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FAST FACTS
LOCATIONLocated on the great Chobe River that borders Namibia and the Chobe National Park in BotswanaPOOLYes - at the main area only
SPANoAIRCONNo
CELLPHONE SIGNALNoCHILD POLICYNo children under 7yrs allowed
MALARIA AREAYes


UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
  • This luxury houseboat cruises along the banks of the Chobe River and is uniquely situated only a few kilometers from the point where 4 countries meet, namely Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • With ten standard suites and four master suites, the Zambezi Queen is a boutique floating hotel offering unsurpassed elegance and luxurious comfort.
  • Departing three days a week, this unique African river safari traverses 25km of the Chobe River while you soak up beautiful scenery and enjoy mouthwatering food.




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DATE ROOM TYPE RATES RULES
01 May - 31 August 2018 Standard Suite From R 5,715 pppn sharing special offer - based on 2 adults sharing for a minimum 2 night stay
*surcharges apply on all rates and special offers over peak holiday periods and long weekends.



ANNUAL DEPARTURE DATES / SCHEDULE & SPECIAL RATES FOR SADC RESIDENTS
Zambezi Queen Houesboat River Safari schedule SADC Special Rates and packages

  • Rates are per person sharing on a double occupancy basis for either 2 or 3 nights

  • Single supplement is an additional 30% on the per person sharing rate all year round

  • Zambezi Queen reserves the right to limit the number of single room rates per trip

  • Zambezi Queen reserves the right to amend the published rates without notice

  • Standard suite 24 and 26 are available as triple rooms on Zambezi Queen. A 3rd adult sharing a triple room will receive a 20% discount on the above per person sharing rates

  • Available dates are subject to change without notice at management discretion

  • * Monday 01 January 2018 is a 4-night sailing sold at a 3-night sailing rate  * Monday 17 December 2018 is a 4-night sailing sold at a 3-night sailing rate  * Monday 24 December 2018 is a 4-night sailing sold at a 3-night sailing rate

  • Zambezi Queen is closed for annual maintenance from 28 November to 14 December 2018
  • RATE INCLUDES
    • Accommodation
    • All meals
    • Selected soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, local beer and wine
    • Water-based game viewing and bird watching on smaller “tender boats”
    • A land-based cultural tour of a local village
    • Tiger and bream fishing in season (tiger fishing is strictly catch & release)
    • Road transfers to and from Kasane International Airport and Kasane Immigration Office on arrival and departure
    • Boat transfers between Kasane Immigration Office in Botswana and Namibia Immigration Office
    SINGLE ACCOMMODATION
    • Single supplement is an additional 25% for low season: January to March
    • Single supplement is an additional 50% for high season: April to December
    • Zambezi Queen reserves the right to limit the number of single room rates per trip
    CHILD POLICY
    • Children under 7 are not permitted.
    • Children aged 7 – 12 years (inclusive) receive a 50% discount off the applicable adult rate.
    • Children aged 13 and older are considered adults.
    • A 30% single supplement applies to single children.
    • Suites 24 and 26 (include a 3rd single bed) which can be used for either a 3rd adult or one child (3rd adult sharing will receive a 20% discount).
    • Please note that no babysitting services, separate activities and / or menus are available for children.
    ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES
    • Water based game viewing from tender boat
    • Tiger and bream fishing in season (tiger fishing is strictly catch & release)
    • Bird watching from tender boats and Zambezi Queen
    • Land based cultural experience at a local Namibian Village
    • Land based half day 4 x 4 game viewing in Botswana Chobe National Park
    IMPORTANT NOTES
    • Arrival / Departure times:
    • Check-in time is between 13h00 and 16h00 and check-out time is between 08h30 and 10h30.
    • NB – Kasane Immigration Office & Namibian Immigration Office close at 16h30 and guests are advised to arrive before 16h00 at Kasane Immigration Office on the Botswana side of the Chobe River.
    • Requests for an early check-in or late departure will be on request but cannot be guaranteed

    • General:
    • Loud music is absolutely not permitted due to National Park requirements
    • Whilst it cannot be guaranteed, cell phone coverage in most areas is available
    • At the sole discretion of the captain, the routing or itinerary may be altered due to weather conditions or water levels which fluctuate depending on the time of year

    • Visas:
    • It is the responsibility of the traveller to determine the nature of any travel documentation and visas required and to ensure that all his/her travel documentation, including but not limited to passports, any necessary visas and medical certificates have been obtained and are in order.

    • Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Discounted special rates for International Residents are available on request.
    • Tourism Levy of USD 30 per person for Botswana, is to be paid upon arrival at port of entry. Payment can be made through electronic machines, cash (US Dollars) or debit and credit cards. (USD cash is recommended)
    • A Community Development Levy is applicable to all new reservations at a cost of R 95 per person per night, which reflect as a separate line item on all invoices issued. Subject to change.
    TERMS & CONDITIONS
    NOTE:
    • Rates are per person sharing on a double occupancy basis for either 2 or 3 nights
    • Rates are valid for SADC Residents only.
    • Single supplement is an additional 25% for low season: January to March
    • Single supplement is an additional 50% for high season: April to December
    • Zambezi Queen reserves the right to limit the number of single room rates per trip
    • Zambezi Queen reserves the right to amend the published rates without notice
    • Available dates above are subject to change by management discretion

    SADC (Southern African Developing Communities) countries are:
    • Angola
    • Botswana
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Lesotho
    • Madagascar
    • Malawi
    • Mauritius
    • Mozambique
    • Namibia
    • Seychelles
    • South Africa
    • Swaziland
    • Tanzania
    • Zambia
    • Zimbabwe

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

    What’s Included:
    • Accommodation
    • All meals
    • All soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, local beer and wine
    • Water-based game viewing and bird watching on smaller “tender boats”
    • A land-based cultural tour of a local village
    • Tiger and bream fishing in season
    • Road transfers to and from Kasane International Airport and Kasane Immigration Office on arrival and departure
    • Boat transfers between Kasane Immigration Office in Botswana and Namibia Immigration Office

    Optional Extras:
    • Air tickets are excluded from the rate but can be booked through our in-house travel agent
    • Shared or private road transfers from Victoria Falls International Airport, Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, formerly Livingstone Airport, and Katima Mulilo Airport can be arranged at an additional cost
    • Premium beverages (sprits, sparking wine and dessert wine)
    • Visa fees, gratuities and curio shop purchases are for guests own account
    • Chobe National Park Game Drive:
    • 3-hour non-private open vehicle game drive at a cost of R750 per person (minimum 2 people)
    • All game drive rates included Chobe National Park fees, mineral water and soft drinks
    • Clients that stay for 2 nights can only do the game drive on either arrival or departure day (time permitting)
    • Clients that stay for 3 nights can only do the game drive on Sunday morning

    How to get there:
    • The four luxury houseboats that make up the Zambezi Queen Collection are moored on the Namibian side of the Chobe River. Here’s information on how to reach them:
    • By Car: If you're on a self-drive safari, secure parking can be arranged for your vehicles next to the Kasane Immigration Office. The GPS co-ordinates are S 17° 46′ 48” / E 025° 11′ 23”. Please advise at time of booking whether you require secure parking.
    • By Air: There are four main access points by air:
    • Kasane International Airport, Botswana (BBK) is about 15 minutes from Kasane Immigration Office
    • Victoria Falls Airport, Zimbabwe (VFA) is about 1 ½ hours from Kasane Immigration Office
    • Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, formerly Livingstone Airport, Zambia (LVI) is about 2 hours from Kasane Immigration Office
    • Katima Mulilo Airport, Namibia (MPA) is about 2 ½ hours from Kasane Immigration Office
    • Flights depart daily from South Africa to Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe and weekly from Namibia.

    *RATES LISTED ABOVE ARE APPLICABLE TO SADC RESIDENTS ONLY. SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATES FOR INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTS ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.



    INFORMATION
    GETTING THERE
    Schedule flights Air Botswana Johannesburg – Kasane (Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun) subject to change.
    Complimentary road transfer Kasane Airport to the moorings (3 kms, approx 10 minutes).
    Complimentary road transfer Kasane immigration to the moorings Tender boat transfer, moorings on Chobe River to the Zambezi Queen .
    Road transfers from Livingstone or Victoria Falls Airport s to Zambezi Queen 90 minutes depending on border crossing, (additional cost on request)

    ACCOMMODATION
    10 Luxury Suites & 4 Master Suites

    ABOUT THE BOAT

    Experience the thrill of a unique African safari from the deck of your own private suite aboard a luxury 45-meter vessel based on the magnificent Chobe River which divides Botswana from Namibia. There can be few natural wonders as synonymous with Africa’s raw wilderness as this stretch of untamed waters. The Chobe River separates Botswana’s Chobe National Park from Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and its exotic banks boast one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent.

    Teeming with life, this National Park sprawls across some 11 000 km² of lush African bush, and is home to the largest populace of elephants in the world – currently estimated at about 120 000. Along with the elephants, prides of lion, massive herds of buffalo, the elusive leopard as well as numerous species of planes game and prolific bird life make this a nature lover’s paradise. Hippos and crocodiles in the waters below, as well as Africa’s ultimate freshwater game fish, the voracious fighting tiger fish, make this truly a unique place under the African sun.

