South African Lodges

Chobe Princesses African River Safari

Address
Chobe River
Namibia
Southern Africa
Rating
Lodge Type

Staying in one of the three Chobe Princesses is like being on a private, luxury houseboat with no set itineraries and departures dates in place.  Only a small amount of guests can be accommodated per boat making this wildlife experience very personal and tranquil.  Each of the ships can also be booked exclusively allowing guests to enjoy complete privacy together with their families and friends. 

The cabins are tastefully decorated featuring a contemporary style, offering guests their view onto the scenic landscape.  From the comfort of the king size bed, one can observe the elephants grazing by the river and watch the fish eagles diving for their prey.  The cabins are equipped with convenient, standard amenities and features as well as a large sliding window through which the ever-changing African landscapes can be admired.

Cabin features:

  • En-suite bathrooms (shower only)
  • King size beds (can be changed to Twin beds)
  • Large sliding windows
  • Air-conditioning
  • Electronic safe
  • Hairdryers
  • Towels
  • Bathroom amenities (shampoo, soap).

The Chobe Princesses luxury houseboats are moored on the Namibian side of the Chobe River in Southern Africa.  Access to the boats is via Botswana's Kasane Immigration Office followed by crossing the border to Namibia.  Self-drive guests may park their car next to the Kasane Immigration Office.  Access by aircraft is available either via:

  • Kasane International Airport in Botswana (BBK), 
  • Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe (VFA), 
  • Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport 
  • Livingstone Airport in Zambia (LVI) 
  • Katima Mulilo Airport in Namibia (MPA) 

Facilities

The upper deck features a plunge pool which offers welcoming refreshment during the warm afternoons.  A welcoming lounge invites for cold sundowners while guests may expect delicious meals in the dining area of the houseboat.

  • Accommodation deck
  • Entertainment deck
  • Plunge pool (upper deck)
  • Sun loungers (upper deck)
  • Dining area and bar
  • Lounge
  • Outside deck with plunge pool
  • Glass sliding doors.

Dining

When travelling, meals become part of the holiday memories.  On the Chobe Princesses, guests may enjoy three delicious, hearty meals along with drinks and snacks in between.  During sunrise, a warm cup of coffee or tea with wholesome rusks and biscuits are offered before departing by small boat on a game viewing excursion.  After that, a fresh continental buffet or a hot English breakfast awaits.

Set menus are available for lunch and dinner.  Dietary requirements can be catered for if communicated to reservations well in advance.  However, due to the boats, remote location, Kosher and Halaal meals cannot be provided.  Tea, coffee and home-baked treats are readily available throughout the day for guests to enjoy.

After relaxing with a traditional African safari sundowner, guests may enjoy a three-course dinner as they are serenaded by the sounds of elephants, hyenas, and sometimes lions.  Following dinner, coffee and a nightcap are served before going to sleep to end a perfect day.

Activities

The houseboats offer smaller boats which are used for the daily excursions.  Thrilling activities are available which include game viewing, fishing, photographic safaris, bird watching as well as cultural tours.  An alternative to the new recreation, guests may relax on the deck chair with refreshing beverages and take in the peaceful surroundings.

Two of the Chobe Princess Luxury Boats offer four cabin suites, while the third Chobe Princess provides a total of five suites.  Each cabin can accommodate two guests, providing a king-sized bed or two single beds.

  • Guided game viewing safaris by motorised tender boat
  • Guided birding safaris by motorised tender boat
  • Guided fishing for tiger & bream by motorised tender boat (catch and release basis & fishing equipment and bait provided)
  • Use of specialised photographic boat (if available) / photographic safari
  • Guided cultural village walk on Impalila Island to ancient Baobab.

Arrival and Departure

On arrival, guests are required to get their passport stamped at the airport.  After meeting a representative at the airport, travellers are assisted in reaching their luggage and transfer to the Kasane Immigration Office in an air-conditioned vehicle.

Transfer by motorised boat takes guests to the Namibian Immigration Office, where they get their passport stamped. It is recommended that guests wear comfortable shoes, a hat and sunscreen as there is a short walk to the immigration office.

Both Kasane and Namibian immigration offices open at 07h30 and close at 16h30 daily.  The collection is from 13h00 on the day of arrival, and the drop off is at 10h00 on the day of departure.

Check-in time:

The check-in time is between 13h00 and 16h00 for the houseboats.  The Kasane Immigration Office closes at 16h30 and guests are advised to arrive no later than 16h00.  Guests arriving before 13h00 on arrival are welcome to make use of the facilities of a nearby lodge in Kasane until check-in at 13h00.

