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Katima Mulilo

August 14, 2018

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About Katima Mulilo

Katima Mulilo, a fast developing centre, is the administrative centre of the Zambezi region as well as the area’s main settlement. The Lozi name means ‘to quench the fire’ and is probably a reference to burning embers carried by travellers, which were often extinguished by the river crossing at Mbova Rapids. The town lies on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, which forms the boundary with Zambia.

The town of Katima was established in 1935 by the British Colonial force to replace the previous German colonial regional capital at Schuckmannsburg.

The wide, slow-flowing Zambezi River is edged with tall, lush trees, tropical birds and monkeys, with lolling hippo and crocs reminding everyone who’s in charge of the waters. Elephants are frequent visitors the river banks for a drink and a bath, and ornithologists of all levels only have to take a short walk along the river’s banks to tick-off a wide variety of species.

As you can imagine, being near the point where 5 countries meet, Katima Mulilo is a melting pot of cultures and language. Seven languages and a myriad of dialects are spoken in the town.

Visitors to the area can be excused for feeling that this town feels more like Zambia than Namibia, as it is the countries most remote outpost. It is 1200km from Windhoek, but only half a kilometer from Zambia! Saying that, there are a number of decent restaurants and bars, (including the ones in the nearby lodges) a post office, bank, petrol station, daily open-air market, supermarkets, and if you or your car are in need of a bit of tender loving care, there is also a hospital and garage. The Caprivi Cultural Festival is held in late September and the Caprivi Arts Centre is the place to head for your curios.

The Caprivi Art Centre is a community-based marketing outlet for artists and craftsmen in the Caprivi Region. The centre encourages local artist to explore their creativity and participate in exhibitions and workshops. Of particular interest are the beautiful clay urns these often have often made using interesting firing techniques resulting in original and intricate patterns. Also popular are the Mahangu baskets which local weavers make from the leaves of Makalani Palms. Traditionally the baskets are used for gathering and storing mahangu (maize millet), but they are beautifully made baskets which are not out of place in the most stylish of western homes.

Katima Mulilo (Mpacha Airport) is served by regular Air Namibia flights from Windhoek and there are landing strips near all the major lodges in the area; they will also collect their guests from the airport by prior arrangement.

Accommodation Options

Protea Hotel by Marriot Zambezi River Lodge

Set on the banks of the Zambezi River bordering Katima Mulilo in the Eastern Zambezi, this hotel is ideal for an overnight stay en-route to the many tourist destinations in the area. Protea Hotel Zambezi River is your gateway to Victoria Falls and the Chobe National Park. We have 38 standard twin and four luxury double en-suite rooms overlooking the Zambezi River, garden or pool areas. Our restaurant – The TafuleYaka Restaurant and bar offer the perfect places to take a break and soak up the beauty of the hotel’s natural surroundings. It’s a hotel that complements your travel style. We have conferencing facilities that can accommodate up to 90 guests and offer standard equipment. The hotel can also arrange day trips to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Chobe National Park.

3 Palms B&B

3 Palms B&B is situated in Katima Mulilo, they offer a boutique styled luxury rooms which are spacious, modern and well equipped. All rooms have screens to keep mosquitos out and private entrances that overlook the garden.
3 Palms B&B offer secure parking for the duration of your stay. Strict security ensures your privacy and safety.

The garden and exquisite pool offers a tranquil environment to relax in, while enjoying nature and cooling off.
Facilities include:
• Spacious luxury air-conditioned rooms with en-suite bathrooms,
• Flat screen TV with DSTV channels
• Bar fridge,
• Coffee and tea facilities,
• Internet connection,
• Safe,
• Pool,
• Lapa,
• A room equipped to accommodate people with disabilities,
• Wheelchair accessibility to all facilities.

Caprivi Houseboat Safaris

Caprivi Houseboat Safari Lodge is situated a few kilometres east of the town of Katima Mulilo. It is nestled amongst a lush green garden overlooking the banks of the Zambezi River and is the ideal stopover location when travelling to or from Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta and Moremi Game Reserve. The name of the lodge may be a bit confusing, this lodge is based on the banks of the river and is not a houseboat, the reason for the name is this is also the starting point for the exciting

Caprivi Houseboat Safaris.
This lodge is also the perfect base for self-drive tourists who wish to explore some of the region’s other main draw cards: Mudumu and Nkasa Rupara National Parks as well as Bwabwata National Park. Transfers from Katima Mulilo, Kasane, Livingstone and Victoria Falls airports can also be arranged.

