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From one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, to the exquisite luxury of the iconic Blue Train, discover the treasures of Zambia and South Africa, paired with an all-inclusive Azamara cruise.

Start your holiday with a one-night hotel stay in cosmopolitan Cape Town before you embark the beautiful Azamara Pursuit for your all-inclusive cruise around South Africa. With one staff member for every two guests, you’ll experience personal and attentive service as you visit exciting ports such as Port Elizabeth, home to the densest population of elephants in the world; Durban, where you could visit a traditional Zulu homestead and Richards Bay – home to the world’s largest white rhino population.

Arriving back in Cape Town, you’ll relish an overnight in port before disembarking for a further hotel stay. From here, you’ll then transfer to the station where you’ll board the lavish Blue Train, passing through some of the most diverse scenery on the African sub-continent. This luxury, all-inclusive journey embodies style, class and elegance; from your indulgent suite, to the Cordon Bleu-style dining. You’ll enjoy a stop in Kimberley with a chance to explore the Open Mine Museum, before arriving in Pretoria for a one-night stay.

You’ll then fly to spectacular Livingstone for a three-night nature escape. It’s here that you’ll get to explore Victoria Falls on a fully-escorted walking tour, savour a relaxing Zambezi River safari on the Lady Livingstone and visit the Elephant Café to meet a herd of rescued Zambezi elephants followed by an alfresco dining experience.

Your Route

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The Blue Train Experience

Surrounded by an aura of mystique, South Africa’s Blue Train travels between Cape Town and Pretoria, affording views of savannah grasslands and mountain vistas. Among the more famous passengers to have boarded its exquisite carriages over the years are Nelson Mandela and cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. From five-course gourmet lunches to post-dinner cognac and cigars, you’ll think you’ve stepped right into the pages of a 1930s novel. Enhance your experience by taking the opportunity to upgrade your cabin to Luxury.

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Dining

Tables are laid with crisp white linen tablecloths topped with Sheffield cutlery and crystal glassware.
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Cabins

Each suite is arranged as a spacious sitting area by day, at night transforming into a restful sanctuary with goose-down bedding.
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Observation Car

Feel the touch of the warm African air as you drink in panoramic views and savour a Montecristo Havana cigar from the elegant observation car.

Your 21 Night Holiday Includes

Day 1

7 February 2024

Be captivated by the sights of Cape Town during a hotel stay

Arriving in Cape Town, you’ll transfer to your glorious hotel, The Portswood Hotel, for a one-night stay. Located on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, your hotel is perfectly situated to explore the treats of Cape Town. After a long day of exploring, settle into your hotel at the Quarter Kitchen restaurant that serves classic Cape Malay cuisine that spices up your senses, before you settle in the cocktail bar and drink to your African discovery.

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Day 2

8 February 2024

Board the luxury Azamara Pursuit in Cape Town for your all-inclusive South Africa cruise

Feeling more like a private club than a cruise ship, Azamara Pursuit’s intimate atmosphere welcomes you with open arms, exquisite personal service and divine cuisine. The Azamara standard offers boutique hotel-quality service with unparalleled amenities during your sailing, so all you have to do is sit back, relax and voyage away to the less-travelled destinations on your cruise.

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Day 3

9 February 2024

Relish the delectable cuisine on board Azamara Pursuit during your first day at sea

Whether you’re craving light nibbles at an atmospheric tapas or five-course meals in an elegant restaurant, Azamara Pursuit provides world-class dining for all your time on board. A couple of highlights include Aqualina Restaurant, an Italian eatery that embodies the life and soul of the country and the Chef’s Table where you can enjoy a guest lecturer during your exquisite five-course meal.

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Day 4

10 February 2024

Wander Port Elizabeth, known as “The Friendly City” to discover the port's storied history

After a day of relaxation on-board, you’ll arrive in Port Elizabeth, where you’ll receive a warm and inviting welcome. Discover its romantic history and how the beauty of the city gained its name atop the Donkin Reserve, stroll along the stretch of Hobie beach, dipping your toes in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, or explore the animal sanctuary of Addo Elephant National Park – home to the densest population of elephants in the world. You’ll also find the majestic “Big Five” here, along with antelope, Cheetah and Hyena.

