Africa is home to a variety of rainforests and rivers that provide habitats for endless species of exotic plants and animals. Explore Africa onboard one of these three river cruises.
Viking River Cruises – Cairo to Cairo
Viking’s MS Antares is a sixty-two passenger river vessel built specifically to sail the Nile river. The Antares features staterooms with French balconies, fifty-five-inch flat screen TVs, private bathrooms with jetted tubs and showers, a stateroom steward and twice daily housekeeping service. All rooms have toiletries, robes, and slippers available and the ship offers a laundry service. The sundeck offers a pool as well as shaded lounge areas and there is an onboard health club, spa, sauna, library, and bar. The Cairo to Cairo cruise offers twelve days exploring ancient Egyptian cities, temples, tombs, and monuments. Egyptologist guided tours are offered for passengers to explore areas and learn about the pyramids and hieroglyphics. Felucca (wooden sailboat) rides down the Nile are offered throughout the trip as well as time to explore local spice markets, bazaars, and museums.
CroisiEurope – Southern Africa River Cruise
CroisiEurope’s MS African Dream features balcony cabins with exterior lounge chairs and sofas, a sundeck with a jacuzzi, and an elegant glass-walled restaurant, bar, and lounge. Off-ship passengers will stay on a private island at the Cascade Lodge in luxury bungalows which have their own deck and pool. Traditional African foods are served throughout the cruise and passengers will have lunch at a floating restaurant. Africa’s Matusadona National Park and its many islands and inlets will be explored via water safari where passengers have up-close encounters with wildlife such as elephants, hippos, buffalo, and crocodiles. Big cats, sea eagles, storks, and herons can be seen as well. A helicopter tour of the world-famous Victoria Falls is also an option for cruise-goers.
AmaWaterways – Wildlife and the Falls Cruise
The Zambezi Queen ship takes passengers through Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. The Zambezi is a twenty-eight passenger ship with spacious staterooms and balcony suites featuring a viewing deck with a pool and a bar with panoramic views. This cruise offers both morning and evening safaris in the Greater Kruger National Park, a 4×4 safari tour through Chobe National Park, and a Chobe River safari. Other activities include a guided tour of Victoria Falls with a sunset dinner and cocktails onboard a vintage steam train, fishing, and birdwatching. Off-ship passengers will stay at a five-star lodge and enjoy a traditional African village dinner. All cuisine on and off-ship is regionally inspired.