The Zambezi Queen (a Mantis property) in partnership with Ichingo Lodge (Impalila Island) has purchased the Pride of the Zambezi from Emile Muller.

The effective date of this acquisition was the 1st May 2013.

Pride of zambeziFor those looking for a unique river-based safari experience, Pride of the Zambezi, a chic riverboat berthed on the Chobe River, Botswana makes an excellent choice. The latest addition to the collection, following a purchase by Zambezi Queen in partnership with Ichingo Lodge, the Pride of the Zambezi offers in-the-know travellers another unique boutique cruise option.

The Pride of the Zambezi offers the perfect base from which to explore the fascinating banks of the Chobe, which boast one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent, including one of the largest populations of elephants in the world – currently estimated at approximately 120,000.

Ideal for small groups of friends and family, the simple yet elegant riverboat comprises five en-suite cabins as well as a bar, comfortable lounge and dining area. The experienced team aboard the Pride of the Zambezi is on hand to arrange a wide variety of activities to make the most of this captivating area, including; game drives and boat cruises into Chobe National Park, bird watching, fishing, Mokoro trips, canoeing on Chobe River, and Victoria Falls and Livingstone day trips.

Following a day of game viewing, guests can retire to the top deck, where loungers offer the opportunity to soak up the African sun or to the middle deck to relax in the large Jacuzzi.

Adrian Gardiner, CEO of the Mantis Group and Ralph Oxenham, CEO of the Ichingo Group, have known each other for over 50 years having attended the same school in Zimbabwe and University in South Africa.

Adrian and Ralph both believe that there is a growing interest in river based accommodation, hence their strategic decision to further grow their interest in this type of offering and bring an even better experience to the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers.

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Date: 30 April 2013