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Chobe Princess

Explore the Wild: Discover the Beauty of the Botswana

Overview

Embark on an exclusive river safari aboard one of the three Chobe Princesses, where the small number of guests creates an intimate houseboat atmosphere. Opt for the ultimate privacy by booking the entire boat for an exclusive villa on the water, ensuring a personalised and secluded experience. Drift down the Chobe River, witnessing captivating wildlife scenes, and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of an intimate river safari. Each houseboat comes equipped with a minimum of three smaller boats, allowing you to tailor daily excursions to your preferences – be it bird-watching, tiger fishing, or indulging in a photographic safari. The tastefully decorated cabins offer a contemporary style with private views of the ever-changing landscapes. The upper entertainment deck features a spacious lounge, bar area, and a refreshing plunge pool, providing a perfect retreat along the banks of the majestic Chobe River.

Room Amenities

  • En-Suite
  • Air Conditioning
  • Shower
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Dressing Gowns

What to Expect

Discover unparalleled sophistication amidst the remote landscapes of the Chobe River on one of the three Chobe Princess houseboats. With a tasteful contemporary design, each cabin offers a private view of the surrounding landscapes. The houseboats cater to an all-inclusive African river experience, ensuring a seamless blend of luxury and wilderness. Enjoy the exclusivity of a small number of guests, fostering an intimate atmosphere. Each houseboat is equipped with a minimum of three smaller boats for personalised daily excursions, covering activities such as bird-watching, tiger fishing, and photographic safaris. The upper entertainment deck provides a relaxing space with a lounge, bar area, and a plunge pool, enhancing the overall experience of an intimate river safari on the Chobe Princesses.

Highlights

Cabin

Chobe Princess Cabins have beautiful big windows that slide open to let in those ever-changing river views. Listen to the soft grunt of hippo as you watch for elephant at the water’s edge – all from the comfort of your king-size bed. Cabin interiors have soft tan linens, and a soothing colour scheme of riverine blues and whites that blend with the natural landscape.

Superior Cabin

Instead of sliding windows, our Chobe Princess Superior Cabins each have their own private balcony. Imagine waking in the morning and stepping out onto your balcony facing Chobe National Park. Later, while the boat is sailing, you’ll have a front-row seat to the incredible landscapes and wildlife on the riverbanks. What’s more, the top cabin on the larger Chobe Princess, has an elevation that’s excellent for wildlife spotting.

Water-Based Game Viewing

Situated in the heart of the Chobe region with access to river frontage of the Chobe National Park, we also offer water-based game drives by tender boat, allowing you to experience the enormous diversity and concentration of wildlife up even closer.

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 though, as you watch the landscape burst into life after the first rains of the season. Catch sight of huge herds of elephant as they swim across the water, as well as buffalo, lion, crocodile, lechwe, puku, giraffe, zebra, sable, kudu and the occasional leopard as they gather to quench their thirst at watering holes. Besides animal life, you’ll also see a huge variety of birdlife and plant life as you listen to the sounds of a hippo grunting and breathe in the sweet smell of African grass.

The Chobe is known as a photographer’s paradise and for good reason. The soft early morning light and the sunsets at dusk, combined with striking animal behaviour, make for dramatic and unusual photo opportunities. Before your game viewing excursion, remember to apply sunscreen and wear a hat, as temperatures can reach over 40 degrees centigrade. You should also bring along a jacket for the chillier temperatures in the early mornings and evenings.

Enjoy the ultimate in game viewing safari decadence as you sip on a drink and cruise along the river in one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.

Fishing

No trip to the Chobe is complete without trying your hand at a fishing safari where if you’re lucky, you may even catch a tiger fish. One of the greatest fighting fish in the world, the tiger fish is the most sought after prize of these waters and is known for its ferocious spirit. It’s not all about tiger fish though. You may also hook one of the many bream species, African pike, tilapia, catfish or upper Zambezi yellowfish as you explore over 100 kms of the Chobe and Zambezi rivers, as well as the winding Kasai Channel and thrilling Chobe and Mambova rapids.

We offer both conventional equipment as well as flyfishing equipment for our fishing safaris, because we know that the area is renowned worldwide for its flyfishing. We supply rods, flies, lures, lines, leaders and reels and all equipment is included in our rate.

Because of our unique location, we offer excellent fishing safaris all year round – from the annual floods starting in March to the feeding frenzies in the winter months. Our highly knowledgeable guides, the tackle and bait we supply as well as well stocked cooler boxes make fishing in Africa an experience to remember. Land an eight pounder or more and earn bragging rights for years to come, as you enjoy a fishing trip that’s second to none.

Birding

With over 450 species, a mix of terrains and a dramatic African backdrop, the Chobe River is the perfect setting for a highly rewarding birdwatching safari. Birding season starts in September, when the first migrants arrive, boosting the bird population sometimes by 20% compared to the winter months. From December through to March birdlife on the Chobe is extremely busy and the colourful breeding plumage on display is an extraordinary sight.

Experienced birders and even eager amateurs will delight in spotting distinct birds such as African skimmers, rock pratincoles and the African finfoot, either through their binoculars or with the naked eye. Having access to your own knowledgeable guide and tender boat lets you spend many hours on your birding safari also viewing cattle egrets, fish eagles, open-billed storks, lesser-striped swallows, pied kingfishers and the striking carmine bee-eater. The slow drift of the tender boat means that you won’t disturb the peaceful silence and can also get up close to the birds and observe their fascinating behaviour.

Sit patiently and absorb the beauty around you and soon you’ll be rewarded with a unique sighting that you’ll want to photograph. Because you’ll have access to the Chobe National Park and the Caprivi wetlands, you’ll get exposure to a wide variety of species you may have never seen before. The distinct sounds of the call of an African fish eagle mingling with the grunt of hippos will stay with you long after your Chobe River birdwatching safari is over.

Facilities

  • Communal Dining
  • Bar
  • Pool
  • Mobile Connectivity
  • Eco Friendly
  • 24-hour Security
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