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 available or you could charter the whole house boat for your special occasion or private family getaway.
Take advantage of these special offers on the Zambezi Queen:

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

– We’re ready to welcome you back with this fantastic Green Season Deal! – Book now with flexible terms and look forward to our latest all-inclusive special offer for travel between November 2020 and March 2021.
The Chobe Region is spectacular at any time of year. Each season has its own special magic with Chobe’s summer months, from November to March, bursting with lush greenery and new life. Lovely hot days are cooled by afternoon rains, leaving the air crisper and colors brighter. Fantastic for photography!
Relax on board one of our deluxe houseboats or at our intimate river lodge, while our experienced team take care of your every need. This 40% saving on our all-inclusive package lets you completely unwind and enjoy your incredible holiday with accommodation, transfers, meals, drinks, expert guides and safari activities included.
As always, caring for our guests is at the very heart of what we do. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve implemented the most stringent measures and procedures to safeguard both our guests and staff.

2020 2 night itinerary Departure Dates - Departs Monday & Wednesday
SUITE (10)
October 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 R 21 364 R 25 210
November 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
December 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
2021 2 night itinerary Departure Dates - Departs Monday & Wednesday STANDARD SUITE (10) MASTER SUITE (4)
January 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 R19 040 R22 460
February 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24
March 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 R23 070 R27 230
April 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
May 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31
June 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
August 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
September 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
October 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
November 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29
December 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 R19 040 R22 460

2022 2 night itinerary Departure Dates - Departs Monday & Wednesday STANDARD SUITE (10) MASTER SUITE (4)
January 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 R20 570 R24 260
February 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28
March 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 R24 920 R29 410
April 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
June 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
July 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
August 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
September 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
October 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31
November 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
December 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 R20 570 R24 260

2020 3 night itinerary - Departs Fridays Departure Dates - Departs Fridays STANDARD SUITE (10) MASTER SUITE (4)
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 R 32 046 R 37 814
November 6, 13, 20, 27
December 18, 25

2021 3 night itinerary Departure Dates - Departs Fridays STANDARD SUITE (10) MASTER SUITE (4)
January 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 R28 560 R33 690
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 12, 19, 26 R34 605 R40 845
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14, 21, 28
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
September 3, 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19, 26
December 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 R28 560 R33 690

2022 3 night itinerary Departure Dates - Departs Fridays STANDARD SUITE (10) MASTER SUITE (4)
January 7, 14, 21, 28 R30 855 R36 390
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 4, 11, 18, 25 R37 380 R44 115
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18, 25
December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 R30 855 R36 390

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
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
Single supplement is an additional 30% on the per person sharing rate all year round
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 from age 12 are welcome on board the Zambezi Queen.
Children aged 12 will receive a 50% discount on the applicable adult rate.
Children aged 13 and older are considered adults.
A 30% single supplement applies to single children.
Standard suites 24 and 26 are triple rooms which offer a third single bed which can be used for either a 3rd adult or one child.
Please note that no babysitting services, separate activities and/or menus are available for children.

Rates include:
Accommodation on board Zambezi Queen
All meals on board Zambezi Queen
All soft drinks, mineral water, coffee & tea, local 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 (tiger fishing is strictly catch and release)
Road transfers to and from Kasane International Airport and Kasane Immigration Office on arrival and departure.
15% VAT and tourism levy.

Rates Exclude:
Air tickets
Premium 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.
Curio Shop purchases
Community Development Levy of R115 per person per night
Gratuities (at your discretion)
Visa Fees.

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.


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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