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Zambezi River Cruise

The Upper Zambezi River Cruise is a wonderful way to soak up the atmosphere of this magnificent River...

Zambezi river sunset cruise in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Sunset Cruise Boat

Elephants on a sunset cruise in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Elephants on the Zambezi River

Zambezi River Sunset cruise

This is us on the sunset cruise

Lush riverine vegetation, prolific birdlife and abundant game, I would highly recommend this activity especially if you have not done the upper Zambezi canoeing.

There are a variety of cruises available - early morning, lunch and sunset. There are also a variety of boats from small private boats of 8 to 10 people up to large party boats that carry 120 people.

In Zimbabwe, the boats launch about 5 Kilometres upstream of the Victoria Falls well out of dangers way of going over the edge, some people are often wary of this.

The bigger boats normally head upstream a little way and then turn around to return slowly giving you plenty of time to really take in the magnificence of your surroundings.

You will see plenty of crocodiles and hippos and the birdlife is spectacular. Often elephants are seen crossing the river to get to the lush vegetation on the island of the Zambezi River.

As you look downstream you can normally see the spray from the mighty Victoria Falls rising high into the sky and you imagine to yourself, that this must have been the same view that David Livingstone had, as he approached the Falls for the very first time. It’s difficult to understand the excitement he must have felt.

What does confuse and disappoint some people is that you cannot see the waterfall from any one of these cruises. They are all above the Falls themselves and all you will see is the rising spray from the Falls. There are no cruises that go below the waterfall. The seasonal adrenaline jetboat comes close as it zoots up and down the gorge downstream from the Victoria Falls.

The sunset cruises as the name suggest stay on the river to watch the great African Sunset and arrive back slightly after the sun has set, which varies throughout the year. The early morning cruises are excellent for birdwatchers.

Morning Cruises

Certainly, these are not as popular as the sunset or dinner cruises on the Zambezi River. They tend to attract a certain group of travellers. Sunrise and breakfast cruises are typically for the birding and photography enthusiasts. And of-course those who can appreciate great scenery early in the morning.

There are a few different boats for these cruises, ranging from very small 6 seaters to double decked luxury boats for up to 50 guests.

Lunch Cruises

Lunch river cruises are mostly for the scenery and a relaxed time out of the hot sun. You may encounter some wildlife along the river banks, and certainly the Zambezi regulars - hippos and crocodile. Gourmet lunch or finger snacks are served depending on the boat you're on. The sizes of the boats also vary from the very small to double decker vessel.

Sunset Cruises

There are a massive number of boats both on the Zimbabwe and Zambian side of the river. Cruises range from basic booze cruise to high end cruises. Each of the boats offer something different and the choice on which one to choose would depend partly on your budget, as well as what you prefer, also if you want a quiet dinner after the sun goes down. We can advise as to which operators we would recommend and the different cruises that each company provides.

As a simple overview:

• Standard sunset cruises are normally the ones included in a package, they are relatively cheap have good snacks and plenty to drink. Some people find these a bit booze cruise and there are various companies who offer them.
• Zambezi Royal is an upmarket version of a standard sunset cruise.
• The River Song is also an upmarket cruise offering double deck seating and three cruises per day.
Zambezi explorer is a 3 tier big boat with a signature deck on upper deck - fancy snacks, cocktails and luxurious seating adds a bit of glamour and makes for something slightly unique and special.
River Safaris take a maximum of 16 people and because of the jet engines (aqua jets) they can access parts of the river the bigger boats can't get to, allowing them to get safely within 600m of the Falls. In our opinion this is the best sunset cruise available.
Ra Ikane boats offer some of the luxury river safaris beautiful elegant monohull vessels, the largest with a capacity for 16 passengers. The eats are provided by The Palm Restaurant from Ilala Lodge.
Sunset and dinner cruise is a sunset cruise with the added benefit of staying out on the river till about 8pm to enjoy a 3 course meal while quietly cruising up and down the Zambezi River. This is a unique dining experience and one we highly recommend.

The price you pay includes all drinks and snacks. The waiters chirp is that the more you drink the more you will see. So they tirelessly bring you fresh gin and tonics. What a way to spend an afternoon.

Here are a few images from the different river experiences

The Ra Ikane fleet Breakfast on the Ra Ikane Ra Ikane lunch spread The Zambezi Explorer on the river Luxury deck of Zambezi Explorer Signature Lounge - Zambezi Explorer Signature Lounge - Zambezi Explorer Ma Robert boat Dinner - Ma Robert View on a breakfast cruise Breakfast on the Zambezi River The Zambezi Royal The Malachite in the evening Classic river safaris Gets closer to the Falls Elephants are a regular sight The Victoria Food by the Victoria Falls Hotel chefs

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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.
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