Zambezi Queen Cruise Review by Gagent
- Sail Date: May 2016
- Destination: Africa
A plane rife took us to Kasone and the Chobe River where we picked up the Zambez Queen. Getting there is half the fun trying to navigate the immigration checkpoints for Botswana and Namibia. Once we arrived at the boat we were treated b the staff and managers, rested for a little bit, then took our first river safari. We all thought our first glimpses of hippos and elephants were good but we had no idea what the next day would bring. Another River safari the next morning got us up close and personal with hippos, crocs, elephants, Eagles, and more. Each River safari was excellent and we saw more game than we expected. A day long land safari took us to a pride of 11lions who had just killed a water buffalo. We got within 40 feet while the were eating. All four days on the boat were great. The guides did a wonderful job of tracking down game and were very cautious not to get too close. The managers and staff of the boat are to be commended for the food, the atmosphere, and all of the surprises they have in store for you.
Victoria Falls and the Victoria Falls Hotel were next and very enjoyable. Th hotel takes you back 100 years and let your mind wander back in time.
The highlight of the trip was the Kruger National Park and the Tintswalo Safari Lodge. As before, the tours were great as were the guides, the staff could not have been better, and the lodge itself is very nice. Safari's started each day at 6 AM and concluded with an afternoon safari. Here we saw four of the big five, missing only the leopard but the guide tried his hardest to find one.
We hope this would be a trip of a lifetime and it exceeded our expectations.