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  • Vast stretches of untouched, un-fenced wilderness with unrivaled game viewing
  • One of the largest game populations in Southern Africa
  • Annual zebra migration
  • The Big Five as well as the rare and endangered African wild dog
  • Over 600 indigenous bird species
  • Home to the world’s largest inland delta and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Okavango Delta
  • The largest elephant herds in the world in Chobe National Park
  • Over 3 500 San rock paintings at the World Heritage Site of the Tsodilo Hills

A relaxed, intimate river safari experience

With only a small number of guests per boat and no set itinerary or departure dates, staying in one of the three Chobe Princesses is like being on your very own luxury houseboat. The entire boat can also be booked exclusively, giving you your very own private villa on the water. As you drift down the Chobe River and spot incredible wildlife scenes, you'll be able to completely relax in an intimate river safari experience.

Each houseboat has a minimum of three smaller "tender" boats for use on daily excursions that take your fancy: mark off over 450 bird species found in this wetland paradise, try your hand at landing a tiger fish, or capture Africa's unique beauty on a photographic safari. Whatever you choose to do, your day trips will be personal and flexible because you’ll be sharing the tender boats with a small number of guests. Alternatively, simply laze on a deck chair with an ice-cold drink in hand as you soak up the tranquility that surrounds you.

Each cabin on board the Chobe Princesses is tastefully decorated in a contemporary style, and each has its own private view onto the ever-changing landscapes beyond. As you lie on your king-sized bed, spot an elephant grazing on the riverbank nearby, or see a fish eagle diving for its prey. On the upper entertainment deck, a spacious lounge and bar area encourages you to take time out while there’s also a plunge pool that's perfect for a refreshing dip. After a day spent doing as you please, fall asleep with the calls of hyena or even a lion drifting through the open doors of your cabin.


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  • Intimate and relaxed river safari experience, on a 4-star Chobe River houseboat
  • Witness incredible wildlife scenes, traversing 50km (seasonal water levels permitting) of the Chobe River, along the banks of the Chobe National Park
  • 2017: Flexible arrival and departure dates, no minimum or maximum stay. Please note from January
  • 2018: Set weekly departures: Monday (2 nights), Wednesday (2  nights), and Friday (3 nights)
  • Accommodates children of all ages
  • 3 Chobe Princess Houseboats - 1 x 5 cabin houseboat; 2 x 4 cabin houseboats (all cabins are air-conditioned). No triple cabins or guide cabin on-board. 1 child under 8 can share with 2 other guests in the same cabin
  • The Chobe Princesses can be booked on an individual or exclusive use basis - Each houseboat sleeps 8 or 10 guests respectively
  • Soak up the panoramic landscape from large sliding windows in each cabin, and experience 360 degree vistas from an elevated vantage point on the upper deck and lounge areas
  • Shared activities on motorized tender boats
  • Flexible activity schedule, guests can choose the timing of activities, including game viewing and bird watching river safaris, fishing excursions, village tours, and  hotographic safaris (Photographic safari boat to be pre-arranged)
  • Buffet breakfast and lunch, with a scrumptious 3 course plated dinner. Enjoy a flavoursome selection of tea’s and filter coffee to start your day
  • Discuss the excitement of the day with other guests, around 1 large dining table on the middle deck. Dining area can be separated into 2 tables as needed
  • Cool off and soak up the spectacular surrounds from a plunge pool on the middle deck
  • Guests board via motorized boat from Kasane Immigration office, between 1pm and 4pm
  • Complimentary return airport transfers from/to Kasane Airport


 Please Note: Due to the size and the physical attributes of the Zambezi Queen, if the wind is stronger than 11 knots, she will not sail in the interests of guest safety. While sailing is weather dependent, we’ll make sure that all guests spend as much time as possible exploring the river, and experiencing everything this unique area has to offer.

RATES & INFORMATION
With only a small number of guests per boat and no set itinerary or departure dates, staying in one of the three Chobe Princesses is like being on your very own luxury houseboat. The entire boat can also be booked exclusively, giving you your very own private villa on the water. As you drift down the Chobe River and spot incredible wildlife scenes, you'll be able to completely relax in an intimate river safari experience.

