Recognized at the World Travel Awards as “Best in Class” an unprecedented four years in a row, as well as earning the title “World’s Leading Boutique Cruise” from 2012 to 2016, the Zambezi Queen offers unparalleled sophistication in one of the world’s most captivating places. Unlike a typical river cruise that travels from one port to the next, the Zambezi Queen was designed for an entirely different purpose—to facilitate optimal game viewing along the Chobe. As this floating hotel drifts along the river, animals perceive no threat and come to the water to drink and bathe, affording you with an amazingly up-close view and once-in-a- lifetime experiences.
Bountiful breakfasts and lunches prepare you for your invigorating daily adventures, and during the evening, enjoy multi-course dinners. Throughout the day, be treated to complimentary South African wines, beer, local spirits, soft drinks and bottled water. On one of the nights, enjoy an African-themed dinner with traditional dishes and entertainment.
From iconic Table Mountain to dramatic coastal roads leading to the Cape of Good Hope to the vineyards carpeting the Winelands, Cape Town offers something for everyone. The proximity to nature is a constant source of wonder in Cape Town, whether it is watching whales breach from a restaurant deck overlooking beautiful False Bay, from July through October; or seeing a veritable sanctuary of penguins, one of the few places in the world where you can get close to them at Boulders Beach. Cape Town has the oldest wine industry outside of Europe, and off the coast of Cape Town lies Robben Island, a prison to Nelson Mandela, the “Father
of the Nation.” Today, it’s a museum, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Calling All Wine Lovers
Producing over 264 million gallons of wine, South Africa
is a thriving wine scene. Centuries-old wine estates in classic Cape-Dutch homesteads share their grand heritage with wine connoisseurs from all over the globe. A visit
to these locations provides a truly unique opportunity
to try different wines with varietals you can only find in South Africa. The approach to wine tasting here is also distinctive and special. Ever paired a cupcake with wine? Or specialty salts? Here, they often go beyond traditional European pairings.
The Winelands near Cape Town are comprised of the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl valleys, and take advantage of the coastal influences of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Stellenbosch is often considered the heart of the South African wine industry, and their
many vineyards are known for red wines with terroir distinction, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinotage and Shiraz. The fortified wines produced in the Paarl Valley are terroir-driven as well. Franschhoek is known for its full-flavored white wines with noticeable acidity levels. AmaWaterways’ guests will visit two renowned wineries here.
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