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The Ultimate Floating Safari

Embark on a Chobe River water safari onboard the 5-star boutique Zambezi Queen

Dates

Fri Jun 26 – Mon Jun 29, 2020

Location

Chobe National Park, Botswana

Cost

$2680/Person

Deposit

$1340/Person

VIEW WILDLIFE FROM UNIQUE VANTAGE POINTS

Experience a safari like no other and view wildlife from unique vantage points in phenomenal regions of Africa. Safari along the Chobe River onboard the luxury Zambezi Queen, a floating 5-star boutique hotel. With only 14 luxurious cabins all with outer decks so that you can soak up the uninterrupted views of this unique African landscape, the onboard safari lifestyle is like non other.

Each day, you’ll venture out by tender boat to get up close and personal with huge herds of elephant, buffalo, lion, crocodile, zebra and more that are drawn to the water. You’ll also see a huge variety of birdlife and plant life as you breathe in African air around you.

Game viewing on the Chobe River is at its most exceptional from March to November when the weather is drier and the animals are more mobile as they search for food and water. Summer and spring also offer unique opportunities as you witness the landscape burst into life after the first rains of the season.

This is a private small-group floating safari with a maximum of 28 people/14 cabins

Accommodations

  • 3-Nights Luxury Accommodations onboard the Zambezi Queen Floating Yacht – cabin-suites have en-suite shower bathrooms with full decks, sliding privacy shutters, toiletries, amenities and electronic safes. Cabin-suites sleeps 2 people

Itinerary

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ARRIVE JOHANNESBURG

Option 1: IF BOOKING ONLY THE ULTIMATE FLOATING SAFARI – Depart Home Location on your international flight to Kasane, Botswana, to arrive on JUN 26, 2020 (Embarkation Day). OR, if continuing on this Floating Safari after the Ultimate Gorilla Trek, please refer to below.

Option 2: IF CONTINUING FROM THE ULTIMATE GORILLA TREK – If you have joined into the Ultimate Gorilla Trek, guests will depart Sabyinyo Lodge in Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda), by ground transportation to Kigali airport for your onward flight. On JUN 25th, 2020, take a late evening red-eye flight departure from Kigali, connecting through/to Johannesburg. Once in Johannesburg, you will have the use of an airport late-PM room to relax for your short layover. On the morning of JUN 26, a connecting 2-hour flight onward to Kasane is required for meet & greet and embarkation of the floating safari.

What is the Ultimate Gorilla Trek? For starters, an opportunity to view silverback gorillas in their natural habitat, while being led by expert guide Craig Sholley, the Senior Vice President of the African Wildlife Foundation.Click here to learn more information about this opportunity.

Kasane – ZAMBEZI QUEEN EMBARKATION

Upon arrival, you will be met by a representative of the Zambezi Queen Collection staff, who will help with formalities at passport control for Botswana and Namibia. The Zambezi Queens guides will also assist with luggage and then the group will be taken across the Chobe River to the Namibian side of the immigration process. Journey 20-minutes further on the Chobe River to arrive at the dock, to board the Zambezi Queen for a 3-night floating safari adventure. Once all guests have boarded in the late afternoon, and if the weather permits, you will go in search of some big game by tender boat. This is the perfect time of day to make the most of that golden glow of the African sunset by getting some iconic shots of the animals, as they gravitate towards the river before night falls. Return back to the Zambezi Queen and freshen up before meeting your Captain on the upper deck with a welcome cocktail. After a safety briefing, you’ll make your way to the dining room where you’ll be served a delectable three-course dinner along with an excellent choice of paired wines. Finish off with an espresso or nightcap at the bar before retiring to bed accompanied by the sounds of African nighttime wilderness. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

FULL day ON THE ZAMBEZI QUEEN

Some guests like to watch the sunrise as they sip on their coffee while others like to take a more leisurely approach. You choose your morning activities, depending on the type of holiday you’re searching for. Perhaps you want to enjoy a water-based safari or a village tour on the Namibian side of the river. Or perhaps you’d prefer 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 our 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. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

FULL day on THE ZAMBEZI QUEEN

After a hearty breakfast, head off to experience those activities you didn’t manage to fit in yesterday: enjoy a water-based river safari by tender boat, go bird watching or go fishing for tiger or bream. Return for lunch on board and some relaxation time before the afternoon activities start. Again, you have the choice between tiger or bream fishing, game viewing by tender boat or bird watching. In the evening, you’re in for a treat. Enjoy a traditional African dinner, served with festive African singing and dancing. You can even join in the festivities if you feel like it! Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DISEMBARKATION & GROUND TRANSFER TO KASANE AIRPORT

Enjoy a morning cruise during breakfast as you do your last bit of animal spotting and take some memorable pictures. Disembark and bid the crew a reluctant farewell and make your way via boat to the Namibian Immigration Office. Once you’ve had your documents stamped, you’ll be transferred via boat to the Kasane Immigration Office where you’ll have your documents stamped once again before departing; continue via private ground transfer from disembarkation point to the Kahane airport for your departure flight home or onward to another African destination. Depending on your international departure flight time, this may become your actual departure date from Johannesburg as the majority of flights will connect from Kasane to Johannesburg.Meals included: Breakfast

What’s Included

  • 3-nights accommodations onboard the Zambezi Queen Floating Yacht
  • All meals while onboard the Zambezi Queen
  • All soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, beer and wine while on the Zambezi Queen
  • Water-based game viewing and bird watching on tender boats
  • A land-based cultural tour of a local village
  • Tiger & Bream fishing when in season
  • Ground transportation, airport assistance, private transfers as noted per itinerary
  • Zambezi Queen dedicated professional guides
  • Zambezi Queen staff to assist with immigration clearing and luggage handling
  • Optional Premium Experience: 4×4 game drive into Botswana’s Chobe National Park

What’s not Included

  • International flights
  • Domestic internal flights (a per person cost will be quoted by THIRDHOME Custom Travel)
  • Gratuities for the voyage at the traveler’s discretion (guideline is $10 per person, per day)
  • Visa fees
  • Premium Imported Beverages
  • Laundry service and other items of personal nature

Passport & Visa Requirements

  • Passports must be valid for 6 months (or more) beyond the scheduled return date.
  • Click here for information about visas and additional entry requirements for US Citizens.
  • Click here for inoculations information. 

OPTIONAL POST FLOATING SAFARI 4-NIGHT EXTENSION TO VICTORIA FALLS – Accommodations at Tongabezi Lodge subject to availability: $3315 per person (2 adults per room)

Adventure Pricing

ULTIMATE FLOATING SAFARI (3 Nights/4 Days)

$2680 per person (based on Double occupancy)

DEPOSIT required upon booking: $1340 per person (non-refundable)

FINAL PAYMENT due MAR 1, 2020

EXTENSION: The Ultimate Gorilla Trek

Join into The Ultimate Gorilla Trek: If you are booking the Zambezi Queen Floating Safari, you have the option to add-on this extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime Silverback Gorilla Trek experience prior to boarding the Zambezi Queen. If you are opting to add-on the Ultimate Gorilla Trek, then the beginning of your safari (Day 1) would start in Kigali, Rwanda on JUN 21st.

Adventure is non-refundable after final payment. THIRDHOME strongly recommends the purchase of travel insurance. Click here to view the THIRDHOME Adventures Terms and Conditions.

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