Facilities at Caprivi Houseboat Lodge include a a rose wood deck with lounge bar. Breakfast & dinner are available and served on the covered patio in front of the main building. The decor of the the rooms and communal areas is simple and functional.

The main communal area which encompasses a bar, lounge area and dining table is on an open deck overlooking the river. It is an excellent place to sit and watch life on the river go by. From you perch on the deck you can expect to see plenty of birds, the occasional hippo, jumping tiger fish and local people going around their business on the river. Fascinatingly river transport is largely by means of mokoro, a hollowed out tree trunk canoe.

Accommodation is in five rustic chalets that have an open front which looks onto the river. This can be closed at night using reed blinds, but expect to be lulled to sleep by the sounds of grunting hippo and woken by the early chorus of Namibian birds. En-suite bathrooms, mosquito nets and a ceiling fan are standard.

The peaceful waterside location lends itself for boating and cruising at a leisurely pace. Fishermen should note the best angling months are from late April through to January for tigerfish and catfish and June to November for bream. Boats are accompanied by a skipper and knowledgeable angling guides are on hand.

Caprivi Houseboat Safari Lodge offers good value for money and is certainly one of the better options for anyone requiring accommodation in the Katima Mulilo area.

Kalizo Lodge

Kalizo Lodge is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River only 40kms east of Katima Mulilo and 250kms from the world famous Victoria Falls. The lush savannah area of the region is bordered by the Kwando, Linyanti, Chobe and the Zambezi Rivers, an area steeped in mysterious swamps and never-ending flood plains.

First time and return visitors thoroughly enjoy the world-class river fishing, birding, photography, boating and game viewing. The region is teeming with game and hippo, crocs and elephant can often be seen from the camp. This is an ideal place to stay for the self-catering tourist / family and it is also a suitable, yet exciting venue to host a conference, workshop or even a bush wedding.

As Kalizo Lodge has been under new ownership and management since early 2013, guests can expect a complete transformation of the accommodation as well as an upgrade to their kitchen, restaurant and bar areas. Relax and unwind in the open-plan, rustic style area on beautiful custom-made furniture with stunning views of the Zambezi River whilst wining and dining. A 46″ LCD flat screen with DSTV has been installed in the bar for sports fans.

Mouth-watering home-style cooking is a feature at Kalizo Lodge. Meals are prepared with fresh ingredients with most vegetables, herbs and salads are organically grown in their very own veggie garden. An early morning snack of tea, coffee & rusks is on offer before guests head off on a busy day’s schedule. On their return, a sumptuous brunch is awaiting and a 3-course dinner in the evening. The pool-side lapa is a favourite with guests of all ages. Self-caterers are welcome to book in for lunch and dinner.

Accommodation is pitched right at the waters edge offering peace and tranquillity, with uninterrupted river and sunset views. Electricity is supplied through a generator (Please note that no electrical appliances over 700w may be used.)
• Luxury tents: These self-catering units, comprising of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms with en-suite bathroom and kitchenette and small braai/dining areas are equipped with basic self-catering facilities which includes crockery, cutlery, hotplate, kettle, fridge and glassware. Each tent has mosquito nets, plug points, bed linen/towels and are serviced once a day.
Buffalo, hippo, crocs, elephant, zebra, antelope, lion, giraffe, puku are common visitors to the area. Sightings of sitatunga, red lechwe, spotted-necked otters, waterbuck, Roan antelope, oribi and African wild dog are also possible.

Zovu Elephant Lodge

Zovu Elephant Lodge is situated in Namibia, at the far eastern side of the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip). It is at the confluence of the mighty Zambezi and Chobe Rivers, a region that borders not only Namibia, but Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana as well. The vegetation is lush and supports a dense game population, in this unique corner of Namibia.

The lodge’s location make it the ideal destination for travellers just entering Namibia or perhaps for those on the way out who still feel there is room for some more excitement at the end of their trip.
On arrival at Kasane, you will be met by staff from Zovu Lodge. They will assist you with immigration and customs procedures and the adventure begins with a brief, but exciting transfer by boat to the lodge. Travellers arriving by road can leave their vehicles at a secure parking area at the border post, and passengers from scheduled or private charters from either Victoria
Falls, Livingstone, Maun or Katima Mulilo will be greeted at Kasane airstrip.

Facilities at the lodge include a fully-licensed bar, restaurant and an inviting swimming pool. Zovu Elephant Lodge pride themselves on the excellent cuisine, complemented by a decent range of fine wines. Guests can relax on the lawn, the ideal venue for enjoying the spectacular views of the Chobe River. A laundry service is available.

