The Chobe River divides Namibia’s Caprivi region from Botswana’s Chobe National Park. Its banks boast one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. Experience the thrill of it all from your own private suite aboard a five-star luxury houseboat.
What you will be doing
Dine on the third level restaurant watching the animals gather at dusk; enjoy game viewing from one of the private boats, attempt to land your first tiger fish. You will be ensconced in luxury while enveloped in the great African outdoors.
Arrive Kasane. Meet at the Chobe Marina Lodge near the Kasane Immigration Office on the Botswana side of the Chobe River. Your luggage will be taken by the Zambezi staff and transferred to your Zambezi Queen suite. Embark on a game viewing cruise, then board the luxurious Zambezi Queen and savor a sumptuous dinner.
After breakfast you may choose from several activities, including game viewing, fishing from a tender boat, or touring a local Zambian village. Return to the main vessel for lunch. Spend the afternoon lounging at the pool, participating in water-based game viewing, and/or fishing. Enjoy another sensational dinner on board, and after dinner drinks in the lounge.
Take in the scenery on a breakfast cruise back to Kasane. Relish your final moments on the peaceful Chobe River aboard your elegant floating hotel. You will leave with extraordinary memories of this unique African experience.
Where you will be staying
With ten standard suites and four master suites, the Zambezi Queen is a boutique floating hotel offering unsurpassed elegance and luxurious comfort. This unique African river safari traverses 16 miles of the Chobe River while you soak up beautiful scenery and enjoy mouthwatering food.
Moving along the banks of the great Chobe River, Zambezi Queen is a five-star, 138-foot long luxury houseboat offering unparalleled sophistication in one of the most remote locations on the planet. Best of all, as a guest on the vessel, you can enjoy a truly unique and adventurous river safari holiday while still being surrounded by complete comfort and elegance.
Each of the 14 suites on Zambezi Queen features air-conditioning and your own private balcony, where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the Chobe River and African landscape beyond. Wake up to the sight of an elephant drinking from the river, or watch a fish eagle take flight – all from the comfort of your own luxurious bed.
What activities are included
A stay on-board Zambezi Queen is a different kind of safari. It’s the kind where you get to decide if you want to be up with the birds, or prefer to laze all morning watching game from the comfort of your bed. From game viewing and fishing to a cultural village tour, you choose just how much you want to pack into your holiday or how relaxed you want to be.
You will explore different vantage points and enjoy unparalleled game viewing from a tender boat. The banks of the Chobe National Park boast one of the densest populations of elephant on the African continent – estimated at approximately 120 000. The Park is also home to a large number of buffalo, leopard and lion, along with a variety of antelope and abundant bird life.
No trip to the Chobe is complete without casting a line, and if you’re lucky, you might even catch a tiger fish. One of the greatest fighting fish in the world, the tiger fish is the most sought after prize of these waters and is known for its ferocious spirit. You may also hook African pike, tilapia, catfish or upper Zambezi yellowfish.
With over 450 species, a mix of terrains and a dramatic African backdrop, the Chobe River is the perfect setting for a highly rewarding bird watching safari. Birding season starts in September, when the first migrants arrive, boosting the bird population sometimes by 20% compared to the winter months. From December through to March the colorful breeding plumage on display is an extraordinary sight.
You will travel by tender boat to a local Namibian village called Ijambwe, situated on the floodplains of the East Caprivi. Meet village elders and locals and gain a greater understanding of how the inhabitants of this 100-year old village live, including their daily challenges and traditions.