Zambezi Queen

Reviews of Zambezi Queen

Excellent(96%) From 9 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 9 of our travellers who have visited Zambezi Queen, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mrs G. from St Albans
Arrived on: 1-Jul-2019 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Constantly seeing wildlife is very special

We stayed in a master suite on this comfortable boat but, even these, cabins are small compared to the rooms in lodges. There was one armchair and sufficient room for our cases. There were two chairs on our small balcony, but this was a great place to sit to view wildlife. There is a very comfortable guest lounge with bar and dining area. There is also outside seating on this deck.

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.

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Brydon from UK
Arrived on: 19-Feb-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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a beautiful way to view Gam and birdlife

A unique way to view Game and birdlife from the Chobe River as opposed to in a vehicle. The location where the House Boat is berthed is a hassle to get to but it is all very well handled and organised. The choice of activities is wide ranging from early morning bird watching to river boat drives along the Chobe banks.... whether you see much wildlife is weather dependent.

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.

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Mr E from Guildford
Arrived on: 25-Mar-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Zambezi Queen review

High expectations, and not disappointed.

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Dr R from Melbourne
Arrived on: 8-Jul-2015 Stayed for: 2 nights
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This Safari Comes to You.

The best part of this is the armchair style of watching the animals. One of my best memories of Africa is of watching the sun come up while I lay in bed. Another is of the elephants crossing the river in the dark of the night. The bed and the rooms were comfortable but the bathroom really needed a touch up. The sink and the floor coverings were stained and the shower "shell" had holes in it from prior attempts at fitting the shower screen.

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.

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Mr & Mrs B from Caldicot
Arrived on: 4-Jun-2014 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Luxury on the Zambezi Queen

No complaints at all.

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Mr F & Mrs M from Peru
Arrived on: 20-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 3 nights
Overall:
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A different look at Africa

A nice ship, very nicely decorated. The food was good, but not spectacular and I did not get special attention to my dietary needs. Lunches were a buffet type, but without a great variety. The activities were OK. The best were the sundown cruise and the dinner served on land.

Passing through Namibia and Bostwana inmigration posts serveral times was very annoying.

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Mr M from Norfolk
Arrived on: 2-Jul-2012 Stayed for: 2 nights
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The Ultimate Bird Hide!!

After our stay at two bush camps this was a great way to relax after the rigours of safari. You can take part in as much or as little of the activities on offer as you choose. Staff are very friendly and attentive and look after you very well.
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!

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Mr & Mrs F from St Albans
Arrived on: 22-Jul-2011 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Marvellous

Fantastic setting and the quality of the accommodation was comparable to the best we have experienced in Europe. Great modern decor and all the facilities you need in the room/cabin. The food was really fantastic.

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.

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Mr G from Leics
Arrived on: 13-Apr-2011 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Zambezi Queen - absolutely 5 star

The Zambezi Queen is fantastic:

- 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

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