Botswana Suggested Itineraries
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Botswana Suggested Itinerary - The Chobe Princesses are luxury safari house boats operating on the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers (ex-Ichobezi). Tiger fishing is offered all year round on this river safari. Ideal for groups of friends or family.

Chobe Princess at sunset 
The Zambezi Queen Collection now operates and manages all the Chobe River Houseboats. These boats were previously independently known as; The Zambezi Queen, The Pride of the Zambezi and Ichobezi Houseboats.

The main difference between the Zambezi Queen (5*) and 'her princesses' (4*) is the flexibility - there are no set departure dates and you dictate your itinerary (Please note from January 2018 the Chobe Princesses operate on weekly departures: Monday's for 2 nights, Wednesday's for 2 nights, and Friday's for 3 nights). The Chobe Princesses are smaller too so this gives family & friends more 'exclusivity' as you could have the boat to yourselves.
The Chobe Princess traverses about 50km (seasonal water levels permitting) of the Chobe River, along the banks of the Chobe National Park (as opposed to the Zambezi Queen which only traverses about 25km and due to the fact that it is a larger vessel, it is sometimes not able to move from its docking point).

The area is home to the world's largest population of elephant and provides the ideal platform to experience the eco rich environment. Activities range from birding and fishing to photo safaris and game viewing.
There are a number of offers throughout the year and the one's that are valid in 2017 are usually all carried over to 2018 but we may not have got the official notice of this yet or updated this page so please check with us with your dates and we can give you the best rates.

Chobe Princess special offer (ex-Ichobezi) - Stay for 4 nights, pay for 3 nights!

This Chobe Princess special offer is valid for travel between the 1st - 31st December 2017 – Subject to availability
OR: Chobe Princess Early Bird Special - book by end of August 2017 and get 10% discount on departures between 1 January - 31 March 2018
OR: Book 4 rooms and get the 4th free! Valid 1 January 2018 - 31 March 2018
OR: 10% honeymoon discount for the bride - valid all year
OR: Family offer - kids get great discounts in school holidays
etc, etc - they change throughout the year but they always offer good value.

Staying in one of the three Chobe Princesses is like being on your very own luxury houseboat. 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.

The Chobe Princesses are located along the banks of the Chobe River, departing near Kasane only a few kilometers from the point where 4 African countries meet, namely Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is within travelling distance from one of the great wonders of the world - the magnificent Victoria Falls, as well as the world famous Chobe National Park, which borders the Chobe River, teeming with wildlife and approximately 120 000 elephants, as well as over 400 species of birds, making this an exceptional wildlife safari experience.

Chobe Princess 1: 5 x Luxury Suites
Chobe Princess 2 & 3: 4 x Luxury Suites
All Suites offer king size beds with twin beds on request. All Suites accommodate 2 guests.
All Suites are equipped with:
Air Conditioning
Large sliding windows with river views
Bathrooms fitted with showers, toilets and hand basin
Hairdryers on request
Guest amenities: Soap, Shampoo, Shower Gel, Body Lotion, Insect Repellant

Child Policy:
The Chobe Princesses accepts children of all ages.
Please note that no separate activities and/or menus are available for children.

Game viewing by tender boat into the Chobe National Park
Tiger and Bream fishing (catch and release basis) with personal guide & fishing tackle included
Birding excursions along the Chobe River and the Kasai channel
Cultural Village walks on Impalila Island.

There is something incredibly relaxing about cruising on the Chobe River, along the banks of the Chobe National Park, watching the outstanding wildlife and birdlife from the luxury Safariboats. Aboard one of our Safariboats you can cruise over 50kms of the river and stay overnight in some of the most scenic areas on the Chobe, parking at prime docking sites along the river.

Each houseboat has a minimum of three attendant tender boats.

Why a Safariboat?
Romantic and totally unique safari, on water.
Overnight mooring spots on the Chobe River, sleeping in the wilderness.
The Safariboat gives you a unique water based point of view of the Chobe National Park.
A unique perspective with Botswana wilderness on one side and Namibian on the other.
Watch elephants, hippos, birdlife and crocs, right from the deck or your room.
Smaller motor boats, to go on guided fishing trips, game viewing, at your own leisure.
Your only job is to relax, game view, fish, eat, drink and enjoy at your leisure.
Ichingo Chobe River Lodge is the perfect platform to experience all that the Chobe has to offer with the added benefits of being on the Namibian side of the river. Quieter, more secluded and personalized the lodge is ideal for families, couples or groups who wish to enjoy the very best of an African river safari. A luxury tented lodge set beneath a riverine canopy on the banks of the Chobe River, accommodation consists of eight large air-conditioned Meru safari tents, each beautifully turned out with its own private balcony overlooking the Chobe rapids.