Check-out time:

The check-out time is 09h30 am to ensure guests get to the Kasane Immigration Office by 10h00.  The Kasane Immigration Office opens at 07h30am.  Guests departing after 10h30 may use the facilities of a nearby lodge in Kasane after check-out.

Access by air:

  • Kasane International Airport, Botswana (BBK) is about 15 minutes from Kasane Immigration Office
  • Victoria Falls Airport, Zimbabwe (VFA) is about 1 ½ hours from Kasane Immigration Office
  • Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, formerly Livingstone Airport, Zambia (LVI) is about 2 hours from Kasane Immigration Office
  • Katima Mulilo Airport, Namibia (MPA) is about 2 ½ hours from Kasane Immigration Office.

River Safari Package inclusions

Guests enjoy an extensive river safari experience when travelling on the Chobe River.  Comfortable accommodation, meals, selected beverages as well as activities are included in the package.

Rate inclusions (subject to change):

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • All soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, beer and wine
  • Road transfers to and from Kasane International Airport and Kasane Immigration Office on arrival and departure
  • Activities and excursions (guided game viewing by boat, supervised fishing from a boat, guided birding, a guided walk on Impalila Island or visit a local village on the Namibian side of Chobe River)
  • All fuel
  • All equipment hire (fishing rods, lures, etc.)
  • Fishing licences
  • 15% Namibian VAT
  • 1% Namibian Tourism Levy
  • Boat transfers between Kasane Immigration Office in Botswana and Namibia Immigration office.

Below detailed information about the Chobe Princesses African River Safari is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • King size bed
  • Safe
  • Single beds

Adventures

Activities:

  • Game viewing
  • Fishing
  • Bird watching
  • Photo Safaris
  • Cultural Tours.

  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Plunge pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sun deck
  • Terrace
  • Viewing deck

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Concierge services
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
Malaria and Animals
  • As these Chobe River houseboats cruise in a malaria area, we advise that you take malaria prophylactics. Please consult your doctor before travelling for up-to-the-minute medical advice.  

    Should you make use of a CPAP (a small medical supervising device), please note that the houseboats switch over to an inverter system after 22h00.

Children Policy
    • Children of all ages are welcome.
    • One child under the age of 7 years can share a suite with two adults. Limited to one cabin per night per houseboat and is subject to availability at time of booking.
    • Kids of 12 years and older are considered adults.
    • Please note that no separate activities and menus are available for children.
VISA
  • Visa requirements

    Travellers are responsible for determining what documentation is required, as well as ensuring any such documentation including passports, visas, medical certificates and unabridged birth certificates are up to date and have been obtained
    before travel.

    Due to constantly changing visa requirements, it is recommended that travellers contact the appropriate embassy for accurate and up-to-date information.

Available Rooms

2 Night Itinerary

# Rooms:
5

Chobe Princess 1 features five well appointed cabins which feature en-suite bathrooms as well as a shower.

Cabin features:

  • En-suite bathrooms (shower only)
  • Large sliding windows
  • Air-conditioning
  • Electronic safe
  • Hairdryers
  • Bathroom amenities.

3 Night Itinerary

# Rooms:
4

Chobe Princess 3 has four cabins on boards accommodating guests in comfortable beds.  Each cabin features a shower and en-suite bathroom as well as air conditioning, a safe, hairdryers and bathroom amenities.

Cabin features:

  • En-suite bathrooms (shower only)
  • Large sliding windows
  • Air-conditioning
  • Electronic safe
  • Hairdryers
  • Bathroom amenities.

Chobe Princesses African River Safari Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Chobe Princesses African River Safari 2 night itinerary, deparing Monday and Wednesday.

Rates per person sharing for two nights.

  • January - March 2018: R11,550.00
  • April - November 2018: R14,220.00
  • December 2018 - February 2019: R11,550.00
  • March - November 2019: R15,356.00
  • December 2019: R12,474.00

** Rates are per person sharing, 30% single supplement will apply

Departure dates:

2018
March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
April 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
May 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
July 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
August 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
September 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
October 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
November 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
December 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31

2019
January 2, 7, 9, 14,16, 21,23 28, 30
February 4, 6, 11, 13,1 8, 20, 25, 27
March 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
April 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29
May 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
June 3, ,5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
July 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
August 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
September 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
October 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
November 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
December 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • All soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, and local beer & wine throughout your stay
  • Water based game viewing and bird watching on tender boats
  • A land - based cultural tour of a local village
  • Tiger & bream fishing in season (tiger fishing is strictly catch and release)
  • Road Transfers to and from Kasane Airport and Kasane Immigration Office located on the Botswana side of the Chobe river

Excluded from the rate:

  • Air tickets
  • Premium alcoholic beverages (such as sparkling wine, spirits & dessert wines)
  • Additional transfers to/from Zambia / Zimbabwe / Namibia / any of the Kasane Lodges
  • A land-based half-day 4x4 game viewing in Botswana's Chobe National Park
  • Community Development Levy (ZAR 65.00 per person per night; non-commissionable)
  • Curio Shop purchases
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Visa Fees

Terms and Conditions:

  • This is a 2 night itinerary
  • Departs Monday & Wednesday
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Chobe Princesses African River Safari 2 night itinerary, deparing Monday and Wednesday.

