Chobe camps - Zambezi Queen

Zambezi Queen

The Zambezi Queen cruises the wide reaches of the Chobe River where it spreads between the northern border of Botswana and that of Namibia’s furthermost extremes, the Caprivi Strip. While game rich, this area of the Chobe National Park can also be busy with visitors and it is sometimes hard to escape to areas of the bush less driven on, photographed and generally used. This beautiful, stylish and comfortable river boat offers a perfect opportunity to enjoy Chobe without spending the whole time tangling with the masses.

The fourteen cabins, vast top-deck and reading room have a funky modern look and constantly changing panoramic views that glide gently by. The food is some of the best you are likely to taste on safari and includes cappuccinos (huge bonus points here), home-baked muffins, delicious salads, meat and fish dishes. This is all a little problematic if you are an active person but not fatal for just two or three nights. The boat designers have hit every nail squarely on the head; mosquito screens so that you can sleep in the balmy night air without unwelcome guests to a small plunge pool, LED reading lights for when the generator goes off and telescopes for views of passing game and stars.

Muted tones and stunning wildlife prints combined with the aesthetics of the islands and channels to create a truly unique environment. And even better than the prints: real live elephant, buffalo, puku and hippo not to mention a wide variety of birdlife surround you constantly. If you want to get out and about, you can take game drives into Chobe National Park, view wildlife by boat or try your hand at snagging a Tigerfish.

This is still a popular area so you should be prepared to see other boats passing by, and to cruise by other lodges on the land. You also have views of the buildings and masts of the little town of Kasane. There is also a certain rigmarole involved in stamping in and out of Botswana (from where you embark) and Namibia where the boat is moored but the crew do their best to minimise the hassle, even filling in all the forms for you. The border opening times forestall early morning game drives which can mean you’re in for a bit of a toasting. It’s possibly wise to enjoy the river and leave land activities for another spot.

The Zambezi Queen is a thing of beauty and this is definitely one of the nicest ways to enjoy the Chobe and waking up to the gentle lapping of water and silhouettes of fishermen casting their nets from dugouts into the calm water, or watching elephant swim the channel in front of you is difficult to beat. This is a good choice for people who like the idea of something a little different, enjoy excellent food, stylish decor and just “beingÇ?? in a beautiful location.

Check out our blog on our visit to the Zambezi Queen.

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