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Day 5

11 February 2024

Admire East London’s charming 19th-century architecture and vibrant cultural

A city that still manages to retain some of its old-fashioned values blended with a laidback charm makes East London one of the most appealing cities on the South African coast. East London is all about its long, white stretches of sandy beaches. Visit the East London Aquarium and Ocean Viewing Deck the oldest aquarium in South Africa. Or explore the East London Coast Nature Reserve, a gorgeous stretch of coast that extends from the Great Kei River in the north east all the way to the Tylomnqa River in the south west and affords breathtaking sea views.

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Day 6

12 February 2024

Savour Azamara Pursuit’s immersive activities during a day at sea day

When you’re not on shore, Azamara Pursuit offers plenty to do on board. The day could be filled with quizzes, informative lectures from guest speakers, soaking up some rays from the pool deck with a cocktail or unwinding in a yoga class. In the evening, your activities could include dance lessons, magical cabarets and stunning theatre displays.

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Day 7

13 February 2024

Embrace the charms of diverse Maputo, with its blend of Portuguese colonial-era architecture and a mix of modern cultures

Pick up some seafood and spices at the colourful Municipal Market and enjoy the excellent art galleries and museums, wander Old Town and discover fabulous eateries and quaint cafes or enjoy walk along the captivating coastline for views of the shimmering Indian Ocean. After all the exploring, take a well-earned break in a local café, or pick up some fresh fruit from a street vendor.

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Day 8

14 February 2024

Arrive in Richards Bay, perched on a lagoon where the Mhlathuze River meets the Indian Ocean

Situated on a lagoon where the Mhlathuze River meets the Indian Ocean, this small town on the northern coast of KwaZulu-Natal is a place of great natural beauty. The Richards Bay Park is a haven for nature-lovers, or there are beaches to relax on with calm, warm seas. For the more adventurous, head to the nearby game reserve, Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park. Surrounded by vast inland and mesmerizing mountains, this nature reserve homes the “Big Five” as well as the largest white rhino population on Earth.

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Day 9

15 February 2024

Explore Durban’s melting pot of cultures and vast golden, Indian Ocean beaches

Durban is situated in the KwaZulu Province of South Africa and is the second largest city in South Africa. Admire the blend of cultures of Zulu, Indian, and European as you admire the city’s backdrop of jagged mountain ranges. Lose yourself in the plant collections of the Durban Botanic Gardens, shop for a trinket or two in the vibrant Victoria Street Market or pay a visit to a traditional Zulu homestead in the Valley of 1,000 Hills where you’ll witness an exciting dance show.

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Days 10 - 11

16 - 17 February 2024

Relax and unwind at Azamara’s Sanctum Spa during two days at sea

Wind down with your days at sea at the Sanctum Spa. Feel like a rejuvenating body wrap, soothing facial or even a muscle-melting massage? Head to this tranquil oasis. During your time here you could even relax in the hot saltwater pool on the Sanctum Terrace where you can relax with stunning views out to sea.

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Day 12

18 February 2024

Marvel at the extraordinary beauty of Mossel Bay

Discover Mossel Bay’s breathtaking views from the incredible cliffs at the Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse. And history buffs will love a guided cave tour at Point of Human Origins, a world-renowned archaeological site where first evidence of modern human behaviour was discovered, dating back 162,000 years.

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Day 13

19 February 2024

Arriving in Cape Town, you’ll enjoy a one-night stay in port on board Azamara Pursuit

For a real sense of the enticing city, hop on a cable car to Table Mountain’s summit. From here you’ll have panoramic views, with tempting trails leading off through the vegetation, begging to be explored. Or head down to the Watershed, a buttercup yellow building with near-endless souvenir ideas, from unique jewellery to guitars made from oil cans. While you’re there, listen out for the local players who capture the city’s vibrant culture through song.

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Days 14 - 15

20 - 21 February 2024

Savour a further hotel stay in cosmopolitan Cape Town

Facing the Atlantic Ocean, with the splendour of Table Mountain looking over its shoulder, it’s a city set in impressive surroundings, which are matched by its myriad tourist attractions. You’ll find it all here: quirky independent shops, places of historical interest – such as Robben Island – and beaches galore.

