Zambezi Queen

Experience the magic of Africa onboard a 5-star, 42-metre long luxury floating boutique hotel. The Zambezi Queen navigates roughly 25 km (weather dependent) along the banks of the great Chobe River, and offers unparalleled sophistication in one of the most remote locations on the planet. From the moment you step on-board, it becomes apparent that no expense was spared in creating one of the world’s most unique river safari experiences.

All suites are air-conditioned and come with en-suite bathrooms (shower only), a private balcony and full length sliding shutters for both privacy and protection from the sun. Hairdryers, toiletries, gowns and slippers are provided for your comfort, while electronic safes in each room are ideal for storing your valuables.

There are two types of suites available: a standard – which comfortably accommodates two adults, and a master suite – which is the larger of the two and can take a maximum of three adults. While both types of suites let you relax in a luxurious setting, the master suites are slightly bigger with larger balconies that house two deckchairs and a table. The master suites also feature both side and front sliding doors for a truly panoramic view of your surroundings. Dining is a culinary experience in its own right. Seasonal ingredients are sourced from local markets, and meals consist of a full English breakfast, a buffet lunch and a choice of two plated menu options for dinner. The upper deck has a bar (that remains open until 10pm), the dining room and a comfortable lounge with unobstructed views of the unique African landscape that surrounds you.

Why we like it here

The stylish interiors are beautiful and were created by celebrated South African designer Jenni Button.

Each suite was designed with the warm climate in mind: clever use of shutters, air-conditioning and a fan ensure you keep cool, even during times of the year when temperatures soar.

You get to 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.

You will get to enjoy unparalleled game viewing along the banks of the Chobe National Park which has one of the densest populations of elephant on the African continent – estimated at approximately 120 000.

Service is exceptional. 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.

Things to be aware of

The Zambezi Queen sails on scheduled weekly departures every Monday (two-nights), Wednesday (two-nights) and Friday (three-nights).

The properties that make up the Zambezi Queen Collection are based on the Namibian side of the Chobe River.

The kitchen is unable to cater for Halaal and Kosher guests.

Make sure that you get your passport stamped at the airport when you enter Botswana. A representative will meet you there and transfer you to the Kasane Immigration Office (KIO). Here you will be met by a Zambezi Queen Collection staff member, who will if necessary, help with formalities at passport control as you exit Botswana. You will then be transferred by a smaller tender boat with a Zambezi Queen Collection staff member to the Namibian Immigration Office. Here you will need to get your passport stamped for Namibia.

Where we are situated