Chobe Princesses 2019-04-17T16:41:21+00:00

A RELAXED

INTIMATE RIVER
SAFARI EXPERIENCE

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. With only a small number of guests per boat staying in one of the three Chobe Princesses is like being on your very own houseboat. The entire boat can also be booked exclusively, giving you your very own private villa on the water.

DELUXE CABINS

The beautiful combination of tasteful decor and laid back charm will inspire relaxation as soon as you step foot aboard one of the Princesses. Even leaving your cabin will be hard as you can gaze at the changing African landscape from the comfort of your bed.

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  • King Bed

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  • Max 2+

COMFORTABLE ACCOMMODATION
WHERE YOU’RE INSTANTLY AT EASE


The Cabins
As you lie in bed and drink in your striking surroundings, you’ll find it very hard to leave the comfort of your cabin on board one of our Chobe Princess houseboats. Tasteful décor cleverly combines local flavour with contemporary design, and the overall focal point is the large sliding window that frames the changing African landscapes perfectly. Two of the 18-metre Chobe Princesses contain four cabin suites, while the third is slightly larger with five suites. Each cabin sleeps two people – either in a king-sized bed, or in two single beds if you prefer. Along with air-conditioning, cabins are fitted with mosquito-proofed windows and en-suite bathrooms with a shower, toilet and basin. Toiletries are provided for your comfort, as well as insect repellant for a peaceful night’s sleep. Hairdryers are available on request.

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Upstairs
Head to the upper entertainment deck of your houseboat and relax in the spacious lounge and bar, as you take time to simply sit back and soak up the scenery. This deck also has an open-air dining area where you can enjoy superb seasonal meals prepared by our experienced chefs. Want to cool off? Take a dip in the plunge pool before unwinding on a sun lounger with an ice-cold drink served all day from our bar. Our lounge area comes with comfortable couches, tables and chairs that are the perfect place from which to enjoy a spot of game viewing or simply to spend time with family and friends. As night draws in, enjoy some unforgettable stargazing under a vast African sky.

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MEMORABLE MEALS THAT WILL
SATISFY AND SURPRISE


When you’re on holiday, the food you eat and the meals you enjoy become part of your memories. That’s why as a guest on one of our Chobe Princesses, we make sure that every one of the three hearty meals we serve per day are unforgettably delicious – along with the drinks and snacks we provide in between. At sunrise, enjoy a warming cup of tea or coffee with wholesome rusks and biscuits before departing by tender boat for game viewing and other excursions. After an exciting morning – or even if you’ve chosen to stay on board and lie in – settle in on the deck for a fresh continental buffet or a hot English breakfast if you prefer. Lunch and dinner are set menus with a single option, so please do let us know any dietary requirements before you arrive. Unfortunately, due to our remote location, we’re not able to cater for Kosher and Halaal meals. In keeping with the relaxed atmosphere of the Chobe Princesses, we don’t serve high tea at a set time. Instead, we have tea, coffee and home-baked goodies readily available at the bar area of the entertainment deck for you to enjoy at any time of day. After sipping on a traditional African safari sundowner, sit down to a three-course evening meal as you’re serenaded to the sounds of hyenas, elephant and perhaps even lion nearby. After dinner, enjoy a coffee and a nightcap before heading to your cabin to round off the perfect day.

A RELAXED,
INTIMATE RIVER

SAFARI EXPERIENCE


With only a small number of guests per boat staying in one of the three Chobe Princesses is like being on your very own houseboat. The entire boat can also be booked exclusively, giving you your very own private villa on the water. 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. Each houseboat has a minimum of two smaller “tender” boats for use on daily excursions that take your fancy: mark off over 450 bird species found in this wetland paradise, try your hand at landing a tiger fish, or capture Africa’s unique beauty on a photographic safari. Whatever you choose to do, your day trips will be personal and flexible because you’ll be sharing the tender boats with a small number of guests. Alternatively, simply laze on a deck chair with an ice-cold drink in hand as you soak up the tranquility that surrounds you.

