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About the Zambezi Queen

Based on the Chobe River the 5-star, 42-metre long luxury houseboat, the Zambezi Queen, offers unparalleled sophistication in one of the most remote Safari Destinations in Africa
This unique river safari holiday can be enjoyed with a drink in hand on the deck, or from the comfort of your bed in one of the luxury suites or from one of the tender boats which get you closer to the animals and closer to the Safari experience than you can imagine.

The 14 suites are all air-conditioning and each has it's own private balcony.
You will have unobstructed views of the Chobe River and African landscape beyond.

Unlike a land-based lodge, Zambezi Queen navigates roughly 25km of the Chobe River, allowing you to explore different vantage points and enjoy unparalleled game viewing. In fact, the banks of the Chobe National Park boast one of the densest populations of elephant on the African continent - estimated at approximately 120 000. The Park is also home to a large number of buffalo, leopard and lion, along with a variety of antelope and abundant birdlife.

The luxury houseboat's classic yet contemporary interior uses understated tones that make the wildlife on the banks of the river the star of the show. 
Whether you’re enjoying a gin and tonic on the upper deck at dusk or on a tender Boat attempting to land your very first tiger fish under the guidance of one of our experienced team, Expect first class service at every turn.

General Layout and Facilities

Zambezi Queen has 3 decks, lower deck, middle deck & top deck

On entering guests will find a well-stocked air-conditioned curio shop with good quality clothing and handmade articles
The remainder of the lower deck and the entire middle deck contain the 10 Suites and 4 Master Suites.
The top deck includes the dining area, an open plan lounge area with unobstructed views, and a well-stocked bar.

All internal areas on the top deck are protected by mosquito screens which allow for a comfortable environment for dining and relaxing
There are two outside areas on the top deck, one aft which provides a shaded area with comfortable seating and the other on the foredeck which includes a plunge pool and sun bathing area
Smoking is only permitted on the aft deck of the upper deck

Room Details

From the moment you step on-board the Zambezi Queen, it becomes apparent that no expense was spared in creating one of the world's most unique river safari experiences.

Expect nothing less than luxury houseboat accommodation on the Zambezi Queen. 
It offers 14 tasteful and luxurious suites - ten standard suites and four master suites which all come with outer decks so you can soak up the revitalising Chobe River breeze and appreciate uninterrupted views of the unique African landscape beyond.

The master suites are slightly bigger, and have larger balconies that house two deckchairs and a table.
They also feature both side and front sliding doors for a truly panoramic view of your surroundings.

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.

All suites come with en-suite bathrooms (shower only) 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.

All suites accommodate two adults, and two of the larger standard suites can take a maximum of three adults. Suites can be configured with either one double or two single beds.


  • 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 (tiger fishing is strictly catch and release)
  • 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 needs 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 Chobe Princess.


  • Air tickets: We will quote at time of request
  • 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 4x4 game viewing in Botswana's Chobe National Park ( Optional )
  • Community Development Levy (ZAR 65.00 per person per night)
  • Curio shop purchases
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Visa Fees

*The funds collected will supplement our community projects and initiatives run by the Zambezi Queen Collection to assist with education, health care, sanitation and basic community services.

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge Rates

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Advance Booking Rates

Validity Standard Suite Master Suite
May to Nov 2017: 2 Nights R 11 970 R 14 355
May to Nov 2017: 3 Nights USD 1 800 USD 2 160

Rates Include

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals daily
  • Teas & coffees
  • A drink on the Game Drive
  • The safaris included are an afternoon game drive and an early morning game drive daily.
    Arrival day will include an evening drive and departure day will include a morning game drive.


  • Drinks and park fees are excluded
  • Bush walks available at additional cost.
  • Beverages Not Mentioned
  • Activities not mentioned
  • items of a personal nature and
  • park Fees/ Conservation levies.

Child Policy:

  • Children of 3-6 years will be accommodated on a kiddies drive from 10am-12pm - no extra charge. They will be required to have a guardian adult of the parents choice within the group booked.
  • Children 0-3 years may only go on game drives if a private vehicle is booked at additional cost. There are no afternoon/evening game drives for children 3-6 years.
    There will be a supervised kiddies playtime/activity between 2.00pm-3.00pm in Winter & 3.00 pm-4.00 pm in Summer

All prices are subject to availability at the time of reservation.

Zambezi Queen Houseboat

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Zambezi Queen Gallery

Sunrise of the Chobe on board the Zambezi Queen

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Zambezi Queen
Current Specials
- PAY 3 STAY 4

17th and 24th December 2017

R 17 945​ pp sharing in a Standard Suite

R 21 535​ pp sharing in a Master Suite


  • Nights aboard the Zambezi Queen houseboat
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • All soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, beer and wine
  • Water-based game viewing and birdwatching 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*
  • 15% Namibian VAT
  • 01% Namibian Tourism Levy
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