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Day 16

22 February 2024

Board the spectacular Blue Train for a bucket-list journey like no other

Following your hotel stay, you’ll embark the iconic Blue Train for a journey to remember. The route from Cape Town to Pretoria is a journey of nearly 1,000 miles passing through some of the most diverse scenery on the African sub-continent. Savour this luxury, all-inclusive journey that embodies style, class and elegance; from your indulgent suite with its opulent marble bathroom and sumptuous bedding; to the Cordon Bleu style dining using the finest, local ingredients, all served on delicate crystal or fine China.

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Day 17

23 February 2024

Glide on the enchanting Blue Train to enjoy an off-train experience in Kimberley

Fully rested, you’ll arrive at Kimberley Station where you’ll disembark for an excursion to the Open Mine Museum that’s situated next to the world-renowned Big Hole. It tells the intriguing story of South Africa’s diamond rush. Following the tour, you’ll be greeted back at Kimberley Station with a glass of sherry; engraved with the Blue Train logo, a memento for you to keep.

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Day 18

24 February 2024

Transfer to Pretoria, the executive capital of South Africa for a one-night stay

Arrive at the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel for your overnight hotel stay. The hotel overlooks the phenomenal sights of the Union Buildings and its gardens, which you can enjoy from the terrace. Pay a visit to the bronze sculpture of Nelson Mandela; discover captivating works in the Pretoria Art Museum or head to the Rietvlei Nature Reserve and enjoy spotting some rhino as you tuck into afternoon tea in the tea rooms.

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Day 19

25 February 2024

Transfer to Livingstone, gateway to the mighty Victoria Falls

Fly to Livingstone and settle for a three-night stay at the lavish David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa, a hotel that overlooks the grand Zambezi River. Spend days exploring the local area before evenings enjoying delicious Afro-Arabian cuisine in the Kalai restaurant, followed by a Sundowner whilst overlooking the glorious Zambezi.

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Day 20

26 February 2024

Begin your thrilling tours of Victora Falls

Today you’ll join a walking tour of Victoria Falls, the greatest curtain of falling water on earth. Walk amidst the lush rainforest, encountering increasingly spectacular views of the falls as it crashes over the cliff and plunges 108 metres into the whirlpool below. You’ll then embark Lady Livingstone for a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River. On board, you’ll be served a selection of cocktails and iced drinks alongside hot and cold snacks. The cruise meanders upstream along the length of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, treating you to views of the Zambezi River and the surrounding game reserve.

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Day 21

27 February 2024

Venture to the magnificent Elephant Café on the banks of the Zambezi River

Today you will tick off another unforgettable experience of your African adventure as you venture to the Elephant Café, lying on the banks of the Zambezi River. Meet a herd of rescued Zambezi elephants and savour a fine-dining experience of African fusion cuisine, featuring a menu of organic local produce as you soak up the stunning scenery.

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Day 22

28 February 2024

Leave the wonders of Africa behind as you transfer to the airport for your flight home

Your African adventure has now come to an end and it’s time to fly home.

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Luxury Hotel Stays

The Portswood Hotel
★★★★

The Portswood Hotel offers the perfect opportunity from which to experience a piece of Cape Town’s rich history. Located at the entrance to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the hotel’s lobby and restaurant are built around a 300-year-old well and the cells which held prisoners on their way to Robben Island. Unwind in the lavish surroundings of your comfortable room, sophisticated with its décor of neutrals, royal blue and dark woods. After a long day of exploring, settle into your hotel at the Quarter Kitchen restaurant that serves classic Cape Malay cuisine that spices up your senses, before you settle in the cocktail bar and drink to your African discovery.

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Sheraton Pretoria Hotel
★★★★★

The hotel overlooks the phenomenal sights of the Union Buildings - the official seat of South Africa’s government - and its gardens, which you can enjoy from the terrace. From sumptuous buffets to reenergising body wraps, let the Sheraton take care of you from delicious dining to great relaxation. In close proximity to nearby attractions including the Pretoria Art Museum, the Museum of Natural History and a Cheetah rescue and breeding centre, there’s plenty to enjoy before heading back for a dip in the pool.

