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From one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, to the opulent surroundings of a safari lodge stay, discover Africa’s treasures – from its landscapes to its wildlife, on this incredible cruise holiday.

After a one-night hotel stay in cosmopolitan Cape Town you’ll embark the beautiful Azamara Journey for your all-inclusive cruise around South Africa. With one staff member for every two guests, you’ll experience personal and attentive service, making your cruise holiday to some of the world’s most exciting destinations that much more special. Highlights include Port Elizabeth, home to the densest population of elephants in the world; Durban, where you could visit a traditional Zulu homestead, and Richards Bay – home to the largest white rhino population on Earth.

You’ll enjoy two further nights in port followed by a one-night hotel stay to explore the treasures of Cape Town before flying to Johannesburg for a five-star hotel stay. From here, you’ll then fly to Livingstone where you’ll transfer to The David Livingstone Safari Lodge on the banks of the magnificent Zambezi River for a three-night stay. Blending in harmoniously with its surroundings, it’s located just a few miles upstream from the magnificent Victoria Falls which you’ll see up close on a magical guided tour. Wander along the cusp of the falls, savour a relaxing Zambezi River safari on board the Lady Livingstone and relish a sumptuous three-course dinner on board the Royal Livingstone Express.

Next, you’ll transfer to the stunning Ivory Tree Lodge in the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve, set in the huge crater of a long-extinct volcano. You’ll have a great opportunity to see the famous Big Five, with two game drives per day – morning and afternoon – in the company of your expert guide. The rest of your time here could be spent trying one of many activities such as archery or quad-biking or trying an indulgent treatment in the spa.  

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The Azamara Journey® Experience

For the ultimate deluxe cruise holiday on a stunning ship, the Azamara Journey® is an excellent choice. The ship boasts friendly and efficient staff and a crew to passenger ratio of 2-to-1 to ensure your every need is catered for. For foodies, the Azamara offers a superb array of restaurants and eateries with culinary delicacies to tempt every appetite whether you enjoy formal dining or a more casual meal. With more balconies than many other cruise liners, there are plenty of places to sip a cool drink as the sun sets. For more lively nights, the high-quality entertainment won’t disappoint with shows and cabaret in the elegant showroom.

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Cabaret Lounge

Enjoy live performances of professional stage musical calibre. Set amongst cosy tables and fabulous bars, it’s the perfect wind down after a day of exploring.

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Sanctum Spa

Relax, rejuvenate and revitalize in the Sanctum Spa with ultimate options in signature treatments for you to indulge yourself in some ‘me’ time.

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All-Inclusive Dining

With 6 restaurants to choose from authentic Italian to mouth-watering steaks, dining on board is an adventure of its own.  

Your 21 Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

2 January 2023

Fly to Cape Town for a fantastic hotel stay in South Africa’s favourite city

You’ll fly to cosmopolitan Cape Town, South Africa’s favourite city. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, with the splendour of Table Mountain looking over its shoulder, it’s a city set in impressive surroundings, which are matched by its myriad tourist attractions. You’ll find it all here: quirky independent shops, places of historical interest – such as Robben Island – and beaches galore.

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Day 2

3 January 2023

Today you’ll embark the sleek Azamara Journey for your all-inclusive cruise around the South African coast

Feeling more like a private club than a cruise ship, Azamara Journey’s intimate atmosphere welcomes you with open arms, exquisite personal service and divine cuisine. The Azamara standard offers boutique hotel-quality service with unparalleled amenities during your sailing, so all you have to do is sit back, relax and voyage away to the less-travelled destinations on your cruise.

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Day 3

4 January 2023

Spend a day at sea to discover some of the treasures on board

Whether you’re craving light nibbles at an atmospheric tapas or five-course meals in an elegant restaurant, Azamara Journey® provides world-class dining for all your time on board. A couple of highlights include Aqualina Restaurant, an Italian eatery that embodies the life and soul of the country and the Chef’s Table where you can enjoy a guest lecturer during your exquisite five-course meal.

