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HappyGayTravel YouTube Channel'Stars of South Africa' Gay Group Luxury Safari & Wildlife Cruise from Cape Town to Johannesburg

14 nights from Cape Town to Johannesburg, South Africa

May 4 – 18, 2018
Ama Waterways Zambezi Queen

South Africa luxury land & river gay safari Join Pied Piper Travel gay group on amazing luxury five-star land and river safari with Ama Waterways. Enjoy 3 nights in Cape Town, followed by a 4-night safari cruise & 2 nights In Victoria Falls, 2 nights in Johannesburg & 3 nights at a luxury safari lodge in Greater Kruger National Park.

Your journey begins with a three-night stay in picturesque Cape Town. Next, fly to Kasane, Botswana to begin your Zambezi Queen safari cruise on the Chobe River. Explore Chobe National Park, home to one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. Spend two nights at the legendary Victoria Falls before flying to Johannesburg for two nights. Then fly to Hoedspruit, located in the game-rich country of the Greater Kruger National Park. Spend three nights at a luxurious game lodge in this premier eco-tourist destination, known for some of the best “Big Five” viewing in South Africa. Experience the thrill of daily game drives, while evenings bring you breathtakingly clear skies.


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'Stars of South Africa' Land & River Safari Cruise Tour Itinerary

14 Nights – Travel to Cape Town & return from Johannesburg

Day 1 - May 4, 2018
Arrive in Cape Town, South Africa / Welcome Reception

After your airport greeting by an AmaWaterways Representative, transfer to your hotel. Your Tour Director hosts a Welcome Reception at 6:30 pm.
Welcome Reception


Day 2 - May 5, 2018
Cape Town Tour

Cape Town gay tourYour full day exploration on one of the world’s most beautiful drives takes you southeast along the Atlantic seaboard past the 12 Apostles, Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak. Stop at the Cape of Good Hope, first rounded in modern times in 1488 by the Portuguese in their attempt to established trade in the Far East and still a significant landmark for sailors today. Also visit Boulder Beach, home to thousands of African Penguins. Lunch today is fine dining with drinks overlooking False Bay.
Breakfast, Lunch


Day 3 - May 6, 2018
Cape Town

South Africa Gay Tour - Cape WinelandsChoose from two sightseeing options today:
The first option is to take a cableway up Table Mountain for spectacular views from the summit. Then head out to the scenic Cape Winelands, which comprises the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl valleys. Visit two renowned vineyards and sample their wines. A sumptuous regional meal lunch will be included along the way.
Or you can to choose board a ferry to Robben Island, once used as a prison for many political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela. Your tour will be led by a former inmate before returning back to Cape Town. After lunch, board the cableway to the summit of Table Mountain followed by a drive through some of the city’s diverse neighborhoods.
Breakfast, Lunch


Day 4 - May 7, 2018
Cape Town to Chobe River (Embarkation)

Chobe River Gay CruiseFly to Kasane, Botswana via Johannesburg. Here you will be transferred to the Chobe River where tender boats will escort you to board the Zambezi Queen. This afternoon, enjoy the view as you settle in on the river before a Welcome Cocktail and Dinner on board the vessel.
Breakfast, Dinner


Day 5 - May 8, 2018
Chobe River

Chobe River Gay safariThis morning embark on a boat safari to explore the Chobe River’s spectacular game viewing. Then journey back to the Zambezi Queen for lunch and time to relax on board. Later today, enjoy a slightly different version of a river safari aboard a special double decker barge which will allow you to venture into the southern channels. This excursion will offer you an unusual viewpoint to observe hippos and elephants in their natural habitat.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 6 - May 9, 2018
Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park elephantsJoin a full day safari of Chobe National Park in open-top 4x4 vehicles. Chobe National Park is home to one of the most dense populations of wildlife in Africa. Be on the lookout for elephants, giraffe, zebra, sable, warthog and cape buffalo. Prides of lions, hyenas and more rarely cheetahs, are normally visible along the way. Lunch will be a delicious picnic served up under the trees.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 7 - May 10, 2018
Chobe River

Chobe River safari cruiseThis morning, enjoy an unforgettable visit to a typical African village to experience the local culture first hand. Spend time with the children of the village as well as its elders and learn about their day-to-day life. After lunch on board, you can choose your afternoon activity including an afternoon safari by boat, bird watching or fishing. Tonight your crew hosts an African themed dinner complete with singing and dancing.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 8 - May 11, 2018
Chobe River (Disembarkation), Victoria Falls

Victoria falls gay tourTransfer to legendary Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders on earth. Spend the afternoon exploring the town or experience one of the many activities offered at your hotel. This evening you have a special dinner and meeting with Africa’s “gentle giants.”
Breakfast, Dinner


Day 9 - May 12, 2018
Victoria Falls

Victoria falls gay travelJoin a local guide for a tour of remarkable Victoria Falls, more commonly referred to as the smoke that thunders. The afternoon is free. Relax and enjoy the amenities and grounds of your iconic hotel, walk into town for a little shopping or take an optional outing. Tonight, embark on a private and festive Sundowner cruise complete with drinks and tapas, along with music.


