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Chobe River Cruises

The fascinating Chobe River is a segment of an intricate river system that flows through south-central Africa. Beginning as the Cuando River, it runs along the northern border of Botswana into the Linyati Swamp, changing then to the Linyati River. Further east, it becomes the Chobe River before merging with the Zambezi River. This interlocking network of waterways even flows in reverse at times.

Cruise through the twisting, wide body of water before stopping at Chobe National Park, where you'll experience some of the best game viewing via private boat or open game-drive vehicles. Chobe National Park is home to one of the most substantial populations of wildlife in Africa, with the highest concentration of elephants on the entire continent and more than 450 species of birds. Be on the lookout for crocodiles and hippos in their natural habitat as you travel by boat.

Chobe cruises are typically part of a longer land itinerary, with sailings generally spending four nights on the river. Opportunities for game drives and other sightseeing options are available during the land portion, including visits to spectacular Victoria Falls, where the river spills over the falls' fault line.

All the day-to-day travel details are handled by experienced tour directors who accompany you during the entire trip. Cruises are easy to budget, too, as so much is included in one price that you pay up front, including riverboat and lodge accommodations, most meals and activities on board and on land.


River cruises are rated according to the quality of the vessel and its accommodations, the number of included amenities and activities both on and off the ship, the class of hotels used for land portions of itineraries, and the level of service delivered. The river cruises below are categorized according to the industry rating scale (budget, first class and deluxe). Click any cruise name for the itinerary, dates and prices.

Itinerary Name Days Starts In Ends In Company Quality* From**
Discover Africa 2014   12   Cape Town, South Africa   Johannesburg, South Africa   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
Botswana & Zambia: River Safari & Cruise 2014   13   Johannesburg, South Africa   Johannesburg, South Africa   A & K   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
Rivers & Rails of Africa 2014   15   Cape Town, South Africa   Johannesburg, South Africa   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
Rivers & Rails of Africa 2015   15   Cape Town, South Africa   Johannesburg, South Africa   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
Stars of South Africa 2014   16   Cape Town, South Africa   Johannesburg, South Africa   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
The Ultimate Safari 2014   16   Cape Town, South Africa   Johannesburg, South Africa   African Tvl   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
Stars of South Africa 2015   16   Cape Town, South Africa   Johannesburg, South Africa   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
Golden Trails of East Africa 2014   18   Johannesburg, South Africa   Nairobi, Kenya   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices
Golden Trails of East Africa 2015   19   Cape Town, South Africa   Arusha, Tanzania   Ama   Deluxe   Dates and Prices

* Key to Quality Ratings

Tours are classified according to the quality of amenities and accommodations.

Budget = River cruises typically range from $100 to $200 per person, per day, plus airfare.
First Class = River cruises typically range from $150 to $350 per person, per day, plus airfare.
Deluxe = River cruises typically range from $250 to $650 per person, per day, plus airfare.

** The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.


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