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Embark on the adventure of a lifetime, with thrilling game safaris and Victoria Falls explorations in southern Africa, paired with an unforgettable cruise on board the luxurious Queen Mary 2, relishing the idyllic Mauritius and Réunion islands bound for Fremantle

South Africa’s vibrant Johannesburg is the first stop on this awe-inspiring tour and cruise holiday. From here, you’ll experience a three-night stay in a luxury lodge within breathtaking Pilanesberg National Park and thrilling game drives to track down Africa’s ‘Big Five’ – the elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo and rhino.  

Then fly to Livingstone, Zambia, for another memorable three-night stay. On a series of fully-escorted tours, you’ll enjoy an incredible guided walk around the spectacular Victoria Falls – one of the world’s greatest natural wonders – a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River and a sumptuous dinner on board a restored 1930s locomotive as it traverses the Zambezi River Valley.

Following a flight back to South Africa for an overnight stay in Cape Town, ‘The Mother City of South Africa,’ you’ll embark on the regal Queen Mary 2 for an incredible 16-night full-board cruise. There will be ample time to savour this glorious ship, the very epitome of Cunard’s refined approach to sailing, harking back to the grand old ocean liners of the Golden Era of travel.

After a port of call in the buzzing, multi-cultural city of Durban, leave South Africa behind and sail on to the sparkling Indian Ocean, making two memorable stops at paradise islands, Réunion and Mauritius (Port Louis); their stunning natural beauty, including pristine white sand beaches and dramatic landscapes, will truly astound you. Cruising at sea for a relaxing seven days, you can enjoy all the very latest in modern facilities, entertainment and dining opportunities that this remarkable Cunard flagship offers, before finally arriving in Western Australia and the port city of Fremantle (for Perth). Here, your unforgettable holiday concludes and you’ll disembark the Queen Mary 2, heading home with treasured memories.

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The Queen Mary 2 Experience

Quite simply, the Queen Mary 2 is one of the most magnificent ocean liners ever built, thus, a fabulous cruise holiday on this remarkable ship is an experience of a lifetime. Cunard has incorporated the very latest in modern facilities, entertainment and enrichment opportunities into a ship radiating the opulence, charm and glamour of cruising’s Golden Era. Your fine-dining options include multiple-course gourmet delights with classy touches like Wedgewood china and Waterford crystal. Be entertained by lavish musical shows, dance in the largest ballroom at sea with a superb resident orchestra and relax beside four ample-sized pool areas – you’ll have everything you could possibly want and more for the most memorable time on the ocean waves.

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Dining

From classic British and French cuisine in the Britannia and Grills restaurants and the finest premium steaks at The Verandah, to traditional afternoon tea and a mouth-watering array of international cuisines at Kings Court Buffet, you’ll find something on board to suit your every taste.

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Activities

There are so many to choose from: enjoy a stellar show at the planetarium, take part in fencing or Cunard’s traditional games of shuffleboard and deck quoits, sign-up for the outstanding Insight programme, or simply relax and unwind at the blissful Mareel Spa.

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Entertainment

There’s never a dull moment on board, what with dazzling West End-style productions at the Royal Court Theatre, a full live music programme, quiz nights and live DJs at the ship’s sophisticated G32 nightclub. Or dance the night away at a glamorous ball in the Queen’s Room.

Your 24 Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

24 January 2024

Welcome to South Africa and vibrant Johannesburg city

Fly into Johannesburg, South Africa for the start of your epic adventure. One of the youngest of the world’s major cities, Johannesburg was founded in 1886 following the discovery of gold and is today, South Africa’s largest city. This ‘City of Gold’ emanates an electric energy, buzzing with new marketplaces, breweries and restaurants, jazz clubs and artistic enclaves. Sample the huge diversity of cuisines cultivated by the city’s mix of cultures at the Yeoville Food Market and learn about Johannesburg’s history at one of many fascinating museums.