1 Apr 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
Per Adult Sharing $470
Per Adult Single $611
Per Child (12 and under) $235
Guide / Pilot $118


Rates are quoted in United States Dollars (USD)
Rates are quoted per night per adult or per child
There are no set departure dates for the Chobe Princesses
Single supplement is an additional 30%
Zambezi Queen Collection reserves the right to limit the number of single room rates per trip
Zambezi Queen Collection reserves the right to amend the published rates without notice
Maintenance dates for the Chobe Princesses:
8 cabins closed 09/01/17 - 06/02/17
5 cabins closed 06/02/17 - 06/03/17

RATES & INFORMATION
With only a small number of guests per boat and no set itinerary or departure dates, staying in one of the three Chobe Princesses is like being on your very own luxury houseboat. The entire boat can also be booked exclusively, giving you your very own private villa on the water. As you drift down the Chobe River and spot incredible wildlife scenes, you'll be able to completely relax in an intimate river safari experience.

  2 NIGHT ITINERARY
Rate is per person sharing, for 2 nights
All Rates are in South African Rand (ZAR)
Departs Monday & Wednesday
3 NIGHT ITINERARY
Rate is per person sharing, for 3 nights
All Rates are in South African Rand (ZAR)
Departs Friday
2018 Departure Dates Cabin Rate Departure Dates Cabin Rate
January 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 ZAR 10 395 5, 12, 19, 26 ZAR 15 590
February 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 ZAR 10 395 2, 9, 16, 23 ZAR 15 590
March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 ZAR 10 395 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 ZAR 15 590
April 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 ZAR 12 800 6, 13, 20, 27 ZAR 19 195
May 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 ZAR 12 800 4, 11, 18, 25 ZAR 19 195
June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 ZAR 12 800 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 ZAR 19 195
July 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 ZAR 12 800 6, 13, 20, 27 ZAR 19 195
August 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 ZAR 12 800 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 ZAR 19 195
September 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 ZAR 12 800 7, 14, 21, 28 ZAR 19 195
October 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 ZAR 12 800 5, 12, 19, 26 ZAR 19 195
November 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 ZAR 12 800 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 ZAR 19 195
December 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 ZAR 12 800 7, 14, 21, 28 ZAR 19 195


NOTE:

  •  Rates are per person sharing on a double occupancy basis for either 2 or 3 nights
  •  Single supplement is an additional 30% on the per person sharing rate
  •  Chobe Princess reserves the right to limit the number of single room rates per trip
  •  Chobe Princess reserves the right to amend the published rates without notice
  •  Available dates are subject to change at management discretion

CHILD POLICY:

  •  The Chobe Princesses accommodates children of all ages
  •  Children aged 12 and under will receive a 50% discount on the applicable adult rate
  •  Children aged 13 and older are considered adults and will be charged the applicable adult rate
  •  Only 1 child aged 7 or under can share a cabin with 2 adults. This is limited to one cabin per night per houseboat and is subject to availability at time of reservation
  •  Please note that no babysitting services, separate activities and/or menus are available for children

What is include

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • All soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, beer and wine
  • Road transfers to and from Kasane International Airport and Kasane Immigration Office on arrival and departure
  • Boat transfers between Kasane Immigration Office in Botswana and Namibia Immigration office
  • Activities and excursions including guided game viewing by tender boat, guided fishing from a well-equipped fishing boat, guided birding, a guided walk on Impalila Island to see the ancient Baobab tree or a visit to a local village on the Namibian side of the Chobe River
  • All fuel
  • All equipment hire (eg fishing rods, lures etc). Please note that we reserve the right to charge for lost or damaged equipment
  • All fishing licenses (if required)
  • 15% Namibian VAT
  • 01% Namibian Tourism Levy


Optional Extras

  • Air tickets are excluded from the rate but can be booked through our in-house travel agent
  • Shared or private transfers from Victoria Falls International Airport, Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, formerly Livingstone Airport, and Katima Mulilo Airport can be arranged at an additional cost
  • Premium beverages (spirits, sparkling wine and dessert wine)
  • Visa costs, gratuities and curio shop purchases at the village
  • Chobe National Park Game Drive

