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Zambezi Queen

Ship Overview

Moving along the banks of Africa's 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.

Celebrated South African fashion designer Jenni Button created the luxury houseboat's classic yet contemporary interior (during the ship's complete redesign in 2009), 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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Key Facts

Crew
22
Officers
African
Guests
28
Tonnage
1000
Length
148 Feet / 45 Metres
Width
26 Feet
Speed
10 Knots
Passenger Decks
3
Built
1993
Registry
Namibia
Room Grades

Master Suite

SIZE:28m2 / 300sqftSLEEPS:3

The four Master Suites are located in the bow of the ship and feature luxurious bedding, a sofa couch (can be used as a bed for a third person) flat screen tv, modern furnishings and fans. The private ensuite features a spacious shower, hairdryer, robes and slippers. Full length glass sliding doors open up to a balcony on one side, and a private outdoor area, complete with sun loungers on the other side.

Standard Suite

SIZE:22m2 / 235sqftSLEEPS:2

Ten Standard Suites feature luxurious bedding, flat screen tv, modern furnishings and fans. The private ensuite features a spacious shower, hairdryer, robes and slippers. Full length glass sliding doors open up to a balcony on one side.

Dining

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.

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. Beat the heat on the forward deck with a dip in the plunge pool, and then relax on inviting sun loungers while you dry off, or kick back on the sumptuous couches. Amid the muted African colour tones, you can’t help but relax as you gaze upon elephants, antelope and other wild animals strolling along the banks of the Chobe.

Features

Zambezi Queen has three passenger decks, Lower Deck, Middle Deck and Top Deck.  On entering guests will find a well-stocked air-conditioned curio shop with good quality clothing and handmade souvenirs. The remainder of the Lower Deck and the entire Middle Deck contain the 10 Suites and 4 Master Suites. The Top Deck features the Dining Room, an open-plan Lounge area with unobstructed views, and a well-stocked bar.

All internal areas on the top deck are protected by mosquito screens which allow for a comfortable environment for dining and relaxing.

There are two outside areas on the Top Deck, one aft which provides a shaded area with comfortable seating and the other on the foredeck which includes a plunge pool and sun bathing area. Smoking is only permitted on the aft deck of the Upper Deck.

During your expedition you will be invited to participate in a number of activities, including:

  •   Water-based game viewing from tender boats enabling close-up viewing
  •   Tiger and bream fishing in season
  •   Bird-watching from tender boats and Zambezi Queen

Activities are managed by Zambezi Queen's professional expedition team.

Zambezi Queen Expeditions

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Chobe River Safari - 3 Nights

From USD $1800.00 Per Person

DURATION:4 Days/ 3 Nights REGION:Africa SHIP:Zambezi Queen

Navigate Africa's Chobe River aboard the floating boutique hotel Zambezi Queen. Separating Botswana and Namibia, the Chobe is home to a stunning array of iconic wildlife.

Chobe River Safari - 2 Nights

From USD $1200.00 Per Person

DURATION:3 Days/ 2 Nights REGION:Africa SHIP:Zambezi Queen

A short 2-night expedition navigating Africa's Chobe River aboard the floating boutique hotel Zambezi Queen. Separating Botswana and Namibia, the Chobe is home to a stunning array of iconic wildlife.

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