Cruising Botswana on the Zambezi Queen

Botswana is a Southern African country landlocked between South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. The climate is generally dry and harsh, No wonder it is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. This situation is quite different where there is water though. With water added to the mix, cruising Botswana sparkles with beauty, and an abundance of game.

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Flying Female Lechwe Antelope in Okavango Delta, Botswana; Pan BK / GNU FDL

The Okavango Delta in the Botswana Heartland

The Okavango Delta in the Botswana heartland is a natural basin into which the Okavango River seasonally flows. During the dry season, eleven cubic kilometres of water evaporates. Game is super-abundant in this vast oasis that is larger than several small counties. Such as East Timor, Lebanon, and The Bahamas for example.

In contrast, Botswana’s Chobe River on its northern border with Namibia is perennial. It is thus navigable, producing lush floodplains, and watering spots for large herds of breeding elephants and hippos. As well as numerous antelope in the dry season. The Chobe originates in the Angolan Highlands, and demarcates the Caprivi Strip before it joins the Zambezi on the border of Zimbabwe.

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Chobe River Hippos: Carine 06 / CC BY-SA 2.0

Cruising Botswana Chobe on the Zambezi Queen

Those with liking for the finest things in life will simply adore the Zambezi Queen. It floats serenely down the Chobe River in one of Africa’s finest accommodation extravaganzas. This is definitely an improvement on poling through water in a mokoro canoe made from a tree trunk. I personally found this one of the greatest examples of unparalleled sophistication I have seen on the continent. In fact it is almost as good as a private motorhome on the water.

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Zambezi Queen on the Chobe River: Roderick Eime CC BY 2.0

Zambezi Queen on the Chobe River

Every inch of this extraordinary craft oozes style and opulence. Plus a touch of timbering that looks and feels like the real thing. There are just fourteen exclusive suites with air conditioning and private balconies. I could tarry here all day, sipping gin and tonics and greeting the hippos and elephants a I slipped past.

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Elephant on Chobe Bank: Carine06 / CC BY-SA 2.0

About Richard Farrell

Richard FarrellI tripped over a shrinking bank balance and fell into the writing gig unintentionally. This was after I escaped the corporate world and searched in vain for ways to become rich on the internet by doing nothing. Despite the fact that writing is no recipe for wealth, I rather enjoy it. I will deny I am obsessed with it when I have the time.My base is Umtentweni in South Africa on the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast (30.7167° S, 30.4667° E). I work from home where I ponder on the future of the planet, and what lies beyond in the great hereafter. Sometimes I step out of my computer into the silent riverine forests, and empty golden beaches for which the area is renowned.

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