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Why Visit Botswana?

  • 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 floating boutique hotel in a class of her own

Moving along the banks of the great Chobe River, Zambezi Queen is a 5-star, 42-metre 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.

Unlike a land-based lodge, Zambezi Queen navigates roughly 25km of the Chobe River, allowing you to explore different vantage points and enjoy unparalleled game viewing. In fact, 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 birdlife.

Celebrated South African fashion designer Jenni Button created the luxury houseboat's classic yet contemporary interior, using understated tones that make the wildlife on the banks of the river the star of the show. And, just like at any contemporary hotel, you can expect first class service at every turn. Whether you’re enjoying a gin and tonic on the upper deck at dusk or attempting to land your very first tiger fish, our highly experienced team will be on hand to meet your every need.

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Luxuryí African River Safari
 

  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 Standard
Suite (10)
Master
Suite (4)
Departure Dates Cabin Rate Master
Suite (4)
January 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 29, 31 ZAR 13 475 ZAR 15 905 1*, 5, 12, 19, 26 ZAR 20 210 ZAR 23 855
February 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 26, 28 ZAR 13 475 ZAR 15 905 2, 9, 16, 23 ZAR 20 210 ZAR 23 855
March 5, 19, 21 ZAR 13 475 ZAR 15 905 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 ZAR 20 210 ZAR 23 855
April 30 ZAR 16 335 ZAR 19 280 6, 13, 20, 27 ZAR 24 530 ZAR 28 915
May 2, 4, 28, 30 ZAR 16 335 ZAR 19 280 4, 11, 18, 25 ZAR 24 530 ZAR 28 915
June 8,13, 22, 25, 29   ZAR 16 335 ZAR 19 280 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 ZAR 24 530 ZAR 28 915
July 2, 13  ZAR 16 335 ZAR 19 280 6, 13, 20, 27 ZAR 24 530 ZAR 28 915
August Fully Booked ZAR 16 335 ZAR 19 280 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 ZAR 24 530 ZAR 28 915
September Fully Booked ZAR 16 335 ZAR 19 280 7, 14, 21, 28 ZAR 24 530 ZAR 28 915
October 12, 22, 24, 26 ZAR 16 335 ZAR 19 280 5, 12, 19, 26 ZAR 24 530 ZAR 28 915
November 2,9, 23, 26 ZAR 16 335 ZAR 19 280 2, 9, 16, 23 ZAR 24 530 ZAR 28 915
December 14, 17, 21, 31 - No 2-nighters in December 2018 ZAR 16 335 ZAR 19 280 14, 17*, 21, 24* 28 ZAR 24 530 ZAR 28 915

Special 4 Nights Sailing  - Pay for 3 nights & Stay for 4 nights

Note : Monday & Wednesdays are 2-night river safari. Friday are 3-night river safari

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
  • Zambezi Queen reserves the right to limit the number of single room rates per trip 
  • Zambezi Queen reserves the right to amend the published rates without notice 
  • Standard suite 24 and 26 are available as triple rooms on Zambezi Queen. A 3rd adult sharing a triple room will receive a 20% discount on the above per person sharing rates
  • Available dates are subject to change at management discretion
  • * Monday 01 January 2018 is a 4-night sailing sold at a 3-night sailing rate
  • * Monday 17 December 2018 is a 4-night sailing sold at a 3-night sailing rate
  • * Monday 24 December 2018 is a 4-night sailing sold at a 3-night sailing rate
  • Zambezi Queen is closed for annual maintenance from 28 November to 14 December 2018
  • Experience ultimate luxury on the Chobe River, on a 5-star floating boutique hotel
  • Unforgettable wildlife encounters, traversing 25km (seasonal water levels permitting) of the Chobe River, along the banks of the Chobe National Park
  • Zambezi Queen offers 2 and 3 night scheduled departures weekly: Monday (2 nights), Wednesday (2 nights), & Friday (3 nights). 4 night sailings available on select departures only
  • Accommodates children 7 years and older
  • Zambezi Queen is equipped with 14 luxury air-conditioned suites, comprising of 4 master suites and 10 standard suites (including 2 triple standard suites). A single guide cabin is available on-board
  • Zambezi Queen can also be booked for exclusive use, accommodating 28 – 30 guests
  • Gaze at the spectacular surrounds from a private balcony in each suite, and enjoy 360 degree views from an elevated vantage point on the upper deck and luxurious lounge areas
  • Shared activities on motorized tender boats
  • Set morning and afternoon activities on offer daily, including game viewing and bird watching river safaris, fishing excursions, village tours, and photographic safaris (Photographic safari boat to be pre-arranged)
  • Buffet breakfast and lunch, with a varied choice of delectable dinner options. Start the day with an exotic choice of tea’s, and barista coffees
  • Mingle with the other guests in our sociable air-conditioned dining room, with individual dining tables
  • Spot game and enjoy the panoramic views from a refreshing plunge pool on the upper 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.
 HONEYMOON SAFARI SPECIAL

Few things are as romantic as the sight of the African sun, whether it is setting on the horizon or rising in the distance, it reveals the beautiful landscape and creatures that make Africa as diverse as it is. Imagine experiencing these astonishing views up-close, albeit from a river safari or on land. The luxurious Zambezi Queen Collection offers comfort and intimacy on board our houseboats as well as in our lodge, all the while treating couples to the sights and sounds of the great Chobe River.

