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EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF AFRICA ON BOARD

OUR LUXURY FLOATING HOTEL, ZAMBEZI QUEEN

Zambezi Queen offers luxury houseboat accommodation in the form of 14 tasteful and luxurious suites – ten standard suites and four master suites, all with outer decks so you can soak up the revitalising Chobe River breeze and appreciate uninterrupted views of the unique African landscape beyond.

LUXURIOUS SUITES

With stylish interiors created by celebrated South African designer Jenni Button, each suite was designed with the warm climate in mind: clever use of shutters, air-conditioning and a fan ensure you keep cool, even during times of the year when temperatures soar.

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UNIQUELY AFRICAN.
EXTRAORDINARILY COMFORTABLE.


From the moment you step on-board the Zambezi Queen, it becomes apparent that no expense was spared in creating one of the world’s most unique river safari experiences. While both types of suites let you relax in a luxurious setting, our master suites are slightly bigger, and have larger balconies that house two deckchairs and a table. Our master suites also feature both side and front sliding doors for a truly panoramic view of your surroundings.

All suites come with en-suite bathrooms (shower only) and full length sliding shutters for both privacy and protection from the sun. Hairdryers, toiletries, gowns and slippers are provided for your comfort, while electronic safes in each room are ideal for storing your valuables. All suites accommodate two adults, and two of the larger standard suites can take a maximum of three adults. Suites can be configured with either one double or two single beds.

A CULINARY EXPERIENCE
IN ITS OWN RIGHT


From a creamy bowl of warming porridge in the morning to a helping of decadent white chocolate parfait at night, dining on Zambezi Queen is an indulgent treat, all on its own. Using seasonal ingredients sourced from local markets, meals on board our luxury houseboat consist of a full English breakfast, a buffet lunch and a choice of two plated menu options for dinner. Every mouthwatering dish is prepared by our locally trained Namibian kitchen staff, who combine authentic local flavours with their passion for creating sophisticated meals suited to discerning palates.

THE DINING ROOM


Take a seat at your own private table and enjoy panoramic views of the wildlife during breakfast and lunch. Special dietary requirements can be catered for. Unfortunately this also means that we’re not able to cater for Halaal and Kosher guests.

THE BAR


The bar on the upper deck is open until 10pm and stocks a selection of local and imported spirits, wine and beers. Included in your accommodation rates are all locally sourced wines, beers, soft drinks and water, while spirits, sparkling wine and dessert wine are for your own account.

THE LOUNGE


On the upper deck of Zambezi Queen you’ll find our dining room, bar and a comfortable lounge with unobstructed views of the unique African landscape that surrounds you.

A FLOATING
BOUTIQUE HOTEL

IN A CLASS OF HER OWN


Moving along the banks of the great Chobe River, Zambezi Queen is a 5-star, 42-metre long luxury houseboat offering unparalleled sophistication in one of the most remote locations on the planet. Best of all, as a guest on the vessel, you can enjoy a truly unique and adventurous river safari holiday while still being surrounded by complete comfort and elegance. Each of the 14 suites on Zambezi Queen features air-conditioning and your own private balcony, where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the Chobe River and African landscape beyond. Wake up to the sight of an elephant drinking from the river, or watch a fish eagle take flight – all from the comfort of your own luxurious bed. Unlike a land-based lodge, Zambezi Queen navigates roughly 25km of the Chobe River, allowing you to explore different vantage points and enjoy unparalleled game viewing. In fact, the banks of the Chobe National Park boast one of the densest populations of elephant on the African continent – estimated at approximately 120 000. The Park is also home to a large number of buffalo, leopard and lion, along with a variety of antelope and abundant birdlife.

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Celebrated South African fashion designer Jenni Button created the luxury houseboat’s classic yet contemporary interior, using understated tones that make the wildlife on the banks of the river the star of the show. And, just like at any contemporary hotel, you can expect first class service at every turn. Whether you’re enjoying a gin and tonic on the upper deck at dusk or attempting to land your very first tiger fish, our highly experienced team will be on hand to meet your every need.

