A 90-Minute Private Trip aboard the Actual 1951 Movie Steamboat
This tour is for 1 or 2 guests. I can take up to 14 guests by customizing your tour. However, the vehicle used for the tour depends on the number of guests in your tour. If there are more than 2 guests, please email for a customized quote.
The boat was built in Lytham, England, in 1912, to shuttle cargo, missionaries and hunting parties across the Victoria Nile and Lake Albert, between the Belgian Congo and Uganda. A movie was made about this boat in 1951, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. After the movie, she stayed in Africa until 1968. In 2011, Lance and Suzanne Holmquist signed a long-term lease to restore the boat in time for her centennial celebration. She is now available for private cruises in Key Largo, and is registered a National Historic Site.
See photos on loan from a family photo album, during your cruise. One shows Humphrey Bogart without his tupe!
Enjoy a drive to Key Largo, south of Miami, to the Upper Florida Keys. On arrival, you will board the famous African Queen, for a 90-minute cruise with Captain Lance Holmquist. The boat has been restored to how it looked in the movie.
Either before or after your cruise, you will have time for breakfast or lunch at the nearby hotel (not included).
The boat is limited to 6 passengers per 90-minute cruise. If your group is larger, 6 can go while 6 are eating, then switch.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will pick you up at any hotel, port, or airport in Miami/Dade or Broward Counties. You will get additional contact information when you book your .
End location: I can drop you off at either the Miami or Fort Lauderdale Airport. Or, I can drop you off at any location in Miami/Dade or Broward Counties. Please let me know where you want to be dropped off.
Duration: 5 hours
As always, distance from your pick-up location to Key Largo and back, plus traffic, will have an impact on the tour time. Under normal circumstances, please allow 4 to 5 hours.
Transportation to and from Key Largo will be by private car or minivan. Your trip is aboard the authentic African Queen steamboat, under steam power! Costs for transportation is based on the number of passengers and luggage requirements. For more than 2 people, please contact me.
Your tour includes transportation by private car or minivan, cruise ticket costs, and transportation back to your destination.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 USD - Bring money for your meal at the nearby hotel. Food and drinks are not included.
Food and drinks are not included.