There are scores of lodges and camps to choose from in Botswana and Namibia, but a safari houseboat experience on the mighty Chobe River stands in a league of its own.
A member of Mantis Collection, the Zambezi Queen Collection comprises boutique houseboats featuring all the bells and whistles guaranteed to impress even the most hardened safari-goers.
If you’re wanting to offer your clients something completely new and exciting during their next trip to the Chobe, read on for a snapshot of what these floating safari experiences entail.
A customised experience
Each houseboat in the Zambezi Queen Collection comes well-equipped with a range of private suites, dedicated dining areas and bar areas for group gatherings. However, their primary drawcard is that the scenery constantly changes around you — and you only need to unpack once!
As explained by Kate Powell, General Manager Marketing, Sales and Reservations for the Zambezi Queen Collection:” Your clients can choose from the luxurious Zambezi Queen houseboat, accommodating 28 passengers, or can enjoy a smaller, more exclusive experience onboard one of the three Chobe Princess houseboats, accommodating between 8 and 10 passengers each.” Both the Zambezi Queen and Chobe Princesses can be booked on an individual or exclusive use basis.
Unlike standard lodges and camps, the Zambezi Queen houseboat navigates roughly 25km of the Chobe River, allowing you to explore different vantage points and enjoy unparalleled game viewing.
Powell also highlights an additional highlight: daily excursions conducted via small motorised boats into the narrower channels. “These offer exceptional fishing (tigerfish!) opportunities and an eye-level perspective of aquatic birds, amphibians and other smaller mammals.”
Great for groups
Aside from their ease of mobility, these floating hotels on the Chobe can be booked out exclusively, allowing guests to enjoy their own private space together. An ideal option for corporate teams, these boutique houseboats hit the sweet spot for special celebrations and occasions: weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays.
For clients who prefer to stay on land, Ichingo Chobe River Lodge is a tented camp situated on Impalila Island on the Namibian side of the Chobe River and offers a quieter, more secluded experience for families and various safari groups.
“Not only can they travel in smaller ‘safe bubbles’ but our houseboat holidays are all-inclusive, offering a truly hassle-free, peace of mind experience,” says Powell. “For agents, all you have to do is book flights and we take care of the rest,” she concludes.
For more information on the Zambezi Queen Collection, visit their official website here.