The Zambezi Queen Collection

Chobe River Botswana

Open: The Zambezi Queen Collection operate all year. Zambezi Queen has set 2-night itineraries departing Monday and Wednesday, and a 3-night cruise departing on a Friday. Chobe Princesses do not have set departure dates and can be booked for shared or exclusive use.

Location: The houseboats are on the Namibian side of the Chobe River. The nearest airports are Kasane in Botswana, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Harry Mwanga Nkumba (formerly Livingstone) in Zambia and Katima Mulilo in Namibia. Once underway the vessels cruise at a gentle pace and moor in the afternoon. Vessels are moored overnight and there is no nighttime sailing. The itinerary and activities are flexible.

Rooms: Zambezi Queen: There are 14 suites in all: 2 standard and 2 master suites on the lower deck, 8 standard (including 2 triple) and 2 master suites on the middle deck. All have a private balcony. Beds can be made up as twins or doubles. All are air-conditioned and have a safe, hairdryer, dressing gowns, slippers, toiletries and a bathroom with a shower and full running water. There are shutters for the windows.

Chobe Princesses: 2 have 4 cabins and 1 has 5 cabins. All cabins are air-conditioned, can be configured as twin or double, and have a bathroom with shower, basin, toilet, 24-hour water and toiletries. Hairdryers are provided on request. Every cabin has a full-length window.

Activities: These include game drives and cruises on tender boats in Chobe National Park, bird watching and fishing (conventional and fly fishing). Pride of the Zambezi has 3 professional guides on board and is equipped with 4 tender boats. Day trips to Victoria Falls and Livingstone can be organised, as can village visits on Impalila Island. Activities are tailored to passenger wishes.

Facilities: Zambezi Queen: the reception area is on the lower deck, where there is also a gift shop. The remaining social areas are on the upper deck and comprise the lounge-cum-bar and dining room, both spanning the width of the vessel with windows to both sides, the pool and pool deck, and an open smoking deck at the rear.

Chobe Princesses: The upper deck of each boat has open and covered communal areas. Indoors there's a lounge and bar, and outdoors there's a dining area and a plunge pool and sun loungers.

Power on all vessels is provided by generators which are turned off at 22:00hrs each evening, This means that the air-conditioning, main lights and power sockets do not work at night, but there are reading lights, fans and emergency lights in the bathroom.

Dining: Meals are eaten together in the dining area. The chef prepares delicious meals in the galley. All meals, soft drinks, mineral water, tea, coffee, beer and wine are included.

 Zambezi Queen welcomes children aged 7 and older, while the Chobe Princesses can take children of all ages.

This is a malarial area.

There is no internet access.

Notes: Currencies accepted on board are the Namibian Dollar, South African Rand, Botswana Pula, US Dollar and Euro. The only cards accepted are MasterCard and Visa.

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Client Rating for Botswana 5/5 from 120 reviews

We were on the Chobe Princess 1 with 8 other guests. The room was very comfortable. We were made very welcome and it was just like being at a safari camp with "game trips" in the smaller boat. Food was very good. The common room was very comfortable. The whole experience was very relaxing.

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