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African River Cruise and Safari Adventure with Optional Ministry Visit

February 6, 2020 | 9 Days | 7 Cities | 4 Countries

Your cruise will take place on the The African Dream/Zimbabwean Dream. Learn more about your ship.

Starting at $5999 (2 suites $6499) 3 Cabins Left

(Minimal cost to add God’s Hope School Ministry trip prior to Cruise/Safari. $500 from every cabin price will be donated to the school. The retail price of this cruise is $7500)
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Most photos above by Jeff & Gina on recent Safari.

Jeff and Gina Paglialonga, owners of Teeming River Cruises, are combining a Southern African cruise with a mission trip to God’s Hope Christian School (for more information click here). In fact, in February of 2019, Jeff and Gina (who also own Teeming Vacation Rentals) donated $4,000 worth of textbooks to www.SimonesKids.org and visited God’s Hope School in person to deliver the books to the over 1,000 school students. This donation was made as part of their Books for Bookings Charity (Teeming Vacation Rentals’ giving back initiative which gives $1 from each reservation to purchase and distribute children’s books in their local markets, children’s hospitals, as well as around the world to orphanages, ministries, and schools. With their vacation rental reservations exceeding over 8,000 in the past year, this program amounts to a considerable sum of donations and in turn books in the hands of sick and needy children.) The company also sponsors two children at the school who they had the pleasure of meeting personally.

After experiencing the school and Africa themselves, Jeff and Gina are eager to introduce others to both and continue their support. Consequently, $500 will be donated to Simone’s Kids for each cabin booked on their Teeming River Cruises’ African tour to further support the school and children.

Explore Southern Africa on this once-in-a-lifetime trip with CroisiEurope’s luxurious and comfortable lodge, and on board 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.

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 embarkation date. For more information regarding the school, dates, transportation, and more please complete the form below.

If you are not able to make the February 6 date we have weekly departures in 2019 and 2020 for this same itinerary starting at $7513. (This would not include the Ministry trip.) Please email us for further details.

Itinerary

Date
Port
Arrival
Depart
Details
  • Depart Airport for Lion & Safari Park (approximately 93km – 1h25)
  • Lunch at Lion & Safari Park (lunch is usually from 12-13h, but will be confirmed when we have your flight details)
  • Lion & Safari Park Mini Safari (1.5hr) 14h30 departure
  • Depart Lion & Safari Park to Hotel 54 on Bath (approximately 50km – 1h30)
  • Freshen Up at 54 on Bath (1 hr)
  • Depart 54 on Bath to Carnivore for Dinner (approximately 35km – 1h) (dinner would be reserved for  19h30 or 20h00)
  • Return to 54 on Bath and overnight

To view more information on the hotel, click here.

We will take a regular flight from Johannesburg to Kasane, Botswana. We will transfer from the airport to the lodge in small private boats. Upon arrival at the lodge located in an island created by one of the tributaries of the Zambezi River. We will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge.

Today we will experience a full day safari in Jeeps to explore the Chobe National Park. This park is home to more that 1/4 of the total elephant population in Africa. We will have lunch in a floating restaurant in the middle of the river! After we will board small private ships and sail on the river to Sedudu Island and its marshes. Dinner will be at the lodge. We will stay here for the night.

In the morning we will take a trip to the Impalila Islands and discover the traditional Namibian houses, culture, and customs. We will return to the lodge for lunch. The afternoon can be spent at your leisure at the lodge. We will have dinner at the lodge and a local will come join us and describe the traditions of the island. We will spend the night at the lodge.

We will depart from the lodge and take one last water safari in the Chobe National Park. After lunch, we will depart for the Kasane airport and travel to Kariba on small private planes. Once we land in Kariba, we will be transferred to the African Dream and settle into our cabins. Once we will travel across the lake and spend dinner and the night on board.

At sunrise we will sail on Lake Kariba to meet up with our small boats to discover the Gache Gache River and it’s wildlife. We will return for lunch and in the afternoon head to Changa. At sunset we will enjoy the beautiful skies on small private boats. We will have dinner and spend the night on board.

In the morning we will be on a safari around the Matusadona National Park. We will enjoy lunch on board and start sailing again. At lunch we will have a round table to discuss and learn more about the creation of the Lake. Dinner and lodging will be on board.

In the morning we will disembark for the airport and fly to Victoria Falls on private planes. Lunch will be on the Zambezi River and in the afternoon we will have a tour on foot of the falls. Dinner will be a buffet at the BOMA restaurant with an introduction to the African drum. We will spend the night at a 4-star hotel LS.

Breakfast will be served. After breakfast the tour ends at the hotel.

Port
Date
Details

Arrival: Meet At Hotel At 11:00 AM
Depart:

  • Depart Airport for Lion & Safari Park (approximately 93km – 1h25)
  • Lunch at Lion & Safari Park (lunch is usually from 12-13h, but will be confirmed when we have your flight details)
  • Lion & Safari Park Mini Safari (1.5hr) 14h30 departure
  • Depart Lion & Safari Park to Hotel 54 on Bath (approximately 50km – 1h30)
  • Freshen Up at 54 on Bath (1 hr)
  • Depart 54 on Bath to Carnivore for Dinner (approximately 35km – 1h) (dinner would be reserved for  19h30 or 20h00)
  • Return to 54 on Bath and overnight

To view more information on the hotel, click here.

Arrival:
Depart:

We will take a regular flight from Johannesburg to Kasane, Botswana. We will transfer from the airport to the lodge in small private boats. Upon arrival at the lodge located in an island created by one of the tributaries of the Zambezi River. We will have dinner and spend the night at the lodge.