Accommodation at Zovu Elephant Lodge consists of 10 double rooms. En-suite facilities, twin/double beds, ceiling fan are standard throughout. There is small verandah with table and chairs.

Many activities are available from the lodge and due to its location, activities are usually river-centric.

Caprivi River Lodge

“The Zambezi Strip (previously known as the Caprivi strip) – Namibia’s wetland paradise”:

It has been said that the Zambezi “Namibia’s wetland paradise” is Namibia’s best kept secret from its majestic rivers, rich cultural customs to the vibrant green reeds, swaying along the river’s edge full of life. The Zambezi region is an area steeped in tradition and teeming with wildlife. Much of this vast stunning wilderness is undisturbed by western influences.

Think of a peaceful river bank with green lawns and shady trees, a haven where one can unwind from the everyday stresses and strains of modern live. the Caprivi River Lodge is such a haven offering true tranquility. The Caprivi River Lodge is approximately 4.5km east of the town of Katima Mulilo on the B8 Trans-Zambezi Highway at the gateway to Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Central Africa.

Our kitchen serves good wholesome unconventional home-made cooking. We offer Chalets that are all cool, comfortable, river facing, en-suite and thatched. Different Cabins are also offered.

Camp Chobe

Camp Chobe is located only 4km from the Ngoma Border Post between Botswana and Namibia, a much quieter border post to the busier one at Kasane. This closeness to the world famous Chobe National Park also cannot pass unnoticed as huge concentrations of elephant roam freely in the park. This location provides an ideal base before travelling further onto Victoria Falls,Bwabwata Park, the Okavango Delta and many other northern Namibian highlights.

The breathtaking scenery and privacy combine dramatically with tall mopane woodlands, floodplains fringed with majestic baobab trees, papyrus and water-lily lined waterways and deep lagoons hosting spectacular wildlife interaction. Wildlife enthusiasts will also delight in the prospect at possible sightings of puku and Chobe bushbuck, very rare animals that reside here.

The highlight of the main building is to observe the activity of the immediate floodplains from private lounge decks and huge comfortable couches, all from elevated decking. Guests can watch the Camp Chobe chefs prepare their meals in their open, interactive kitchen. Tasty meals are served in the dining room, itself with magnificent views. Those who prefer to sit outside can enjoy the warmth of an inviting fire in the open pit, another superb dining option. Electricity is supplied throughout by a generator and solar panels.

Enjoy your overnight stay at Camp Chobe in one of 20 well-ventilated Tented Chalets. Constructed from a canvas/mopane timber combination, each unit affords magnificent views across spectacular Chobe River scenery from private decks. Every chalet is solar powered with en-suite bathrooms and shower/flush toilets and mosquito nets fitted over comfortable beds as standard.

An additional bonus is the location, situated right on the river front. Exciting views of elephants grazing and sometimes bathing are common. Many guests comment on the sheer excitement of hearing and seeing lions drinking in the river nearby and hyenas calling with their familiar hair raising chants as well.

Caprivi Mutoya Lodge

Caprivi Mutoya Lodge offers an ideal base to day trip into some of the regions most well-known national parks and a famous world heritage site. These tours are complemented with a choice of accommodation units as some have self-catering facilities.

The small riverine forest and peaceful, backwater lake setting add to the overall ambiance of the lodge. Mutoya (waterberry) trees line the lake shore. Jackalberry and many other indigenous trees surround the lodge, home to a variety of smaller mammals and a large variety of birds.

Situated in a small riverine forest, the lodge lies on the banks of a tranquil backwater lake of the Zambezi River, approximately 24km east of Katima Mulilo on the Kalimbeza Road. The lodge is home to squirrels, monkeys, a large variety of birds and other small species.
Bwabwata Park forms part of the KavangoZambezi (KaZa) Transfrontier Conservation Area, the largest of its kind in the world.

The park has 3 specific areas; the perennial Okavango and Kwando rivers, an associated system of drainage lines and deep windblown Kalahari sands. There is no surface water in Bwabwata National Park and, subsequently most species of wildlife tend to gather along the Kwando and Okavango riverbanks.

The 35 game species includes elephant and buffalo, lion, African wild dog, cheetah, leopard, red lechwe, reedbuck, hippo, crocodile, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, sitatunga, Chobe bushbuck and sable and roan antelope. Over 400 bird species have been recorded in the region including wetland specials such as African skimmers and wattled cranes. Bwabwata is also the name of a village in the park and means the sound of bubbling water.

