Renamed as The Pangolin Voyager to bring it in line with the brand, we have spent a small fortune renovating and improving it from top to bottom to the magnificent “floating lodge” that it is today.
For groups of friends, families or perhaps a photography club on tour this vessel is perfectly suited to the needs of photographers and non-photographers alike who want to have an exclusive experience in one of Africa’s most productive wildlife photography regions.
The Chobe River is the natural border between Namibia and Botswana and The Pangolin Voyager is based on the Namibian side of the river with the Chobe National Park on the opposite bank. The Chobe is unique in that it flows in both directions at different times of the year depending on the flood in the mighty Zambezi, with which is converges a few kilometres downstream.
The houseboat has five cabins which can be configured as double or twin beds. Each has an ensuite shower and toilet as well as air conditioning.
Please be aware that the aircon is controlled centrally to cool the cabins throughout the day and night when you are most likely to be in your room but cannot run 24/7 as we predominantly rely on solar-generated battery power.
The middle level is where you will find the living and dining room areas where all the meals are served, and a well-stocked bar is located. Large glass sliding doors offer a wonderful view of the river as we cruise between our three moorings. Most cruising takes place after the morning game activity and during brunch and the midday sun – which is best enjoyed on the partially shaded upper deck.
Onboard The Pangolin Voyager you will have plenty of food to eat throughout your stay courtesy of our lovely chefs Sabrina and Melody in their galley. Before the morning excursion on the river, we set out teas and coffee as well as some cereals, yogurt, and fruit to see you though until you return a few hours later for a delicious and hearty brunch with a menu of options.
Normally around this time guests disperse to relax in their cabins, on the sundeck or in the lounge and dining area to go through their images from the morning. The well-stocked bar is always available for you to grab a cold drink throughout the day, or you can ask a member of the crew who will be more than happy to help. This is your houseboat... Your home!
Just before we head out in the afternoon for more game viewing and photography there will be a high tea served with a sweet and savory option and a cooler box of soft and alcoholic drinks of your choice packed for Sundowner drinks later.
Upon your return you have time to freshen up and enjoy the last few moments of the day on the deck before you are invited for dinner around the table. Dinner is normally three courses, with a fantastic selection of South African wines followed by a nightcap of your choice before retiring to your cabin for a good night's rest.
Onboard The Pangolin Voyager we can cater for most dietary requirements so please do mention any specific needs to your safari planner.
Alongside The Pangolin Voyager we have an eight-seater photo boat along with another tender boat for general game viewing and transfers. Each of the seats on the photo boat have a detachable arm and camera gimbal and can rotate 360 degrees. In addition to photography and game viewing we also offer the opportunity to visit a local village where most of the crew come from. The boats tend to go out at first light and again a few hours before sunset. Teas, coffees and cold drinks are packed for the morning session and ice cold beverages of your choice for the afternoon. The captain and his crew are on hand to help make your stay and experience onboard as comfortable and as relaxing as possible.