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Chobe Princess Rates Per Person Per Night (Sharing):
1 April 2017 - 31 December 2017
Per Person Per Night (Sharing): US$470
Per Person Per Night (Single): $611
Child under 12yrs (Sharing): $235
2018 Chobe Princess Rates
Rate is per person sharing, for 2 nights
All Rates are in South African Rand (ZAR)
Departs Monday & Wednesday
Rate is per person sharing, for 3 nights
All Rates are in South African Rand (ZAR)
Departs Friday 
Month Departure Dates  Cabin Rate    Departure Dates  Cabin Rate
January 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 R 11 550   5, 12, 19, 26 R 17 325
February 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 R 11 550    2, 9, 16, 23  R 17 325
March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 R 11 550   2, 9, 16, 23, 30 R 17 325
April 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 R 14 220    6, 13, 20, 27 R 21 330
May 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 R 14 220   4, 11, 18, 25 R 21 330
June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 R 14 220   1, 8, 15, 22, 29 R 21 330
July 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 R 14 220   6, 13, 20, 27 R 21 330
August 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 R 14 220   3, 10, 17, 24, 31 R 21 330
September 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 R 14 220   7, 14, 21, 28 R 21 330
October 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 R 14 220   5, 12, 19, 26 R 21 330
November 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 R 14 220   2, 9, 16, 23, 30 R 21 330
December 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 R 14 220   7, 14, 21, 28 R 21 330
Chobe Princess luxury safari boat getaway rates include:
Full board,
All house wines and beers,
All soft drinks, coffee, tea and water,
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.
Chobe Princess luxury safari boat getaway rates exclude:
Premier brand drinks,
Community development levy (R40 in 2017 & R65 in 2018 per person per stay or equivalent),
This is our 3 night/4 day itinerary. The easiest extensions to the Chobe House-boat itinerary are Okavango Delta for great safari experiences, Victoria Falls for some adventure activities or South Africa for further safari, beach or cultural experiences.
Chobe Princess luxury accommodation

Day 1: Kasane - Chobe

Transfer by road from Kasane Airport to Kasane River Immigration office (road transfer from Kasane Airport is included). From here a short trip across the river, to the confluence of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers, takes you to Impalila Island. Here you will embark on the Chobe Princess Luxury Safari boat.

Day 2 & 3: Onboard Houseboat – Chobe National Park
Chobe River Safari
Spend your days game viewing or bird watching by boat in the Chobe National Park - a remarkable experience. Watch huge herds of elephants and a variety of other game come down to drink at the river. Relax on the upper deck of the safari boat or try your hand at fishing.

World famous for their Tigerfish and Bream, the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers will delight and challenge both the angling enthusiast and the novice. With over 100 kilometers of rivers and waterways available to guests, we offer you the best possible chance of experiencing the thrill of landing a legendary Tigerfish or the satisfaction of catching any one of the many other species found within the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers. The quality of your guides and their success in finding those elusive spots that will yield the best catches is well renowned.

The Impalila area is unique in that it offers year round Tiger fishing. This is due to the giant flood plains upstream which hold the annual Zambezi flood waters, keeping it warm and nutritious and allowing incredible fish breeding habitat. During the winter months, flood waters recede, leading to ideal Tiger feeding conditions when the rest of the river systems are too cold for Tigerfish activity.

Please remember that a strict catch and release policy in line with the conservationist ideals of the area is enforced.

For those looking for an even greater challenge, the unique rapids within the river systems offer unrivaled experiences for those wanting to enjoy the skillful art of fly-fishing. Knowledgeable guides, excellent boats and high-quality equipment all combine to make any stay on the Chobe Princess Safari Boat an anglers idea of Utopia.

Day 4: Chobe - Kasane
Disembark in Kasane this morning and transfer back to Kasane, Livingstone or Victoria Falls Airport for your onward journey (road transfer is not included). We recommend extending your stay to fully appreciate the magnificent Victoria Falls and surrounds.

Activities on board Chobe Princess
No trip to the Chobe is complete without trying your hand at fishing for Tiger. One of the most sought after sport fish, the tiger fish offers anglers the opportunity to land a great fighting fish and to get bragging rights for those who manage to land a 8 pounder or more. Ichingo Chobe River Lodge is especially suited for fishing with our large fleet of tender boats, incredibly knowledgeable guides and access to over 100kms of water, including the Zambezi River, the Chobe River and the Kasai Channel.

A jet boat also allows clients access to the Chobe rapids, some of the most exciting fishing waters in the area. We offer both conventional equipment as well as flyfishing equipment and all equipment is included in our rate. All fishing is strictly on a catch and release basis.
Chobe Princess tiger fishing
Game Viewing:
Both Ichingo Chobe River Lodge and the Chobe Princess Safariboats are in the heart of the Chobe region with access to the river frontage of the Chobe National Park. Ichingo Chobe River Lodge offers game viewing excursions by tender boat into the Park, allowing guests to experience the enormous diversity and concentration of wildlife up close and personal.

Staying on board the Chobe Princess Safariboats is like being on a permanent game viewing vehicle as our docking sites are all situated overlooking some of the prime game viewing areas. Huge herds of elephant can be seen all year round, often swimming across the river in front of our houseboats, to get to the lush Caprivi grasslands. Buffalo, lion, lechwe, puku, giraffe, zebra, sable, kudu and leopard are all frequently seen in this area promising guests who stay with us and unforgettable wildlife experience.

Photo Safaris:
Owing to the wonderful sightings that both the wildlife and birds provide, the Chobe Princess River Lodges are perfectly situated to offer fantastic photographic safaris. To aid in capturing that perfect moment, we have a customized photographic boat available to guests on request, that allows great stability, 360 views and pure comfort.

The angles and light that being on the river delivers offers clients some of the most breathtaking photos and it is for this reason that the Chobe River has become one of the wildlife photographers hotspots in Africa.

Summer in the Chobe is a colourful affair with over 450 species of bird being found in the grasslands and waterways of our area. Ichingo Chobe River Lodge and the Chobe Princess Safariboats have access to the Chobe National Park and the Caprivi wetlands, both of which are home to some of the more distinct birds such as African Skimmers, Rock Pratincoles and the African Finfoot.

Old favourites are also to be found in huge numbers such as the kingfishers, the herons and of course Fish Eagles. Having access to your own private guide and tender boat means that you are able to spend may hours just whiling away some time on the river with our exceptionally knowledgeable birding guides.

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