Get your African safari off to a smooth start with this quick and easy guide for hassle-free travel to the great Chobe River in Namibia.
An African safari with the Zambezi Queen Collection truly is an experience of a lifetime.
And while the adventure takes place across the border in Namibia along the impressive Chobe River, getting there is all part of the fun − and a lot easier than you might think!
To ensure a smooth journey, we have provided a convenient overview of your travel experience from start to finish.
From the moment the airplane leaves the runway to the final arrival at your Zambezi Queen Collection accommodation of choice, warm hospitality and beautiful views are your travel companions.
Pre-arrival and departure COVID testing requirements
To enter/exit Botswana or Namibia, fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to produce a negative PCR test result or present a valid vaccination card at Port of Entry.
The first leg of your journey begins in Botswana. Located on the border with Namibia, it’s your gateway to the Chobe River where the Zambezi Queen Collection awaits. For those not flying directly from South Africa to Botswana, there are a number of flights into neighbouring Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
As you begin your smooth descent onto the runway at Kasane International Airport in Botswana, you’ll get your first glimpse of the spectacular Chobe National Park and perhaps even spot an elephant or two!
Road transfers to and from Kasane International Airport, as well as to and from the Kasane Immigration Office, are included in our rate. You can also choose shared or private road transfers at an additional cost from Victoria Falls International Airport, Livingstone Airport and Katima Mulilo Airport.
Arrive at the Kasane International Airport featuring world-class facilities and services. Once you’ve had your passport stamped, a friendly representative will help with your luggage and guide you to a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle for transfer to the Kasane Immigration Office. Simply sit back, relax and enjoy the ride as you spot free-roaming wildlife along the way.
Both the Kasane and Namibian Immigration Offices open at 07h30 and close at 16h30 daily. Guests are advised to arrive no later than 16h00.
When arriving at the Kasane and Namibian Immigration Offices, guests will be required to fill in the necessary immigration forms to gain access and departure permission from the relevant authorities. This process can take between 45 to 60 minutes to complete and needs to be considered in terms of timing and pre-planning. Should you know beforehand that you will arrive at Kasane Immigration Office before 13h00, please notify our reservations office 48 hours in advance. Guests arriving before 13h00 can make use of the facilities at our nearby lounge in Kasane until check-in at 13h00.
At the Kasane Immigration Office, a Zambezi Queen Collection staff member will take care of your luggage and guide you through passport control as you exit Botswana. You will then board a motorised boat where you will be transferred to the Namibian Immigration Office. This is when things get really exciting! While on the water, take the opportunity to spot a myriad wildlife as you go.
And just like that, you’ve arrived!
Once you’ve had your passport stamped at the Namibian Immigration Office, you’ll continue on to your chosen Zambezi Queen Collection accommodation where your incredible African safari truly begins.
Enjoy a morning cruise during breakfast as you do your last bit of animal spotting and take some memorable pictures. Bid our crew a reluctant farewell and then make your way via boat to the Namibian Immigration Office. Once you’ve had your documents stamped you’ll be transferred via boat to the Kasane Immigration Office where you’ll have your documents stamped once again before entering Botswana for your onward journey. Check-out is from 09h30 on day of departure to ensure guests get to the Kasane Immigration Office by 10h00. Guests departing after 10h30 can make use of the facilities at our nearby lounge in Kasane.
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