At Caprivi Mutoya Lodge drinks and meals can be taken inside the bar and restaurant. Outside is a large wooden deck with fire-pit, ideal to mingle and chat with fellow travellers and exchange travel tips and adventures after dinner. Guests can chill and relax in the small lounge and enjoy a selection of games or read a book. Wi-Fi is also available in the main hospitality areas. A splash pool provides welcome respite from the hot Namibian sunshine. Electricity is supplied from solar power and mains 220v/50hz from.

Guests stay in a variety of accommodation. There are:
• Small en-suite safari tents: Three tents with a communal kitchen – each sleeps two people. These tents are quite close together making them ideal for groups and families.
• Self-catering en-suite chalets: Four self catering chalets include two family chalets (sleeps 4 each) .

Kaza Safari Lodge

Kaza Safari Lodge is set on on Impalila Island. Guests are transferred from Kasane Immigration (where secure parking is available) by boat to the lodge. Kaza has a commitment to nurturing relationships with the local communities and this promotes and encourages the conservation of resources in these areas.

The property is named to reflect its position in the The Kavango Zambezi (KAZA) Trans-frontier Conservation Area. You will be staying at the confluence of the mighty Chobe and Zambezi Rivers, the only place in the world where 4 countries have common borders. (Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana). The Island is at the north-eastern tip of Namibia and lies just 70kms west of Victoria Falls.

Main complex facilities include swimming pool, bar, curio shop, reference library, lounge and dining area – all built under the canopy of an ancient baobab tree. The lodge prides itself on it’s excellent cuisine, in a variety of romantic settings, including a picnic on a wild island! Special dietary requirements can be catered for. (Inform reservations in advance). The bar is fully-stocked, and their comprehensive range of South African wines is second to none, a remarkable achievement considering the remoteness of the destination!

Significant occasions such as honeymoons, anniversaries and birthdays can be organized at Impalila Lodge. Moonlight suppers on a sandbank, a private candlelit dinner for 2, or perhaps a champagne brunch at the historical baobab tree, are particular favourites at the lodge.

There are only 8 single or double private chalets here, emphasizing seclusion and privacy. They are elevated within the lush, riverine forest, offering superb views over either the Mambova rapids, or the quiet backwaters of the Zambezi River. Each luxurious chalet has en-suite bathrooms, a choice of either king-sized or twin beds, an overhead fan, hairdryer, mosquito nets and private deck.

It is the policy of Kaza Safari Lodge, that all activities are professionally guided. They have the expertise to cater for special interest visitors as well. (Birding/fishing). There are also enough boats, vehicles and guides, for guests to structure their own time. As it is the most secluded and remote destination in the area, it offers guests the most outstanding game viewing, especially by boat.

The immediate environment is an incredible labyrinth of waterways, floodplains and bushveld, and with it comes an exceptional variety of birdlife, game and vegetation. Game viewing is mainly by boat, preferably during the mid afternoon to sunset period, when all of the large animals congregate on the river banks to drink, bathe, play and graze. The area is renown for vast herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as common sightings of lion, hippo, and the rare Chobe bushbuck and puku antelope.
Guided walks offer a different, but equally entertaining foray into the unknown. At Impalila, the islands offers unrestricted walks, including a visit to a 2000 year-old baobab. Apart from it’s age, the trees other claim to fame is that all 4 countries and the convergence of the mighty rivers, can be seen from it’s upper branches. These walks, in the company of knowledgeable and experienced guides, also deliver a fascinating insight into the traditional medicinal uses of plants and trees of the area.
Fishing is an obvious favourite here. Fly fishing or traditional angling from either motorized boat or Mokoro is possible. The
Zambezi, Chobe, Kasai channels and Kwando rivers, Mambova rapids, and backwaters of the floodplains, all provide excellent opportunities for anglers of all standards. Kaza Safari Lodge is well-known for its tiger fishing.

There are over 450 species of some of Africa’s rarest species of birdlife found here, including Pels owl, rock pratincole, African skimmers and Pygmy geese.

Lianshulu Bush Lodge

Lianshulu Bush Lodge is set on the banks of the River Kwando in a 800ha private concession inside Mudumu National Park. This beautiful location makes for a perfect stopover for visiting Namibia’s Zambezi Region or on the way to or from Victoria Falls, Chobe Park or the Okavango Delta. This is a sister-lodge to the larger Lianshulu Lodge. Both lodges are about a 90min drive from Katima Mulilo and three hours by road from Kasane.

