The Chobe Princess Safariboats are intimate houseboats on the Chobe River that allow guests to experience the wonders of the Chobe National Park without the crowds. The boats follow a schedule, with a 2-day departure on mondays and wednesdays and a 3-day departure on fridays. The boat is basically your private floating hotel on the Chobe River with staff, guides and boats at your disposal.
There are three boats, built to the same specifications. The boats offer 4-5 cabins, each configured with either a king size bed or a twin. All rooms can accommodate two adults and are equipped with large sliding windows and en-suite bathroom. Children of any age are allowed on the boat, and triples are possible for one child under 8 in the parent's room. The superior rooms are slightly more expensive as they offer a private balcony.
The Chobe Princess Safariboats consist of 3 decks. The cabins for guests and staff are located on the lower deck. The upper deck features bar, lounge and dining area. In front of the boat there is a sun deck with loungers and a plunge pool. The top deck is the perfect viewing point to watch wildlife while the sun sets over the Chobe River.
This border posts opens at 07h30 and closes at 16h30 daily. Guests should meet at Immigration at 13:30. After having your passport stamped, it is only a short boat ride across the river to Impalila Island to enter into Namibia (another stamp!). The whole transfer should not take more than 45 min from the jetty, or one hour from Kasane airport respectively. On your day of departure you will be taken back to Botswana, your arrival time at the Kasane border post (jetty) is about 10 am.
The Chobe Princess Safariboats have access to several exclusive docking sites along the Chobe River. It will take the boat between 3 and 4 hours to move from one site to the next.
Witness to its own fair share of history, the Victoria Falls Hotel was built in 1904 during the reign of England's King Edward VII, and reflects the opulent Edwardian style. Monarchs, Presidents, Hollywood stars and other VIPs have all strut the corridors of this ‘grand old lady of the falls'. The hotel was just recently renovated in a manner still echoing its glorious past.
The well-manicured tropical garden with its water lily pond and shady palms offers first-rate views of the Victoria Falls and the historical bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia. The hotel comprises 115 rooms of varying price class, three restaurants, two tennis courts, a large swimming pool, library, bar, spa with hair salon and a souvenir shop.
The Zambezi River rises in north-western Zambia and crosses several African countries on its 2700 km journey to the Indian Ocean. The river also forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. At Victoria Falls, the water falls for more than 100m into Batoka Gorge, over a width of nearly two kilometers. The falls are called 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' or 'the Smoke that Thunders', as the spray can be seen from miles away and, at the height of the rainy season, more than five hundred million cubic meters of water per minute plummet over the edge.
Little Makalolo Camp offers a superb close-to-nature safari experience in Nwange National Park. This small and intimate camp offers just six tents erected on a stone floor with en-suite bathrooms, verandas and additional outdoor showers. The main building comprises an open-plan lounge and a dining tent with a fire pit located just in front, where guests can cosy-up and review the day's activities. The plunge pool is a hit with both guests and elephants alike.
A waterhole well frequented by elephant is located to the front of the camp. A woodpile acts as a hide where guests can view the wildlife from behind/underneath - observing elephants from below is an unforgettable experience.
Changa Camp is the only permanent camp in Matusadona National Park. The camp owns a private concession, with exclusive access to nearly five kilometers of Lake Kariba’s shoreline!
With only six double tents and two family tents, Changa Camp is a personal and intimate affair, located right on the shores of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. Each room offers a private veranda, outdoor bath and shower.
The main area plays host to the dining room and some lounge corners. A stairway leads down onto a lower deck with a fire pit and further on to the wide beach of glittering white sand and the swimming pool, the perfect spot to sit and relax whilst enjoying a refreshing drink. Food is served on a communal table in the dining area or under a canopy of trees on the deck, or at the sandy beach in front of camp.
The swimming pool is a wonderfully shaded haven equipped with sun loungers and private seating areas. Because Changa is set on the shores of Lake Kariba, it enjoys cooling breezes all day from the prevailing wind that comes across the water into camp.
Access is by plane into Fothergill Island airfield. The duration of the flights is approximately an hour and a half from either Harare or Victoria Falls. Guests are met by a Changa representative, who will transfer them into camp on a short 20-minute boat transfer.
Ruckomechi Camp offers ten spacious tents with large bathrooms and additional outdoor showers. All tents have a small forecourt with chairs and river views. The rooms are open and airy and their many windows offer fantastic panoramic views of passing wildlife.
Five rooms are located either side of the main building, which is accessed via raised wooden platforms and houses a pool, library, lounge, bar and the dining area. An outdoor deck with plenty of cushions and integrated fireplace is the ideal spot for morning coffee or a good story to round off the day.
The camp is located on the banks of the Zambezi inside a private concession bordering the actual park. No other vehicles are permitted to drive in this area and as the concession is located just outside the park, night drives are allowed as well.
Ruckomechi Camp can be reached by flying to Harare in Zimbabwe before taking a 1.5-hour light aircraft flight to camp, or in a light aircraft from Victoria Falls (2 hrs). Transfer from Mana West Airstrip to camp takes around 30 minutes.
Individual journey. The journey will be planned on your preferred dates.
Duration 12 nights. Min 2 guests. Minimum age 7 years. Weight limit of luggage 20 kg.
Includes all transfers from Kasane to the hotels/camps to Harare
- Chobe Princess: Standard Room. All meals, drinks (except premier brands), twice daily activities with one of the camp guides.
- Victoria Falls Hotel: Stables Signature Wing. Breakfast.
- Little Makalolo : Double Room. All meals, drinks (except premier brands), laundry service, twice daily activities with one of the camp guides.
- Changa Safari Camp: Double Room. All meals, drinks (except premier brands), laundry service, twice daily activities with one of the camp guides.
- Ruckomechi Camp: Double Room. All meals, drinks (except premier brands), laundry service, twice daily activities with one of the camp guides.
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