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LUXURIOUS RELAXATION
JUST THE WAY YOU WANT IT


A stay on-board Zambezi Queen is a different kind of safari. It’s the kind where you get to decide if you want to be up with the birds, or prefer to laze all morning watching game from the comfort of your bed. Our 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.

Don’t think of your time on Zambezi Queen as a river cruise. Instead, think of it as a floating boutique hotel that departs and returns to the same point, navigating roughly 25km of the Chobe River weather permitting. You’ll first arrive at the Zambezi Queen via a short tender boat ride from the Kasane Immigration Office. We offer staggered transfer times on the hour between 13:00 and 16:00, so you can arrive at your own pace and don’t have to worry about missing the boat.

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 snack before the sunset cruise by tender boat starts. Once all our guests have boarded in the late afternoon, after a safety breathing and if the weather permits, we’ll go in search of some big game by tender boat. 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.

Return back to the Zambezi Queen and freshen up before meeting your host on the upper deck with a welcome drink. After taking in the spectacular scenery, you’ll make your way to the dining room where you’ll be served a delectable three-course dinner along with an excellent choice of paired wines. Finish off with an espresso 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 morningactivities, 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? You may even decide to simply remain on board as the luxurious Zambezi Queen 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 luxurious suite.

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 snack before the sunset cruise by tender boat starts. Once all our guests have boarded in the late afternoon, after a safety breathing and if the weather permits, we’ll go in search of some big game by tender boat. 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.

Return back to the Zambezi Queen and freshen up before meeting your host on the upper deck with a welcome drink. After taking in the spectacular scenery, you’ll make your way to the dining room where you’ll be served a delectable three-course dinner along with an excellent choice of paired wines. Finish off with an espresso 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 morningactivities, 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? You may even decide to simply remain on board as the luxurious Zambezi Queen 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 luxurious suite.

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, go bird watching or go fishing for tiger 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, game viewing by tender boat or bird watching. In the evening, you’re in for a treat. Enjoy our traditional African dinner, served with festive African singing and dancing. You can even join in the festivities if you feel like it!

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

As a guest on the Zambezi Queen, you’ll enjoy a truly unique and luxurious river safari holiday in complete comfort and elegance.

The Zambezi Queen sails on scheduled weekly departures every Monday (two-nights), Wednesday (two-nights) and Friday (three-nights).

Our rates vary based on 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) and include 15% VAT.
Departs on a Monday & Wednesday. Only available dates are listed.

2019 Departure Dates Standard Suite Master Suite
May Fully Booked R19 600 R23 128
June 10, 24, 26 R19 600 R23 128
July 3, 15, 17, 31 R19 600 R23 128
August 14, 26, 28 R19 600 R23 128
September 9, 11, 23, 25 R19 600 R23 128
October Fully Booked R19 600 R23 128
November 25, 27 R19 600 R23 128
December 16, 18, 30 R19 600 R23 128

*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) and include 15% VAT.
Departs on a Friday. Only available dates are listed.

2019 Departure Dates Standard Suite Master Suite
May Fully Booked R29 400 R34 692
June 7, 21, 28 R29 400 R34 692
July 5, 12, 26 R29 400 R34 692
August 9, 16, 23, 30 R29 400 R34 692
September 6, 27 R29 400 R34 692
October 18, 25 R29 400 R34 692
November 8 R29 400 R34 692
December 13, 20, 27, 30* R29 400 R34 692

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

• 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 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), curio store purchases 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 95 per person per night and rates in 2020 are ZAR 100 per person per night.

