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African River Cruise and Safari Adventure with Optional Ministry Visit

April 6, 2024

11 Days | 8 Cities | 5 Countries

The African Dream/Zimbabwean Dream


Exclusive Luxury 16 Person Group

Jeff and Gina Paglialonga, owners of Teeming River Cruises, are again combining a Southern African cruise with a mission trip to Nakaseke Christian Academy (for more information click here).

After experiencing the school and Africa themselves, Jeff and Gina are eager to introduce others to both and continue their support of sick and needy children. Consequently, $500 will be donated to Simone’s Kids for each cabin booked on their Teeming River Cruises’ African tour. The company also sponsors two children at the school who they had the pleasure of meeting personally.

New this year! Settle into your African adventure by starting in the vibrant heart of South Africa, Johannesburg. Enjoy a tour highlighting the life of Nelson Mandela, and dinner at the famous Carnivore restaurant caps the day. There’s even an opportunity to pet baby lions!

Further explore Africa on this once-in-a-lifetime trip with a luxurious and comfortable lodge, and onboard a new ship designed to provide an intimate look at the surrounding nature. Embark for a unique cruise on Africa’s Largest Man-Made Lake – Lake Kariba. Lake Kariba stretches the long border between Zambia and Zimbabwe and represents a precious resource for the animals that gravitate to its shores. Days will be marked by viewing wildlife along the banks of the lake, water safaris by small boats to islands and inlets of Matusadona National Park (Zimbabwe), and African Sunsets soaked in from the Sun Deck.

On land and on water safaris will take you to the deepest treasures on the African continent. Tours designed for encounters with mammals that dot the shores will be on small boats. Once the engines are cut, you’ll experience the wild up close – reveling in the sounds of nature along with the animals just a few yards away.

The lodge is located on a private island, in the middle of the Zambezi River. It offers you total immersion in the surrounding environment. A team is at your disposal to guide you. The Lodge consists of 8 spacious private bungalows offering all the necessary comfort, as well as a large terrace, private pool, panoramic view, air conditioning and heating, shower and bathtub, outdoor shower, and filled minibar. Please see the link above for a page with all details of the ship.

Victoria Falls is one of the most spectacular attractions in Africa and one of the most unusual waterfalls in the world. Discover where the Zambezi River plunges over the cliff to become the tallest waterfall in the world, creating the renowned “smoke that thunders”.

Joining Jeff and Gina at God’s Hope Christian School is an optional add-on for the cruise and will take place prior to the cruise/safari embarkation date. For more information regarding the school, dates, transportation, and more please see below and or complete the form below.

If you are not able to make this date we have weekly departures throughout the year for a similar itinerary (without a ministry trip). Please email us for further details. We do have charters available to bring your own group of 16 people for this Safari. Charter dates are available for 9 months of the year.

If you are planning on going on the Ministry portion of the trip please email us your itinerary BEFORE your purchase. Please note the dates and times of the itinerary for flights. It takes 2 days to get to Africa in most cases. It is a good idea to have Teeming review your flight itinerary prior to purchase. For more information on the ministry portion of this trip please click on this link.

Most of the slide show photos below were taken on our actual Safari by Jeff or Gina. No models, real people, real life, real fun.


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Arrival: The Journey begins in Johannesburg, South Africa today

April 6 – If on the optional Ministry Trip – Transfer to Entebbe Airport via School Drivers

April 6 – Date to arrive in Johannesburg

OR Tampo International Airport in Johannesburg

Optional Afternoon trip to Lion & Safari Park (1:15 drive away)
Lion cub petting – enjoy 10 or so minutes petting lion cubs
This is an additional cost of about $40.  You must purchase a safari tour to add this (like below)
2 hour Sunset Drive Tour (these sell out and need to be booked in advance) Time slots 4-6 and 5-7
After dark, the mini safari tour comes to life! The same great mini safari tour however with the addition of an incredible lion feeding. The safari vehicle is filled with the sounds of the nights and the roar of the lions as they enjoy a full feeding.
Cost is $60 pp (senior rate is half- not sure of qualifications)


Full Day Nelson Mandela  Coach Tour including a visit to the Apartheid Museum, the Nelson Mandela Museum, Lunch with drinks (1 glass of wine + 1 little bottle of water + 1 tea or coffee), and a Visit to Soweto

After the tour, we will have Dinner at Carnivore Restaurant – Savour the Carnivore’s unique ‘all you can eat’ dining concept. With delectable game and domestic meat dishes* to choose from and an extensive wine selection of well-known South African wines to complement your meal, you’ll enjoy an unforgettable dining experience.

