The Zambezi Queen is a 45 meter long luxury houseboat, which – since November 2009 – has operated on the Chobe River between Namibia’s Capri Strip and Botswana’s Chobe National Park.
Built on the banks of the Chobe, African Safaris (the Zambezi Queen’s owners) commissioned the interior design, which is both modern and quirky – its line in animal patterns is not, ostensibly, a nod at kitschy decor, but works well nonetheless. Shared areas include an internet zone, a dining area, lounge, bar and pool – all of which are situated on the top deck. There is a strong emphasis on first class service, excellent food and relaxation. The kitchen and dining room service is run by Pete Goff-Wood, a leading South African chef. The dining room itself is light, airy, and as they eat guests of the Zambezi Queen can view both banks and the river.
There are 14 suites, of which four are master suites. Some are furnished with king size double beds, some with two singles, and all possess private balconies, their own bathrooms and protection against mosquitoes. Please note that for reasons of power limitations only the master suites are air conditioned, and of these just two have their own furnished viewing decks. However, the suites not provided with air conditioning do have their own ceiling fans, and deck side shutters ensure that the day’s heat is reflected rather than absorbed.
Shuttled in from immigration controls at Kasane in Botswana, the Zambezi Queen’s guests have a choice of two itineraries: two or three nights. While set, the itineraries are varied and have an in-built capacity for flexibility. Activities include small boat and 4×4 game viewing, in-season fishing and cultural tours. Extras include private guiding, aerial game viewing and light aircraft trips to Victoria Falls.
Children below the age of seven are not permitted on the boat.