River Cruising in Africa
Collected by Carrie Finley-Bajak, AFAR Local Expert
Head to Africa for unique one-of-a-kind adventures that combine land tours with river cruising experiences for total immersion. The hardest decision will be to decide where to go. Options include cruises on the Nile or farther south flying into South Africa and then heading to Chobe National Park and beyond.
There is a sliver of Africa where four countries almost converge: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. The Chobe River is one of the many separation points between Botswana and Namibia and it’s also where I experienced one of my favorite...
A water-based African safari provides an entirely different experience from a land-based safari, and you can't get any more water-based (or any more luxurious) than a cruise through Namibia and Botswana on the Zambezi Queen. Floating slowly down...
A 33, Botswana
You don’t have to be in a large city to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime happy hour experience. Sometimes all it takes is a nice glass of wine and impossibly beautiful surroundings. One such place is aboard the Zambezi Queen, a luxury riverboat moored...
Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana, has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa, and the most exciting way to experience the park is by boat. The Zambezi Queen and a handful of small-vessel cruises operate along the Chobe River,...
Luxor, Luxor City, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
At dawn we gathered, a handful of cyclists bound for Egypt's Valley of the Kings on the Nile's West Bank. We'd seen the Red Sea Coast on two wheels, on Egypt's first organized bike tour with Bike Beyond Boundaries (www.bikebeyondboundaries.com),...
Luxor City, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
The ancient temple ruins at Karnak in Luxor, Egypt, are the second most popular tourist attraction in Egypt after the Pyramids at Giza and the Sphinx. Karnak was built starting more than 4,000 years ago and was constructed, destroyed, and...
ش المركز، Adfo, Markaz Edfo, Aswan Governorate, Egypt
Fewer than one percent of travelers in Egypt visit the site of tombs at El Kab, dating back to the early New Kingdom, approximately 1500 BC. Located in Upper Egypt, just about 15 miles North of Edfu, they are accessible by road or one of the...
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