Arrival:
Depart:

Today we will experience a full day safari in Jeeps to explore the Chobe National Park. This park is home to more that 1/4 of the total elephant population in Africa. We will have lunch in a floating restaurant in the middle of the river! After we will board small private ships and sail on the river to Sedudu Island and its marshes. Dinner will be at the lodge. We will stay here for the night.

Arrival:
Depart:

In the morning we will take a trip to the Impalila Islands and discover the traditional Namibian houses, culture, and customs. We will return to the lodge for lunch. The afternoon can be spent at your leisure at the lodge. We will have dinner at the lodge and a local will come join us and describe the traditions of the island. We will spend the night at the lodge.

Arrival:
Depart:

We will depart from the lodge and take one last water safari in the Chobe National Park. After lunch, we will depart for the Kasane airport and travel to Kariba on small private planes. Once we land in Kariba, we will be transferred to the African Dream and settle into our cabins. Once we will travel across the lake and spend dinner and the night on board.

Arrival:
Depart:

At sunrise we will sail on Lake Kariba to meet up with our small boats to discover the Gache Gache River and it’s wildlife. We will return for lunch and in the afternoon head to Changa. At sunset we will enjoy the beautiful skies on small private boats. We will have dinner and spend the night on board.

Arrival:
Depart:

In the morning we will be on a safari around the Matusadona National Park. We will enjoy lunch on board and start sailing again. At lunch we will have a round table to discuss and learn more about the creation of the Lake. Dinner and lodging will be on board.

Arrival:
Depart:

In the morning we will disembark for the airport and fly to Victoria Falls on private planes. Lunch will be on the Zambezi River and in the afternoon we will have a tour on foot of the falls. Dinner will be a buffet at the BOMA restaurant with an introduction to the African drum. We will spend the night at a 4-star hotel LS.

Arrival:
Depart:

Breakfast will be served. After breakfast the tour ends at the hotel.

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


Room Availability

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107 ~ $6,500/$813 night
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108 ~ $6,500/$813 night
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Double Cabins -

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101 ~ $6,000/$750 night
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102 ~ $6,000/$750 night
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104 ~ $6,000/$750 night
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What's Included

1 night Johannesburg 4-star hotel, 54 on Bath including dinner and breakfast **We are available to make reservations for guests wishing to stay the night of the 5th as well**

  • Depart Airport for Lion & Safari Park (approximately 93km – 1h25)
  • Lunch at Lion & Safari Park (lunch is usually from 12-13h, but will be confirmed when we have your flight details)
  • Lion & Safari Park Mini Safari (1.5hr) 14h30 departure
  • Depart Lion & Safari Park to Hotel 54 on Bath (approximately 50km – 1h30)
  • Freshen Up at 54 on Bath (1 hr)
  • Depart 54 on Bath to Carnivore for Dinner (approximately 35km – 1h) (dinner would be reserved for  19h30 or 20h00)
  • Return to 54 on Bath and overnight

Flight from Johannesburg to Kasane
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
3 nights on board the African Dream/Zimbabwean Dream in a double cabin
All meals and local drinks on board
Land safari in Matusadona National park
Flight from Kariba to Victoria Falls
1 night in a 4-star hotel in Victoria Falls
Excursion to Victoria Falls including entrance and guide
Transfers between hotels, flights, ship and lodge
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
Laundry service is available during the stay at the lodge
Transfers to airport/hotel/airport in Johannesburg

NOT INCLUDED:
International Flights (Johannesburg is the arrival city. At end of tour Victoria Falls is the departure airport.)
Airport Taxes (paid in person)
Cancellation/Baggage Insurance
Zimbabwean Visa (must be paid on site, 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 $199pp
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)

STRICT BAGGAGE & WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS:
On this trip we use private planes to get you between Kasane (lodge) and Kariba (ship).  The domestic flights that are included within 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 are imposing restrictions regarding the bags being transported due to the capacity of the planes and for safety reasons.
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.

HEALTH:
There are no compulsory vaccinations for your destinations except for guests arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever; these guests may be required to produce proof of vaccination at the airport or at the border post. However, it is strongly recommended you ensure your vaccines for the following diseases are up-to-date: tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B, diphtheria, and typhoid. We also recommend consulting with your general practitioner regarding an antimalarial treatment and a yellow fever vaccine. Vaccines for tetanus, diphtheria, polio, rubella, mumps, measles, and tuberculosis are recommended for minors. As a general rule, we strongly recommend consulting with your general practitioner about any health concerns before your departure.
For more information please see this company- https://www.passporthealthusa.com/vaccinations/ (Gina and Jeff have personally used their services.)

MINISTRY PRE-CRUISE TRIP ITINERARY

  • Monday, February 2nd
    • Depart the USA for Gods Hope Christian School (This is an escorted trip.)
      • Most flights to Uganda go through Europe. It is around 8 hours to Europe flying then another 8 hours flying to get to Uganda. (For logistical purposes and pricing, please work with TeemingRC to secure your flights.)
  • Tuesday, February 3rd
    • Arrive Entebbe Africa Airport afternoon or evening
    • Transfer from Entebbe Airport to Jesus is Lord Hotel (near the school)
    • Evening rest
      • Meals, Lodging, and Transportation provided by Gods Hope School while in Uganda
  • Wednesday, February 4
    • Spend the day at God’s Hope Christian School
      • Home visits with 2 or 3 children
      • The school and Hotel are located in Nakaseke District in Central Uganda, Northwest of Kampala
        Area Map Link
  • Thursday,  February 5th
    • Transfer to Entebbe Airport via School Drivers
    • Flight to Johannesburg (flight not included in the package price, cost around $275, TeemingRC will coordinate flights)
    • First night at Johannesburg hotel is not included and must be purchased separately.
  • Friday,  February 6th
    • Begin Daily Guided itinerary above.

If you are interested in sailing with Teeming River Cruises through Southern Africa, you must complete the form below.