Mudumu National Park enjoys a scenic riverine environment with thick concentrations of mopane forest throughout. You can drive through this forest and over floodplains in search of wildlife, stopping at the many vantage points along the way to view mammals. Many photographic opportunities will present themselves when the animals stop by the river to drink. Several animals in the park have been fitted with global positioning collars so their movements can be tracked by rangers. Information is gathered from these devices and with it a better understanding of animal behaviour which works perfectly with the ability to protect and conserve the parks wildlife.

As the bush lodge is just a short 10min boat trip or a 30min drive by road from Lianshulu Lodge it shares that magical overhead riverine forest canopy and bushveld, woodland, open savannah and wetland surrounds. The management and staff pride themselves on attention to detail and personal service throughout your stay. Relax and unwind in peaceful surroundings and wine and dine at well-placed individual tables for both breakfast and dinner. In the evening enjoy a nightcap around the firepit and exchange stories and adventures in the company of others. Bush Lodge is powered by a combination of generator and solar power.

Guests of Bush Lodge stay in 8 comfortable and tastefully furnished rooms with gauze screen doors and mosquito netting. Each unit has an en-suite bathroom, a ceiling fan and an in-room safe. Enjoy stunning river views from your private terrace and fall asleep to the night sounds of one of Namibia’s most least visited national parks.

The outstanding diversity of habitats ensures Lianshulu Bush Lodge is a year-round wildlife-rich destination. Lion, leopards and hyenas roam day and night. As there is plenty of running water in the park expect to see large herds of elephant, buffalo and hippos. Zebra, giraffe and many species of antelope especially roan and sable can be observed. Other water-loving creatures includes crocs, spotted-necked otters and the rare sitatunga and red lechwe.

Enjoy searching for wildlife by vehicles, on foot or on the water. All game drives are conducted in open-sided 4×4 vehicles. Boat cruises are operated in purpose-built crafts. You will be accompanied at all times by knowledgeable and experienced guides. Refreshments are served on all activities.

Lianshulu Lodge

Lianshulu Lodge is set on the banks of the meandering Kwando River within the Mudumu National Park. It enjoys picturesque views of the Kwando which enhances the relaxed, peaceful atmosphere beneath a canopy of shady Jackalberry and Mangosteen trees. With the mysterious Okavango River to the west and the mighty Zambezi River to the east, expect great river trips, colourful sunsets and a variety of birds not common to most other parts of Namibia.

The airy thatched dining, lounge and bar areas, library and curio shop have been built using local craftsmen and natural materials. They open out onto spacious, split-level wooden decks, affording sweeping views over the Lianshulu Lagoon. A huge variety of wildlife can often be observed and photographed from these excellent, purpose built, vantage points.

Guests will appreciate either of the 2 fireplaces, especially as those cold winter nights draw in. There is also a secluded swimming pool, positioned to create that idyllic spot, in which to relax and appreciate the tranquility of the natural environment.

Lianshulu Lodge is renown for its superb kitchen fare, which is overseen by a professional chef. Sumptuous meals include breakfast and lunches and a candlelit dinner all served under a wild fig tree. Coffee and liqueurs, served around an inviting fire, complete the day. The lodge is powered by a combination of generator and solar energy.

The eleven chalets are generously spaced and the riparian forest offers the units both shade & privacy. A maximum of 24 guests can be accommodated in the individually styled and tastefully furnished chalets, each with private bathroom and secluded, outside viewing deck.

The Mudumu National Park has an abundant amount of wildlife, including buffalo, zebra, wildebeest and waterbuck. Elephant and hippo in particular can be found in great numbers. Predators are sometimes encountered, and around 400 bird species have been recorded in the East Caprivi. Crocodiles and fish such as bream, tigerfish and catfish can be seen from the lodge deck.

Activities include nature drives into the National Park and boat cruises along the Kwando River. Trips to the Lizauli Village can be organized, and visitors can witness the daily goings on of an authentic African home. Basket weaving, cooking, a visit to the witch doctor, and an up-date of local court cases, can all be experienced in this amazing habitat.

There is an airstrip 5mins drive away, for exclusive use of the Lianshulu’s guests, where transfers to and from the lodge can be arranged. To facilitate easy access to Botswana, Lianshulu Lodge can be used as a border crossing to Botswana by boat, but only for it’s guests. Guest of Lianshulu can also spend a couple of nights at a sister establishment, Lianshulu Bush Lodge. It is only a short drive or boat cruise away and is ideal for those wanting a more remote and peaceful bush breakaway.

