Enjoy six nights of pure luxury, showcasing Africa as never seen before. The adventure begins at Cascade Island Lodge, an authentic, luxury retreat, secluded among tropical islands and bejewelled waterfalls at the confluence of the Zambezi and Chobe Rivers, well away from the Chobe crowds. Offered exclusively on the Namibian stretch of the river, enjoy easy access to the best of Chobe’s game viewing and unrivalled birding opportunities, complimented by a unique cultural experience.
From the Chobe, the safari meanders further down the Zambezi to Lake Kariba, where rare and mysterious landscapes await. Ancient long-dead trees reach skywards, their twisted limbs casting shimmering silhouettes as unparalleled crimson sunsets give way to the spectacular African night with its symphony of stars. The 3-night cruise threads its way through the Sanyati Gorge, where 100m basalt cliffs plunge into the lake below, then onwards through the Matusadona National Park, another unique eco-system with a myriad of wildlife including majestic elephant, rare cheetah and even rhino. It is highly recommended the itinerary be rounded off with a Victoria Falls extension and perhaps even a trip to South Africa’s Kruger National Park and/or Cape Town. Please ask your consultant for more information.
BOTSWANA – NAMIBIA – ZIMBABWE
DAY 1 | TRANSFER AND ARRIVAL AT CASCADES LODGE (Botswana-Namibia)
Guests meet up at the Kasane Airport no later than at 1:30pm (please note that the border post between Botswana and Namibia closes at 4:30 pm) The transfer from the airport to the CroisiEurope lodge is aboard small private boats. Enjoy the short boat ride and observe the numerous bird species living among the flooded flat-lands, with even a glimpse of a few hippos or crocodiles basking in the sun! Our friendly staff await your arrival and will settle guests into your luxury lodge ideally located on an island created by one of the tributaries of the Zambezi River. Dinner is served and the night spent at the lodge enjoying absolute tranquillity within the heart of Africa.
DAY 2 | CHOBE NATIONAL PARK (Namibia-Botswana)
Typically guests are whisked away in open game viewing vehicles on a full-day safari to explore the Chobe National Park which is home to more than a quarter of Africa’s elephant population. Enjoy lunch on the “floating restaurant” in the middle of the river where the views of the surrounding nature are unparalleled. Afterwards, small private boats sail off on the Chobe River all the way to Sedudu Island and its marshes, returning to the island lodge where dinner and your lodge once again await.
DAY 3 | IMPALILA ISLAND (Namibia)
Join the guides for a trip to authentic villages on Impalila Island, Namibia, to discover the traditional Namibian houses, culture and customs, after which lunch is served at the lodge. Guests can then enjoy some tranquil leisure-time at the lodge, taking advantage of the bungalow’s own private pool and river frontage, or join guides on a discovery of the Zambezi River using small private boats. Dinner is again served at the lodge and that night a local expert will tell of the traditions of this particular island.
DAY 4 | CASCADES LODGE / KASANE / LAKE KARIBA / BOARDING THE AFRICAN DREAM (Namibia-Botswana-Zimbabwe)
Guests depart from the lodge for the Kasane Airport where they board small private aircraft for a short flight between Kasane and Kariba over the stunning panoramas of Lake Kariba with its amazing changing landscapes. From Kariba airport, the transfer is a short road trip to board the African Dream. After settling into the private cabins, guests enjoy lunch on-board as the African Dream sets sail across the lake. Stretching over 140 miles (200km) in length and spanning a distance of approximately 25 miles (40km) at its widest point, the lake will reveal its many secrets and unique features created when the water rose to flood once fertile flat-lands, hills and forests of the old Zambezi Valley. Dinner is enjoyed aboard after which guests retire to their cabins.