Child Policy

  • All children are welcome
  • Only one child under the age of 8 can share a cabin with two adults. This is limited to one cabin per night per houseboat and is subject to availability at time of booking
  • Children 13 years and older are considered adults
  • Please note that no separate activities and/or menus are available for children

Payment Information
Reservations will only be guaranteed once payment is made and monies have been received in accordance with the following schedule:

Individual Reservations (FIT):

  • An individual reservation is classified as any booking comprising 1 to 6 guests (3 suites)
  • Bookings are held as provisional until the applicable deposit is received and you are contacted with an updated invoice / confirmation
  • Once a deposit is received, the booking will be regarded as confirmed and you are subject to the applicable cancellation policy
  • Balance of payment must be received at least 30 days prior to arrival


Group Reservations:
A group booking is classified as any booking exceeding 7 passengers / clients (4+ rooms) per booking.
All bookings are held as provisional until the applicable deposit is received and you are contacted with an updated invoice / confirmation
Once a deposit is received, the booking will be regarded as confirmed and you are subject to the applicable cancellation policy
On a confirmed group reservation, should rooms be reduced, the Zambezi Queen Collection will make every effort to resell those suites, but the below outlined cancellation policy applies should we be unsuccessful in reselling those cabins
Balance of payment must be received at least 90 days prior to arrival.

Waitlists:
Our reservations office are able to waitlist bookings on certain dates only. Such requests should be sent to us via e-mail. Should the space clear you will be notified in writing and the standard booking procedures will apply.

Deposit Policy
All reservations are subject to the following deposit policy.

FIT (01-03 rooms) Group (04-13 rooms) Applicable Deposit Fee
60 days + prior to travel 90 days + prior to travel 50% Deposit is payable
Less than 60 days 90 days or less prior to travel Full amount payable

Cancellation Policy

All reservations are subject to the following cancellation policy.

FIT (01-03 rooms) Group (04-13 rooms) Applicable Cancellation Fee
60 days + prior to travel 91 days + prior to travel Deposit is refunded less bank charges
60 - 31 days prior to travel 90 - 61 days prior to travel 50% of the total booking value is forfeited
30 days prior to travel 60 days prior to travel 100% of the total booking value is forfeited

TOUR GUIDE POLICY:

  •  Please note that there is no tour guide cabin on the Chobe Princesses, therefore the guide / pilot will be accommodated at Ichingo Chobe River Lodge, unless there is a room available on the Chobe Princess 24 hours prior to their check-in date. The guide rate is ZAR 1 650 per night 
  • Should the guide / pilot need to stay on board the Chobe Princess then the per person sharing rate will be charged for the guide / pilot

EXCLUSIVE USE POLICY:

  • Clients are able to book an entire Chobe Princess on an exclusive use basis and a ‘per boat, per night’ rate will be charged
  • The best available rate for exclusive use will be determined by demand for that period and at the discretion of management when booking. We reserve the right to limit single rooms per trip.
  • The payment and cancellation policies for a ‘Group Reservation’ (outlined below) will apply

Community Development Levy:

A Community Development Levy is applicable to all new reservations.

The Community Development Levy will reflect as a separate line item on all invoices issued. The funds collected will supplement our community projects and initiatives run by the Zambezi Queen Collection to assist with education, health care, sanitation and basic community services. The charge will be as follows:

Chobe Princess: ZAR 65.00 per person per night

Rates include

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • All soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, and local beer & wine throughout your stay
  • Water-based game viewing and bird watching on tender boats
  • A land-based cultural tour of a local village
  • Tiger & bream fishing in season (tiger fishing is strictly catch and release)
  • Road Transfers to and from Kasane Airport and Kasane Immigration Office located on the Botswana side of the Chobe river

Rates Exclude:

  • Air tickets Premium alcoholic beverages (such as sparkling wine, spirits & dessert wines)
  • Additional transfers to/from Zambia / Zimbabwe / Namibia / any of the Kasane Lodges
  • A land-based half-day 4x4 game viewing in Botswana's Chobe National Park
  • Community Development Levy (ZAR 65.00 per person per night; non-commissionable)
  • Curio Shop purchases
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Visa Fees
Payment Terms