Children over the age of 2 years old are welcome.

Zambezi Queen

The luxurious Zambezi Queen conducts 2 and 3 night cruises on the Chobe River. This is a 5-star, 42m long houseboat which offers adventure, excitement and supreme comfort in one of Africa’s most sought-after wildlife-rich destinations. On board, the houseboat’s classic yet contemporary interior is complemented by excellent service, fine wining and dining and top-quality guiding.

Your captain will navigate along an exclusive 25km stretch of Chobe River, offering flexible activities which can vary according to the needs of their guests. You will stop at selected mooring points every afternoon until the next morning. In the interests of safety the Zambezi Queen will not sail if the wind is stronger than 11 knots.

Enjoy totally unimpeded views of wildlife as you explore in search of the very best game viewing opportunities Chobe has to offer. Huge densities of elephant are the main drawcard with buffalo, predators, antelope and a huge variety of birds resident in the region as well.

Admire panoramic views as you take your seat at your own private table in the dining room on the upper deck. On board meals usually consist of a full English breakfast, a buffet lunch and a choice of 2 plated dinners. An African themed dinner happens on one night of your stay, which includes the staff singing and dancing afterwards. Special dietary requirements can be catered for if booked in advance.

Relax and unwind in the comfortable lounge, the ideal venue to chat with fellow guests on the day’s activities and adventures. The bar offers a selection of local and imported wines, spirits and beers. The plunge pool is on the forward deck and offers the perfect respite from the hot afternoon sunshine.

The main electricity supply is supplied by generators which switch off at 22h00 when a battery powered inverter system takes over for the night. The cabins then lose functionality of the air-conditioning unit, main over-head lights and wall socket electricity.

You can still use the fan, the bed-side reading lights and emergency lighting in the bathroom.

Guests stay in 14 stylishly decorated cabins spread across the 2 lower decks of the boat.
• Cabins: 10 x cabins equipped with an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning, floor standing fan, twin/double beds, hair-dryer, toiletries, gowns, slippers and an electronic safe. Enjoy superb river views from your private outer deck.
• Master Suites: 4 x larger suites with front and side glass sliding doors, an en-suite bathroom with flush loo, handbasin, shower cubicle and similar facilities to the cabins. Commanding views of the Chobe River and it’s bank are afforded from your private outdoor deck, best viewed on a relaxing sun-loungers. Some of the suites have a sleeper couch for a 3rd adult or child.
Get close to nature on a water-based game drives on a tender boat. Game viewing on the Chobe River is best from March to November. Huge herds of elephant swim across the water. Frequent sightings of buffalo, lion, hippo, crocodile, lechwe, puku, giraffe, zebra, sable, kudu and the occasional leopard at watering holes offer additional excitement.

With over 450 species recorded in the region, amateurs and experienced birders alike have plenty to look-out for. The first migrants arrive in September. African skimmers, rock pratincoles, African finfoot, carmine bee-eaters, cattle egrets, fish eagles, pied kingfishers, open-billed storks and lesser-striped swallows can be observed.

The 2 night/3 day cruise departs on Monday and Wednesday.
• Day 1: After immigration and transfers have been completed you will arrive on board for lunch/snacks and weather permitting you can hop into a tender boat for a game viewing trip. Return to the Zambezi Queen for a sumptuous dinner and a night cap.
• Day 2: The choice is yours. Chill on the upper deck game viewing; water-based game viewing or a village tour. The afternoon is the best time to see wildlife on the river banks from your tender boat. Return for dinner.
• Day 3: Breakfast and game viewing on a final cruise. Say farewell to the Captain and crew and proceed on your onward journey.

The 3 night/4 day cruise departs on a Friday.
• Day 1: As per Day 1 on the 2-Night Cruise.
• Day 2: Choose your own activity. Some guests prefer to stay on board whilst others like to experience another outing on the tender boat to game view. Fishing, birding and a trip to the local village can also be arranged. At lunch you have the opportunity to game view from the comfort of the upper deck.
• Day 3: After breakfast you can either repeat one of your favourite activities or partake in one you just didn’t have time for previously. Return for lunch and more upper deck game viewing before another activity to your liking. The evening meal is traditional fare where you can try your skills at singing and dancing with the staff.
• Day 4: A breakfast game viewing cruise is the highlight. One last chance to witness some unbelievable wildlife interaction. After bidding a fond farewell to the Captain and crew you can look forward to the next leg of your Namibian vacation.