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Zambezi Cruise Highlights

Why Go?

Luxurious African safari-lite experience.

Exceptional wildlife spotting opportunities from viewing decks.

Beverages included in the fare.

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Zambezi Queen Collection Overview

The Zambezi River Queen Collection is set on the Chobe River, a natural border between Botswana and Namibia. The company operates several vessels that navigate a tiny stretch of the river, providing passengers with different vantage points to view wildlife from the ships and smaller tender boats used for daily safaris. All vessels sail on two- and three-night itineraries, and land-based extensions can be arranged to view Victoria Falls.

Who goes on Zambezi Queen Collection ships?

Most passengers come from English-speaking countries, including the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand. While children older than 12 are permitted onboard, the line is not particularly child-friendly.

Do I have to dress up on a Zambezi Queen Collection cruise?

No. There is no dress code and the main criteria is to bring comfortable, loose clothing suitable for the African climate.

What are Zambezi Queen Collection's most popular activities?

Don't expect a typical river cruise. The boats only sail a 15-mile stretch of the Chobe River and move slowly between the same mid-river moorings all the time. Shore visits -- usually for game drives or village visits -- are offered, but it's not uncommon for people to stay onboard and just take in the view from the boat. And there's plenty to see: more than 450 species of birds, plus one of the densest populations of elephants on the African continent. Hippos and crocodiles can be seen frequently, and some passengers might be lucky enough to spot leopards coming down to the banks to drink. There are also opportunities to go tiger fishing on a catch-and-release basis.

Is everything free on Zambezi Queen Collection?

No, but a lot is, with rates including all meals, daily game viewing on tender boats, select shore visits, airport transfers and soft drinks, mineral water, coffee, tea, beer and wine. Premium alcoholic beverages, gratuities and visa fees are not included.