Day 10 - May 13, 2018
Victoria Falls to Johannesburg

Johannesburg gay tourAfter breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg. Before dinner, gather with a Local Expert for an informative discussion on the day to day life of the South African bushmen in the Kalahari Desert followed by a special dinner.
Breakfast, Dinner


Day 11 - May 14, 2018

Johannesburg gay travelHead out this morning for a fascinating look at Johannesburg and the rich history it has to share, from colonialism to apartheid, and finally democracy. Get an in-depth look at Soweto, the center of the uprising against the apartheid state. Walk the footsteps of Nelson Mandela and explore the colorful neighborhoods. Also, visit the Apartheid Museum. Enjoy a delicious “township” lunch along the way.
Breakfast, Lunch


Day 12 - May 15, 2018
Johannesburg to Kruger National Park

South Africa gay safari tourThis morning fly to the Greater Kruger National Park, where you’ll be transferred to a private game lodge, luxurious Tintswalo Safari Lodge. Later, set out on an afternoon game drive in search of the country’s “Big Five” and other native wildlife. Tonight you will enjoy your first dinner at the lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 13 - May 16, 2018
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park gay safariBegin your day with an early morning game drive. Your open-air vehicle is the perfect means to explore this private game reserve, located just a stone’s throw from the game-rich Kruger National Park. The rest of the morning can be spent enjoying the facilities at your lodge. The afternoon brings another game drive deep into the bush, where you may encounter South Africa’s top predators: cheetahs, hyenas and lions.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 14 - May 17, 2018
Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park gay safari tourEnjoy two exhilarating game drives today, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, as well as ample leisure time to relax and enjoy your game lodge accommodations. Tonight, after dining with your fellow travelers, the evening is yours to read, socialize, or simply gaze up at the stunning star-filled African sky.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 15 - May 18, 2018
Kruger National Park to Johannesburg

Early this morning, you’ll have your final game-drive before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight to Johannesburg for your connecting flight home.
Please do not schedule onward flight before 4:30 pm.


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'Stars of South Africa'
Land & River Safari Itinerary




 04 May Cape Town, South Africa WR
 05 May Cape Town, South Africa B, L
 06 May Cape Town, South Africa B, L
 07 May Cape Town / Chobe River B, D
 08 May Chobe River B, L, D
 09 May Chobe River B, L, D
 10 May Chobe River B, L, D
 11 May Victoria Falls B, D
 12 May Victoria Falls B
 13 May Victoria Falls / Johannesburg B, D
 14 May Johannesburg B, L
 15 May Johannesburg / Kruger National Park B, L, D
 16 May Kruger National Park B, L, D
 17 May Johannesburg / Kruger National Park B, L, D
 16 May Kruger National Park / Johannesburg B

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Included Features

Cape Town
• 3 nights at the luxurious Cape Grace hotel in upgraded Table Mountain View Rooms including daily breakfast
• Welcome Reception with drinks and tapas
• Full day Cape of Good Hope tour including African Penguin encounter and local lunch with drinks
• Cableway to the summit of Table Mountain
• Cape Winelands tour including tastings and lunch OR guided visit to Robben Island follwed by lunch and tour of Cape Town’s diverse neighborhoods

Zambezi Queen
• 4-night accommodations in balcony suite
• Chobe National Park safari
• Boat safaris along the banks of the Chobe River
• Visit an African village
• Traditional African dinner
• All meals included during the cruise with complimentary wine and beer


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Victoria Falls
• 2-night stay at the Victoria Falls Hotel in upgraded Stable Wing Rooms including daily breakfast
• Elephant Interaction Experience at a Wildlife Sanctuary and Orphanage followed by dinner
• Guided tour of Victoria Falls National Park
• Exclusive Zambezi River Sundowner Cruise

• 2 nights at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel in a Grand Chateau Suite Room including breakfast daily
• Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert presentation followed by a special multi-course dinner, including South African wines
• Soweto tour including Nelson Mandela landmarks and Apartheid Museum, lunch included

Kruger National Park
• 3 nights in a suite at Tintswalo Safari Lodge, an exclusive luxury safari lodge
• Daily morning, afternoon, and evening game drives
• No more than 6 guests per safari vehicle on all game drives
• All meals, drinks and laundry included at the lodge


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Ama Waterways Zambezi Queen

With a design specific for safari river cruising on the Chobe River, the 28-passenger Zambezi Queen offers a sophisticated onboard experience designed to maximize animal sightings. Your comfort is ensured when staying in any of the 14 air-conditioned balcony staterooms (which range up to 300 sq. ft), all decorated in contemporary style. The air-conditioned top deck of the ship offers a dining room, lounge, bar and pool area for your comfort. Enjoy game watching from your stateroom, or visit the top deck for a beverage, sun bathing and more game watching. Peruse the library of books, enjoy a board game and explore the riverbanks of the Chobe River on the Zambezi Queen.


