The most luxurious boat on the Chobe River has a reason to celebrate…. it is one year old, it has become one of the hottest new experiences in Africa and has attracted great interest from around the world – Australia included.
Just one year ago, engineer and boat owner, Tony Stern launched his dream African holiday property, the floating Zambezi Queen on Africa’s Chobe River. I was lucky enough to be there to celebrate with some of Africa’s top entrepreneurs, guides, international agents and the boat owner himself.
Words will never do justice to this unique experience. By being on a boat that moors overnight on the river, you are able to fully immerse yourself in the region and witness its wildlife antics 24/7 where other tourists come as day trippers. Yet it’s not the wildlife I’d return for. It’s the welcome luxury of being on water, soaking up time in Africa’s sunshine, sharing stories over a sundowner and washing away that safari dirt and dust.
This stunning, sophisticated African holiday experience cruises the magnificent Chobe National Park that teems with wildlife including 120,000 elephants, region specific roan, over 400 species of birds and impressive prides of lion and leopard. In the river itself, there are huge numbers of hippo and crocodile visible from the comfort of the boat.
There are two and three night packages for those adventurous travelers willing to take the journey. You won’t regret it and the activities on offer are impressive, from land based game drives in the Chobe National Park, Village visits, Tiger fishing, morning and afternoon game boat safaris, bird watching or simply lounging on the sundeck, wallowing in the splash pool or resting in your own luxury room admiring the view from your private balcony.
Across two levels, there are 14 luxury cabins with private balconies and each one is furnished with contemporary African flair. The top level features 350 square metres of opulence with unobstructed 360 degree views from every aspect. The stylish lounge, dazzling bar and dining area offer space and comfort for guests. Uniquely, the entire boat including the top deck, living and dining area has mosquito screening. The sundeck proves popular morning, afternoon and night and the pool is a welcome relief from Africa’s warm sun and dry air.
Access to the Zambezi Queen on the Namibian side is made possible by a 30 minute charter flight from Victoria Falls to Impillia Island followed by a 10 minute boat ride. The other option is flying into Kasane in Botswana, crossing the border and taking a 10 minute boat transfer to the Zambezi Queen.
The Zambezi Queen operates in 5-star opulence, and is all about pampering, indulgence, and superior comfort.