African River Safari: Chobe Princess
- 3-4 Days
- 3 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,022
FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: Those who say you can’t do an Africa safari on the water have never been to Botswana. See the rich wildlife of the Chobe River and its surrounds on the ideal short cruise journey for animal lovers.
This 3 or 4-day cruise on the Chobe River offers you a very different perspective on one of Africa’s most wildlife-rich nations, Botswana. With a proactive approach to conservation, Botswana has ensured its safari opportunities are among the best on the continent. You’ll sail down the river between Chobe National Park and neighbouring Namibia.
Check into your Zambezi Queen suite aboard the exclusive Chobe Princess, your luxurious houseboat for the next three nights. Travelling down the Chobe River between Chobe National Park and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip, you’ll be in a prime position to see the animals. Chobe is home to the world’s largest population of elephants, numbering around 120,000. You may also see lions, giraffes, hippo, crocodiles, leopards, and even rarer animals as you make your way down the river.
Tender boats take you in for a closer look at areas the main vessel can’t reach. You may also wish to partake in a village tour, for an insight into Namibia’s human cultures. Traditional African entertainment and delicious meals showcasing traditional local foods are also part of your journey. You may also opt for a land-based 4x4 safari to broaden your game-spotting even further. You can even try a spot of local fishing.
- 3-4 Days
- 3 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 1,022
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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 1:00pm and 2:00pm transfers, you'll be served lunch, while if you're transferred at 3:00pm or 4:00pm you'll be served a snack before the sunset cruise by tender boat starts. Once all our guests have boarded in the late afternoon, 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 Chobe Princess and freshen up before meeting your Captain on the upper deck with a welcome cocktail. After a safety briefing, 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.
Chobe Princess Houseboat
Chobe Princess Houseboat
Chobe Princesses is like being on your very own luxury 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 …
Chobe Princesses is like being on your very own luxury 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. 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.
- Dining Area
- Plunge Pool
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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? You may even decide to simply remain on board as the Chobe Princess 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.
|Meal Plan||Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner|
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.
3 Day Cruise:
Monday and Wednesday
4 Day Cruise:
- Shared arrival and departure airport transfers from Kasane Airport
- 2 or 3 nights first-class accommodations aboard Chobe Princess
- Included shared activities/sightseeing:
- Shared water-based game viewing and birding with guide
- Shared water-based fishing (catch and release only) - subject to availability
- Shared water-based photographic safari (non-professional) with guide - subject to availability
- Guided cultural tour of a local village
- Community Development Levy
- Soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, local beer and wine
- Meals included on 2 night cruise: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
- Meals included on 3 night cruise: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Meals & beverages not explicitly listed as included
- Game drive in Chobe National Park and other optional excursions
- Items of a personal nature
- Visa fees if applicable
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.
15 Dec 2021