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In mid 2015 we became the very proud owners of what we consider to be by far the best houseboat in Africa – The Zambezi Voyager. Considering the fact that the houseboat cruises both The Chobe and The Zambezi River systems we decided to rename the boat to The Pangolin Voyager and bring it in line with our brand.
The Pangolin Voyager Houseboat journeys along the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers throughout the year hosting guests in one of the most game rich environments in Africa. The boat itself is registered on the Namibian side of the river which is the natural border between Botswana and Namibia. Although you will travel through Botswana to get to the houseboat please be aware that a few nationalities will require a Namibian visa in advance.
The Voyager is spread over three levels affording plenty of space for up to 10 guests at any one time.
On the lower level the houseboat has five well appointed en-suite cabins with double or twin beds available depending on the required configuration. The beds are fitted with the finest linen and specialist mattresses. The cabins have built-in cupboards, a cooling fan and the windows are fitted with a mosquito net to allow the gentle breeze from the river and the nightime sounds of the Chobe National Park to permeate the rooms.
The middle level is occupied by the lounge and dining area along with a deck at the rear which accommodates the Braai (barbeque). The comfortable lounge area is stocked with reference books and binoculars which are yours to use as we drift between our private moorning points. Meals are served on the large dining table and the menu varies depending on what ingredients can be locally sourced throughout the seasons. There is a comprehensive selection of alcoholic and soft drinks for you to enjoy throughout the day from the bar.
The upper level hosts a viewing deck equipped with chairs, sun loungers and a table perfect for topping up those tans in between activities and for witnessing the majestic African sunsets that grace us every evening.
During the day there is a multitude of activities on offer. We have 1 eight-seater custom built photo boat with fully rotating chairs and fitted with state of the art camera mounts moored alongside. Generally, we take this boat out at first light and again in the late afternoon for up to three hours each time. The Chobe river offers excellent photographic and game viewing opportunities throughout the year from the famous Chobe elephants to smaller inhabitants like tiny Malachite Kingfishers that flit along the banks.
During the day we will be happy to organise a visit to a local village or a guided walk on Impalila island to see the magnificent Baobab trees. Alternatively, there is no better place to relax and unwind with a good book than the sun deck on the upper level of the houseboat.
All of the guides on the Voyager are highly trained with an encyclopedic knowledge of the river and its inhabitants and are only too happy to help seek out specific photographic subjects for our guests.
Please note: Unless you have booked a special photographic workshop with us, there will not be a photographic host, tuition or equipment during your stay. We recommend you check Visa requirements before travelling as you will be crossing over to the Namibian side from the Botswana side.
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