1. FIT Reservations (1 – 7 PAX)

  • Provisional reservations can be held for 14 days, at which point the reservation will be released, or an invoice issued for deposit payment
  • 30% deposit payment is due within 7 days of invoice date to confirm the reservation
  • The full balance payment is due 2 months prior to check-in date
  • If a reservation is made within 2 months of check-in date, full payment is due immediately to confirm the reservation
2. Group Reservations (8 – 26 PAX)
  • Provisional group reservations can be held for 14 days, at which point the reservation will be released, or an invoice issued for deposit payment
  • 10% deposit payment is due within 7 days of invoice date to confirm the reservation
  • A further 40% deposit is due 4 months prior to check-in date
  • The full balance payment is due 2 months prior to check-in date
  • If a reservation is made within 2 months of check-in date, full payment is due immediately to confirm the reservation
3. Tour Series (3 or more departures per year with a minimum of 8 PAX per departure)
  • 10% deposit payment is due 6 months prior to check-in date to confirm the reservation
  • A further 40% deposit is due 4 months prior to check-in date
  • The full balance payment is due 2 months prior to check-in date

Cancellation Policy

4. FIT Reservations (1 – 7 PAX)

  • If cancelled 3 months + prior to check-in date: 30% deposit is fully refundable
  • If cancelled 3 – 2 months prior to check-in date: 30% cancellation charge applies
  • If cancelled 2 months or less prior to check-in date: 100% cancellation charge applies

5. Group Reservations (8 – 26 PAX)

  • If cancelled 6 months + prior to check-in date: 10% deposit is fully refundable.
  • If cancelled 6 – 4 months prior to check-in date: 10% cancellation charge applies
  • If cancelled 4 – 2 months prior to check-in date: 50% cancellation charge applies
  • If cancelled 2 months or less prior to check-in date: 100% cancellation charge applies

6. Tour Series (3 or more departures per year with a minimum of 8 PAX per departure)

  • If cancelled 6 months + prior to check-in date: No cancellation charge applies
  • If cancelled 6 – 4 months prior to check-in date: 10% cancellation charge applies
  • If cancelled 4 - 2 months prior to check-in date: 50% cancellation charge applies
  • If cancelled 2 months or less prior to check-in date: 100% cancellation charge applies

GENERAL:

 Check-in and Check-out:

  • CHECK-IN time is 13h00 – 16h00, we embark from Kasane Immigration Office, on the Botswana side of the Chobe River.
  • CHECK-OUT time is from 09h30. You will arrive back at Kasane Immigration Office, on the Botswana side of the Chobe River by 10h30.
  • Return airport transfers from/to Kasane Airport are included in the rate.

 Flights and Transfer Information:

  • Flights are excluded from our rates.
  • The closest airport to fly into is Kasane, Botswana, about 10 minutes’ drive from where we embark.
  • Return airport transfers from/to Kasane Airport are included in the rate
  • SA Airlink fly daily direct between Johannesburg, South Africa and Kasane, Botswana
  • Chobe Princess offers road transfers from Livingstone, Zambia; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; and Katima Mulilo, Namibia at an additional cost – please enquire for special transfers.

 Passport Control Procedures:

The Zambezi Queen Collection operates on the Chobe River, which is a natural border between Botswana and Namibia. The Zambezi Queen Collection is based on the Namibian side of the Chobe River. In order to check-in from Kasane, you will need to exit Botswana and enter Namibia. Our Zambezi Queen Collection team will arrange all boat transfers required, the process will take around 30 – 45 minutes from the time of arrival in Kasane:

  • Guest will exit Botswana at Kasane Immigration office, before embarking onto the Chobe River
  • Take a 5 – 10-minute boat transfer from Kasane Immigration Office to Impalila Island, Namibia, where guests will go through Namibian passport control to officially enter Namibia (250 metre walk to the passport control office, assistance available where required. Please arrive in comfortable walking attire). From here take a short boat ride to your Zambezi Queen Collection accommodation, to begin your Chobe River adventure.
  • You as the traveller and/or your travel agent are responsible for determining what documentation is required, as well as ensuring any such documentation including passports, visas, medical certificates and unabridged birth certificates are up to date and have been obtained before travel.
  • Due to constantly changing visa requirements, it is recommended that travellers and or/travel agents contact the appropriate embassy for accurate and up-to-date information.
  • Please note your passport needs to have at least 6 blank pages and be valid for 6 months after travel date. Please Note: Kasane Immigration Office & Namibia Immigration Office close at 16h30 thus all passengers must arrive before 16h00 at Kasane Immigration Office on the Botswana side of the Chobe River.