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Each cabin on board the Chobe Princesses is tastefully decorated in a contemporary style, and each has its own private view onto the ever-changing landscapes beyond. As you lie on your king-sized bed, spot an elephant grazing on the riverbank nearby, or see a fish eagle diving for its prey. On the upper entertainment deck, a spacious lounge and bar area encourages you to take time out while there’s also a plunge pool that’s perfect for a refreshing dip. After a day spent doing as you please, fall asleep with the calls of hyena or even a lion drifting through the open doors of your cabin.

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UNINTERRUPTED RELAXATION
WITH A UNIQUE POINT OF VIEW


Our Chobe Princess houseboat itinerary is flexible so while we have a range of activities on offer, you can choose just how much you want to pack into your holiday or how relaxed you want to be. Perhaps you want to enjoy a water-based safari or a village tour on the Namibian side of the river? Or perhaps you’d prefer a spot of bird watching or fishing instead? You may even decide to simply remain on board and soak up the spectacular view as the Chobe Princess houseboat glides its way along the banks of the Chobe River.

DAY ONE

Please note this important travel information:

  • Make sure that you get your passport stamped at the airport when you enter Botswana
  • You’ll then be met by a representative at the airport who will help with your luggage and transfer you to the Kasane Immigration Office (KIO) in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Once you arrive at KIO, a Zambezi Queen Collection staff member will meet you and help with formalities at passport control as you exit Botswana
  • You’ll then be transferred by a smaller tender boat with a Zambezi Queen Collection staff member to the Namibian Immigration Office
  • You then need to get your passport stamped at the Namibian Immigration Office. Please wear comfortable shoes, as there is a short walk to the immigration office

If you arrive with the 13:00 and 14:00 transfers, you’ll be served lunch, while if you’re transferred at 15:00 or 16:00 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 TWO

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 perhaps you’d prefer a spot of bird watching or fishing instead? 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 THREE

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.

DAY ONE

Please note this important travel information:

  • Make sure that you get your passport stamped at the airport when you enter Botswana
  • You’ll then be met by a representative at the airport who will help with your luggage and transfer you to the Kasane Immigration Office (KIO) in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Once you arrive at KIO, a Zambezi Queen Collection staff member will meet you and help with formalities at passport control as you exit Botswana
  • You’ll then be transferred by a smaller tender boat with a Zambezi Queen Collection staff member to the Namibian Immigration Office
  • You then need to get your passport stamped at the Namibian Immigration Office. Please wear comfortable shoes, as there is a short walk to the immigration office

If you arrive with the 13:00 and 14:00 transfers, you’ll be served lunch, while if you’re transferred at 15:00 or 16:00 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 TWO

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 perhaps you’d prefer a spot of bird watching or fishing instead? 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 THREE

You’ve made a wise choice – you have a whole extra day to enjoy the delights of Zambezi Queen.
After a hearty breakfast, head off to experience those activities you didn’t manage to fit in yesterday: enjoy a water-based river safari by tender boat, a village or walking tour, go bird watching or fishing for tigerfish or bream. Return for lunch on board and some relaxation time before the afternoon activities start. Again, you have the choice between tiger or bream fishing, a village or walking tour, game viewing by tender boat or bird watching.

 

DAY FOUR

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 boat to the Namibian Immigration Office. Once you’ve had your documents stamped you’ll be transferred via boat to the Kasane Immigration Office where you’ll have your documents stamped once again before entering Botswana.

RATES

With only a small number of guests per houseboat, a stay onboard one of our three Chobe Princesses provides a sense of intimacy and exclusivity for every guest. Larger groups also have the opportunity to book the entire houseboat for their very own private villa on the water.

The Chobe Princesses sail on scheduled weekly departures every Monday (two-nights), Wednesday (two-nights) and Friday (three-nights).

Our rates vary throughout the season, so please take this into consideration when planning your stay.

For further information regarding our rates, itineraries, child policy, activities, payment information and other important details, please select your applicable travel date below.

2019 Rates

Rate is per person sharing for 2 nights. All rates are in South African Rands (ZAR) including 15% VAT.
Departs on a Monday & Wednesday. Only available dates are listed.

