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Zambezi Explorer Cruises

A luxury cruise on the Zambezi River with awesome scenery and gourmet food

Zambezi Explorer cruising the Zambezi River

Aerial photo of the cruise boat on the Zambezi River (source - Zambezi Explorer)

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The Zambezi Explorer Vessel

Launched in 2013, the custom designed five-star cruise vessel takes guests on a luxury trip on the Zambezi River. It has three decks and comes complete with gallery and electronics which are solar powered. It has wheelchair access and wheelchair-friendly facilities. The Zambezi Explorer Company caters for regular cruises, private functions, conferences and weddings too.

The Experience

The cruise boats pick up at the Zambezi River Cruise Terminal and takes guests around the islands of the upper section of the river. As with other cruise operators, the cruise boat stays well away from the Falls themselves, 4kms (2.49miles) away. The most popular of the trips has to be the sunset cruise. During this time, animals come from around to drink the water from the Zambezi River, and you may see elephants crossing the river to get to the vegetation on the islands or on the other side of the river. You will also see hippos and crocodiles. There are also lots of bird species which you will see. All this plus the gorgeous Zambezi sunset makes the evening cruise such an amazing experience which we highly recommend.

Zambezi Explorer Cruises

There are a few trips which the Zambezi Explorer Company runs, each taking about 2 hours. They have different boats depending on the trip:
The Zambezi Reflections - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Sunset and dinner cruise on the Zambezi Reflections
(source - Zambezi Explorer)

Sunset cruises are the most popular and they take place on the Zambezi Explorer vessel with a maximum capacity of 140 passengers. These start at 4:30pm in summer and 4pm in winter. Included are snacks and cocktails while you take in the animals, birds and scenery.
Breakfast Cruises set off at 6am where you will see the wildlife and the sun rise on the Zambezi and the top of the Victoria Falls while you enjoy cereals, pastries, fruit, tea or coffee – the choice is yours. This cruise is one of the best for birdwatchers.
Lunch Cruises start at noon. On this cruise, you may spot the large herbivores in the river and some crocs too. A gourmet lunch is served together with your choice of premium beverages.
Dinner Cruises are done aboard the Zambezi Reflections and Ma Robert vessels and have a 5pm start – the perfect time for sundowners and snacks. A four-course dinner is served – gourmet Mediterranean style dining in a luxurious and romantic setting. The Ma Robert has a lower and upper deck with a maximum capacity of 50 guests, while the Zambezi Reflections is a single deck pontoon with a maximum occupancy of 34 people and is known as the floating restaurant. The sunset and dinner trip is becoming a popular option because it is a combination of both a Sunset cruise and a Dinner cruise, and at reasonable prices.


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

Chef’s daily soup with freshly baked bread roll.

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.

Summer fridge cheesecake / Sliced fruit platter.

What you will need to bring
• Camera
• Binoculars

What you will need to know
Children are welcome on sunset cruises. See other Family Friendly Activities.

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Client Testimonials

by Kate (Zimbabwe)
Many thanks for all your assistance. You have probably been the most responsive and helpful tour organizers I have worked with- anywhere in the world. I'll be sure to recommend you to my colleagues and friends.

All the activities lived up to the hype!
by Alex (Swaziland)
Good Afternoon Boo,
Just wanted to let you know that we are now back in Swaziland and had an incredibly fun time enjoying Victoria Falls! All the activities lived up to the hype and I would like to thank you for all your help in organising a busy but full holiday for us! Everything went smoothly from the moment we arrived to the time we left.
Also wondering where you prefer to have your reviews written?
Thanks again!
All the best

Memory I will not forget
by Sunitha
Hi Jane
Hope you are keeping well.I must say a very big thank you for all your assistance and advice for my trip. I had the most amazing time at Vic Falls, a memory I will not forget.
Thanks a million once again.

Fantastic Itinerary
by Graham & Janet (United Kingdom)
Dear Boo
We would like to offer our thanks for sorting a fantastic itinerary for our all too short visit to Vic Falls. The cruise on the Zambesi at sunset was a delight and the helicopter flight breathtaking! The pick ups were punctual and staff members were all very smiley, friendly, helpful and good company. The whole experience of the actual Falls and the town itself was outstanding.
We will return! Your company will be our first port of call. Many thanks for a very efficient service.
Best wishes

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