Overnight at Airport Intercontinental Hotel – Johannesburg

Arrival: Safari Start Date ~ Kasane, Botswana (Chobe National Park) Arrivals and transfers based on Flights from Uganda (if participating in Ministry Trip)
Depart: Cascades Lodge, Impalila Islands
  • Depart Johannesburg, South Africa – fly to Kasane, Botswana. Kasane- Chobe International Airport
  •  Arrival at the private island Cascades Lodge
    • We will transfer from the airport to the lodge in small private boats. Upon arrival at the lodge located on an island created by one of the tributaries of the Zambezi River, we will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge.  Take advantage of your trip to observe the numerous bird species living among the flooded flatlands. You may even catch a glimpse of a few hippos or crocodiles basking in the sun! Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by the crew and settle into your comfortable lodge. We’ll have dinner and spend the night at the lodge in the absolute tranquility of the wilderness.

We’ll journey out on a half-day safari in Jeeps to explore the Chobe National Park that is home to more than 1/4 of the total elephant population in Africa. Enjoy lunch in a “floating restaurant” in the middle of the river where the views of the surrounding nature are unparalleled. Afterwards, we’ll board a small private boat and sail off on Chobe River all the way to Sedudu Island and its marshes. We’ll have dinner and spend the night at the lodge.


In the morning we will take a trip to the Impalila Islands and discover the traditional Namibian houses, culture, and customs. You also have an option to do some fishing on the river. We’ll return to our lodge for lunch. This afternoon, you can enjoy time at leisure at the lodge, taking advantage of the pool and comfortable fittings, or join us for a discovery of the Zambezi River on a small private boat. We’ll have dinner at the lodge. Tonight, let a local tell you all about the traditions of this particular island. We’ll spend the night at the lodge.


We’ll depart from the lodge for one last water safari in the Chobe National Park area. After lunch along the water, we’ll leave by coach for the Kasane airport. On board private planes, you’ll be amazed at the stunning panoramas over Lake Kariba and the changing landscapes of the wilderness during your flight from Kasane to Kariba. You’ll be transferred to board the ship and comfortably settle into your cabins. We’ll start sailing across the lake. Reaching over 140mi/200km in length and spanning a distance of approximately 25mi/40km at its widest point, the lake flooded flatlands, hills and forests alike, creating unique and emblematic landscapes. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board


At sunrise, we’ll set sail through the rare and mysterious landscapes of Lake Kariba where drowned trees reach skywards from the depths of the reflecting water. We’ll set out on a small private boat to discover the Gache Gache River and its unique wildlife. Gliding along its meanders, large bends and small, unspoiled inlets, you’ll be amazed by the magical atmosphere all around. We’ll return on board for lunch. We’ll spend the afternoon cruising towards Changa. At sunset, we’ll set out on board small private boat, to admire the magical scenery. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.


We’ll journey out this morning on a safari to discover the area around Matusadona National Park. Bordered by the Sanyati and Ume Rivers, this 1,400km²/540 sq mi-large untouched area is home to numerous animal species such as elephants, hippos, crocodiles, buffalos as well as thousands of birds, among which the legendary African Sea Eagle, the majestic Yellow-billed Stork, or the Black Heron with its interesting hunting method. We might be lucky enough to cross paths with a big cat or two! The history of the park is closely linked with that of the lake: during the construction of the dam, the rising floodwaters affected the native wildlife although the damage was mitigated by Operation Noah, an initiative which saved the lives of over 6,000 animals. This rescue operation allowed for large mammals, big cats, impalas and more to be moved to Matusadona where hunting is strictly prohibited. We’ll enjoy lunch on board and start sailing again. During this time, a round table will be the opportunity to learn more about the creation of the Lake, its inhabitants as well as its ecosystem. We’ll have dinner and spend the night on board.


At sunrise, we’ll set sail towards Kariba to disembark and journey out to the airport. We’ll discover the gigantic Kariba Dam which was created in 1955 to form Lake Kariba. Today, the dam serves as a source of electric power for 70% of Zimbabwe. You’ll get to discover the history and legends surrounding the creation of the lake, including the tale of NyamiNyami, the river god. We’ll fly out to Victoria Falls on board private planes, then transfer by coach to your hotel.

The 5-Star Palm River Hotel, Victoria Falls will be our home for two nights. A unique hotel offering unparalleled luxury accommodations.  Vast, unimpeded views, a central location preserved within a tranquil bubble of peace and quiet. The hotel is idyllicly, situated along the banks of the iconic Zambezi River, among towering indigenous trees, and only 4 kilometers from Africa’s Natural World Wonder, Victoria Falls.


Breakfast at hotel. Walking tour of Victoria Falls (lunch not included). This morning we will have an optional (additional charge) helicopter ride over Victoria Falls. The afternoon can be spent at your leisure exploring the falls again or the surrounding area.  Boma Dinner is included tonight.




