding and oversized king beds (can also be configured as two single beds)
  • Spacious en-suite bathrooms
  • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, toiletries, bathrobes and slippers
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows, sliding glass doors and sliding shutters for privacy and protection from the sun
  • Outside balcony
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and electronic safe
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Located on the Main & Lower Deck
  • 235 sq.ft.

Cabin Grade Fly Cruise
SA £10,807 pp

Luxury Suite
Luxury Suite

  • In-room temperature control and fan
  • Deluxe hotel-style bedding and oversized king beds (can also be configured as two single beds)
  • Spacious en-suite bathrooms
  • Large wardrobe, full-length mirror, hair dryer, toiletries, bathrobes and slippers
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows, sliding glass doors and sliding shutters for privacy and protection from the sun
  • Private outside balcony with sitting area
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and electronic safe
  • Complimentary bottled water replenished daily
  • Located on the Lower & Middle Deck
  • 300 sq.ft.

Cabin Grade Fly Cruise
LS £11,467 pp
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