Zambezi Queen lounge


Unique Dining Experiences
While on board the Zambezi Queen, our guests will dine in absolute opulence whilst taking in the unique African surrounds. Situated on the 3rd level, the dining room offers unobstructed views on three sides. Experience delectable dishes such as butternut and macadamia soup and fillet of beef with bordelaise sauce paired with the perfect wine. The mornings offer a full English breakfast and the afternoons offer a lavish gourmet lunch buffet. In the evenings, be our honored guest for an elegant, formal dining experience, the perfect ending to your daily river cruise adventures. We offer complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks and bottled water throughout the cruise.


Zambezi Queen Restaurant


Stateroom Amenities
• All Suites have their own private balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, either a double or two single beds and an ensuite bathroom
• 4 Master Suites, which are 300 sq. ft.
• 8 Category A Suites, which are 235 sq. ft.
• 2 Category B Suites, which are 215 sq. ft.

Public Areas
• The air-conditioned top deck consists of the dining room, lounge, bar and sunbathing area complete with private pool
• The interior furnishings are elegant and timeless, creating a luxurious yet comfortable experience. The dining room is situated on the 3rd level with unobstructed views on three sides
• The bar includes local and imported spirits, wine and beers
• Reading room
• Gift Shop


Zambezi Queen bar


Impeccable Service
With AmaWaterways, you’ll find an exceptional vacation experience. In addition you’ll enjoy the finest onboard service of any river cruise line. After nearly fifteen years in business, we believe that a big factor in our award-winning success is superior service and attention. Our guests consistently rate our personalized, professional and friendly service as a highlight of their cruise. How do we know? They tell us. Guests aboard every AmaWaterways ship complete a detailed questionnaire at the end of their cruise, and we diligently read every single one of them. It provides continuous feedback on our passengers’ experience, and enables us to guide our onboard staff. We can praise the staff for a job well done, and make quick adjustments before the start of the next cruise. At AmaWaterways, customer service is our top priority.

Zambezi Queen service


Eco-Friendly Boat
• Responsibility towards the environment forms the foundation upon which this eco-boat was built
• A water jet propulsion system replaces the conventional propeller system, causing no damage to the river bed
• Only the latest fuel efficient and low emission generators are run during daylight hours, with the boat operating on battery power through the night
• Hot water is provided by a solar heating system
• Energy-saving lights throughout
• Water-saving taps and showers
• Onboard sewage processing plant
• Cleaning detergents and soaps are biodegradable
• Five-stage water purification plant, using river water in showers and faucets

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Stars of South Africa Land & River Safari 2018 Rates
(Updated 28.09.17. - Current prices/availability.)
SB Category Suite Zambezi Queen SB Category Suite Middle Deck, Private Balcony (215 sq. ft) Cabins 27, 25 $ 13,995
SA Category Suite Zambezi Queen SA Category Suite Lower and Middle Decks. Private Balcony (235 sq. ft). Cabins: 12, 13, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29 $ 14,244
MS Category Master Suite Zambezi Queen Master Suite Lower and Middle Decks. Private Balcony with Sitting Area. (300 sq. feet) Cabins 10, 11, 20, 21 $ 14,844
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All prices are per person and are based on double occupancy.

Intra-Africa Air Rate, not included in the above, is $2125 per person, including taxes and fuel surcharges and is additonal. International airfare is not included.

Note: Very limited availability as the Zambezi Queen only holds 28 guests!!

All prices are per person and are based on double occupancy. Complimentary airport transfers included for travel on first and last day of tour without any deviation. Optional insurance is additional. Visas may be necessary for certain African countries. Pricing subject to change without prior notice.

A deposit of $2,400 per person is due at time of reservation. ($1,200pp is non-refundable up to 121 days prior to departure.)

For our single travelers, please contact us for single occupancy pricing or we can arrange roommate shares to avoid single supplement charges!

Cancellation policy:
Up to 121 days prior to departure - $1200 pp
120-90 days prior to departure - $2400 pp
89-60 days prior to departure – 35% loss of land, cruise and intra-air price
59-30 days prior to departure – 50% loss of land, cruise and intra-air price
29-7 days prior to departure – 80% loss of land, cruise and intra-air price
6 days- departure – 100% loss of land, cruise and intra-air price

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