Zambezi Queen Est. 2009

Zambezi Queen, Westlake Drive, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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Journey to this jewel of the Chobe River, an unforgettably fabulous floating venue moored deep in the heart of Africa.
The bright white exterior of the vessel venue catching and reflecting the sunlight much like the great expanse of a white sand beach. Imagine floating down sparkling, sunlit African waters, docking on the serene beaches of the most beautiful countries along the coast, and then ending the day in your luxurious 5-star suite. Throw in world class dining, spa-side cocktails, a candlelit massage, and you can only be on the Zambezi Queen.
The Lowdown
Type
Other
Boat / Train
Views
Park
River
Style
Classic
Contemporary
Elegant
Modern
Romantic
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Birthday Party
Corporate Event
Group Getaway
Retreats: Corporate, Spa, Wellness, Etc.

Venue Setting

Located along the banks of the great Chobe River, the Zambezi Queen, affectionately known as the ZQ, offers world-class sophistication in one of the most remote locations on earth. With only 14 suites, the ZQ is as unique and adventurous as it is comfortable and elegant. In fact, it is unsurpassed in all aspects and the last word in Luxury African River Safaris.
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

Yes

Additional Charges

Only premium spirits and curio purchases are for the guests own account.

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Not Required To Host An Event Here

Capacity

Seated
30
Buffet
30
Standing
N/A
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
2009
Curfew
10 PM
Venue Spaces
Indoor Venue Space Only
Catering
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Beer/Wine/Champagne Only
Music
Indoors Only
The Venue is Closed During
01 - 09 December 2014 for annual maintenance.
Smoking
Non-smoking Venue
Inside Scoop

Bordering the Chobe National Park, you have a front-row view to approximately 120 000 elephants of the Park - not all at once, of course ;-)

Amenities
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
Venue Features
The Scene:
The Zambezi Queen is located on the Chobe River, the natural border between Namibia and Botswana. It uses a stretch of 25 kilometers of river bordering the Chobe National Park, making it the ultimate in a Luxury African River Safari.
Design:
Celebrated South African fashion designer Jenni Button lent a hand in the classic yet contemporary interior with understated muted tones. Cleverly, this not only highlights the feeling of space but allows the eye to be drawn to the constant movement of the wildlife on the banks of the river.
Standout Venue Features:
All suites have floor to ceiling windows, making the most of the exceptional game viewing that the Chobe is known for.
Extra Perks:
We offer a Fully Inclusive service as per our terms and conditions. Any additional items over and above this will be for the client's account.
Awards & Notables We have been voted the Best Boutique Cruise for 2012 and 2013 at the World Travel Awards. The vessel has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, notably lifestyle.
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
The dining area of the Zambezi Queen can seat 30 guests. African inspired cuisine is on offer with plated dinners or an on-board boma-style buffet.
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A luxury African river safari : Chobe River, Namibia, Africa
Katie David Bush
REPORT
No. 6839
VENUE:
Zambezi Queen
LOCATION:
Cape Town, Western Cape
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Boat / Yacht / Yacht Club
Floating Luxury Safari
Lush African River Wild
REPORTER: Katie David Bush
A luxury African river safari : Chobe River, Namibia, Africa
A luxury African river safari : Chobe River, Namibia, Africa
A luxury African river safari : Chobe River, Namibia, Africa

The Report

"Sailing down the Chobe is like being part of an epic movie with nature as the star", reports one of the guests who experienced the magic of this boutique boat and floating venue. The journey to the Zambezi Queen, moored serenely on the banks of the Chobe River in Namibia, evokes a bit of Jules Verne’s epic travel tome “Around the World in 80 Days.” Technological innovation including the advent of steam travel allowed dashing English gent Phineas Fogg, the unheard of ability to possibly circumnavigate the globe in a scant 80 days. Can you imagine asking for 80 days of PTO for a little rest and relaxation? In our day and age, of course, we can reach the other side of the world in mere hours. While utterly miraculous as far as rendering the world a more intimate place, it removed a bit of the undercurrent of courage many of our predecessors needed in order to simply embark on their journey. The valor needed to carve swarthy paths through uncharted waters is left mostly to the professional adventurers and daredevils while we nourish our spirits with their awesome exploits on YouTube. And for the most part, that’s just fine with us. You have to want to go. Africa needs to call to some base part of you that cannot be sated anywhere else. The journey to the Zambezi Queen, requires multiple plane changes, automobiles and potentially a small boat. Yet, therein the journey lies the magic. Every moment spent in travel is worth it’s weight in gold upon arrival to your final destination.

Unlike a land-based lodge, the Zambezi Queen allows for an entire stretch of river to be explored from a vantage point making for incredible game viewing. And rightly so, as the banks of the Chobe National Park boast one of the densest populations of elephant on the African continent – currently estimated at approximately 120 000. The Park is also home to a large number of buffalo, leopards, lions along with a variety of antelope and abundant birdlife. OH MY. The jewel of the Chobe River shines bright in the afternoon sun. The bright white exterior catching and reflecting the sunlight much like the great expanse of a white sand beach. Imagine floating down sparkling, sunlit African waters, docking on the serene beaches of the most beautiful countries along the coast, and then ending the day in your luxurious 5-star suite. Throw in world class dining, spa-side cocktails, a candlelit massage, and you can only be on the Zambezi Queen. The experience of stepping out onto your suite’s private balcony as the Chobe River rushes directly below your feet is unmatched anywhere else in the world.

HOW WILL MY GUESTS GET HERE?: The nearest access point for the Zambezi Queen is Kasane. There are flights from Johannesburg to Kasane daily.

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