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Day 4

5 January 2023

Head out on a whale-watching tour in Port Elizabeth to witness these beautiful animals in their natural habitat

Also known as the ‘Friendly City’, Port Elizabeth is a thriving coastal destination with fine, sandy beaches, whale-watching tours, a European-style town square, and excellent museums including the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. Head to the Donkin Reserve and climb to the top of the lighthouse to get great views across the city – the perfect spot for getting your bearings.

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Day 5

6 January 2023

From the fascinating culture of the Nguni people to sprawling nature reserves, East London offers a wealth to discover

Old-fashioned values blended with a laidback charm makes East London one of the most appealing cities on the South African coast. Visit the East London Museum, which is home to a working beehive and cultural artefacts from the Nguni people of the region. Or you could head to the East London Coast Nature Reserve where a walking trail affords great sea views. You could even catch sight of the abundant marine life such as dolphins and whales.

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Day 6

7 January 2023

Spend a day at sea to relax with a marvellous massage in the Sanctum Spa

Wind down with your days at sea at the Sanctum Spa. Feel like a rejuvenating body wrap, soothing facial or even a muscle-melting massage? Head to this tranquil oasis. During your time here you could even relax in the hot salt water pool on the Sanctum Terrace where you can relax with stunning views out to sea.

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Day 7

8 January 2023

Marvel at the kaleidoscope of wonderful colours peppered around Maputo

Mozambique’s vibrant capital conjures up a number of pleasant surprises, with jacaranda trees growing in the shadows of handsome colonial buildings from the Portuguese colonial era and plenty of beach-facing bars and restaurants in which to idle a few hours. Gaze out at the expanse of the sheltered Maputo Bay from the lively Avenida da Marginal on the seafront and seek out local crafts, exhibitions and dances at the Franco-Mozambican Cultural Centre.

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Day 8

9 January 2023

Bask in the beauty of Richards Bay’s natural havens and shimmering waters

This small town beside a lagoon on the northern coast of KwaZulu-Natal is a place of great natural beauty and features the deepest natural harbour on the African continent. The Richards Bay Park is a haven for nature-lovers, or there are beaches to relax on with calm, warm seas. For more wildlife escapades, the nearby game reserve, Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park, is home to the Big Five.

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Day 9

10 January 2023

Discover the delights of Durban, from its bustling markets to its golden beaches

Located along Africa’s southernmost tip, bustling Durban is situated in the KwaZulu Province of South Africa and is South Africa’s second largest city. Known locally as Thekwini, it is South Africa’s leading beach resort with superb weather and a relaxed atmosphere. Head for the Golden Mile Beach and its lengthy promenade, delve into bustling fruit markets or learn about all things aquatic at uShaka Marine World.

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Days 10 - 11

11 - 12 January 2023

Savour a final two days at sea being captivated by dazzling shows and eating gorgeous food

Enjoy your final days at sea by making the most that Azamara Journey has to offer. By day, you could find a quiet haven in the library, well-stocked with books and the digital Inspiration Centre. As the night beckons, listen to live music with a cocktail in hand at the Cabaret Lounge or check out ABBA themes nights and karaoke at the Living Room.
 

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Days 12 - 13

13 - 14 January 2023

Arriving back in Cape Town, you’ll have a further chance to explore this cosmopolitan city

Why not explore the surrounding areas of this incredible city on a fascinating one-day Cape Peninsula tour? You’ll visit the picturesque fishing village of Hout Bay, see sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean from the Cape Point Nature Reserve, and go to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens whose Boomslang Walkway snakes over the forest at tree-top level. At Houtbay Harbour you can see a plethora of colourful marine life via a glass-bottomed boat.

