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Chobe Boat Cruises

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Chobe boat cruises are a fantastic way to experience the best of Botswana.

You can get up close to large herds of abundant animals in the Chobe National Park. They tend to make their way to the river and onto the islands in the river to feast on the sweet grass. Puku and lechwe antelopes are standard on the Chobe floodplains.

Here, there is the highest concentration of elephants globally, and herds of elephants frequently cross the Chobe River. Hippos and crocodiles like to bask in the sun next to the water. You can also see buffalo and giraffes and other plains game. Lucky visitors might see leopards and lions! Furthermore, there are over 460 bird species in the park.

All Chobe boat cruises depart from Kasane, the town which borders the Chobe National Park. There are regular afternoon and morning departures.

What to expect on a Chobe Boat Cruise

Some of the best photography is possible in the afternoons; the evening light lends itself to excellent photography of the animals and birds and the magnificent sunsets over the Chobe River. The mornings are also extraordinary, with the animals heading to the water for a morning drink.

Birding is also excellent along the river, with frequent African darters, fish eagles, kingfishers, other waders, and water birds. The African skimmer is often seen, a rare species to see elsewhere.

We highly recommend a Chobe boat cruise to make the most of your stay in Botswana.


Chobe Boat Cruises Highlights

  • You can experience magnificent sunsets from the Chobe River
  • Excellent bird sightings
  • Silent approach to animals
  • Value for money experience
  • Park fees are included in the price


What about VISA?

You are responsible for your VISA to enter Botswana, should you require one.

What do I need?

Your passport, walking shoes and a jacket. Wear clothes in neutral colours (meaning no bright colours) and take a warm jacket for chilly mornings and evenings. Binoculars are also helpful. Leave any valuables that you don’t need.

Who can join?

Everyone is welcome. There is no age restriction. You also don’t have to be fit to join.

Chobe Boat Cruises Options

You can choose from various boating options for the Chobe boat cruises. Guests can join a standard cruise on a river cruiser taking about 30-40 people, or take a smaller boat and focus on photography and birding. You can also book a private boat suitable to your time frame.

These boat cruises are perfect for self-driving, allowing you to explore the Chobe further by yourself.

  • You may also choose a private boat cruise for only you and your fellow travellers. We will arrange a private guide.
  • You can select scheduled cruises shared with other travellers, which are more affordable (see rates below).
  • There is a 3-day photographic safari where you will have your photo host to guide you (read more here).

Chobe National Park Includes


  • Kasane town transfers
  • Water, soft drinks and packed meals as specified per activity
Chobe National Park Excludes


  • Excludes park fees of BWP 70 per person
Chobe National Park Tour Information


DURATION: 3 - 8 Hours
  • We need a minimum of 2 adults to confirm, unless otherwise stated
  • Children aged 4 – 11 years pay 50%
Chobe National Park Product Pricing


Chobe Boat Cruise Rates

Valid for 2020

Cruise type Rate per person

NEW 3-hour Luxury Chobe-Style Breakfast Cruise

  • Departs 7:00 – ends 10:00
  • Includes water, soft drinks, sparkling wine, continental breakfast and a Chobe history guide
BWP 1120

NEW 3-hour Luxury Chobe Snack Platter Cruise

  • Depart 12:30 or 15:00
  • Includes water, soft drinks, G&T, red and white wine, sparkling wine and a deluxe hot platter
BWP 950

3-hour Chobe Lunch Cruise

  • Departs 12:30
  • Includes water, soft drinks, braai style lunch and transfers from Kasane
  • Min. 4 adults to confirm
BWP 750

3-hour Chobe Sunset Cruise

  • Departs 15:00
  • Includes soft drinks, local beers, peanuts and crisps
BWP 450

NEW 3-hour Chobe VIP Sunset Cruise

  • Departs 15:00
  • Includes soft drinks, local beers, spirits and wines and a deluxe snack platter
BWP 575

Full-Day Chobe Boat Cruise

  • Duration: 8 hours
  • 10:00 – 18:00
  • Includes water, soft drinks, and a braai style lunch
  • We need a minimum of 4 adults to confirm a full day Chobe boat cruise
BWP 1 350

The Chobe Explorer Full-Day Cruise

  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Departs 11:00 - ends 18:00
  • Includes morning and afternoon tea / coffee, water, all local drinks, lunch and transfers from Kasane
BWP 1 750

3-hour Private Chobe Boat Hire

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Departs: anytime between 6:00 and 15:00
  • Includes bottled water, soft drinks and park fees
  • Seats up to 8 people per boat
  • Excludes park fees of BWP 70 per person
  • Excludes water, drinks and snacks (you are welcome to bring your own refreshments with)
  • Excludes transfers from lodges in Kasane
  • Transfers can be booked @ BWP 250 per person return, or you can self-drive to the jetty in Kasane
BWP 1 600 per boat

NEW 3-hour Impalila Island Village Tour

  • Departs anytime between 8:00 and 16:00
  • Includes water, soft drinks, conservancy fee and transfers from Kasane
  • Minimum of 2 adults required to confirm a departure
BWP 500
Chobe National Park Tour Schedule


Departs From Kasane Daily

We will collect you from your choice of accommodation or campsite in Kasane.

DISCLAIMER: We reserve the right to cancel any activity due to weather or unsafe conditions. An alternative activity will be provided wherever possible.

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  • Chobe Bush Lodge

    Chobe Bush Lodge is next to the Chobe National Park. It is a mere 200 meters from the Chobe River. Excellent location.
  • Jackalberry Chobe Lodge

    The Jackalberry Chobe Lodge offers a fully inclusive lodge experience. Stay in a luxury rooms with an excellent view of the Chobe River.
  • Chobe Bakwena Lodge

    Chobe Bakwena Lodge is 1.5 km from the place where 4 countries meet! Check out the stylish interior that compliments the stunning views.
  • Chobe Safari Lodge

    Chobe Safari lodge borders on the Chobe National Park in Kasane town. It overlooks the Chobe River and offers great value for money.
  • Chobe Savanna Lodge

    Chobe Savanna Lodge is on the northern banks of the Chobe River. Offering a unique view of the Chobe National Park from the Namibian side. 
  • Ichingo Chobe River Lodge

    Ichingo Chobe River Lodge on the Namibian side of the river is ideally located for a low key visit. A great location.