Zambezi Queen: Ultra-Luxury Meets The Chobe River


You are unlikely to find another vessel on earth that is as unique and luxurious as Zambezi Queen, she is in a category all her own and offers stunning wildlife voyages deep in the heart of Africa.

Built in the 1990’s, Zambezi Queen originally carried guests on an extended journey from Katima Mulilo down the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers and back, however, she ended up being moored for quite some time and acted as a floating hotel in the Caprivi Region of Namibia. In 2008, she was restored to her former glory, had an additional deck added and was entirely re-designed on the inside by South African fashion designer Jenni Button. Zambezi Queen now offers her guests voyages along the banks of the Chobe River in south-central Africa.

Each suite onboard, of which there are just 14, features air-conditioning and a private balcony with unobstructed views. There are 10 Standard Suites and 4 Master Suites, all of which are located on the lower and middle decks. Her public areas include a dining room, comfortable lounge, bar, shop, reception area and plunge pool with sun loungers.


Zambezi Queen African River Safari

African river safari cruises aboard Zambezi Queen allow guests to explore every inch of the Chobe National Park, which boasts one of the densest populations of elephant on the African continent. The Park is also home to a large number of buffalo, leopard, lion along with a variety of antelope and abundant birdlife.

The majority of voyages aboard Zambezi Queen are offered for either 2 or 3 nights, however, they are combined with visits to other areas in Africa, as a way to extend your stay. For example, it’s not uncommon to begin your African journey in Cape Town where you will spend a few days before transferring to Zambezi Queen for your short safari voyage, upon disembarkation you can then enjoy places such as Victoria Falls, Kruger National Park, the Serengeti or Zimbabwe – there are multiple choices so you really can tailor make your own unique African adventure around an exquisite cruise aboard Zambezi Queen. To find out more about these extended holidays, feel free to have a chat with one of our friendly Cruise Experts, you can contact them on the number featured above and below, and they will be more than happy to offer advice and point you in the right direction.

No matter what itinerary you choose for your cruise and stay, you will find the following are all included in the cost of your fare aboard Zambezi Queen: all meals onboard, local wine and beer, all soft drinks, water based game viewing and bird watching on tender boats, cultural tour of a local African village, Chobe National Park game safari and tiger and bream fishing (when in season).

The best time to experience Africa with Zambezi Queen is between March and November as rainfall is usually at a minimum and the days are slightly cooler – perfect for game viewing.


Zambezi Queen Itineraries

As earlier mentioned, Zambezi Queen itineraries are offered with stays in other areas of Africa – they majority of holiday options are between 10 and 15-days. Stars of South Africa, Rivers & Rails of Africa and Discover Africa all run on various dates throughout 2016.

All of the itineraries and sailing dates can be browsed by clicking here and scrolling down. You can also view the Zambezi Queen photo gallery on the same page.

Discover Africa – 10-days

After arriving in Cape Town you will transfer to your hotel and enjoy the next 2 days in this wonderful city. You also have the option of two sightseeing tours. On your 4th day you will transfer to Zambezi Queen. Day 5 brings spectacular game viewing on the Chobe River before day 6 sees you board a 4×4 and head off on safari at Chobe National Park. Next, visit a typical African village and experience the local culture first-hand before enjoying your final evening aboard Zambezi Queen. On day 8 you will transfer to Victoria Falls where you will spend the rest of your holiday before returning home.

The Discover Africa voyages are available on the following dates: April 8, May 6, May 20, June 17, July 8, August 19, September 16, September 30, October 14 and November 4.

Rivers & Rails of Africa – 13-days

The Rivers and Rails of Africa itineraries are exactly the same as above with the extra days following Victoria Falls being spent via the truly luxurious Rovos Rail. During your additional days you will explore the Hwange Game Reserve before crossing into South Africa and arriving in Johannesburg for your flight home.

Rivers & Rails of Africa voyages are available on the following dates: April 8, May 6, May 20, June 17, July 8, August 19, September 16, September 30, October 14 and November 4.

Stars of South Africa – 15-days

The Stars of South Africa voyages offer the same itinerary as ‘Discover Africa’, however, once you leave Victoria Falls you will board a plane for your flight to Johannesburg. Here, you will have 1 full day to enjoy the city before boarding a flight to Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in South Africa. Enjoy 2 full days exploring and going in search of the big 5: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino, before returning to Johannesburg for your flight home.

Stars of South Africa voyages are available on the following dates: April 8, May 6, May 20, June 17, July 8, August 19, September 16, September 30, October 14 and November 4.


Book Your Zambezi Queen Cruise with The Cruise Line

For further details on Zambezi Queen voyages or to make an enquiry regarding fares and dates, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.


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About Danielle Fear

Danielle has more than 40 cruises behind her and loves to visit new and exciting places. One of her favourite cruise regions is the Baltic because of its rich history and exciting ports.

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