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Day 14

15 January 2023

Disembark your ship in Cape Town for a hotel stay

Today, you'll disembark Azamara Journey® in Cape Town. 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 15

16 January 2023

Transfer to "The City of Gold", Johannesburg, for a luxurious hotel stay

Fly to Johannesburg and experience an overnight hotel stay at the Peermont D’oreale Grande. Enveloped in luxury and coupled with state-of-the-art facilities, it’s a perfect choice for guests looking for comfort and indulgence. Enjoy delicious food at the elegant Aurelia’s restaurant, rejuvenate in the spa or simply sip on a delectable cocktail as you toast to your adventure ahead.

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Day 16

17 January 2023

Savour the spectacular surroundings of the Zambezi River from the David Livingstone Safari Lodge

Today you’ll transfer to the David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa on the banks of the stunning Zambezi River. Blending harmoniously with its surroundings, this accommodation is just five kilometres upstream from the falls. Known in the local language as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’ – Victoria Falls are a sight to behold, with mist rising so high that it can be seen from several kilometres away. On an enthralling fully escorted tour, learn from your guide how the falls were formed, as well as the intriguing local traditions that surround them.

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Day 17

18 January 2023

Settle into a breathtaking sunset cruise along the Zambezi River, capturing the sights of the majestic wildlife

Begin your day with an enthralling fully escorted walking tour, learn from your guide how the falls were formed, as well as the intriguing local traditions that surround them. A highlight of your stay at the lodge will undoubtedly be the river cruise on the glorious Zambezi River, where you’ll get to take in an African sunset in spectacular surroundings. Aboard the luxurious Lady Livingstone, you’ll glide serenely up to Siloka Island, enjoying the abundant wildlife along the banks of the river. Let the superb hospitality team take care of you along the way, ensuring your pinks gin and tonics are topped up, along with plenty of nibbles to snack on.

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Day 18

19 January 2023

Glide through the picturesque landscapes on board the magnificent Royal Livingstone Express, complete with a fine-dining experience

While staying here, you’ll board the Royal Livingstone Express, a magnificent steam train that embodies the romance of rail travel. The Royal Livingstone Express is made up of five carriages comprising two dining cars, a kitchen car, lounge car and an observation car, and is pulled by steam locomotives built in Britain in the 1930s. Savour fine-dining and refined surroundings featuring polished teak, gleaming brass and soft leather as you pass through Africa’s stunning wilderness and over the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge.

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Day 19

20 January 2023

Fly back to Johannesburg where you’ll transfer to the Ivory Tree Lodge for your superb safari stay

Your luxury Victoria Falls adventure complete; you’ll be transferred to the Ivory Tree Lodge to begin your three-night luxury stay within the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Situated in the crater of a long-extinct volcano, the Ivory Tree Lodge is the perfect location for a monumental safari experience. Rooms are tastefully decorated with African décor and offer spectacular views of the three concentric rings of hills across the Pilanesberg reserve.

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Day 20

21 January 2023

Drink in your stunning surroundings of the vast African wilderness

Tastefully adorned in traditional African décor, the Ivory Tree Game Lodge offers a safari experience all with modern amenities for a home away from home. After you’ve settled into your luxurious setting, you could unwind in the award-winning spa with its natural botanic ingredients to harmonise your body and soul. Its restaurant also offers five-star dining to complement your stay where you can sample traditional South African cuisine under the stars.

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Day 21

20 - 22 January 2023

Embark on two daily game drives and seek out the magnificent ‘Big Five’

During your stay, you’ll enjoy two daily game drives. Setting out in the early morning light, you’ll drive through the extensive park with your eyes peeled for the “Big Five”: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and Cape buffalo. You could spot a lion cub tumbling with its littermates, an elephant enjoying its morning ablutions with a river shower and drink, or even a leopard enjoying a morning lie in up in a tree’s branches.

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Day 22

23 January 2023

Leave Johannesburg with a wealth of memories to treasure forever

Today you’ll leave wonderful Johannesburg and fly home.

