Botswana Suggested Itineraries
 
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Chobe Safari Packages - Stay/pay packages on the 5* Zambezi Queen which offers luxury African River Safaris on the Chobe River which divides Namibia's Caprivi Strip from Botswana's Chobe National Park.

Zambezi Queen

The ultimate in romance and luxury combined on the 5* Zambezi Queen.

Teeming with life, Chobe National Park sprawls across some 11 000m of lush African bush, and is home to the largest populace of elephants in the world – currently estimated at roughly 120 000. Along with the elephants, prides of leopard and lion, huge groups of buffalo, waterbuck, roan, eland, sable, giraffe, and, if you are lucky, one of the rare puku, can also be seen. In the river itself watch out for hippo and crocodile, and keep your binoculars at the ready for spotting a rich selection of bird life (over 400 species). Experience a 5* safari with a difference.

It is on this great expanse of untamed water an adventure unlike any other awaits. Why join the crowds on land-based game drives when you can experience the thrill of it all from your own private suite aboard a luxury 45 meter boat?

The Zambezi Queen operates in 5-star opulence, and is all about pampering, indulgence, and superior comfort.
Whether you are dining in the restaurant watching the animals gather at the water at dusk, game viewing from one of our private boats, or attempting to land your first tiger fish, the professional team will be on hand to meet your every need.
 

The Zambezi Queen is based a few kilometers from where four countries meet, namely; Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia.

The view is ever-changing: elephants wading in the shallows or crossing in merry groups, fish eagles wheeling overhead, sunsets that will take your breath away.

10 Suites and 4 Master Suites - All Suites and Master Suites are en-suite with private balconies, king size beds (can on request be divided into twin beds), and are furnished to the highest level. With thoughtful amenities to cater for your every need.

Two of the four Master Suites have their own private deck with outdoor furniture and the remaining two having superb panoramic views with doors and windows on two sides. All Suites accommodate 2 guests except for two suites (24 and 26) which have an extra sleeper couch.

The top deck consists of the dining room, the lounge including a wood burning fireplace, a bar and a sunbathing area complete with private pool. The interior furnishings have been designed by one of South Africa’s top designers and this can be seen by the elegant, timeless look that has been created. Also to be found in the living area is a library of books, numerous games and a telescope for studying the stars at night.

When looking at the design it is apparent that no expense has been spared in creating a house boat of a world class standard, and this is especially so, when one considers this boat was built on the banks of the Chobe River.

The Queen, however, is not just a pretty face. She is smart, and she is green, in line with the Mantis Group’s commitment to sustainable, responsible tourism. To help preserve the environment, the boat uses a jet propulsion system rather than conventional propellers, which reduces damage to the river bed and enables the boat to operate in very shallow water. At night, the Zambezi Queen switches over to a battery power system for lighting, refrigerators and other requirements, so that guests can enjoy the sounds of the bush rather than the hum of machines. Solar panels help provide hot water, while taps and showers incorporate the most advanced water saving designs available.
 
Zambezi Queen acommodation - standard suite
 
There are scheduled 2 or 3 Night Itineraries (with a couple of bonus 4 night itineraries in December & January) available or you could charter the whole house boat for your special occasion or private family getaway.

SADC rates are available.
 
Take advantage of these special departure dates on the Zambezi Queen (HIGHLIGHTED IN RED):
STAY 4, PAY 3 ZAMBEZI QUEEN SPECIAL:
18 - 22 December 2017
25 - 29 December 2017
01 - 05 January 2018
17 - 21 December 2018
24 - 28 December 2018
Enjoy your Zambezi Queen safari with a night for free (on the stay 4, pay 3 special).
 
OR: Zambezi Queen Early Bird Special - book by end of August 2017 and get 10% discount on departures between 1 January - 31 March 2018

2017 2 night itinerary:
2017 Departure Dates STANDARD
SUITE (10)
MASTER SUITE (4)
August 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 $1200 $1440
September 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
October 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
November 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27
December No 2-nighters in December 2017

2017 3 night itinerary:
2017 Departure Dates STANDARD
SUITE (10)
MASTER SUITE (4)
January 6, 9*, 13, 20, 27 $1485  $1770
February 3, 10, 17, 24
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7, 14, 21, 28 $1800 $2160
May 5, 12, 19, 26
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27
November 3, 10, 17, 24
December 15, 18*, 22, 25*, 29
 
2018 2 night itinerary:
2018 Departure Dates STANDARD
SUITE (10)
MASTER SUITE (4)
January 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 29, 31 R 14 970 R 17 670
February 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 26, 28
March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 26, 28
April 2, 4, 9, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 R 18 150
R 21 420
May 2, 7, 9, 14, 21, 23, 28, 30
June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25
July 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25
August 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
September 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24
October 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29
November 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26
December No 2-nighters in December 2018 N/A

2018 3 night itinerary:
2018 Departure Dates STANDARD
SUITE (10)
MASTER SUITE (4)
January 1*, 5, 12, 19, 26 R 22 455 R 26 505
February 2, 9, 16, 23
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20, 27 R 27 225 R 32 130
May 4, 11, 18, 25
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September 7, 14, 21, 28
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 23
December 14, 17*, 21, 24*, 28 R 32 125

Notes:
Rates are per person sharing on a double occupancy basis for either 2 or 3 (or departures depicted in red and with * are 4) nights
Single supplement is an additional 25% from January to March
Single supplement is an additional 50% from April to December
Closed from 29 November to 14 December 2017 and 28 November to 14 December 2018 due to annual maintenance
 
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.

