Destination: Victoria Falls
Stay: 4 Nights
Victoria Falls Hotel
The Victoria Falls Hotel is a superb Edwardian establishment on the edge of the Batoka Gorge overlooking the Victoria Falls railway bridge. It is situated in Victoria Falls Town within walking distance of all the craft markets, shops and the falls themselves. The hotel is easily reached by car and approximately 22km from the Victoria Falls Airport. Upon arrival you get a sense that you’ve stepped back in time.
While the building, as it stands today, has undergone numerous renovations since its original construction in 1804, it still looks as if it was built a hundred years ago. The hotel owes its humble beginnings to the plans of Cecil John Rhodes to build a railway track from the Cape to Cairo, crossing straight over the Victoria Falls area. Sadly, Rhodes never got to see the falls as this leg of the track was only built two years after his death.
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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