A honeymoon safari with the Zambezi Queen Collection of properties allows newlyweds the unique experience of water and land-based game viewing in an intimate setting. Our game cruises provide guests with the opportunity to see elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard (amongst other beautiful animals), while this stunning experience is coupled with the sound of birds as they chirp and cheep; with over 450 species of birds in the area it is a bird-watcher’s dream. Cultural tours are also on offer, and land based game drives in the Chobe National Park are available on your day of departure, if time allows. For the more adventurous couples, Chobe’s waters are world-famous for their tiger fishing, which you can choose to enjoy on a guided fishing safari as part of your package.

Experience the wonder of supreme luxury, expert service and an authentic Chobe adventure when you book your honeymoon safari with the Zambezi Queen Collection.

Discounted Honeymoon Safari Packages

Newlyweds enjoy a special discount of 10% on the bride’s stay, which is applicable all year round with a minimum two night stay. We know it’s the little things that make life special, and the same can be said for one of the most special getaways you’ll ever embark on. Our honeymoon safari package offers a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and a gift, along with a romantic turndown. This special touch isn’t the only thing that will ensure an unforgettable honeymoon, as our standard inclusions will also thrill you and your beloved.

Book your stay on one of our Zambezi Queen Collection properties today for the honeymoon experience of a lifetime. Simply call our expert consultants, send us an email or fill out the enquiry form below.  

Include:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • All soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, local beer and wine throughout your stay
  • Water-based game viewing and bird watching on tender boats
  • A land-based cultural tour of a local village
  • A land-based game drive in the Chobe National Park on your day of departure (time permitting)
  • Tiger and 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
  • Boat transfers between Kasane Immigration Office in Botswana and Namibia Immigration Office
RIVER AND LAND SAFARI SPECIAL

Gliding along the majestic Chobe River, bordered by Namibia and the Chobe National Park in Botswana, the Zambezi Queen Collection offers a safari experience unlike any other. The Collection comprises of the luxurious Zambezi Queen and her three Chobe Princess houseboats, as well as the intimate tented Ichingo Chobe River Lodge.

Now you can experience the best of both worlds with an exciting combination stay aboard one of our houseboats and at Ichingo Chobe River Lodge on the banks of the Chobe river and enjoy a 5% discount on your combined stay.

Choose between one of the following 3 or 4-night all-inclusive combination stays:

3-night combination:

Zambezi Queen (2 nights) and Ichingo Chobe River Lodge (1 night)
Chobe Princess (2 nights) and Ichingo Chobe River Lodge (1 night)
Ichingo Chobe River Lodge (2 nights) and Chobe Princess (1 night)
4-night combination:

Zambezi Queen (2 nights) and Ichingo Chobe River Lodge (2 nights)
Chobe Princess (2 nights) and Ichingo Chobe River Lodge (2 nights)


Finding it difficult to decide? Let’s take a look at what you can expect from each experience.

Spectacular river safari on one of our four houseboats

Step aboard a deluxe houseboat and start your extraordinary journey. Lounge in the comfort of your stylish cabin and watch as abundant wildlife quench their thirst along the banks of the river. Cool off in the heat of the afternoon with a dip in the refreshing plunge pool. Then sip sundowners on the deck, followed by a gourmet dinner beneath the stars. Whether you’re in search of a romantic escape for two, a memorable family getaway or an exclusive getaway with a group of guests, a river safari never fails to impress. Struggling to decide which houseboat is best for you? Compare our houseboat experiences here.

Secluded land safari


Disembark on Impalila Island in Namibia where boundless natural beauty awaits. Sink into the comfort of a beautifully appointed Meru safari tent complete with air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and breath-taking views over the river. Relax on your private viewing balcony as you listen to the rippling sounds of the river. Laze beneath a sun-dappled tree-top canopy and glimpse exotic birdlife between the branches. Dine al fresco on the open-air deck, alongside a fully stocked bar and laid-back lounge area. A sparkling communal pool overlooking the river provides the perfect opportunity to refresh your senses. Families can take advantage of a larger tent accommodating two adults and up to four children, while seven other spacious tents are perfect for two adults sharing.

