The luxurious Zambezi Queen conducts 2 and 3 night cruises on the Chobe River. This is a 5-star, 42m long houseboat which offers adventure, excitement and supreme comfort in one of Africa's most sought-after wildlife-rich destinations. On board, the houseboat's classic yet contemporary interior is complemented by excellent service, fine wining and dining and top-quality guiding.
Your captain will navigate along an exclusive 25km stretch of Chobe River, offering flexible activities which can vary according to the needs of their guests. You will stop at selected mooring points every afternoon until the next morning. In the interests of safety the Zambezi Queen will not sail if the wind is stronger than 11 knots.
Enjoy totally unimpeded views of wildlife as you explore in search of the very best game viewing opportunities Chobe has to offer. Huge densities of elephant are the main drawcard with buffalo, predators, antelope and a huge variety of birds resident in the region as well.
Admire panoramic views as you take your seat at your own private table in the dining room on the upper deck. On board meals usually consist of a full English breakfast, a buffet lunch and a choice of 2 plated dinners. An African themed dinner happens on one night of your stay, which includes the staff singing and dancing afterwards. Special dietary requirements can be catered for if booked in advance.
Relax and unwind in the comfortable lounge, the ideal venue to chat with fellow guests on the day's activities and adventures. The bar offers a selection of local and imported wines, spirits and beers. The plunge pool is on the forward deck and offers the perfect respite from the hot afternoon sunshine.
The main electricity supply is supplied by generators which switch off at 22h00 when a battery powered inverter system takes over for the night. The cabins then lose functionality of the air-conditioning unit, main over-head lights and wall socket electricity. You can still use the fan, the bed-side reading lights and emergency lighting in the bathroom.
Guests stay in 14 stylishly decorated cabins spread across the 2 lower decks of the boat.
Cabins: 10 x cabins equipped with an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, floor standing fan, twin/double beds, hair-dryer, toiletries, gowns, slippers and an electronic safe. Enjoy superb river views from your private outer deck.
Master Suites: 4 x larger suites with front and side glass sliding doors, an en-suite bathroom with flush loo, handbasin, shower cubicle and similar facilities to the cabins. Commanding views of the Chobe River and it's bank are afforded from your private outdoor deck, best viewed on a relaxing sun-loungers. Some of the suites have a sleeper couch for a 3rd adult or child.
Get close to nature on a water-based game drives on a tender boat. Game viewing on the Chobe River is best from March to November. Huge herds of elephant swim across the water. Frequent sightings of buffalo, lion, hippo, crocodile, lechwe, puku, giraffe, zebra, sable, kudu and the occasional leopard at watering holes offer additional excitement.
With over 450 species recorded in the region, amateurs and experienced birders alike have plenty to look-out for. The first migrants arrive in September. African skimmers, rock pratincoles, African finfoot, carmine bee-eaters, cattle egrets, fish eagles, pied kingfishers, open-billed storks and lesser-striped swallows can be observed.
The 2 night/3 day cruise departs on Monday and Wednesday.
Day 1: After immigration and transfers have been completed you will arrive on board for lunch/snacks and weather permitting you can hop into a tender boat for a game viewing trip. Return to the Zambezi Queen for a sumptuous dinner and a night cap.
Day 2: The choice is yours. Chill on the upper deck game viewing; water-based game viewing or a village tour. The afternoon is the best time to see wildlife on the river banks from your tender boat. Return for dinner.
Day 3: Breakfast and game viewing on a final cruise. Say farewell to the Captain and crew and proceed on your onward journey.
The 3 night/4 day cruise departs on a Friday.
Day 1: As per Day 1 on the 2-Night Cruise.
Day 2: Choose your own activity. Some guests prefer to stay on board whilst others like to experience another outing on the tender boat to game view. Fishing, birding and a trip to the local village can also be arranged. At lunch you have the opportunity to game view from the comfort of the upper deck.
Day 3: After breakfast you can either repeat one of your favourite activities or partake in one you just didn't have time for previously. Return for lunch and more upper deck game viewing before another activity to your liking. The evening meal is traditional fare where you can try your skills at singing and dancing with the staff. Day 4: A breakfast game viewing cruise is the highlight. One last chance to witness some unbelievable wildlife interaction. After bidding a fond farewell to the Captain and crew you can look forward to the next leg of your Namibian vacation.
Fishing: Try your luck on a fishing safari. Stay on board the Zambezi Queen or hop onto a smaller tender boat. You might catch the famed tiger fish or if not, there are many species of bream, African pike and catfish in the rivers and meandering channels. Fishing equipment is included on the trip as is a highly knowledgeable guide.
Photography: Chobe is a photographer's paradise especially in the early morning and just before sunset. Sundowner: Enjoy game viewing and a thirst-quenching drink as the beautiful sun sets.
Cultural: Take a tender boat to Ijambwe, a local Namibian village. On your visit you will meet village elders and locals who can inform you of their traditions and daily routines. This is one of the best ways to learn more about the inhabitants of this beautiful country. Purchasing locally made arts and crafts gives you a great souvenir from your trip and helps the locals earn a living. The children will always welcome gifts such as school books and clothing. Villagers will show their appreciation by performing traditional dances and songs at the end of your tour.
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