Rates per person sharing for two nights.

January - March 2018: R11,550.00
April - November 2018: R14,220.00
December 2018 - February 2019: R11,550.00
March - November 2019: R15,356.00
December 2019: R12,474.00

** Rates are per person sharing, 30% single supplement will apply

Departure dates:

2018

March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
April 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
May 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
July 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
August 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
September 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
October 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
November 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
December 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31

2019
January 2, 7, 9, 14,16, 21,23 28, 30
February 4, 6, 11, 13,1 8, 20, 25, 27
March 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
April 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29
May 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
June 3, ,5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26
July 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
August 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
September 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
October 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
November 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
December 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • All soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, and local beer & wine throughout your stay
  • Water based game viewing and bird watching on tender boats
  • A land - based cultural tour of a local village
  • Tiger & bream fishing in season
  • (tiger fishing is strictly catch and release)
  • Road Transfers to and from Kasane Airport and Kasane Immigration Office located on the Botswana side of the Chobe river

Excluded from the rate:

  • Air tickets
  • Premium alcoholic beverages (such as sparkling wine, spirits & dessert wines)
  • Additional transfers to/from Zambia / Zimbabwe / Namibia / any of the Kasane Lodges
  • A land-based half-day 4x4 game viewing in Botswana's Chobe National Park
  • Community Development Levy (ZAR 65.00 per person per night; non-commissionable)
  • Curio Shop purchases
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Visa Fees

Terms and Conditions:

  • This is a 2 night itinerary
  • Departs Monday & Wednesday
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Chobe Princesses African River Safari 3 night itinerary, departs Friday.

Rates per person sharing for three nights.

  • January - March 2018: R17,325.00
  • April - November 2018: R21,330.00
  • December 2018 - February 2019: R17,325.00
  • March - November 2019: R23,034.00
  • December 2019: R18,711.002018

** Rates are per person sharing, 30% single supplement will apply

Deaprture dates:

2018

March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September 7, 14, 21, 28
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
December 7, 14, 21, 28

2019

January 4, 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 5, 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17, 24,31
June 7, 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
December 6, 13, 20, 27

Included in the rate:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • All soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, and local beer & wine throughout your stay
  • Water based game viewing and bird watching on tender boats
  • A land - based cultural tour of a local village
  • Tiger & bream fishing in season (tiger fishing is strictly catch and release)
  • Road Transfers to and from Kasane Airport and Kasane Immigration Office located on the Botswana side of the Chobe river

Excluded from the rate:

  • Air tickets
  • Premium alcoholic beverages (such as sparkling wine, spirits & dessert wines)
  • Additional transfers to/from Zambia / Zimbabwe / Namibia / any of the Kasane Lodges
  • A land-based half-day 4x4 game viewing in Botswana's Chobe National Park
  • Community Development Levy (ZAR 65.00 per person per night; non-commissionable)
  • Curio Shop purchases
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Visa Fees

Terms and Conditions:

  • This is a 3 night itinerary
  • Departs Monday & Wednesday
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Directions

The Chobe Princess Luxury Houseboats are moored on the Namibian side of the Chobe River, Southern Africa. Access is via the Kasane Immigration Office into Namibia.

Flights depart daily from South Africa to Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe and weekly from Namibia.
The closest airport is 15 minutes away.

Road transfers to and from Kasane International Airport to and from the Kasane Immigration Office are offered. Travellers can also choose shared or private road transfers at an additional cost from Victoria Falls International Airport, Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, formerly Livingstone Airport, and Katima Mulilo Airport.


Access by car:

Self-drive guests may park their care next to the Kasane Immigration Office.


Access by air:

1. Kasane International Airport, Botswana (BBK) is about 15 minutes from Kasane Immigration Office
2. Victoria Falls Airport, Zimbabwe (VFA) is about 1 ½ hours from Kasane Immigration Office
3. Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, formerly Livingstone Airport, Zambia (LVI) is about 2 hours from Kasane Immigration Office
4. Katima Mulilo Airport, Namibia (MPA) is about 2 ½ hours from Kasane Immigration Office.

Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

4 Star

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