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Planning your 50th birthday party? 5 reasons why a river safari is the ultimate birthday party celebration!

Coming up with original ideas for a 50th birthday celebration can be tricky – it seems like it’s all been done before. From the ridiculous dress-ups to the elegant dinners, you’ve probably seen it all. If you are searching for a truly unique and memorable 50th birthday party idea, consider a luxury safari on the majestic Chobe Princess where you’ll be surrounded by your friends and family in one of the most magnificent settings on earth – the Chobe River.

luxury houseboat safari

Here are 5 reasons why we think this will be the most incredible 50th birthday party in history.

#1: The spectacular Chobe River setting

There is no doubt that you will have the most original 50th birthday venue – your very own luxury houseboat (or three) floating along 25km of the Chobe River. The Chobe Princess, your private floating villa, is as graceful as her name suggests. Exquisitely decorated, and designed to give you breathtaking views of the river and the teeming banks, there is no better setting for your 50th birthday party than this.

#2: You deserve to be spoiled on your 50th birthday

With all the catering and housekeeping taken care of, you only have one important task: relax and enjoy the luxurious surroundings and impeccable service. Savour the superb seasonal meals served in the open-air dining area, take a dip in the splash pool, or lounge on the sun deck.

luxury houseboat safari

The spacious lounge and bar on the upper entertainment deck of each Chobe Princess offers a wonderful vantage point from which to drink in the African beauty around you.

#3: The VIP guest list

You can book one or all three Chobe Princesses for your exclusive use, and invite your dearest friends and family to celebrate the momentous occasion with you. Two of the 18-metre Chobe Princesses each have four luxury cabins, and the third has five cabins, each sleeping two people on either a king size bed, or two double beds – whatever you prefer.

The other special guests will simply watch you from the comfort of their own kingdom – the river banks and the water. Hippos and crocodiles, hundreds of thirsty antelope and elephants, and maybe even a hungry lion or two all come down to the water during the dry season (March to November) when the watering holes no longer quench their thirst.

#4: Embrace your wild side

Each Chobe Princess has three tender boats to take you on game viewing, fishing, and birding excursions. Not only is Chobe home to the greatest elephant population on the continent, but you could have front row seats to their river crossing escapades. You’ll also see giraffe, lechwe, zebra, kudu, and the occasional leopard, to name but a few.

Chobe also boasts over 450 bird species – increasing in numbers by nearly 30% in the summer months. Not a birding enthusiast? You may well be after your trip! If you fancy something a little more adventurous, tiger fishing may be just the thing. Imagine catching one of the greatest fighting fish in the world – now that would be the best 50th birthday present ever!

Tiger fishing on the Chobe

#5: A river safari provides the best photo opportunities

Capture all the magical moments of your 50th birthday celebration in the golden light of the setting African sun. A Chobe River safari brings together the perfect conditions for you to photograph wildlife without having to compete for a good vantage point, and in the glorious golden hour. Absolute silence around you, and your unique position in the water, mean that the birds and animals will be seemingly oblivious to your presence.

Photographic safari, Chobe River

Of course you don’t have to wait for your 50th birthday party to enjoy the splendour of the Chobe Princess, but it does offer an excellent excuse!