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Your Hotel Stays

The Portswood Hotel
★★★★

The Portswood Hotel offers the perfect opportunity from which to experience a piece of Cape Town’s rich history. Located at the entrance to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the hotel’s lobby and restaurant are built around a 300-year-old well and the cells which held prisoners on their way to Robben Island. Unwind in the lavish surroundings of your comfortable room, sophisticated with its décor of neutrals, royal blue and dark woods. After a long day of exploring, settle into your hotel at the Quarter Kitchen restaurant that serves classic Cape Malay cuisine that spices up your senses, before you settle in the cocktail bar and drink to your African discovery.

Peermont D'oreale Grande
★★★★★

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.

The David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa
★★★★

Blending perfectly within the lush surroundings of the Zambezi River bank, the David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa offers five-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.

Ivory Tree Game Lodge
★★★★★

The five-star Ivory Tree Game Lodge offers a safari experience all with modern amenities for a home away from home. Situated in the crater of a long-extinct volcano, the Ivory Tree Lodge is the perfect location for a monumental safari experience. Rooms are tastefully decorated with African décor and offer spectacular views of the three concentric rings of hills across the Pilanesberg reserve.

Touring Experiences

Victoria Falls

Heralded as one of the must-see attractions in Africa and indeed, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, the Victoria Falls is a true treasure of the Zambezi River. Spanning more than a kilometre long and at a height of more than one-hundred metres, it is considered the largest waterfall in the world. Walk amidst the lush rainforest, encountering increasingly spectacular views of the falls as it crashes over the cliff and plunges 108 metres into the whirlpool below – the relentless roar and the feeling of the spray on your face will stay with you forever.

Lady Livingstone River Safari

Embark on a relaxing sunset cruise along the Zambezi River, spotting hippos poking their heads above the water and the cry of fish eagles soaring above your head while you sit back, enjoying drinks and snacks as you drift along the river, taking in the spectacular scenery and viewing the incredible local wildlife. Listen out for the cry of a fish eagle, the snort of an elephant or the rush of water as a hippopotamus breaks the surface. It’s the perfect way to experience the heart of Africa.

Royal Livingstone Express

You’ll be met by the traditional Sunset Steam Train with a red-carpet entrance, as you take your places inside the lounge cars of the locomotive. Swish through the shimmering Zambian bushveld as the untamed wilderness and local villages stream leisurely past your window, on your way to a breathtaking view of the thundering falls, as you dine on a five-course meal in a setting of polished woods, sparkling crystal and 1920s glamour.

Your Holiday Summary

 

 Fully Escorted Tours

  • Walking tour of Victoria Falls
  • Lady Livingstone river safari
  • Royal Livingstone Express train journey including a five-course dinner and drinks
  • Pilanesberg National Park game drives

Cruise

  • 12 night all-inclusive luxury cruise on board Azamara Journey® 
  • Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including house spirits, wine and international beers
  • Pre-paid gratuities and complimentary AzAmazing Evenings® event
  • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations
  • 2 nights in port in Cape Town

Hotel Stays

  • 2 night four-star stay in Cape Town at The Portswood Hotel with breakfast
  • 1 night five-star hotel stay in Johannesburg at the Peermont D'oreale Grande with breakfast
  • 3 night four-star stay at The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa with breakfast
  • 3 night five-star hotel stay in Pilanesberg National Park at the Ivory Tree Game Lodge with breakfast

All flights and transfers

Prices

21 Nights |  Departing 2 January 2023

Departing

Perth

Inside

$10,999pp

Outside

$10,999pp

Balcony

$12,999pp

Departing

Sydney

Inside

$11,499pp

Outside

$11,499pp

Balcony

$13,499pp

Departing

Brisbane

Inside

$10,999pp

Outside

$10,999pp

Balcony

$12,999pp

Departing

Melbourne

Inside

$10,999pp

Outside

$10,999pp

Balcony

$12,999pp

Departing

Adelaide

Inside

$11,199pp

Outside

$11,199pp

Balcony

$13,199pp