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Botswana’s Chobe National Park is renowned for its rich wildlife and fantastic game viewing and the Zambezi Queen’s route along the Chobe River takes you to the heart of the action, in relaxed luxury. This sophisticated vessel, combining elegance with a homely houseboat feel, is your passport to a very different safari experience.

On your two or three night itinerary you’ll combine water safaris with more traditional land-based 4x4 game drives to ensure that your experience contains the very best of both worlds. Smaller boats for the water safaris allow game viewing in amazingly close proximity, bird lovers in particular will revel in the opportunities this type of safari allows, and keen fishermen are sure to fancy a little tiger and bream fishing in season.

Your private suite, all crisp linens and cool white decor, complete with balcony, offers a personal window on the world of the Chobe River and the cruise becomes an ever-changing game-viewing experience in its own right. The life-giving river waters draw all types of wildlife and what could be more special than to dine at dusk on the top deck of the Zambezi Queen with unobstructed 270 degree views of animals clustering on the shores? Away from the mighty river there is choice aplenty, so as well as 4x4 game viewing there’s the opportunity to discover a little about the local culture with a village tour and you can gain a unique perspective on the area by choosing a helicopter flight for a little aerial insight (additional cost).

Sample Itineraries

The 2-night stay

Day 1
Lunch
Sunset cruise by tender boat
Late afternoon
Big game search by tender boat
Official welcome
Three-course dinner

Day 2
Breakfast
Water-based safaris
Village tour on Namiban side of the river
Bird watching or fishing
Buffet-style lunch
Water-based safari on tender-boat
Dinner

Day 3
Morning cruise
Breakfast
Farewell

The 3-night stay

Day 1
Lunch
Sunset cruise by tender boat
Late afternoon
Big game search by tender boat
Official welcome
Three-course dinner

Day 2
Breakfast
Water-based safaris
Village tour on Namiban side of the river
Bird watching or fishing
Buffet-style lunch
Water-based safari on tender-boat
Dinner

Day 3
Breakfast
Water-based river safari by tender boat
Choice between tiger or bream fishing, game viewing or bird watching by tender boat
Dinner and overnight

Day 4
Morning cruise
Breakfast
Farewell

The 2-night stay

Day 1
Lunch
Sunset cruise by tender boat
Late afternoon
Big game search by tender boat
Official welcome
Three-course dinner

Day 2
Breakfast
Water-based safaris
Village tour on Namiban side of the river
Bird watching or fishing
Buffet-style lunch
Water-based safari on tender-boat
Dinner

Day 3
Morning cruise
Breakfast
Farewell



The 3-night stay

Day 1
Lunch
Sunset cruise by tender boat
Late afternoon
Big game search by tender boat
Official welcome
Three-course dinner

Day 2
Breakfast
Water-based safaris
Village tour on Namiban side of the river
Bird watching or fishing
Buffet-style lunch
Water-based safari on tender-boat
Dinner

Day 3
Breakfast
Water-based river safari by tender boat
Choice between tiger or bream fishing, game viewing or bird watching by tender boat
Dinner and overnight

Day 4
Morning cruise
Breakfast
Farewell

14 furnished suites
10 standard suites
Floor to ceiling windows
Outer deck
4 master suites
Air conditioning
Double or two single beds
All have ‘African summer’ feel to them