 General 

  •  Loud music is not permitted due to National Park requirements 
  •  Whilst is cannot be guaranteed, cell phone coverage in most areas is available 
  •  There is no Wifi aboard the Chobe Princess 
  •  Please note we operate in a very remote area – Cell signal can be sporadic and is not guaranteed 
  •  Please note that there are no card facilities on board the Chobe Princess. Please bring ZAR or USD cash along for gifts, souvenirs, and premium drinks. 
  •  At the sole discretion of management, the routing or itinerary may be altered due to outside operational factors, weather conditions or water levels which fluctuate depending on the time of year

 Medical 

Because our houseboats are situated in a malaria area, we advise that you take malaria prophylactics. Please consult your doctor before travelling for up-to-date medical advice. Should you make use of a CPAP (a small medical supervising device), the houseboats switch over to an inverter system after 22h00 at night and we connect the CPAP to our inverter system. Please advise at time of booking whether you require medical assistance. 

 Travel Insurance 

Travel insurance is a requirement for all guests and must be purchased prior to travel. Travel insurance must be comprehensive and cover full air evacuation and repatriation, in the unlikely event of an emergency

Waitlists:
Our reservations office are able to waitlist bookings on certain dates only. Such requests should be sent to us via e-mail. Should the space clear you will be notified in writing and the standard booking procedures will apply.

Deposit Policy
All reservations are subject to the following deposit policy.

FIT (01-03 rooms) Group (04-13 rooms) Applicable Deposit Fee
60 days + prior to travel 90 days + prior to travel 50% Deposit is payable
Less than 60 days 90 days or less prior to travel Full amount payable

Cancellation Policy

All reservations are subject to the following cancellation policy.

FIT (01-03 rooms) Group (04-13 rooms) Applicable Cancellation Fee
60 days + prior to travel 91 days + prior to travel Deposit is refunded less bank charges
60 - 31 days prior to travel 90 - 61 days prior to travel 50% of the total booking value is forfeited
30 days prior to travel 60 days prior to travel 100% of the total booking value is forfeited

Accommodation

  •  There are 3 x Chobe Princesses traversing up to 50km of the Chobe River
  •  Two of the boats are equipped with 4 cabins each, and third Chobe Princess is equipped with 5 cabins
  •  All cabins have en-suite bathrooms (shower only) with standard hotel amenities
  •  All cabins have 2 x ¾ single beds which can be made up as twin or king bed configuration
  •  All cabins have full length sliding windows offering spectacular views of the river
  •  All cabins have air conditioning and an electronic safe

 Facilities on board

  •  The Chobe Princesses feature an accommodation deck, entertainment deck, and two of the houseboats are equipped with an upper viewing deck. 
  •  The Middle Deck is the heart of the houseboat and offers a fully equipped bar, comfortable lounge, dining area, and outside deck with a plunge pool. Glass sliding doors offer protection against the elements without obstructing the view.
  •  The Lower Deck consist of 4 guest cabins
  •  The 5 cabin houseboat features an additional cabin on the upper deck

Activities on board

  • Water-based game viewing from tender boats which allow up-close encounters
  • Tiger and bream fishing in season (tiger fishing is strictly catch and release)
  • Bird-watching from tender boats and Chobe Princess
  • Cultural experience at a local Namibian Village
  • Chobe Princess has its own professionally trained guides, highly experienced and resident to the Chobe area.

Activities in area (additional charge)

  • Land-based Chobe National Park game drive.
  • 9-hole golf course at Kasane
  • Spa facility in Kasane (subject to availability)

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