Destination: Victoria Falls
Stay: 4 Nights
The Kingdom at Victoria Falls Hotel
The Kingdom Hotel is a 4 star themed resort within walking distance of the Victoria Falls, on the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi. This massive centre is home to a large hotel; an entertainment centre with a casino, restaurants, bars, a bank, a beauty parlour, shops, an internet café, a pharmacy and an attractive man-made lake.
As its name implies, the hotel was designed to look like a royal palace, with architecture based on the Great Zimbabwe Monument in Masvingo. The Kingdom is the sister hotel of The Lost City at Sun City in South Africa, and the themes are very similar with rope bridges, lagoons, waterfalls and African fantasy-themed structures. The hotel was formerly known as the Makasa Sun and hosted Southern Africa’s best-known casino for 35 years. In 1999 the resort was rebuilt and transformed into The Kingdom as it stands today.
The resort’s large entertainment centre, The Enclosure, is quite popular amongst guests and locals alike. Its main attraction, the Makasa Casino is set under a large domed skylight and has been rated one of Zimbabwe’s most attractive casinos. It offers a selection of Black Jack, Roulette and 170 slot and poker machines.
Located along the banks of the great Chobe River, the Zambezi Queen, affectionately known as the ZQ, offers world-class sophistication in one of the most remote locations on earth. With only 14 suites, the ZQ is as unique and adventurous as it is comfortable and elegant. In fact, it is unsurpassed in all aspects and the last word in Luxury African River Safaris.
Each suite features air-conditioning and a private balcony, offering unobstructed views of the river and vistas. Enjoy remarkable game viewing from the comfort of your bedside.
Whether dining on the upper deck restaurant while watching the animals gather at dusk, doing a water-based river safari from one of our private boats, or attempting to land your first tiger fish, our professional team will be on hand to meet your every need.
Unlike a land-based lodge, the ZQ allows for an entire stretch of river to be explored from a vantage point making for incredible game viewing. And rightly so, as the banks of the Chobe National Park boast one of the densest populations of elephant on the African continent – currently estimated at approximately 120 000. The Park is also home to a large number of buffalo, leopard, lion along with a variety of antelope and abundant birdlife.
2 night Zambezi Queen Itinerary
We like to think of a stay on-board the Zambezi Queen as a different kind of cruise, the kind where relaxation and flexibility rules over schedules and strict time keeping, hence it is the ultimate Luxury African River Safari. This is where your holiday starts and around here we let nature guide our days.
Unlike typical river cruises, the Zambezi Queen departs and returns to the same point, a short tender boat ride from the Kasane Immigration office on the banks of the Chobe River. Staggered transfer times, on the hour between 13:00 and 16:00 allows our guests to arrive at own pace without fear of missing the boat.
The meeting point for guests is at the dedicated Riverside Lounge of the Chobe Marina Lodge in Kasane. Here guests can enjoy a refreshment prior to proceeding through the Botswana Immigration.
Guests arriving with the 13:00 and 14:00 transfers will be served lunch while guests being transferred at 15:00 or 16:00 will join us for a snack before the sunset cruise by tender boat starts.
Late afternoon, once all our guests have boarded, we 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 Zambezi Queen, no doubt with a stunning array of photos waiting to be swapped with fellow guests. After a quick freshen up, the Captain will await you on the upper deck with a welcome drink, ready for an official welcome and his safety briefing. The relaxed (cheerful) atmosphere continues as you make you way to the dining room where a delightful three-course dinner is served with an excellent choice of paired wines. An espresso or nightcap at the bar are available before retiring to the distant night sounds of Africa.
Unlike most lodges expecting guests to rise at the crack of dawn, we have a leisurely start to the day when meeting up for breakfast on the upper deck before the morning activities start. Activities range from water-based safaris, a village tour on the Namiban side of the river, bird watching or fishing. You may even decide to simply remain on-board as the Zambezi Queen makes its way along the banks of the Chobe River.
Lunch is usually served buffet-style as the Zambezi Queen makes its way along the banks of the Chobe River. The unique vantage point allows for magnificent sightings and splendid views and you may wish to while your afternoon away here before the afternoon activities start.
Join our guide in the afternoon for a water-based safari on tender-boat where you can get up close to an array of wildlife some of which might be the approximate 120 000 elephants that the Chobe is known for.
After dinner, settle down for a quiet night on the Chobe.
Enjoy a morning cruise during breakfast before bidding our crew a reluctant farewell.
Wednesday - 03 June 2015
Wednesday - 17 June 2015
Wednesday - 24 June 2015
Wednesday - 26 June 2015
Wednesday - 08 July 2015
Monday - 13 July 2015
- Accommodation on board Zambezi Queen
- All Meals on board Zambzi Queen
- All Soft drinks, mineral water, coffee & tea, beer & wine throughout your stay on ZQ
- Water-based game viewing and bird watching on tender boats
- A land-based cultural tour of a local village
- Tiger & bream fishing in season
- Road transfers to/from Kasane Airport and Chobe Marina Lodge (located close to Kasane Immigration Office on the Botswana side of the Chobe River
- Boat transfers to/from Chobe Marina Lodge and the Zambezi Queen
- 15% VAT and tourism levy
Prices are from a starting price, per person sharing, subject to change, airfare increase, currency fluctuation and availability. Advance purchase, peak season surcharges, block out periods and minimum stay conditions may apply. Valid for dates as specified.
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