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bell  Overnight: Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel

Days 2 - 4

25 - 27 January 2024

Track down the ‘Big Five’ during a safari stay at Pilanesberg National Park

You’ll transfer from Johannesburg for a secluded lodge nestled within the Pilanesberg National Park, a place of breath-taking beauty and serenity and home to abundant wildlife and bird species. During your three-night stay, you’ll join daily bush walks and game drives in Pilanesberg National Park, a thrilling way to experience the incredible African wilderness and game. Here, you’ll track down Africa’s ‘Big Five’– the elephant, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo and rhino – and may even spot them roaming near your lodge room!

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Days 5 - 7

28 - 30 January 2024

Enjoy an incredible Victoria Falls walk, sunset cruise and locomotive train ride

You’ll fly on to Zambia and historic Livingstone, located near Victoria Falls, one of the world's biggest waterfalls. During your three-night stay, you’ll take a guided walking tour around the majestic falls, encountering spectacular views of the tumbling cascades crashing over the cliffs, plunging into whirlpools below. Later, you’ll embark the Lady Livingstone River Safari for a boat cruise along the Zambezi River, admiring the wildlife and stunning sunset. You can also enjoy an exciting ride through the Zambezi River Valley while dining on board the Royal Livingstone Express, a restored locomotive train.

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Day 8

31 January 2024

Embrace the captivating sights and charms of stunning Cape Town

Today, you’ll fly to Cape Town, a vibrant port city on South Africa’s southwestern coast boasting a dramatic setting: resting on a peninsula in the picturesque Cape of Good Hope and cradled by the imposing Table Mountain. Known as ‘The Mother City of South Africa,’ Cape Town not only presents scenic sights, but a fascinating melting pot of cultures and cosmopolitan delights. You’ll find plenty of things to do, but no stay is complete without a cable car ride up to Table Mountain’s flat top, from where you can admire panoramic city views spread out below.

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Day 9

1 February 2024

Depart Cape Town and embark the iconic Queen Mary 2 for your fantastic voyage ahead

You’ll depart Cape Town and embark the regal Queen Mary 2, commencing an unforgettable 16-night full-board cruise to Fremantle, Western Australia. Welcome aboard the Queen Mary 2, a remarkable flagship from the magnificent Cunard fleet, which, as you’ll soon discover, offers legendary style and elegance and a little of the finer things in life. You’ll simply relish Cunard’s spectacular heritage, sense of occasion and huge array of entertainment and activities on offer. The ample space on board the Queen Mary 2 gives you an incredible sense of freedom whilst having the option to participate in anything that suits your mood as you enjoy this memorable voyage.

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Days 10 - 11

2 - 3 February 2024

Savour every detail of this marvellous ship during your first two relaxing days at sea

You’ll have plenty of options to choose from during your ocean-going days on board Queen Mary 2. One of the highlights is undoubtedly Cunard’s signature ritual of traditional English afternoon tea, served daily by white-gloved waiters in the elegant Queen’s Room, where orchestral music provides a melodic ambiance. You may wish to embark on a voyage across the solar system in the amazing planetarium, play a spot of lawn bowls, or treat yourself to a little ‘me’ time with some ocean-inspired treatments at the serene spa. Alternatively, pull-up a leather armchair and disappear into one of the best-loved classics in the library.

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Day 12

4 February 2024

Soak-up the alluring beaches and fascinating melting pot of cultures in sunny Durban

Durban is now a must-see stop in South Africa with good reason. Enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and a leisurely stroll along the esplanade at Durban’s Golden Mile stretch of beach, admiring the backdrop of jagged mountain ranges. Soak-up the city buzz along lively Florida Road, where you can browse the galleries and boutique shops and savour the café culture. South Africa’s second largest city also makes an ideal spot to learn about the fascinating native Zulu and Afro-Indian culture: more Indians reside in Durban than any other country outside India itself, why it’s known as ‘the Asian Capital of South Africa.’

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Days 13 - 15

5 - 7 February 2024

Relish some of the finest cuisine at sea at Queen Mary 2's selection of delectable restaurants

Dining on board the Queen Mary 2 is lauded as some of the very best at sea. During your three days of cruising towards the next exotic destination, you’ll relish the deliciously imaginative menus, delectable fine wines and outstanding service at one of the ship’s sophisticated restaurants. Alongside Cunard classic favourites, like the Britannia Restaurant, you can savour themed dining experiences which extend to the specialty seafood and mouth-watering prime cuts at The Steakhouse at The Verandah. The fusion of fresh seasonal flavours in an intimate setting can be savoured at the King’s Court Buffet.

