On this unique safari you have the opportunity to stay on the luxurious safariboat on the Chobe River, on the Namibian side of the river. The Safariboat take full advantage of the Chobe National Park which is home to the largest elephant population in the world. The Caprivi floodplains also provide birders with a wonderful diversity of habitat. The Safariboat have access to several exclusive docking sites which the houseboat moves between every day. These sites are the best on the river and all are within the Chobe National Park.
31 August 2016 – 4 September 2016
The cost for the 5 days, 4 nights is R 23 500 per person sharing.
Day 1 – Arrive at Kasane immigration office on the banks of the Chobe River in Botswana at 13:00. The staff from the Chobe Princess will meet you there and assist you in exiting out of Botswana and then take you by tender boat across the Chobe River to Impalila Island (about 10 minutes) where you will enter into Namibia. Both these border controls merely entails filling out a form and getting a stamp in your passport. Once you have entered into Namibia it is a short boat ride to the Chobe Princess.
On arrival the Chobe Princess manager will greet you with a welcome drink and show you to your en-suite cabins with large sliding windows that allow you to experience the rivers and its surrounds in absolute comfort. . Once you have settled in, a light lunch will be served in the dining area. During lunch the Chobe Princess will begin to cruise along the Chobe River giving you the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful part of Africa from the comfort of the boat.
The afternoon we will depart on our photographic boat to explore and photograph the wonderful wildlife and bridlife found along the banks of the Chobe River. Pre-dinner drinks will be served at 18:30. A general photographic discussion will take place during the pre-dinner drinks. Dinner will be served at 20:00.
Day 2 – 4 Early morning coffee and rusks before heading out on our photographic boat. First light out on the river is a wonderful time to capture the awakening day. Alternatively you can even take a guided walk on Impalila Island to view the local villages or you can go off fishing to try and catch(and then release) the elusive Tiger fish. Breakfast is served at 9:30. There will be time for a general discussion/help from your Photographic host. Lunch will be served at 14:00. The afternoon we will depart on our photographic boat or you can stay on board and enjoy this unique African river cruise or work on your processing techniques. Pre-dinner drinks will be served at 18:30 and dinner at 20:00.
Day 5 – Departure – After an early morning excursion on the photographic boat we will enjoy breakfast and then transferred by tender boat to Impalila Island to exit out of Namibia. From there you will again cross the Chobe River to enter into Botswana at the Kasane immigration office.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
All house wines, beers, ciders, soft-drinks, mineral water, tea & coffee on board Chobe Princess & excursions
Snacks & drinks on photographic boat
All activities (including game viewing by boat,guided fishing from fishing boat,guided birding, guided walks on Impalila Island)
All fishing licences if required
Dedicated guides and tender boats
Road transfers to & from Kasane Airport(BBK) to Kasane Immigration Office(Botswana) on the Chobe River
Boat Transfers to & from Kasane Immigration Office(Botswana) to Namibia Immigration Office(Namibia)
Boat Transfers to & from Namibia Immigration Office(Namibia) to Chobe Princess
All park fees and tourism levies
Refreshments during activities
Services of your professional photographer host
Airfare/travel to Kasane Immigration office from Namibia, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Visa costs (If applicable)
Evacuation cover. Guests are advised to take out relevant Travel Insurance
Alcoholic spirit beverages such as gin, rum, brandy, whisky, dessert wines & sparkling wines
Road transfers from Namibia, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Curio purchases at the village
Gratuities for the Chobe Princess staff
A deposit of 50% of the full price is required when making your booking. A booking can only be confirmed once we have received the deposit. If we fail to receive your deposit, your provisional reservation will lapse.
The balance is payable at least 60 days prior to the safari.
If you need to cancel your booking for any reason; the following cancellation fees will apply, regardless of the reason for cancellation.
90 – 60 days prior to departure – 30% of the deposit is forfeited
59 – 30 days prior to departure – 50% of the deposit is forfeited
29 – 0 days prior to departure – 100% of the deposit is forfeited
Every guest is responsible for his/her own travel plans to and from Kasane
Your travel plans are made entirely at your own risk and Nature’s Eye Photographic Safaris will not accept responsibility for any flight cancellations, disruptions or delays on your way to Kasane.
Please note that all guests must be covered by their own fully comprehensive travel and medical insurance policy valid from the date that they confirm the booking with us. This is a malaria area and we do advise clients staying on board to consult their doctor for medical advice prior to travel. We accept no responsibility for any medical conditions, illnesses or related incidents that may occur during your safari, even if we have been fully informed about your condition.
Immigration formalities and visa requirements
Our boat docks at the Namibia side of the Chobe River. Currently Australian, UK,USA, South African, French, German and Italians do not require visas, but as these do change please check prior to travel. No visas can be bought at the border post and must be obtained prior to travel.. These 2 websites might be useful in finding out whether a visa is required or not, but please also contact your nearest Namibia & Botswana Embassy. http://www.namibiahc.org.uk/need visa.php
Self drive guests
Self drive guests are able to leave their vehicles in a secure parking area next to the Kasane Immigration Office.
Boat – 220V electricity available
camera & lenses (wide-angle as well as telephoto lenses)
Due to the nature of rivers, boats and layout of the Lodge, we regret we are unable to cater for disabled facilities.
Please advise us on any special dietary requirements.
Nature’s Eye Photographic Safaris and its staff accept no liability or responsibility for any damage, injury or loss of any kind whatsoever, including but not limited to death, disability, property theft or damage, cancellation of your workshop/safari or any other such incident as may arise on your workshop/safari. By completing the booking form and booking your workshop/safari, you agree that you are aware of the inherent risks associated with travel and you further agree to indemnify Nature’s Eye Photographic Safaris from any claim or liability which may result from any kind of loss or accident which may occur during or after or as a result of your workshop. You are participating on this workshop/safari entirely at your own risk.