Few things are as treasured as the memories made on holiday with your family. Treat your kids to an unforgettable safari getaway along the Chobe River with the Zambezi Queen Collection. Relax on the deck while the kids spot wildlife along the banks, or go on exciting game viewing, fishing and cultural adventures together. There’s something for the whole family to enjoy.
The Zambezi Queen Collection is comprised of four houseboats, including the luxurious Zambezi Queen and her three Chobe Princesses, as well as the secluded tented Ichingo Chobe River Lodge. Each of these is perfectly equipped to accommodate families in style and comfort. Share family meals on the deck as the spectacular natural landscape glides by, then retire to your comfortable cabin. Or relax in the lodge’s spacious Meru safari tent, with an adjoining smaller tent just for the kids.
Go on game-viewing adventures
The lush Chobe River region is teeming with beautiful wildlife drawn to the river bank to drink and graze. Hop onto a tender boat and cruise the waterways for up-close sightings of majestic elephants, powerful buffalo, proud lions and a myriad birds, amongst many others. A knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insights into the many animals you encounter, giving children the opportunity to learn about and witness the lives of these creatures first hand. Morning and afternoon cruises avoid the midday heat, allowing you to truly appreciate the natural beauty of the lush landscape.
Embark on a birding-watching safari
Turn your eyes skywards and discover a world of beautiful bird life. The Chobe River region is home to an impressive 450 bird species, with numbers swelling even further during the migration season. Explore the waterways on a tender boat and watch as these beautiful birds take wing. An expert guide will point out a rich variety of bird life, including African skimmers, rock pratincoles, fish eagles and pied kingfishers to name just a few. As captivating as they are educational, these birding safaris provide hours of entertainment for adults and children alike.
Catch the big one on a fishing expedition
With access to the Chobe, Zambezi and the Kasai Channel waterways, a family fishing trip is a must. Head out on a tender boat to stalk the legendary tiger fish that hunt through the depths. Renowned for having some of the best fishing Africa has to offer, this area also provides ample opportunity to catch less ferocious fish such as African pike, tilapia, catfish and upper Zambezi yellowfish. Share the exhilaration as your first fish tugs the hook. Then release your catch and watch as it returns to its rightful home below the waterline. All fishing equipment is included, so you can simply focus on landing your big catch. and having fun with the kids.
Encounter local culture
There’s just as much to discover inland as there is along the river. Secluded Impalila Island, home to Ichingo Chobe River Lodge, has a history dating back to the 1800s. First discovered by David Livingstone, the island has since been home to various tribal empires, the descendants of which have remained to this day. Experience a guided walking tour of a local Namibian village to learn from and interact with the locals. The kids will love taking part in a traditional dance and learn all about daily life on the island. A walk to the 2000-year-old baobab tree is not to be missed, while your guide will point out interesting facts about local flora along the way. Adventurous kids can even climb the tree for a breathtaking view of the unique meeting point between Zambia, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe at the tip of the island.