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Day 16

8 February 2024

Discover the stunning beauty of the Indian Ocean’s hidden treasure, Réunion Island

Located in the sparkling Indian Ocean, remote Réunion Island nestles between Madagascar and Mauritius and is quite simply, a stunningly beautiful island to explore. This hidden treasure is known for its captivating diverse landscapes, from rain-forested interiors punctuated with cascading waterfalls and vanilla plantations, to pristine white sand beaches and vivid coral reefs, backed by impressive volcanoes. Experience the island’s exceptional natural beauty by taking a hike to the Piton des Neiges, relaxing on the surf-lashed beaches or taking a refreshing dip in clear turquoise lagoons. Réunion blends a fusion of French, Indian, African and Chinese influences, which can be delightfully discovered in the island’s diverse cuisine, music and culture.

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Day 17

9 February 2024

Experience for yourself the brilliant natural wonders and blissful island life of Mauritius

Today you’ll sail into Port Louis, the capital city and gateway to idyllic Mauritius. Sugar white sands, enchanting lagoons and verdant mountains make every photograph snapped in Mauritius look impossibly postcard perfect. This idyllic tropical island, ringed by pristine coral reefs and vivid blue, crystal-clear water, is justifiably popular for its stunning natural attractions, boat excursions to spot whales and dolphins and freshly caught seafood. Here, you can hike, snorkel amongst multi-coloured fish, or simply laze beside the Indian Ocean. Alternatively, take a leisurely stroll around the Botanical Gardens or immerse yourself in the lively local markets and snap-up unique crafts and souvenirs.

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Days 18 - 24

10 - 16 February 2024

Spend the next seven blissful days at sea indulging in the fantastic array of distractions on board the Queen Mary 2

As you cruise for seven days towards your final destination, you’ll find countless things to distract you, day or night. Laze beside the Pavilion Pool or the aft Lido Pool, each indulging with a bar and Jacuzzis. Enjoy a range of on-deck leisure activities that extend to tennis, bowls, croquet and even a netted golf area for perfecting your swing. Or up on deck, simply gaze out to sea and the never-ending dazzling horizon. Once the sun has set, enjoy a marvellous night of dancing at the refined Queen’s Room, or at the sumptuous Royal Court Theatre, a dazzling West End-style production. Or bring your evening to a magical close by taking-in a blockbuster movie in Illuminations – the choice as ever, is yours.

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Day 25

17 February 2024

Sailing into Fremantle, bid farewell to the Queen Mary 2 as you disembark and your journey concludes

Today your incredible cruise concludes as you sail into Fremantle, a historic port city close to Perth in Western Australia. It’s time to bid a fond farewell to the magnificent Queen Mary 2, as you disembark filled with incredible memories to last a lifetime.

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Your Hotel Stays

Peermont D'oreale Grande Hotel
★★★★★

There’s a touch of Las Vegas extravagance at this Johannesburg hotel, with its statue of a Roman chariot galloping through a fountain at the building’s entrance. Rejuvenate at Octavia’s Sensorium Health and Beauty Spa or treat yourself to a sunset cocktail at Neptune’s Pool Bar. There’s also an Italian-themed mini shopping mall next door, plus all guests have access to the casino, dining and entertainment facilities.

Bakubung Bush Lodge
★★★★

Ideally located in the Pilanesberg National Park, Bakubung Bush Lodge is set in the 57,000-hectare reserve where you can see the big five from your room, or on a game drive through the reserve. From prides of roaming lions to giraffes, Bakubung will bring you closer to the splendour and beauty of the African bush. Facilities include a stunning swimming pool, a Residents Lodge, a serene spa, Marula Grill Restaurant and a poolside Bar. There’s also a Wildlife Centre, gym, volleyball and tennis courts for those looking to stay active.

