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The two and three day river cruises on the Zambezi Queen offer a unique and wonderful way of viewing all the wonders the Chobe River has to offer.
The Chobe River is synonymous with Africa's raw wilderness, dividing as it does Botswana's Chobe National Park from Namibia's Caprivi Strip, and with one of the densest populations of wildlife in Africa.
There are three decks to this floating boutique hotel. The first houses an air-conditioned lounge, with a small library, computers and numerous games. There are ten suites and four master suites. Each has en-suite bathrooms, king or twin beds, private balconies and a fan. Full length shutters offer protection from the sun, and the sliding doors will keep away any uninvited pests.
The entertainment and dining area is on the top deck, complete with an open-plan lounge area and fireplace. There is a telescope to gaze at those beautiful African star-lit skies and an immensely well-stocked bar.
All of the areas are protected by mosquito screens, and the two outside areas have shaded areas with seating, a splash pool and sunbathing sections.
Game viewing can be either water or land-based. Take a tender boat through the maze of flooded reeds past hippos, crocs, elephants and a variety of antelope and water birds, to a tributary of the Savuti River, to go fishing for tiger fish. It is also possible to visit the local village of Kafubu on the nearby island where the locals still live very much as they have for centuries. The island is also home to some of the largest baobab trees in the region.
Other Zambezi Queen activities include an evening boma beach braai on the river bank followed by lazing on big cotton blankets listening to bushmen's stories. Afternoons can be spent dozing on the comfy sofas or in the Jacuzzi on deck, peacefully watching the world go by as the Zambezi Queen slowly drifts.
This is a wonderful combination with a few nights spent at the Victoria Falls, or at the end of a safari in Botswana, Zambia or Zimbabwe, and a great alternative to the coast.