Breakfast will be served. After breakfast, the tour ends at the hotel. Transfers will be arranged to Victoria Falls Airport.

Please Note: For navigational reasons and passenger safety, Teeming River Cruises and the captain reserve the right to modify the cruise itinerary as necessary. These Optional Excursions may or may not be offered, since availability is subject to number of participants and weather conditions.

Deck Plans

Cabin Options

Your cruise will take place on the The African Dream/Zimbabwean Dream. To learn more about this ship, click here.

Availability & Pricing

Prices per person based on double occupancy

Reserve Your Cabin


Double Cabin

101 ~ $6,945/$695 night
102 ~ $6,945/$695 night
105 ~ $6,945/$695 night

What's Included in the Cruise

Highlights and Notes

Arrival Airport – OR Tambo Airport – Johannesburg, South Africa 

(Optional Pre-Cruise Ministry Trip will start in Entebbe, Uganda on April 3, 2024)  Click on this link for information.

  • 2 nights in Johannesburg, South Africa at Airport Intercontinental Hotel
  • Nelson Mandela Tour
  • Dinner – famous Carnivore Restaurant
  • Flight to Kasane from Johannesburg (including tax)
  • 3 nights at the Cascades Lodge on Impalila Island in Namibia – bungalow with private pool
  • Safari by land in Chobe National Park
  • All meals and local drinks at the lodge
  • Flight from Kasane to Kariba (including tax)
  • 3 nights onboard the African Dream/Zimbabwean Dream in a double cabin on Lake Kariba
  • All meals and local drinks on board
  • Land safari in Matusadona National park
  • Flight from Kariba to Victoria Falls
  • 2 nights  at the 5-star Palm River Hotel Victoria Falls
  • Excursion to Victoria Falls including entrance and guide
  • Transfers between hotels, flights, ship, and lodge
  • Boma Dinner on Night 8
  • Drinks included at the hotels: 1 water + 1 glass of local wine OR 1 soda or 1 local beer and coffee and tea per person per meal. Additional drinks are available at an extra charge.
  • Laundry service is available during the stay at the lodge
  • Transfers to airport/lodge/airport in Kasane

Flight from Entebbe to Johannesburg (if you are doing the Pre-Cruise Optional Ministry Trip)
International Flights (Entebbe or Johannesburg is the arrival city- depending on if you are participating in the Optional Ministry Trip. At the end of the tour Victoria Falls is the departure airport.)
Airport Taxes (paid in person)
Cancellation/Baggage Insurance
Zimbabwean Visa (must be paid on-site, the cost differs by Nationality category and range between $45 USD and $80 USD – please check with Zimbabwe Embassies in your respective country)
Optional Excursion- Helicopter over Victoria Falls

Optional Excursion in Johannesburg – Lion Cub Petting 
Tips for crew members on the ship and at the lodge (for informational purposes, daily tips per passenger amount to $5 USD, paid in person) –
Tips for local providers (paid in person)
Botswana Tourism Levy ($30 USD payable at the airport of entry and likely to be applicable in the year, paid in person)

On this trip, we use private planes to get you between Kasane (lodge) and Kariba (ship).  The domestic flights that are included in this program are chartered on small planes.  All passengers must be strategically placed on these planes for weight distribution, therefore Teeming River Cruises requires each passenger to submit their weight.  The airline company operating these flights imposes restrictions regarding the bags being transported due to the capacity of the planes for flight safety. Small planes have weight limits.
You’ll find the list of regulations below:
– The checked baggage (1 per person maximum) MUST NOT EXCEED 20 KG/44 lbs.
– It MUST COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING DIMENSIONS 60 cm/23.60 in. in length x 40 cm/15.70 in. in height x 30 cm/11.80 in. in width.
– It must be made from SOFT FABRIC. Hard-shell suitcases are not accepted.
– Luggage with wheels is accepted (a maximum of 2 wheels per bag).
-The carry-on baggage and personal items MUST NOT EXCEED 3 KG/6.6 lbs.
If the baggage does not comply with the above rules, THE AIRLINE WILL REFUSE TO TRANSPORT IT. The stay aboard the ship would take place without the personal belongings of the client. At the end of the cruise and before taking the international flight, the client will be forced to return to the lodge at his/her own expense to collect his/her suitcase.

Please speak with your doctor before departure for this cruise. Vaccination is both recommended and required for different areas throughout Africa. For those traveling into Uganda, the Yellow Fever Vaccination is REQUIRED. All travelers over the age of nine months must be vaccinated for entry. The CDC recommends travelers planning on visiting certain parts of Uganda during the dry season (December – June) receive a meningitis vaccine. We have no information regarding a requirement for COVID vaccines but we assume they will be a prerequisite for entry.

For more information please see this company- Passport Health USA (Gina and Jeff have personally used their services.)

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