David Livingstone Safari Lodge
★★★★

Blending perfectly within the lush surroundings of the Zambezi River bank, the David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa offers four-star accommodation close to Victoria Falls, an impressive natural wonder of the world. Named after the first European explorer to see Victoria Falls, the hotel is in easy reach of all the activities associated with this glorious naturescape, from microlight tours to elephant-back safaris. The hotel boasts river-facing rooms, ensuring each guest enjoys the same views. Visit the spa to indulge in a wide selection of exquisite treatments, savour delicious dishes in The Kalai Restaurant, a traditionally styled eatery with buffet and a la carte options, and enjoy an array of South African and international wine in the bar.

Southern Sun The Cullinan, Cape Town
★★★★

With a hotel stay at Southern Sun The Cullinan, you can enjoy a perfectly located hotel with amazing amenities. After a sumptuous meal in the Peach Tree, you can then relax with a chilled cocktail in hand at the Stella Cafe & Bar. During the day, the Mangwanani Boutique Spa provided muscle-melting massages in which to re-energise and enjoy your amazing holiday further.

Touring Experiences

Victoria Falls

Known in the local language as Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders,’ the spectacular Victoria Falls are often described as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, throwing mist so high into the air it can be seen from several kilometres away. During your guided walk around the falls, named in honour of a British queen, you’ll gain fascinating insight into how these tumbling cascades were formed and all about the local customs and traditions that surround them.

Lady Livingstone River Safari

What better way to celebrate the end of a memorable day exploring incredible Victoria Falls, than a two-hour signature sunset cruise along the Zambezi River on board the Lady Livingstone River Safari. In the height of luxury and comfort, drift up to Siloka Island, spotting wildlife along the riverbanks. While marvelling at the stunning sunset in good company and indulged by an attentive hospitality team, indulge in a selection of delicious nibbles and a pink-hued gin and tonic.

Royal Livingstone Express Train

Take a classic journey back in time as you climb on board the Royal Livingstone Express, a lovingly restored locomotive train that originally operated in the 1930s. As you roll through the heart of the Zambezi River Valley on this most magnificent five carriage steam train, you can admire the breathtaking scenery in the height of comfort and luxury and enjoy exquisite fine-dining, with a sumptuous dinner served on board.

Pilanesberg National Park Safari

A thrilling safari experience awaits at Bakubung Bush Lodge, secluded deep within Pilanesberg National Park, a game reserve area of breathtaking beauty and serenity. During your three-night lodge stay, you can join daily guided bush walks and game drives, an exciting way to experience the African wilderness and the abundant wildlife and bird species here. You’ll track down Africa’s ‘Big Five’ – the elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino – and other southern African large mammals.

Your Holiday Summary

Cruise

  • 16 night full-board cruise on board the Queen Mary 2

HotelStays

  • 1 night five-star stay in Johannesburg at the Peermont D’Oreale Grande Hotel with breakfast
  • 3 night four-star stay in Pilanesberg National Park at the Bakubung Bush Lodge with breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 3 night four-star stay in Livingstone at The David Livingstone Safari Lodge with breakfast
  • 1 night four-star stay in Cape Town at the Southern Sun Cullinan with breakfast

Fully Escorted Tours

  • Walking tour of Victoria Falls
  • Safari tour of Pilanesberg National Park
  • Zambezi River tour on board the Lady Livingstone River Safari
  • Ride through the Zambezi River Valley on board the Royal Livingstone Express

All flights, taxes & transfers

Prices

24 Nights |  Departing 24 January 2024

Departing

Perth

Inside

$9,999pp

Outside

$11,999pp

Balcony

$13,999pp

Princess Grill Suite

$19,999pp

Departing

Sydney

Inside

$10,399pp

Outside

$12,399pp

Balcony

$14,399pp

Princess Grill Suite

$20,399pp

Departing

Brisbane

Inside

$10,299pp

Outside

$12,299pp

Balcony

$14,299pp

Princess Grill Suite

$20,299pp

Departing

Melbourne

Inside

$10,499pp

Outside

$12,499pp

Balcony

$14,499pp

Princess Grill Suite

$20,499pp

Departing

Adelaide

Inside

$10,699pp

Outside

$12,699pp

Balcony

$14,699pp

Princess Grill Suite

$20,699pp