AmaWaterways, an award-winning river cruise line, celebrates their tenth anniversary in 2012 in grand style as they raise the gangway to cruise the Chobe River in Botswana, Africa.

A new addition to the innovative “AmaVoyages” cruise itineraries, the “Africa Safaris and Wildlife Cruise” program will take guests on a four-night cruise aboard the stunning MS Zambezi Queen river boat, specifically designed for optimum wildlife viewing while meandering along the Chobe River, in the Chobe National Park.

Kilimanjaro With Elephant Herd - AmaWaterways Chobe cruise
Kilimanjaro With Elephant Herd

Perhaps the home to the world’s largest elephant population (120,000!), Chobe National Park provides the breathtaking backdrop for guests to also view leopards, lions, water buffalo and crocodiles from their river boat, on small boat excursions or open-air vehicles.

As part of a new trend in river cruising to interact with local residents, AmaWaterways will arrange for a visit to a village, experience authentic boma dining as well as enjoy excellent cuisine aboard the MS Zambezi Queen.   If you are not familiar with boma, it is outdoor dining around a central campfire, traditionally surrounded by smaller fires.  Today, boma dining is quite a memorable and upscale way to dine and offered in  the finest lodges in Africa.

Makalali Game Lodge
Makalali Game Lodge

In addition to the safari cruise, a choice of three extensive land tours will take guests to the heart of Africa; from the expanses of the Serengeti to Chobe National Park-one of the most important game-viewing areas in Africa and the fabled snow-capped peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

“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,” says Rudi Schreiner, President of AmaWaterways.

Zambesi Queen stateroom with balcony
Zambesi Queen stateroom with balcony

Guests will cruise the Chobe River in luxury. The elegantly appointed Zambezi Queen has a total of only fourteen cabins, each with their own private balcony.  With a total of three decks, the top deck boasts the dining room, a lounge with a wood-burning fireplace, a bar and a sunbathing area with a private pool.

For the land portion, guests will stay at lavish safari lodges, game camps and exclusive hotels throughout Africa.  Professional guides will lead daily wildlife excursions, offering the opportunity to spot elephant, rhino, hippo, predators, avian and aquatic creatures.

AmaWaterways is now taking reservations for these three new AmaVoyages African itineraries: “Stars of Africa,” “African Sunsets” and “Golden Trails of Africa.”  These once-in-a-lifetime cruise safaris range from sixteen to nineteen days and will begin in June of 2012.

Partial source: AmaWaterways
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