2019 Departure Dates Rate
April 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29 R15 356
May 1, 6, 8, 20, 27, 29 R15 356
June 3, 5, 10, 12, 19, 24 R15 356
July 3, 8, 10, 22, 29 R15 356
August 5, 21, 28 R15 356
September 9, 11, 18, 23, 27, 30 R15 356
October 2, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 R15 356
November 4, 6, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 R15 356
December 2, 4, 9, 11, 23, 25, 27, 30 R12 474

*Available rates and dates are subject to change at management discretion

Rate is per person sharing for 3 nights. All rates are in South African Rands (ZAR) including 15% VAT.
Departs on a Friday. Only available dates are listed.

2019 Departure Dates Rate
April 5, 12 R23 034
May 3, 10, 31 R23 034
June 7, 14, 21, 28 R23 034
July 5, 12, 19, 26 R23 034
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 R23 034
September Fully booked R23 034
October 4, 11, 18, 25 R23 034
November 1, 15, 22, 29 R23 034
December 6, 13, 20 R18 711

*Available rates and dates are subject to change at management discretion

EXCLUSIVE USE POLICY:
• A Chobe Princess can be booked on an exclusive use basis and a ‘per boat, per night’ rate will be charged
• We reserve the right to limit single rooms per trip
• Available rates and dates are subject to change at management discretion
• The payment and cancellation policies for a Group Reservation will apply

• Accommodation, all meals, soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, and local beer & wine
• 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 Botswana side of the Chobe river*
• Boat transfers between Kasane Immigration Office in Botswana and Namibia Immigration Office*

*When arriving at the Kasane and Namibian Immigration Offices guests need to fill in the required immigration forms to gain access and departure permission from the relevant authorities. This process can take between 45 to 60 minutes to complete and needs to be considered in terms of timing and pre-planning when coming to stay on the Zambezi Queen.

• Air tickets and visa fees
• Premium alcoholic beverages (such as sparkling wine, spirits & dessert), and gratuities (discretionary)
• Community development levy. The Community Development Levy will reflect as a separate line item on all invoices issued. The funds collected will supplement our community projects and initiatives run by the Zambezi Queen Collection to assist with education, health care and basic community services.  Rates for 2019 is ZAR 65 per person per night

• The Chobe Princesses welcomes children age 7 upwards
• Children aged 7 to 12 will receive a 50% discount on the applicable adult rate and a 30% single supplement applies to single children
• Children aged 13 and older are considered adults and will be charged the applicable adult rate
• Only one child ages 7 and 12 can share a cabin with two adults. This is limited to one cabin per night per houseboat and is subject to availability at time of reservation
• Please note that no babysitting services, separate activities and/or menus are available for children

PAYMENT TERMS

• Provisional reservations will be held for a maximum of 14 days, thereafter it will be automatically released
• Any discrepancies on the confirmation or invoice must be addressed with reservations within 7 days of issue
• The full balance payment is due 60 days prior to arrival
• Reservations made less than 60 days prior to arrival will require full pre-payment at time of booking
• Subject to a 30% supplement for cabins occupied by one adult (limited availability per trip)

FIT  (1 – 7 PAX)
• 30% deposit is due within 7 days of invoice date

Group  (8 – 26 PAX)
• 10% deposit is due within 7 days of invoice date
• A further 40% deposit is due 120 days prior to arrival

Tour Series (Minimum of 8 PAX for 3 + trips per year )
• 10% deposit is due 180 days prior to arrival
• A further 40% deposit is due 120 days prior to arrival

CANCELLATION POLICY
• Only written cancellations will be accepted. An acknowledgement of the cancellation will be sent from the reservations department
• Chobe Princesses reserves the right to release bookings should payment not be received by the requested date

FIT (1 – 7 PAX)
• 30% of fee if cancellation is less than 90 days prior to arrival
• 100% of fee if cancellation is less than 60 days prior to arrival

Group (8 – 26 PAX) & Tour Series (Minimum of 8 PAX for 3+ trips per year)
• 10% of fee if cancellation is less than 180 days prior to arrival
• 50% of fee if cancellation is less than 120 days prior to arrival
• 100% of fee if cancellation is less than 60 days prior to arrival

2020 Rates

Rate is per person sharing for 2 nights. All rates are in South African Rands (ZAR) including 15% VAT.
Departs on a Monday & Wednesday. Only available dates are listed.