D5 | LAKE KARIBA / SAILING ON THE GACHE-GACHE AND SANYATI RIVERS (Zimbabwe)
At sunrise, the cruise is underway again passing through the rare and mysterious landscapes of Lake Kariba where drowned trees still reach skywards from the azure-blue depths. Small private boats are used to explore the Gache Gache River and its unique wildlife. Gliding along its meandering course exploring unspoiled bays, islands and inlets, one will be amazed by the magical spirit of Kariba. The min-cruiser will return for lunch and that afternoon, African Dream sails through one of the most impressive gorges to be found at Lake Kariba, the Sanyati Gorge, mooring at sundown for the second night aboard.
D6 | LAKE KARIBA / MATUSADONA NATIONAL PARK (Zimbabwe)
The cruise then sails in the morning on a safari to explore the area around Matusadona National Park. Bordered by the Sanyati and Ume Rivers, this 540 square mile (1,400km²) untouched wilderness is home to numerous animal species such as elephants, lions, hippos, crocodiles, buffalos as well as hundreds of bird species, among which the legendary African Fish Eagle, the majestic Yellow-billed Stork, or the Black Heron with its interesting hunting method.. If lucky, a sighting of a big cat or two and even rare cheetah could be possible! The history of the park is closely linked with that of the lake: during the construction of the dam, the rising flood-waters threatened the valley’s wildlife, many of which could not swim to higher ground. Operation Noah, an initiative which rescued over 6,000 animals including large cats, plains game and even rhino, was undertaken by authorities. The animals were moved to Matusadona where they are protected within the National Park today. Lunch is served on board as the ship sails along the shoreline and guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the creation of the Lake, its inhabitants as well as its ecosystem. Dinner is served on board once again as guests spend their last night aboard the African Dream.
D7 | THE AFRICAN DREAM / VICTORIA FALLS (Zimbabwe)
At sunrise, an early start will see African Dream set sail towards Kariba to disembark and journey to the airport. On the way, a tour of the gigantic Kariba Dam Wall which was created in 1955 to form Lake Kariba is undertaken. Today, the dam generates hydro-electric power for Zimbabwe and its northern neighbour, Zambia. Visitors get to discover the history and legends surrounding the creation of the lake, including the tale of NyamiNyami, the river god, before flying to Victoria Falls on board private aircraft. Our services end at 12 noon and guests leave on their further travels from Victoria Falls.
The African Dream Specifications
Built : 2018
Length : 108 ft
Width : 26 ft
Draft : 30 in
Flag : Zimbabwean
Cruising speed : 6 knots
Cabins : 8 cabins, all opened onto the outside
Passengers : 16 passengers
• A sun deck with 360 wrap-around view for an immersive experience at the heart of the wilderness
• Cozy terrace for those relaxing moments
• Panoramic lounge and restaurant providing an ideal view of the surrounding landscapes in addition to top-notch gastronomy.
Two twin beds (35”x75”each ; can be joined into a single, larger bed),
air conditioning, bathroom with shower, TV, safe, 220 V electrical plugs,equipped with adapters for most countries.
Main deck : 6 suites with French balconies, 2 suites with a 38 sq. ft.
balcony (size of the suites: 193sq. ft. each).
8 Chalets, each with a private plunge pool and viewing deck. The large spacious rooms are airy and full of light. The en-suite bathrooms feature a bath in atrium, indoor and outdoor shower and ‘his and her’ feature ‘mokoro’ basins. Each room has a private sala extending out over the water of the Zambezi River.
- Coffee Station & Mini Bar
- Ceiling fans
- Mosquito nets doors
- Small safe
- 220VAC electricity supplied by generator
- South African and European plugs and usb plugs
- A wooden deck with a river view
- En-suite bathroom with toilet, shower, bath and hand basin
- Daily laundry service is complimentary
- TV ONLY WITH DVDS
- Main complex with an indoor/outdoor lounge
- Dining area with individual tables
- Small reference library
- Curio shop
- Elevated river-facing viewing deck
- Free Wi-Fi in the public areas and all the rooms
- The Generator operating 24 hours
Activities at the lodge include:
- Chobe Park Game Drive
- Boat Cruise
- Story teller
- Lunch at the Raft, Floating Restaurant
- Village walk on Impalila Island