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Zambezi Dinner Cruise

Excellent combination of a sunset cruise and an evening dinner at a very reasonable price

Although these dinner cruises depart about one hour later than the standard sunset cruises, they stay out after sunset. So when all the other sunset cruises have come back to shore, these cruises stay out on the river and that's when dinner is served. We like this activity, as you get to experience the magnificent Zambezi River, as you would on an afternoon cruise, and you get served a delicious dinner. This combination represents real value for money.

You have plenty of daylight, before the sun sets, to take in the splendid scenery as well as the many hippos, crocodiles and exotic birdlife. There is also the chance of spotting other game, including elephant, which cross the river to feed on the islands.

As you cruise along this majestic river, the 4th largest in Africa, you will be served refreshing drinks and tasty snacks, which are all included in the price.

After an unforgettable African sunset, a magical charm settles over the river. The lanterns are lit and a wonderful three-course dinner is served. The raucous sounds of hippo calling, make for an unusual backdrop to this truly African experience.

There are now a few operators that offer this dinner cruise on the Zambezi, each of them unique in their boats and food that they serve. The common thing with each of them is that transfers, drinks and multi-course dinners come included in the price, and you can drink as much as you like.

The approximate time for these sunset and dinner cruises is: Pickup from your hotel/lodge 16h00 (winter) or 16h30 (summer), the boat departs from the jetty at  17h00 (winter) and 17h30 (summer), returning to shore at 20h00 (winter) and 20h30 (summer).

We have detailed the different boats below but please contact us if you have any questions, would like to book or would like help in choosing the correct cruise just for you. The cruises do differ considerably and it's important to get the right one.

Bush Cuisine Dinner Cruise

This was one of the first sunset and dinner cruises in Victoria Falls. The "Moondance" pontoon has a maximum capacity of 56 people. All food is prepared in the upper deck kitchen, dinner is served on the lower deck. Enjoy snacks, drinks and cocktails before being served a 3-course meal once the sun has gone down.

 
 

SAMPLE MENU

Starter

Butternut Soup - winter

Gazpacho (cold) soup - summer

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Main Course

Pan-Fried Zambezi Bream - served with tarter sauce, baby potatoes in a herb butter sauce and fresh vegetables in season

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Dessert

Apple pie and hot brandy custard - winter

Fresh Fruit Salad and Cream - summer

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Tea and Coffee

 

Zambezi Reflections & Ma Robert

Zambezi Reflections is a single level pontoon boat with a maximum capacity of 28 passengers for a dinner cruise. It is a dedicated floating restaurant and the cuisine is top-notch. After pickup from your hotel/lodge, you are taken to the jetty where you board the boat and enjoy drinks and snacks while cruising the river. After the sun goes down, a 4-course Mediterranean style dinner will be served with the sounds of the river and African evening in the background.

The Ma Robert boat has two levels, and a maximum capacity of 50 people on a dinner cruise. Both levels have a bar so wherever you decide to sit, drinks are always available close by. The same snacks, dinner and drinks served on the Zambezi Reflections boat are also served on the Ma Robert. Drinks and snacks are served on the upper and lower decks, although the hosts recommend sitting on the upper deck for a better view of the river. Dinner is served on the lower deck.

 

SAMPLE MENU

Starter Platter

Artisan of smoked and cured meats with a balsamic demi-glaze.

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Soup

Chef’s daily soup with freshly baked bread roll.

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Main Course

The main course is served with seasonal vegetables and roast potatoes. You have a selection of the following: Fillet of beef with red wine jus; Bream fillet with lemon butter sauce; or Stuffed chicken breast.

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Desert

Summer fridge cheesecake / Sliced fruit platter.

 

The Malachite

This is the newest of the dinner cruise experiences. The Malachite is a double-deck luxury pontoon vessel with a maximum capacity of 32 guests on a dinner cruise. After pickup and boarding, guests are offered a glass of sparkling wine to sip as they settle into the very comfortable furniture on the upper deck. A barman and three intuitive waiters anticipate guests’ needs, serving a selection of lively cocktails and imported premium spirits throughout their journey.

After the sun has sunk below the river line, dinner is served on the lower deck of the vessel exemplifying the hallmarks of exquisite cuisine prepared on board by two Chefs. The rich aroma of locally sourced, fresh ingredients wafts around diners as the dishes are plated.

 

SAMPLE MENU

Amuse bouche

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Soup of the day

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Appetisers

Black Olive Crostini
topped with blistered balsamic cherry tomatoes, fresh avocado, crumbled feta cheese, drizzled with a capsicum & basil infusion
or
Smoked Duck Breast Salad
with walnuts, micro salad greens, roasted beet puree & a fennel orange dressing

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Mains

Herb and Garlic Crusted Zambezi Bream Fillets
served with a medley of sautéed vegetables, crushed potatoes and a white wine sauce
or
Aged Zimbabwean Beef Mignon
grilled to order, topped with a wild mushroom duxelles, bone marrow and port essence, served with leek & bacon loaded potatoes and fresh vegetables
or
Aubergine Gratin
Char grilled aubergine and courgette stacks with basil tomato compote & mozzarella cheese, served with steamed basmati rice & curried chickpeas

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Desserts

Passion Fruit Crème Brulee
with a hazelnut biscoti and a mini chocolate brownie
or
Cheese Board
A selection of our fine cheeses, savoury biscuits & preserves

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Tea or Coffee

Served with petit fours

What You Will Need to Bring

• National Parks Fees (currently US$10 per adult)
• Activity voucher/ticket from your agent
• Camera and/or binoculars (recommended)
• Smart casual dress (warm clothing in winter)
• Sunglasses
• Insect/mosquito repellent
• Any medication that you might need

What you Need to Know

• Pickup will be at from 16h00 (winter) or 16h30 (summer)
• The boat will leave from the jetty at approximately 17h00 (winter) or 17h30 (summer) and returns approximately 20h00 (winter) and 20h30 (summer)
• Transfers from and to the various hotels/lodges are included.
• Snacks, dinner and drinks are included
• Children (3-11 years) pay 50% of the adult rate. Children are welcome on river cruises. See other family friendly activities.


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