Book your stay on one of our Zambezi Queen Collection properties today to experience the unique magic of an African safari. Simply call our expert consultants, send us an email or fill out the enquiry form below.

Includes

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • All soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, local beer and wine throughout your stay
  • Water-based game viewing and bird watching on tender boats
  • A land-based cultural tour of a local village
  • A land-based game drive in the Chobe National Park on your day of departure (time permitting)
  • 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
  • Boat transfers between Kasane Immigration Office in Botswana and Namibia Immigration OfficeFISHING SAFARI
    Book your fishing safari at Ichingo Chobe River Lodge today and save 5% on group bookings of 6 or more.

 Accommodation

  •  Zambezi Queen offers 10 Standard Suites and 4 Master Suites
  •  2 standard suites are triple cabins; all other suites can accommodate a maximum of 2 guests
  •  All suites have en-suite bathrooms (shower only) with standard hotel amenities
  •  All suites have 2 x ¾ single beds which can be made up as Twin or King bed configuration
  •  All suites have their own private balcony with outdoor furniture allowing guests amazing views of the landscape
  •  All suites have full length sliding shutters for both privacy and protection from the sun
  •  All suites have air conditioning, standing fans, and an electronic safe
  •  4 Master Suites have 2 balconies with outdoor furniture and full length sliding shutter doors for protection from the sun

 Facilities on board

  •  Zambezi Queen has 3 decks: lower deck, middle deck, and top deck
  •  On the lower deck is a well-stocked, air-conditioned curio shop, with locally made gifts and souvenirs. The remainder of the lower deck features 2 standard and 2 master suites
  •  The entire middle deck is equipped with 8 standard suites and 2 master suites
  •  The top deck features the dining area, an open plan lounge area with unobstructed views, and a well-stocked bar
  •  All internal areas on the top deck are protected by mosquito screens which allow for a comfortable environment when dining and relaxing.
  •  There are two outside areas on the top deck, one aft which provides a shaded area with comfortable seating and the other on the foredeck which features a plunge pool and sun bathing area
  •  Smoking is permitted on the aft upper deck only.

What is the nearest access point for the Zambezi Queen?
Kasane. There are flights from Johannesburg to Kasane daily.
How far is Kasane from Victoria Falls?
Approximately 90 minutes by road – it can easily be combined with a stay in Victoria Falls.
What is included in the rate?
Apart from the accommodation on-board, three meals daily, all scheduled activities and selected wines, beers, ciders and soft drinks.
What transfers are included?
Road transfers to & from Kasane Airport are included in the rate.
Does the Zambezi Queen sail on the Zambezi River?
No, the vessel was named on the river it was built, but it sails on the Chobe River. The confluence of the Zambezi and Chove River is 5 km from the vessel's first mooring point.
How far does the Zambezi Queen travel on the Chobe River?
Approximately 25 kilometres.
What is the dress-code?
Light and comfortable especially for summer with a hat readily at hand. In winter a pullover is required for early mornings and evenings.
Are guests seated together at meal times?
No, unless they form part of a group booking.
Are children permitted and from what age?
We accept children from ages 7 upwards. Triple rooms are available for kids sharing with their parents (Max 1 child per suite)
What about special dietary requirements?
Where possible, dietary requirements will be accommodated by prior arrangement. Halaal and Kosher meals are regrettably not possible.
What currencies are accepted on-board?
We accept Namibian Dollar, South African Rand, Botswana Pula and US Dollar.
Are credit cards accepted?
Yes, We accept Master and Visa cards.
Is there a gratuity guideline?
Gratuities are at the discretion of the guest. Our Guideline is USD 10.00 per person per day.
Do you offer fishing?
Yes, tiger and bream fishing is possible on the Chobe River. We offer basic fishing tackle for keen fishermen.
Is the water on-board safe for drinking?
All water on-board is purified but we do recommend bottled water.
What are the immigration requirements?
As Namibia and Botswana shares the Chobe River, guests will have to exit Botswana via immigration and enter onto Namibian soil on the other side of the river where they will have to present themselves to the Namibian authorities and be stamped into Namibia
before boarding the Zambezi Queen.
Can you confirm whether all cabins are air conditioned? All our cabins are air-conditioned however please note at 22h00 when the generators are switched and our secondary supply starts then the cabin fans can be used
Can I use my CPAP (small medical supervising device) at night? ZQ switches over onto an inverter system after 22h00 at night & we connect the CPAP to our inverter system. Please indicate when making the booking
Plug points in the suites. We have the 3 prong South African plugs and the 2 prong European plugs in the cabins should you require an American adaptor this is available upon request

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 Zambezi Queen
  •  Cultural experience at a local Namibian Village
  •  Zambezi Queen 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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