Child Policy:
Children under 7 are not permitted
Children 16 years and older are considered adults
One child sharing with one adult receives a 20% discount off the applicable adult rate
One child sharing with two adults receives a 50% discount off the applicable adult rate
Two children sharing with one adult receive a 20% discount off the applicable adult rate and the younger child receives a 50% discount off the applicable adult rate
Standard Suites 24 and 26 are triple rooms which offer a third single bed which can be used for either a 3rd Adult or 1 child (aged 7 to 15 Years).

Rates include:
Accommodation on board Zambezi Queen
All meals on board Zambezi Queen
All soft drinks, mineral water, coffee & tea, beer & wine throughout your stay on Zambezi Queen
Water-based game viewing and bird watching on tender boats
A land-based cultural tour of a local village
Tiger & bream fishing in season
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.
15% VAT and tourism levy.

Rates Exclude:
Air tickets
Alcoholic beverages (such as bubbly, 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 (passport required) – Optional Excursion (This game drive can only be done on the arrival or departure day depending on your arrangements).
Curio Shop purchases
Gratuities
Visa Fees.

TRANSFERS
Kasane Immigration to/from Zambezi Queen Complimentary / no charge
Kasane Airport to/from Zambezi Queen Complimentary / no charge

Check- in time is between 1pm and 4pm and check-out time is between 8.30am and 10.30am.

Please note: Availability is quite difficult in peak times so we would recommend booking well in advance. If we still don't have availability, the Ichobezi and Pride of Zambezi now form part of the Zambezi Collection (called Chobe Princess) so are a great 4* option too - have a look at the options at our Chobe Safari House Boat page.

For scheduled departures, the itinerary would normally be:
Day 1
Guests arriving with the 1pm and 2pm transfers will be served lunch while guests being transferred at 3pm or 4pm will join us for a snack before the sunset cruise by tender boat starts.
 
Activities on board the luxury Zambezi Queen
Late afternoon, once all our guests have boarded, we go in search of some big game by tender boat. This is the perfect time of day to make the most of that golden glow of the African sunset by getting some iconic shots of the animals as they gravitate towards the river before night falls.

Return back to the Zambezi Queen, no doubt with a stunning array of photos waiting to be swapped with fellow guests. After a quick freshen up, the Captain will await you on the upper deck with a welcome drink, ready for an official welcome and his safety briefing. The cheerful atmosphere continues as you make you way to the dining room where a delightful three-course dinner is served with an excellent choice of paired wines. Retire to the distant night sounds of Africa.

Day 2
Unlike most lodges expecting guests to rise at the crack of dawn, we have a leisurely start to the day when meeting up for breakfast on the upper deck before the morning activities start.
 
Cultural visit is a fun activity while on board the Zambezi Queen
 
Activities range from water-based safaris, bird watching, visiting a traditional working village on the Namibian side of the river or fishing. You may even decide to simply remain on-board as the Zambezi Queen makes its way along the banks of the Chobe River.
 
Lunch is usually served buffet-style as the Zambezi Queen makes its way along the banks of the Chobe River. The unique vantage point allows for magnificent views and with splendid views, you may wish to while your afternoon away here before the afternoon activities start.
Join our guide in the afternoon for a water-based safari on tender-boat where you can get up close to some of the approximate 120 000 elephants that the Chobe is known for.

Returning to the Zambezi Queen, tonight you’ll enjoy an African-themed dinner before settling down for a quiet night on the Chobe.

Day 3
Enjoy a morning cruise during breakfast before bidding our crew a reluctant farewell.

Three Night Itinerary:
Day 1 & 2 - same as 2 night itinerary.
Day 3
After a hearty breakfast you will have the choice of either a water-based river safari by tender boat or fishing for tiger or bream. Return for lunch on-board the Zambezi Queen and some time for relaxation before the afternoon activities start. Again, you have the choice between tiger or bream fishing, game viewing by tender boat or bird watching.
 
Zebra - activities on the Zambezi Queen
Return to the main vessel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4
Enjoy a morning cruise during breakfast before bidding our crew a reluctant farewell.

NB: SAILING IS SUBJECT TO WEATHER AND WATER CONDITIONS AND IS AT THE DISCRETION OF THE CAPTAIN

The Zambezi Queen is conveniently located about 80km from both Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Livingstone Zambia and 3km from Kasane International Airport all of which have international airports and operate regular scheduled flights out of Johannesburg, with Kasane been ideally suited to charter flights.

Transfers from airport to the boat are by road and takes approximately 90 minutes. Road transfer guests will be collected from immigration situated on the banks of the river at Kasane in Botswana for the 10 minute boat transfer to the Zambezi Queen's docking station.
Access to the Zambezi Queen on the Namibian side is made possible by a 30 minute charter flight from Victoria Falls to Impalila Island followed by a 10 minute boat ride aboard one of our tender boats.

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