Zambezi Queen House Boat Experience

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Experience Rating

During your stay with the Zambezi Queen Collection, you’ll be able to observe animals in their natural environment from a tender boat, making for a relaxing safari experience. A major feature of the area is the elephants, whose resident population is estimated to be over 120 000. You’ll also be able to see large herds of buffalo, and if you’re lucky, rare sightings like herds of Roan Antelope and Sable.

Besides the land and water-based mammals, this is also a birdwatcher’s paradise and you can expect to encounter over 450 species.While you’ll be able to view most sightings from the comfort of the boats, both the Zambezi Queen and the Chobe Princesses are equipped with tender boats, which are smaller boats that let you get even closer to the wildlife. So, for example, if there’s a sighting that can’t be accessed by the boats then you can jump onto a tender boat to get nearer the action.

All meals
All soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, and local beer & wine throughout your stay
Water-based game viewing and bird watching on tender boats
A land-based cultural tour of a local village
Tiger & bream fishing in season
Road Transfers to and from Kasane Airport and Kasane Immigration Office located on the Botswana side of the Chobe river*
Boat transfers between Kasane Immigration Office in Botswana and Namibia Immigration Office*
15% Namibian VAT
1% Namibian Tourism Levy
When arriving at the Kasane and Namibian Immigration Offices guests need to fill in the required immigration forms to gain access and departure permission from the relevant authorities. This process can take between 45 to 60 minutes to complete and needs to be considered in terms of timing and pre-planning when coming to stay on the Zambezi Queen.
Bottled water
Coffee and/or Tea
Alcoholic Beverages
Air tickets
Premium alcoholic beverages (such as sparkling wine, spirits & dessert wines)
Additional transfers to and from Zambia/Zimbabwe/Namibia or any of the Kasane Lodges
A land-based half-day 4×4 game viewing in Botswana’s Chobe National Park
Curio shop purchases
Gratuities (at your discretion)
Visa feesGratuities (optional)

Departure Point

Kasane town to Victoria falls Airport or town

Departure Time

11:00 AM
Day 1

Please note this important travel information:
• Make sure that you get your passport stamped at the airport and when you enter Botswana
• You’ll then be met by a representative at the airport who will help with your luggage and transfer you to the Kasane Immigration Office
• You’ll then be transferred by a smaller tender boat with a Zambezi Queen Collection staff member to the Namibian Immigration Office
• You then need to get your passport stamped at the Namibian Immigration Office. Please wear comfortable shoes, as there is a short walk to the immigration office

If you arrive with the 13:00 and 14:00 transfers, you’ll be served lunch, while if you’re transferred at 15:00 or 16:00 you’ll be served a snack before the sunset cruise by tender boat starts. Once all our guests have boarded in the late afternoon, after a safety breathing and if the weather permits, we’ll go in search of some big game by tender boat. This is the perfect time of day to make the most of that golden glow of the African sunset by getting some iconic shots of the animals as they gravitate towards the river before night falls.

Return back to the Zambezi Queen and freshen up before meeting your host on the upper deck with a welcome drink. After taking in the spectacular scenery, you’ll make your way to the dining room where you’ll be served a delectable three-course dinner along with an excellent choice of paired wines. Finish off with an espresso or nightcap at the bar before retiring to the night sounds of Africa in the distance

Day 2

We know that some guests like to watch the sunrise as they sip on their coffee while others like to take a more leisurely approach. That’s why we let you choose your morning activities, depending on the type of holiday you’re searching for. Perhaps you want to enjoy a water-based safari or a village tour on the Namibian side of the river? Or perhaps you’d prefer a spot of bird watching or fishing instead? 

After your morning activities, enjoy lunch on board while using your unique vantage point to spot wild animals and drink in the expansive views. Join our guide in the afternoon for a water-based safari on a tender boat where you can get up close to an array of wildlife, including some of the 120 000 elephants for which the Chobe is well known. After a delicious dinner, settle down for a restful and tranquil night in your luxurious suite

Day 3

Enjoy a morning cruise during breakfast, Bid our crew a reluctant farewell and then make your way via tender boat to the Namibian Immigration Office. Once you’ve had your documents stamped you’ll be transferred via tender boat to the Kasane Immigration Office, where you’ll have your documents stamped once again before entering Botswana.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • 2019 Months on availability
  • January 2, 7*, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28
  • February 4, 18, 25, 27
  • March 4,6
  • April 8
  • June 24,26
  • July 15
  • October 28
  • November 25,27
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.
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