This will surely be a life changing safari combining the unique experience of a luxury houseboat on the Chobe River in Botswana with exclusive access in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park to some of Africa’s best wildlife areas offering seclusion, privacy and purposeful travel.
If you love elephants, then this is the itinerary for you! Magnificent game viewing is guaranteed – exclusive game viewing on the Chobe River at dawn and dusk well before it gets busy with others and exclusive game viewing in a private concession in Hwange well away from the day visitors.
We can arrange for a private vehicle too – just ask us to organise it.
After an overnight flight into Johannesburg O R Tambo International Airport you will receive a VIP Meet & Greet and be escorted to your connecting flight to Kasane in Botswana.
An adventurous experience awaits even before embarking the Zambezi Queen, with boat crossings from Botswana into Namibia and small immigration outposts to stamp your passport!
The Zambezi Queen on the Chobe River is your luxury floating hotel for the next 3 nights. You will be greeted warmly with welcoming drinks.
The Zambezi Queen has just 14 rooms, each room has its own private balcony from where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the river and African landscape beyond.
After settling in there is time to explore the Chobe River by hopping into a small tender boat to go in search of some big game close to the water’s edge.
Return to the Zambezi Queen for pre-dinner drinks followed by a delicious 3 course dinner with an excellent choice of paired wines.
Wake up to the sights and sounds of life on the river and admire a beautiful sunrise as you sip your morning coffee.
There is a choice of morning activities depending on the type of holiday you are searching for. Perhaps you want to start with a river-based safari hopping into the small tender boat to get closer to the river banks or a village tour on the Namibian side of the river? Or perhaps you’d prefer a spot of bird watching or fishing instead? You may even decide to simply remain on board as the luxurious Zambezi Queen glides its way along the banks of the Chobe River.
After your morning activities, enjoy lunch on board while using your unique vantage point to spot wild animals and drink in the expansive views. Join the guide in the afternoon for a water-based safari on a tender boat where you can get up close to an array of wildlife, including some of the 120 000 elephants for which the Chobe is well known. After a delicious dinner, settle down for a restful and tranquil night in your luxurious suite.
After a hearty breakfast, head off to experience those activities you didn’t manage to fit in yesterday. Life along the river’s edge is constantly changing, so hopping into a smaller tender boat will get you close to harrumphing hippos and lazing crocodiles, as well as plains game, elephants and buffalo as they come to the water’s edge to drink. There is also amazingly diverse birdlife to tick off your list, as well as catch & release fishing for tigerfish or bream. Return for lunch on board and some relaxation time before the afternoon game viewing activities.
In the evening, you’re in for a treat. Enjoy a traditional African dinner, served with African singing and dancing. You can even join in the festivities if you feel like it!
Enjoy a morning cruise during breakfast as you do your last bit of animal spotting and take some memorable pictures.
Journey by small launch crossing from Namibia into Botswana to meet with your driver for a private road transfer into Zimbabwe. From Victoria Falls Airport take a light aircraft into a remote camp deep within a private concession in the Hwange National Park.
You will be met at the airstrip by your guide and be driven through the bush in a 4×4 to Linkwasha Camp – your home for the next 3 nights in a luxury tent.
Zimbabwe remains one of Africa’s premier safari destinations with arguably the best quality guiding in the whole of the continent!
Dependent on time of arrival enjoy lunch or afternoon tea before an afternoon game drive, sundowners in the bush and continuing the drive after darkness has fallen to find the nocturnal species.
As well as its famous elephant populations, it is said that Hwange is sanctuary to 25 types of predator and more than 400 bird species. Large predators include lions, cheetah and leopard and there are the exciting smaller nocturnal predators too of serval, civet and bat eared foxes. Special sightings include the roan and sable antelope. Hwange is also an important breeding ground for the African wild dog and where populations of the endangered white rhino reside.
Linkwasha Camp lies in a private concession in what is billed as the best game viewing location in Hwange National Park. This camp is owned by Wilderness Safaris who are renowned for offering exclusive access to some of Africa’s most prolific wildlife areas.
Linkwasha Camp itself is an eclectic mix of contemporary interiors and Ndebele culture, its nine luxurious tents overlooking the scenic plain.
By now you will be well tuned to safari camp life!
A typical day will start with a wake up call, light breakfast and early morning game drive starting at first light. With hot coffee, tea and muffins enjoyed in the bush, by mid/late morning it’s time to head back to camp for full breakfast or brunch. Then relax with a siesta or cool off in a private plunge pool. Linkwasha is an unfenced camp, so the game will come to you especially as camp overlooks a watering hole that is a magnet for game seeking to quench its thirst. By 3.30pm it’s time for afternoon tea when daytime temperatures will start to cool and the wildlife again becomes active. It is very special enjoying sundowners and canapes in the bush as darkness falls with the nocturnal sounds of the bush all around.
By 7.30-8pm return to camp for a 3 course dinner followed by nightcaps around the campfire.
Additional activities include walking safaris and a visit to a local village to tour the school and meet local villagers.
After a morning game viewing activity you will meet with your light aircraft for the flight to Victoria Falls Airport and your onward journey.
The Zambezi Queen is a sleek 14 room river boat that sails the waters of the Chobe River between Botswana's Chobe National Park and Namibia's Caprivi Strip.
Moving along the banks of the great Chobe River, Zambezi Queen is a 5-star, 42-metre long luxury houseboat offering unparalleled sophistication in one of the most remote locations on the planet. Best of all, as a guest on the vessel, you can enjoy a truly unique and adventurous river safari holiday while still being surrounded by complete comfort and elegance.
Linkwasha Camp lies in a remote private concession in the game rich south-eastern corner of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.
Luxurious and spacious, 8 ensuite luxury canvas tents, and 1 family tent, are constructed on wooden platforms, and feature glass sliding doors opening out to private decks and bush vistas. Units are climate-controlled, ensuring comfortable temperatures.
Fresh and attractive central areas include multi-level decks, a pool and winter lounge; the natural environment and unspoilt wilderness may be appreciated from all areas of Linkwasha Camp.
We had a wonderful time, everything went off perfectly.
The accommodation was excellent and all the transfers and pick up just happened seamlessly ! We loved Victoria falls our guide was very knowledgeable . Our Riverboat stay was amazing , we even glimpsed a Leopard from the river bank plus Lions , hippos , crocs and many other animals. We were amazed at how much we saw and did in 6 days.
Thank you for arranging such a wonderful time for us.
If you would like to explore two of Zimbabwe's top safari destinations and include a stay at an iconic 5 star property at Victoria Falls, then click on the link below that takes you to our partner site of The Big 5 Safari Company to see lots more sample itineraries.