Chobe National Park
The mighty Chobe River forms the backdrop to this ultimate river cruise.
The elegant Chobe Princesses are 3 opulent houseboats which take you to the fascinating and scenic convergence point between Namibia and Botswana. Perfect for viewing the extraordinary scenes that unfold on the river banks, spend a relaxing time aboard, cocooned in luxury and serenaded by the calls of the African wilderness.
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The Zambezi Queen Collection is made up of 4 luxury houseboats. The largest is the Zambezi Queen but the 3 Chobe Princesses offer greater flexibility as they can be booked in their entirety and have small tenders to explore the river banks.
Chobe National Park has the largest concentration of game viewing on the African continent due to the vast network of channels and marshes that surround the river banks with lush vegetation. This provides the perfect habitat for those water loving elephants and big cats that come down to drink at the water’s edge, along with crocodiles, hippo, giraffe, zebra and herds of buffalo, roan antelope and sable. Not surprisingly, it is also a bird watcher’s paradise.
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Despite being on a river the dining options are incredible. You certainly won’t go hungry. Greet the sunrise with a hot cup of coffee or tea and warm biscuits before you begin the day’s adventures. Mid-morning sees a fresh continental buffet or a good old English breakfast served up on deck. Lunch will be a set menu but is seasonal, fresh and hearty. Late afternoon offers an array of freshly baked treats to enjoy in the warm sunshine and then its on to a three course delight with the orchestra of hyena, lion and elephant playing under the stars. Meander to your cabin with a soothing nightcap to be lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of the boat. Need we say more?
Beautifully decorated, contemporary cabins take a back seat to the extraordinary views of the African landscape outside. Each cabin is spacious and air-conditioned with king-sized beds and gorgeous en-suite bathrooms.
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Each Chobe Princess can be booked in its entirety offering a lovely choice for one or two families. They have 4 or 5 large cabins furnished with double or twin beds, en-suite bathrooms and there is plenty of room above and below deck with plush shaded seating areas and wide decks.
NB – whilst children are very welcome on the Chobe Princesses, the unique water setting does mean they are more suitable for older children aged 7+. There are no additional activities and whilst the menus do offer a huge range of options, there isn’t a children’s menu as such. That said, they will be entranced by the water-based adventures and the unique ‘once in a lifetime’ views of wildlife in their natural habitat. A refreshing dip in the plunge pool on deck will probably be a great hit too…
The ZQ Collection have a variety of sustainability programs in place from conservation to communities. One being focusing on improving education in wildlife, sustainability and environmental benefits with their staff and local communities. They have also sunken boreholes in some of the local communities to allow for clean drinking water and like to buy local too.
The boats are officially moored on the Namibian Side of the Chobe River but are usually accessed via the small Botswana town of Kasane. The location of the boats at the corners of the four countries make them a great option for a 2-3 night addition to the beginning or end of your holiday.
The International Airport (Kasane) in Botswana is 15 minutes away, Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe is around one and half hours and Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Zambia is around 2 hours. Flights arrive daily from South Africa and once a week from Namibia.
Once you arrive in Kasane, transfers to the house-boats are organised for you and included in the cost. If you are driving, then there is secure parking available at the Kasane Immigration Office.