The Chobe River is the natural border between Botswana and Namibia and is the scene of one of Southern Africa’s wildlife spectacles. Possibly the best way to experience this is to board one of the Chobe Houseboats that operate from the Namibian bank of the river.
We recommend a number of Chobe Houseboat options, each with their own merit but all offering a Chobe Experience that only gets rave reviews. We book this s a stand alone safari experience, or we can graft the Chobe Houseboat experience into a broader Northern Botswana Safari that encompasses the region’s many other wildlife attractions. Below we detail the different Chobe Houseboat experiences:
• Chobe Princess – Designed to host a small group, or for exclusive use as a private charter. The Chobe Princess houseboats (there are 3 of them) allow for exceptional wildlife sightings from large sliding windows in each cabin. Cool off from the African sun in the onboard plunge pool or relax in the comfort of lounge area. The deck area offers incredible stargazing as you reflect on the highlights of the day
• Zambezi Queen – Enjoy unparallel sophistication onboard this 42 meter luxurious houseboat. Each of the 14 suites celebrate unobstructed views of the Chobe River and exceptional game viewing from a private balcony. Feast on local cuisines, from your own private dining table, as you take in the panoramic views and surrounding wildlife.
• Pangolin (Zambezi) Voyager – Birdwatchers, avid photographers and wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy an exceptional safari experience from this custom designed floating lodge. With a maximum capacity of 8 guests, the Pangolin Voyager offers an intimate setting. Additional boats are available to be set up for specialized camera equipment for those in search of the ultimate wildlife shot.
Easily accessible with boats docked on both the Namibian side of the river, as well as via the town of Kasane in Botswana – once you have passed through the passport formalities, your houseboat experience begins. All inclusive packages on board the houseboats cater to all your meal and beverages as well as water based activities. Daily shore based activities can include cultural and walking tours on Impalila Island, or trips to Victoria Falls. Alternately, you can enjoy a varied safari experience by combining additional destinations to your itinerary. Daily charter flights to and from Kasane allows for you to connect to other regions in Botswana when choosing a more diverse safari adventure. International fights between Kasane and Johannesburg take place daily, allowing for easy transfers straight from the airport to the docks.
The banks along the Chobe River host a plethora of wildlife and a houseboat safari allows for an inspiring experience at a leisurely pace. These luxury houseboats are equipped with tender boats for guided catch and release fishing, birding and photography excursions – or relax on board as your floating boutique lodge drifts past herds of elephants and hippos. Guests can choose to do as much or as little as you wish. Whether you are looking to enjoy a safari with your family or friends, as a singular traveller or part of a larger group, the houseboats are equipped to cater to all your needs. For a more intimate, romantic honeymoon option, smaller boats are available for couples who would prefer a private charter.