• African sunset, Botswana

About Zambezi Queen, Chobe River

About Zambezi Queen, Chobe River

The elegant Zambezi Queen is situated along the Chobe River. Gently cruising 25km through the tranquil waters of the river, the Zambezi Queen offers 14 stylish suites for guests. The ship was built in the early 1990’s, and after years of being used merely as a floating hotel, it was refurbished in 2008, with a third deck being added. A stay aboard the ZQ allows for excellent game viewing, and offers stunning views of both Botswana and Namibia.  There are opportunities for closer wildlife viewing from river-based safaris in private boats.

The Chobe River runs along the border of Northern Botswana. The Chobe National Park is located along the banks, and boat trips are the great for spotting wildlife such as elephants, lions and antelope. 

Lodge Details


Intimate cruise ship with just 14 stylish suites, each with a private balcony and bathroom.


The Zambezi Queen is located along the Chobe River, and passes the point where four countries meet; Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia.

Accommodation & facilities

There are 14 stylish suites on the Zambezi Queen; 10 Standard Suites and 4 Master Suites. All the suites have fantastic views, which can be made even more magnificent by stepping onto your own balcony, where you can feel the cooling breeze and take in the beautiful setting. South African fashion designer Jenni Button contributed toward the design of the contemporary interiors, which consist of elegant, subtle tones and patterns. There is an air of sophistication as you enter the spacious suites; each cabin has large windows which allows incredible views at all times. There are double or twin beds, air conditioning and modern, clean en-suite bathrooms in each suite. The slightly larger Master Suites are located on the lower and middle decks, and likewise to the individual cabins, offer fantastic views over the river, private bathrooms and air conditioning.

The lounge and dining areas are decorated equally as stylishly as the cabins, with light airy tones and a classic feel. The dining area has incredible panoramic views of the surroundings, and the lounge is a sophisticated setting for a refreshing beverage. There is a swimming pool on the Upper Deck and a reading room where you can take a refreshing dip or relax with a good book.


There are a range of ways to spend your time whilst aboard the Zambezi Queen; just soaking in the incredible setting and spotting the range of wildlife at the water’s edge is a fantastic option. The ZQ really is a wildlife-lovers paradise – choose from two types of safari-based activity during your stay; you can either stay water-based and take a tender boat game drive to get incredible views of the elephant herds as they come to drink at the riverbanks. Opt for some fishing during season, or enjoy some bird-watching - birdlife in this area is superb. Guests also have the opportunity to get off the boat for an afternoon or morning at Chobe National Park, where you can enjoy game drives. There is also the option of visiting local African villages, where you can learn more about the culture.

Aboard the Zambezi Queen you can enjoy the spectacular night sky by star-gazing through their on-board telescope, enjoy a drink in the bar area, read a book in the private Reading Room or take a dip in the Upper Deck swimming pool.


You can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout your stay in the dining area on the Upper Deck. Look out over the stunning surroundings as you enjoy a cooked breakfast, buffet lunch and a la carte menu at dinner. With prior notification, dietary requirements can be catered for.

Child Policy

Children aged 7 and upwards are allowed on the Zambezi Queen, with triple rooms available for children sharing with parents.