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The David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa
★★★★

Blending perfectly within the lush surroundings of the Zambezi River bank, the David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa offers five-star accommodation close to Victoria Falls, an impressive natural wonder of the world. Named after the first European explorer to see Victoria Falls, the hotel is in easy reach of all the activities associated with this glorious naturescape, from microlight tours to elephant-back safaris. The hotel boasts river-facing rooms, ensuring each guest enjoys the same views. Visit the spa to indulge in a wide selection of exquisite treatments, savour delicious dishes in The Kalai Restaurant, a traditionally styled eatery with buffet and a la carte options, and enjoy an array of South African and international wine in the bar.

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The Azamara Pursuit® Experience

The launch of Azamara Pursuit® in 2018 opened the seas to maiden ports, new itineraries, and the opportunity to provide our guests with even more unforgettable, unique, and immersive experiences than ever before. Like our sister ships, Azamara Pursuit offers some of the most extraordinary adventures on Earth, to places you’ve always dreamed of. Or, perhaps, only just heard about.

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Sanctum Spa

Relax, rejuvenate and revitalize in the Sanctum Spa with ultimate options in signature treatments for you to indulge yourself in some ‘me’ time.  

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The Den

Listen to the soothing live piano or engage in a destination-focused activity.

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Discoveries Restaurant

Explore the world through mouth-watering flavours and sumptuous dishes.

Touring Experiences

Victoria Falls

Heralded as one of the must-see attractions in Africa and indeed, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, the Victoria Falls is a true treasure of the Zambezi River. Spanning more than a kilometre long and at a height of more than one-hundred metres, it is considered the largest waterfall in the world. Walk amidst the lush rainforest, encountering increasingly spectacular views of the falls as it crashes over the cliff and plunges 108 metres into the whirlpool below – the relentless roar and the feeling of the spray on your face will stay with you forever.

Lady Livingstone River Safari

Embark on a relaxing sunset cruise along the Zambezi River, spotting hippos poking their heads above the water and the cry of fish eagles soaring above your head while you sit back, enjoying drinks and snacks as you drift along the river, taking in the spectacular scenery and viewing the incredible local wildlife. Listen out for the cry of a fish eagle, the snort of an elephant or the rush of water as a hippopotamus breaks the surface. It’s the perfect way to experience the heart of Africa.

Elephant Café Dinner

The wonderful Elephant Café lies on the banks of the Zambezi River and is home to a magnificent herd of rescued Zambezi elephants. Soak up the serene wildlife and river vistas as you meet the elephants followed by a sumptuous fine-dining experience featuring fresh, organic produce.

Your Holiday Summary

 

All-Inclusive Rail Journey

  • 2 night all-inclusive luxury Blue Train journey from Cape Town to Pretoria with an off train excursion

All-Inclusive Cruise

  • 12 night all-inclusive luxury cruise on board Azamara Pursuit
  • Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including house spirits, wine and international beer
  • Pre-paid gratuities and complimentary AzAmazing Evenings® event
  • Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations
  • Overnight in port in Cape Town

Fully Escorted Tours

  • Walking tour of Victoria Falls
  • Lady Livingstone river safari
  • Elephant interaction and dining experience at the Elephant Café

Hotel Stays

  • 3 night four-star stay in Cape Town at The Portswood Hotel or similar with breakfast
  • 1 night five-star stay at the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel or similar with breakfast
  • 3 night four-star stay in Victoria Falls at The David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa with breakfast

All flights (London departure - regional flights available) and transfers

 

Prices From

Departing

14 January 2024

Club Interior

£6,399pp

Club Oceanview

£6,899pp

Club Veranda

£7,499pp

Club Veranda Plus

£7,899pp

Duration: 24 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Maputo, Richards Bay, Durban, Mossel Bay, Cape Town

Departing

17 January 2024

Club Interior

£6,199pp

Club Oceanview

£6,699pp

Club Veranda

£7,299pp

Club Veranda Plus

£7,699pp

Duration: 22 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Maputo, Richards Bay, Durban, Mossel Bay, Cape Town

Departing

7 February 2024

Club Interior

£5,999pp

Club Oceanview

£6,499pp

Club Veranda

£6,999pp

Club Veranda Plus

£7,499pp

Duration: 21 Nights
Itinerary Includes: Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Maputo, Richards Bay, Durban, Mossel Bay, Cape Town

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