Your Cruise itinerary
Day 1 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 briefing 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 2 In the early morning you get to choose your activity; some to sip coffee and watch sunrise while others prefer a more leisurely approach. That’s the crew aboard Zambezi Queen let you choose your morning activities. 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? 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 the Zambezi Queen’s professional 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 3 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! Hippos are often seen along the banks of the Chobe River, and you will often see them in groups huddled together in defense against predators. Crocodiles also lay along the banks, capturing the sun with their jaws closed and eyes opened. Along the dry grasslands, buffalo herds can be seen grazing, amongst waterbucks and giraffes. You will also see impalas out on an evening stroll and munching on grass without a care in the world. Yellow-billed storks can be seen scouting for small fish, slithering in the water beneath them. If you are lucky, you will also see fish eagles perched on trees with their fish catch. You will feel like you are almost invading their world, but content that wild animals and humans can live together harmoniously.
Day 4 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 to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, located only 4 kilometres from the town of Victoria Falls. The central area features the award-winning MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant, the famous Buffalo Bar and a two-tiered swimming pool, all of which offer magnificent sunset-facing views of over African bushveld and our wildlife-rich waterhole. All rooms are spacious and light, with glass sliding doors opening on to private balconies with unrivalled views of the bushveld at sunset. Your room also overlooks a central waterhole, offering the opportunity to observe herds of game quenching their thirst. Each room comes with a Private balcony, Digital safe, Air conditioning and a ceiling fan, Hairdryer, Tea and coffee making facilities, Extra length beds with mosquito nets, Telephone, Customized toiletries including insect repellent and sunscreen, Minibar, International multi sockets An evening of non-stop entertainment includes performances by traditional singers, dancers and drummers, face painting and a four- course dinner featuring local cuisine. The grand finale is an interactive drumming show, giving you the chance to discover your inner African rhythm! There is also a good list of beverages available, including wine and beer. On arrival you will be dressed in a chitenge (sarong), and after being seated, you will have the chance to take part in a traditional hand washing ceremony and sip on a mug of local beer, before tucking into fantastic local cuisine.
Chobe River Safari Cruise
Crafted with only wildlife viewing in mind, the sumptuous 28-passenger Zambezi Queen completed her maiden voyage right here on Africa's endearing Chobe River.
Peacefully as she drifts up or down the river, animals feel no threat and roam carefree. Perfect for you on this once in a lifetime mega trip. Completely eco-friendly the Zambezi Queen uses an amazing water jet propulsion system, fuel-efficient and low-emission generators, plus an onboard solar heating system.
The dining room is fully enclosed with the benefit of air con. A stylish lounge with bar adorn the top deck, including an open-air sun area and plunge pool. The suites boast private balconies enabling you to take full advantage of the unobstructed views across the river and distant landscape.
Over the course of the day guests are treated to complimentary local wines, beers, spirits, soft drinks and bottled water. One of the highlights of the trip is your African-themed dinner evening offering traditional dishes and entertainment for all on board.
From the moment you step aboard this incredible vessel things only get better. Greeted by the warmest welcome from arguably some of the friendliest and helpful staff you will ever encounter really sets the tone.