2019 Departure Dates Rate
January 1, 6, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 R12 590
February 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 R12 590
March 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 R16 934
April 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 R16 934
May 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 R16 934
June 1, 3, 8, 10, 17, 22, 24, 29 R16 934
July 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29 R16 934
August 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 R16 934
September 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 R16 934
October 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 R16 934
November 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 R16 934
December 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 R13 597

*Available rates and dates are subject to change at management discretion

Rate is per person sharing for 3 nights. All rates are in South African Rands (ZAR) including 15% VAT.
Departs on a Friday. Only available dates are listed.

2019 Departure Dates Rate
January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 R18 884
February 7, 14, 21, 28 R18 884
March 13, 20, 27 R25 401
April 3, 10, 17, 24 R25 401
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 R25 401
June 5, 12, 19, 26 R25 401
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 R25 401
August 7, 14, 21 R25 401
September 4, 11, 18, 25 R25 401
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 R25 401
November 6, 13, 20, 27 R25 401
December 4, 11, 18, 25 R20 395

*Available rates and dates are subject to change at management discretion

EXCLUSIVE USE POLICY:
• A Chobe Princess can be booked on an exclusive use basis and a ‘per boat, per night’ rate will be charged
• We reserve the right to limit single rooms per trip
• Available rates and dates are subject to change at management discretion
• The payment and cancellation policies for a Group Reservation will apply

• Accommodation, all meals, soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, and local beer & wine
• 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 Botswana side of the Chobe river*
• Boat transfers between Kasane Immigration Office in Botswana and Namibia Immigration Office*

*When arriving at the Kasane and Namibian Immigration Offices guests need to fill in the required immigration forms to gain access and departure permission from the relevant authorities. This process can take between 45 to 60 minutes to complete and needs to be considered in terms of timing and pre-planning when coming to stay on the Zambezi Queen.

• Air tickets and visa fees
• Premium alcoholic beverages (such as sparkling wine, spirits & dessert), and gratuities (discretionary)
• Community development levy. The Community Development Levy will reflect as a separate line item on all invoices issued. The funds collected will supplement our community projects and initiatives run by the Zambezi Queen Collection to assist with education, health care and basic community services. Rates for 2020 is ZAR 70 per person per night

• The Chobe Princesses welcomes children age 7 upwards
• Children aged 7 to 12 will receive a 50% discount on the applicable adult rate and a 30% single supplement applies to single children
• Children aged 13 and older are considered adults and will be charged the applicable adult rate
• Only one child ages 7 and 12 can share a cabin with two adults. This is limited to one cabin per night per houseboat and is subject to availability at time of reservation
• Please note that no babysitting services, separate activities and/or menus are available for children

PAYMENT TERMS

• Provisional reservations will be held for a maximum of 14 days, thereafter it will be automatically released
• Any discrepancies on the confirmation or invoice must be addressed with reservations within 7 days of issue
• The full balance payment is due 60 days prior to arrival
• Reservations made less than 60 days prior to arrival will require full pre-payment at time of booking
• Subject to a 30% supplement for cabins occupied by one adult (limited availability per trip)

FIT  (1 – 7 PAX)
• 30% deposit is due within 7 days of invoice date

Group  (8 – 26 PAX)
• 10% deposit is due within 7 days of invoice date
• A further 40% deposit is due 120 days prior to arrival

Tour Series (Minimum of 8 PAX for 3 + trips per year )
• 10% deposit is due 180 days prior to arrival
• A further 40% deposit is due 120 days prior to arrival

CANCELLATION POLICY
• Only written cancellations will be accepted. An acknowledgement of the cancellation will be sent from the reservations department
• Chobe Princesses reserves the right to release bookings should payment not be received by the requested date

FIT (1 – 7 PAX)
• 30% of fee if cancellation is less than 90 days prior to arrival
• 100% of fee if cancellation is less than 60 days prior to arrival

Group (8 – 26 PAX) & Tour Series (Minimum of 8 PAX for 3+ trips per year)
• 10% of fee if cancellation is less than 180 days prior to arrival
• 50% of fee if cancellation is less than 120 days prior to arrival
• 100% of fee if cancellation is less than 60 days prior to arrival

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