THE PRIDE OF THE ZAMBEZI – LUXURY HOUSEBOAT
The Pride of the Zambezi does not have fixed departure dates with a set plan or routing. We like to ‘tailor make’ according to the guest’s interests and requests.
It could mean your main priority is gameviewing OR birding OR photography OR fishing OR a culmination of all and will then plan accordingly.
Air Botswana flies direct into Kasane Airport from Johannesburg on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, allowing flexibility in the planning of an itinerary.
Alternatively, if you are already in Victoria Falls, and this is an extention to your existing booking – we will arrange a road transfer to Kasane Immigration for you – and then your Houseboat adventure will begin!
TYPICAL 2 NIGHT ITINERARY
Check in time is after 2pm so we will collect at Kasane immigration in town around about this time. The direct Air Botswana flight (JNB/Kasane) lands at 2pm. We then transfer by small boat to Namibian Immigration where guests complete formalities before heading out to The Pride of the Zambezi. All in all this takes about 30 minutes.
After boarding and being briefed by the Captain, guests are shown to their cabins and may then head upstairs to the middle deck for afternoon tea. At this point we lift anchor and head for the Chobe National Park where we will moor for the first night. This is an awesome experience particularly for first timers on a Houseboat.
This leisurely cruise of about 2-3 hours offers excellent game viewing from any of the three decks. We generally aim to arrive at our docking spot by dusk so that guests can enjoy Sundowners and snacks whilst taking in the peace and tranquility that goes hand in hand with an awesome African sunset.
Dinner is served a little later.
For guest’s convenience we also offer 24-hr electricity on The Pride so late night reading or charging of camera batteries for the next day’s adventures, is possible.
Early risers will find a tea/coffee station on the middle deck from where they can witness a new African day unfold.
Early morning birding and/or game viewing / fishing by tender boat with qualified and experienced guide is the order of the day after enjoying a Continental breakfast of juice, cereal, fruit, joghurt, freshly baked muffins, toast and jams.
Brunch happens around 11am and this is when the Captain says ‘Ahoy’ for the second time … With the move deeper into the park and mooring in the Kabulabula or Serondela area this time.
His move is dependent on the time of year and river levels which fluctuate with the season.
After Brunch it is ‘Siesta time’, which offers the opportunity of enjoying the ever changing scenery from one’s bed. Truly a rare and wonderful experience.
Afternoon tea is at approximately 3.30 before heading out on the afternoon game or fishing activity.
Sundowners and bar snacks welcome you back on the Houseboat as the African sun dips below the horizon.
An optional early activity followed by full breakfast as we cruise back to our base station with check out at 10h00/10h30.
Then its again passing through Immigration on both the Namibian and then the Botswana side.
Guests continue with their onward journeys. For those flying out on the 14:40 flight to JNB we drop off at one of the nearby lodges where they can relax by the pool or wander into the small town of Kasane for last minute shopping before heading back to the airport.
END OF SERVICES
For the 3-night itineraries, :
We spend the extra night at either of the Park’s two mooring spots or we head back to the base station if guests wish to bird or fish in the backwaters of the Kasai channel. Cultural tours on the nearby Impalila Island are on offer too.
For those purely interested in fishing, we move via the Kasai channel to the upper Zambezi where all-year round fishing is great with the months of August, September, October and November offering the best of the best.
NOTE – IMPORTANT INFORMATION
After 2pm and we collect at Kasane Immigration. Self-drive clients can leave vehicles at Chobe Safari Lodge, from where we pick up and drop off.
On the day of departure Check out is strictly at 10h00.
We will transfer clients to Namibia and then Kasane Immigration where you will check back into Botswana, before being dropped off at Waterlily lodge in town, from where you have time to either relax at the pool, have a drink or light lunch for your own cost, or explore the town of Kasane.
You will then be transferred to the Kasane Airport at 13h15 to be in time for your Air Botswana flight back to Johannesburg.
Important info we require for each booking:
- FULL NAMES /passport numbers / passport expiry date / Date of Birth of each client as this assists us in the pre filling out of their Immigration forms
- Nicknames or names you go by
- Any dietary requirements you may have eg. Vegetarian / food allergies / food dislikes / preferences
- Drinks preferences eg Beer (We stock Namibian beer eg Tafel and Windhoek lager) White or Red Wine and Spirits eg Whisky, Gin etc
- Where you are arriving FROM and where you are departing TO
- Room Configuration – twin or King and who shares with whom