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Zambezi Dinner Cruise

An excellent way to combine a sunset cruise with an evening dinner at a very reasonable price

This is really a great way to experience the magnificent Zambezi River. Lush riverine vegetation, prolific birdlife and abundant game. You will definitely see hippos, crocs and many species of birdlife, but there is also the chance of spotting lots of other game including Elephant which, in some seasons, cross the river to feed on the islands.

As you experience a unforgettable sunset over the river you will be served with snacks and drinks all included in the price.

Once the sun has gone and the magic charm of the evening settles over the river the lanterns are lit and a wonderful three course dinner will be served. The unforgettable noise of the hippos in the back ground makes for an unusual backdrop to this truly African experience.

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

Bush Cuisine Dinner Cruise

This is one of the first sunset and dinner cruises in Victoria Falls. The Moondance is a 2-level pontoon boat with a maximum capacity of 56 people for a dinner cruise. After pickup from the hotel/lodge from 16h00 (in winter) or 16h30 (in summer), check in at the jetty and the boat leaves at approximately 17h00 (winter) and 17h30 (summer). Enjoy snacks and cocktails before being served a 3 course meal as the sun goes down.

Zambezi dinner cruise    The Moondancer at sunset on the Zambezi River - dinner cruise in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
 
 

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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

This is a more upmarket experience offering gourmet meals on the Zambezi River. Zambezi Reflections is a single level pontoon boat with a maximum capacity of 28 passengers for a dinner cruse. It is a dedicated floating restaurant 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. As 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 table setting on the Zambezi Reflections boat for the dinner cruise on the Zambezi River from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe   The Zambezi Reflections boat on the Zambezi River - dinner cruise in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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.

The table setting on the Ma Robert boat for the dinner cruise on the Zambezi River from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe   The Ma Robert boat on the Zambezi River - dinner cruise in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

 

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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. Look out for the various birdlife and animals there are to be seen and then watch as one of Africa’s famous sunsets erupts in the sky. 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 right in front of the guests. The rich aroma of locally sourced, fresh ingredients wafts around diners as the dishes are plated.

The table setting on the Malachite for the dinner cruise on the Zambezi River from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe   The Malachite on the Zambezi River - dinner cruise in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

 

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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
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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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