Zambezi Queen, Chobe River

Posted April 2, 2013 by in Botswana




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8.7/ 10

Price: $850 to $2000 for 2 or 3 nights itineraries.
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The staff, the amenities and the setting make a stay in the Zambezi Queen an unforgettable experience.


The ship cruises mostly on the Namibia side of the river while river safaris and game drives usually take part on the Botswana side. This means that you need to carry your passport and pass through customs at least twice a day.

The comfort, the setting, the wildlife, all come together to form an unforgettable experience that we cannot recommend enough.

by Alberto Molero
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The Zambezi Queen is a luxury river cruise that gives adventurers the chance to explore the backwaters of Chobe River and at the same time indulge in five-star comfort. The 45-meter-long, three-level boat was built in 2009 and has been stylishly decorated in contemporary African style. Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors open up to stunning views of the passing scenery and wildlife and there are two outdoor areas with sun loungers and a plunge pool.

Our cabin, although a bit small, had all the amenities that you can expect from a five star hotel. Like the other parts of the boat, it was stylishly decorated with a modern and slick look. Our room featured a king size bed with top quality bed linens, black-and-white wildlife photos, fully equipped ensuite bathroom and our very own terrace with outdoor seats to enjoy the river’s scenery.

But if there’s something that stands out from our experience in the Zambezi Queen is the service. The ever attentive staff catered to our every need with a welcoming smile. They serviced the rooms several times a day, including a turndown service, they prepared delicious cocktails at the bar and the chef’s culinary skills rivaled those at a Michelin star restaurant. On the last night, they delighted everyone with a colorful performance with traditional African music, singing and dancing.

As we parted the ship and our favorite staff waved at us from the bottom deck, we thought about the great time we spent and we wished we could stay for longer.

The Zambezi Queen

The Zambezi Queen sailing over the Chobe river

The Zambezi Queen

The dining area on the top deck

The Zambezi Queen

One of the outdoor areas with the plunge pool

Our Cabin at the Zambezi Queen

Our cabin at the Zambezi Queen

Hippo and boat

The Chobe river offers incredible wildlife watching opportunities. Check all our pictures here.

Disclaimer: Our stay in Zambezi Queen was sponsored, but all opinions expressed above are our own.

About the Author

Alberto Molero

Alberto Molero is the co-founder, photographer and designer of WildJunket. As an adventure junkie, he’s fed his adrenaline cravings with scuba-diving trips in Borneo, ice-climbing excursions in Iceland and hiking expeditions in Australia. When he’s not traveling the world, he dreams of living on the beach and going surfing all day.

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