Few experiences can match this exclusive, in-depth itinerary traveling the breadth of southern Africa, where nature’s spectacle is at its most dramatic, history is rich, culture is diverse, and “Big Five” game viewing in pristine natural habitats is extraordinary. Follow Nelson Mandela’s long road to freedom in South Africa, “the rainbow nation.” A highlight of your journey is the three-night river safari aboard the exclusively chartered, 28-passenger, Five-Star MS Zambezi Queen on Namibia’s legendary Chobe River. Enjoy naturalist-guided excursions by small watercraft, a unique alternative to traditional land safaris. Your itinerary also includes the classic land safari, with superb game viewing aboard four-wheel-drive safari vehicles in seldom-visited Botswana, a haven for nearly all of the southern African mammal species. Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites, including one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders, incomparable Victoria Falls. Enjoy Five-Star hotel accommodations in Johannesburg and Cape Town and at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Extend your safari experience with the pre-program option in the MalaMala Private Game Reserve bordering Kruger National Park, and/or the post-program option in Botswana’s Savute Elephant Camp.