An intimate river safari experience

The Chobe Princess houseboats sail on scheduled departures every Monday (2 nights), Wednesday (2 nights) and Friday (3 nights). Please note that your passport will be stamped at Kasane Immigration Office as well as the Namibian border. 

Departing from Botswana and crossing over to the Namibian side of the Chobe River, the Chobe Princess houseboats cruise along the edge of the Chobe National Park while you relax and watch exceptional wilderness views.

Your days on the Chobe Princess houseboats are tailored to your interests and you can experience the natural beauty and wildlife while relaxing onboard or participating in activities such as catch-and-release fishing and bird watching, waterbased game viewing and photographic excursions.

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13 cabins across 3 houseboats

Two of the 18-metre Chobe Princesses houseboats contain four cabins, while the third is slightly larger with five cabins.

Waterway Experience

What to look forward to onboard the Chobe Princess houseboats. All included in your rate.


The Chobe Princess houseboats traverse down the Chobe River, the natural border between Botswana and Namibia. While they are officially located in Nambia; the Chobe Princess houseboats are only accessible from the Botswana side of the Chobe River. Seeing the Chobe National Park from the houseboats is a unique experience. The landscape and wildlife scenes, along with the riverbank, change daily as you tranquilly float through the wilderness.

November – March: Prolific game drives
November to March, and sometimes April as well, is known as the wet season in this region. The wildlife moves freely through the Chobe National Park as there is an abundance of water and this makes for exceptional game viewing. Game drives in the Chobe National Park are included in your stay.

June – October: Lots of wildlife on the riverbanks
This is when the Chobe River banks come to life. Many animal species gather around and stay close to the main water source, and you can watch them as the Zambezi Queen floats by. Going out on the tender boats is great at any time of the year, and even more special during this time. Don’t forget to book a trip on the specialised photographic boats; you won’t want to miss out on capturing the momentous activity.

September: Fantastic for birding
There are, in general, about 450 bird species in the Chobe region. Birding season starts in September, when the first migrants arrive, boosting the bird population by up to 20% compared to the winter months.


Chobe River, Namibia and Botswana border


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Chobe River Birding

Over 450 species, for the birder's bucket list.

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Custom-designed photographic safari boats

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