    It is on this great expanse of water that an adventure unlike any other awaits. Zambezi Queen operates in simply stated luxury, and is all about pampering, indulgence, and personalised comfort in the heart of Africa’s prime wilderness. Launching in July 2009, Zambezi Queen will offer 14 Suites of which 4 are rated Master Suites. All suites have private balconies and full length sliding shutters for both privacy and protection from the sun, sliding mosquito net doors and the finest finishes complete this cocoon of creature comforts amidst the wild and untamed Africa.

    The first of the vessel’s three levels boasts an air-conditioned reading room, which offers a comprehensive library of books on the area and numerous games. There is also a computer facility with internet and a Curio shop. The remainder of the first and the entire second level contain the 10 Suites and 4 Master Suites.

    Situated on the third level are the dining facilities alongside an open-plan lounge area with fireplace. A computerized telescope for exploring the African night-time sky is situated on the fore deck. A stylish bar stocked with the finest wines and spirits is provided to ensure all your creature comforts are taken care of. All these areas are protected by mosquito screens which allow for a comfortable and pleasant environment for relaxing wining and dining. The outside areas on the top deck also include a shaded area with seating and a pool as well as a sun bathing area. At the aft section, there is another shaded seating area.

    The cruise on the Chobe River involves either a two or three night stay on the Zambezi Queen, which includes collection from Botswana immigration at Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River, Kasane airport or Impilila airstrip on the Namibian side (special arrangements can be made for other land transfer requirements); all meals prepared by skilled chefs; specially imported South African wines will be expertly paired with your gourmet meals and complimentary drinks will be provided with all activities whether land or boat based. All water-based game viewing on our smaller boats as well as land-based 4x4 game viewing in Botswana’s Chobe National Park; Tiger and bream fishing in season; bird watching from smaller boats and land-based cultural tour of a local village are all part of our all inclusive package. A dedicated team of experienced guides, chefs and hands-on staff will ensure a memorable experience for all guests.

    Sustainable, responsible tourism lies at the heart of this project, with one of Zambezi Queen’s major concerns being the preservation of this unspoilt area. The Zambezi Queen has therefore been designed and built to very specific requirements. It does not use conventional propellers but a jet propulsion system which reduces damage to the river bed and enables the boat to operate in very shallow water. At night it switches over to a low emission power system for lighting, refrigerators and other requirements. This unique system will allow guests to enjoy the sounds of the bush undisturbed by the unwanted sounds of modern technology. All hot water requirements are provided by solar panels which transfers the sun’s energy to storage boilers. Taps and showers incorporate the most advanced water saving designs available.

    Whether dining on the top level while watching the wildlife gather at the waters at dusk, game viewing from one of the private boats, or attempting to land your first Tiger fish, Zambezi Queen’s professional team will be on hand to meet your every need.

    SADC TERMS & CONDITIONS
    • Available Dates above are subject to change
    • Proof of SADC Residency required and this condition will be strictly enforced
    VISAS

    It is the responsibility of the traveller to determine the nature of any travel documentation and visas required and to ensure that all his/her travel documentation, including but not limited to passports, any necessary visas and medical certificates have been obtained and are in order.

    ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE TIMES
    • Check-in time is between 15h00 and 16h00 and check-out time is at 10h00 on the final day
    • NB – Kasane Immigration on the Chobe River closes at 16h30 and guests are advised to arrive no later than 16h00
    • Requests for an early check-in or late departure will be on request but cannot be guaranteed

    BOAT FEATURES

    • Library
    • Curio shop
    • Computer facility with internet
    • Dining facilities – protected by mosquito screens
    • Open plan lounge area with unobstructed views – protected by mosquito screens Computerised telescope
    • Well-appointed bar with the finest wines and spirits
    • Two outside areas on the top deck, one aft shaded area with comfortable seating and other foredeck with plunge pool and sun bathing area
    • Whilst it cannot be guaranteed, cell phone coverage in most areas is available

    ROOM FEATURES

    Suite Features

    • En-suite bathrooms (shower only)
    • King size beds which can be converted to 2 singles on request
    • Private balconies overlooking the Chobe River
    • Full length sliding shutters for both privacy and protection from the sun
    • Mosquito screens
    • Floor mounted fan in all Suites
    • Private safes
    Master Suite Features

    • Two of the 4 Master suite’s private decks have outdoor furniture (10 & 11 bottom) and the remaining two (2nd level) have superb panoramic views with doors and windows both sides. These suites are at the front of the boat.
    • En-suite bathrooms
    • King size beds which can be converted to 2 singles on request
    • Private balconies overlooking the Chobe River
    • Full length sliding shutters for both privacy and protection from the sun
    • Mosquito screens
    • Floor mounted fan in all Suites
    • Private safes







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