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 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.
We have offers throughout the year for the Chobe Princess. Currently these are:
Stay 3, pay 2 - any 3 night itinerary for 2 night price
Stay 4, pay 3 - any two 2 night departures (so 4 nights) starting on a Monday and ending on a Friday at 3 night price
Both valid for travel between 1 November 2019 and 31 March 2020
Zambezi Queen Honeymoon Special - brides get 25% discount on their stay
Our honeymoon package offers a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and a gift, along with a romantic turndown.
Valid all year


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 Repellent

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 (SADC rates are available on request):
Chobe Princess Rates
All Rates are in South African Rand
Rate is per person sharing, for 2 nights
Departs Monday & Wednesday
Rate is per person sharing, for 3 nights
Departs Friday
Month Departure Dates  Cabin Rate  Departure Dates  Cabin Rate
January 2020 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 R 12 590 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 R 18 884
February 2020 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 7, 14, 21, 28
March 2020 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 R 16 934 6, 13, 20, 27 R 25 401
April 2020 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 3, 10, 17, 24
May 2020 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
June 2020 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 5, 12, 19, 26
July 2020 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August 2020 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 7, 14, 21, 28
September 2020 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 4, 11, 18, 25
October 2020 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 2020 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 6, 13, 20, 27
December 2020 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 R 13 597 4, 11, 18, 25 R 20 395
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 (R65 in 2018 per person per stay),
Single Supplement is 30% on the per person rate (Chobe Princess reserves the right to limit the number of singles).
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.
If you arrive with the 1pm and 2pm transfers, you’ll be served lunch, while if you’re transferred at 3pm or 4pm you’ll be served a selection of snacks. Once all our guests have boarded in the late afternoon, and if the weather permits, we’ll go in search of some big game. 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.
After the sunset cruise return back on board and freshen up before meeting your Captain on the upper deck. After a safety briefing, you’ll make your way to the dining room where you’ll be served a delicious three-course plated dinner along with an excellent choice of wines. Finish off with a hot drink or nightcap at the bar before retiring to the night sounds of Africa in the distance.
Day 2 & 3 (if 2 night itinerary, see day 4 for activities): 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. Or perhaps you’d prefer a spot of bird watching.

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.
We know that some guests like to watch the sunrise as they sip on their coffee while others like to take a more leisurely approach. That’s why we let you choose your morning activities, depending on the type of holiday you’re searching for. Perhaps you want to enjoy a water-based safari or a village tour on the Namibian side of the river?  Or for the more adventurous a walking tour to a 2000-year-old baobab tree? You may even decide to simply remain on board as the Chobe Princess houseboat glides its way along the banks of the Chobe River.
After your morning activities, enjoy lunch on board while using your unique vantage point to spot wild animals and drink in the expansive views. Join our guide in the afternoon for a water-based safari on a tender boat where you can get up close to an array of wildlife, including some of the 120 000 elephants for which the Chobe is well known. After a delicious dinner, settle down for a restful and tranquil night in your cabin.
Day 3 or Day 4:
Enjoy a morning cruise during breakfast as you do your last bit of animal spotting and take some memorable pictures. Bid our crew a reluctant farewell and then make your way via tender boat to the Namibian Immigration Office. Once you’ve had your documents stamped you’ll be transferred via tender boat to the Kasane Immigration Office, where you’ll have your documents stamped once again before entering Botswana.

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 fly fishing equipment and all equipment is included in our rate. All fishing is strictly on a catch and release basis.
Chobe Princess tiger fishingGame Viewing:
Both Ichingo Chobe River Lodge and the Chobe Princess Safari boats 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 Safari boats 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 hot spots 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 Safari boats 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 favorites 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.
Please note this important travel information:
Make sure that you get your passport stamped when you enter Botswana

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