• Children from the age of 12 are welcome on board
• Children aged 13 years and older are subject to adult rates
• Children on the Zambezi Queen aged 12 will receive a 50% discount on the applicable adult rate
• A 30% single supplement applies to single children
• Standard suites 24 and 26 on the Zambezi Queen are triple rooms which offer a third single bed which can be used for either a third adult or one child. A third person sharing a triple room will receive a 20% discount on the per person sharing rate.
• Please note that no baby sitting services, separate activities 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 prepayment 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 payment is due within 7 days of invoice date
• A further 40% deposit is due 180 days prior to arrival

Tour Series (minimum of 8 PAX for 3 + trips per year)
• 10% deposit is due 240 days prior to arrival
• A further 40% deposit is due 180 days prior to arrival

CANCELLATION POLICY
• Only written cancellations will be accepted. An acknowledgement of the cancellation will be sent from the reservations department
• Zambezi Queen 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 120 days prior to arrival
• 100% of fee if cancellation is less than 60 days prior to arrival

Group (8 – 26 PAX)
• 10% of fee if cancellation is less than 240 days prior to arrival
• 50% of fee if cancellation is less than 180 days prior to arrival
• 100% of fee if cancellation is less than 60 days prior to arrival

Tour Series (minimum of 8 PAX for 3 + trips per year)
• 100% of fee if cancellation is less than 240 days prior to arrival

2020 Rates

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

2020 Departure Dates Standard Suite Master Suite
January 1, 6, 8, 15, 22 R17 625 R20 797
February 12, 19 R17 625 R20 797
March 4, 11 R21 364 R25 210
April 13, 15 R21 364 R25 210
May 11 R21 364 R25 210
June 1, 29 R21 364 R25 210
July 13, 31 R21 364 R25 210
August Fully booked R21 364 R25 210
September Fully booked R21 364 R25 210
October 9 R21 364 R25 210
November 23, 25 R21 364 R25 210
December 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 R21 364 R25 210

*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) and include 15% VAT.
Departs on a Friday. Only available dates are listed.

2020 Departure Dates Standard Suite Master Suite
January 3, 17 R26 438 R31 196
February Fully booked R26 438 R31 196
March Fully booked R32 046 R37 814
April 3, 10, 17. 24 R32 046 R37 814
May 1, 8, 15 R32 046 R37 814
June 5, 12, 19 R32 046 R37 814
July 10, 17 R32 046 R37 814
August 7, 21, 28 R32 046 R37 814
September 4, 11, 25 R32 046 R37 814
October 2, 23, 30 R32 046 R37 814
November 13, 20, 27 R32 046 R37 814
December 18, 25 R32 046 R37 814

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

• 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 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), curio store purchases 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 100 per person per night

• Children from the age of 12 are welcome on board
• Children aged 13 years and older are subject to adult rates
• Children on the Zambezi Queen aged 12 will receive a 50% discount on the applicable adult rate
• A 30% single supplement applies to single children
• Standard suites 24 and 26 on the Zambezi Queen are triple rooms which offer a third single bed which can be used for either a third adult or one child. A third person sharing a triple room will receive a 20% discount on the per person sharing rate.
• Please note that no baby sitting services, separate activities 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 prepayment 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 payment is due within 7 days of invoice date
• A further 40% deposit is due 180 days prior to arrival

Tour Series (minimum of 8 PAX for 3 + trips per year)
• 10% deposit is due 240 days prior to arrival
• A further 40% deposit is due 180 days prior to arrival

CANCELLATION POLICY
• Only written cancellations will be accepted. An acknowledgement of the cancellation will be sent from the reservations department
• Zambezi Queen 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 120 days prior to arrival
• 100% of fee if cancellation is less than 60 days prior to arrival

Group (8 – 26 PAX)
• 10% of fee if cancellation is less than 240 days prior to arrival
• 50% of fee if cancellation is less than 180 days prior to arrival
• 100% of fee if cancellation is less than 60 days prior to arrival

Tour Series (minimum of 8 PAX for 3 + trips per year)
• 100% of fee if cancellation is less than 240 days prior to arrival

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