Reviews of Zambezi Queen
Wildlife sightings and reviews
9 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Zambezi Queen and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Constantly seeing wildlife is very special "
We did a two night stay, which was an ideal length as all your wildlife viewing is from the water. We arrived at lunch time on the first day and cruised on the river in the afternoon. This gave us the opportunity to explore more of the river than we had from the Chobe Game Lodge. In places, we could see the animals making their way down to the river and got a greater sense of the size of herds. Be aware that if the wind is too strong, the Zambezi Queen will not sail, but will be docked and so you will only explore in the ship's three smaller boats.
On our only full day, we were offered the opportunity of an early morning bird watching cruise. After breakfast, we went on small boats to a Namibian village. We had 6 guests on our boat, so there was plenty of room. There was even a toilet on board . We were guided around the village and it was fascinating to see the way of life there. We were also made very aware of the problems that this year's drought has caused local people. After the tour, members of the village performed singing and dancing for us and displayed hand made gifts for purchase. There was no pressure to buy, but there was an expectation that you would make a small donation for the tour and entertainment, if you didn't buy any goods.
After the village tour, you can go back to the Zambezi Queen or continue with the morning safari. After lunch, we went on the small boats again for further wild life viewing. The next day, there were no safaris; you leave after breakfast.
Food on the Zambezi Queen is very good. Most meals are buffets, but we did have a waitress service evening meal on our first night. All the staff are very pleasant and the guides are very informative. On the second evening the staff performed songs and dances for guests.
Transfers to and from the Zambezi Queen are well-organised.
" See all these reviews: 7n in Botswana; 3n in Zimbabwe
"a beautiful way to view Gam and birdlife"
The service and rooms on board were excellent - we were in one of two front facing suites with a large terrace. The quality of food served given the isolated location was simply amazing and the staff were absolutely charming.
I would concur that a 2 night stay is just about right. " See all these reviews: 5n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Zambezi Queen review"
"This Safari Comes to You."
The trek up to the Namibian Police station on top of the hill I could have done without. We really should have had a guide accompany us up this road to reduce confusion regarding directions and uncertainty under the gaze of less than friendly locals.
The water safaris were a great way to see the local wildlife and birds.
The management and staff do a great job under difficult resourcing conditions." See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 2n in Zimbabwe
"Luxury on the Zambezi Queen"
"A different look at Africa"
Passing through Namibia and Bostwana inmigration posts serveral times was very annoying." See all these reviews: 6n in Botswana; 6n in Tanzania; 5n in Zanzibar; 4n in South Africa
"The Ultimate Bird Hide!!"
The suites are very spacious with sliding doors onto your own balcony, looking out over the Zambezi.
The top deck lounge and dining area is very comfortable with large sofas where you can relax with a beer and watch the wildlife come to you! The last night Boma dinner held under the stars on the Namibian shore was very enjoyable with traditional Botswana and Namibian food, The crew also give you a taste of local cultural singing and dancing around the fire.
Just one thing to note is that due to the Zambezi Queen being registered in Namibia not Botswana you have to exit Botswana via an immigration check point and take a small boat across the Zambezi to Namibia. You then have to walk a distance to the Namibian immigration point over fairly rough ground - so where sensible footwear!" See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana
We enjoyed all the trips on smaller boats and marvelled at the number of elephants, hippos and crocodiles we saw. A perfect experience.
We had expected the boat to be moving along the river but apparently there was a problem with one of the engines and it stayed moored in the same place. However, in the end it did not matter much because we still had a great time." See all these reviews: 3n in Botswana; 3n in Zimbabwe
"Zambezi Queen - absolutely 5 star"
- superb location moored in the middle of the Chobe river - I lay on my bed watching elephants on the bank of the river, and at night I went to sleep listening to the hippos on the bank nearby
- service is first rate, from the welcome song as I boarded, nothing was too much trouble for the staff. It truly fely as if I couldn't have been looked after any better
- food is excellent, breakfast and dinner on board were very good, and included afternoon tea, but the highlight was the dinner on land on the last night. A sort boat ride to the bank where our tables had been arranged under the stars, lit by lanterns, and served a local boma, with food, dancing and music - quite magical.
- activities - game drive, boat rides along the bank (saw that big croc I was looking for!), and more fishing
- star gazing from the top deck was excellent because it is moored away from any lights.
Overall highly recommended, I loved this" See all these reviews: 5n in Botswana; 3n in Zimbabwe
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