Houseboat Itinerary

4 Days, 3 Nights

Chobe River, Botswana

As you drift down the Chobe River and spot incredible wildlife scenes, you’ll be able to completely relax in this intimate river safari experience.


  • Tranquility on the Chobe River

  • Stunning views from your suite

  • Intimate river safari

  • See the stunning wildlife from the boats

  • Fine dinning

Day 1   Arrive at Houseboat

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, 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 Houseboat and freshen up before meeting your Captain on the upper deck with a welcome cocktail. After a safety briefing, 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   Enjoy the many activities as your disposal

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? You may even decide to simply remain on board as the luxurious Houseboat glides its way along the banks of the Chobe River.


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   A whole extra day to enjoy the delights on offer

After a hearty breakfast, head off to experience those activities you didn’t manage to fit in yesterday: enjoy a water-based river safari by tender boat, go bird watching or go fishing for tiger or bream. Return for lunch on board and some relaxation time before the afternoon activities start. Again, you have the choice between tiger or bream fishing, game viewing by tender boat or bird watching. In the evening, you’re in for a treat. Enjoy our traditional African dinner, served with festive African singing and dancing. You can even join in the festivities if you feel like it!

Day 4   Depart for Kasane

Enjoy a morning cruise during breakfast as you do your last bit of animal spotting and take some memorable pictures. Bid our crew a reluctant farewell and then make your way via boat to the Namibian Immigration Office. Once you’ve had your documents stamped you’ll be transferred via boat to the Kasane Immigration Office where you’ll have your documents stamped once again before entering Botswana.

All our itineraries can be customised to match your budget, travel dates, length of stay or accommodation type.

What's included:

  • Accommodation

  • 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 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 or Chobe Princess.

What's excluded:

  • 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 fees
























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