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Zambezi Royal Cruise

Intimate luxury cruises on the Zambezi River

The luxurious, 28-seater single level cruise boat offers a unique and intimate way to view the Zambezi River. The boat is the first of its kind, custom built to maximize comfort, style, practicality and service. (By manufacturing standards, the boat is actually built to accommodate 60 passengers, but in order to cater for the luxury furnishings, and to allow for ample spaciousness, the design has been customized to accommodate just 28). Find out more about Zambezi River cruises here.

The Zambezi Royal docked in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The Zambezi Royal

Lunch Cruise

Pickup time is from 12:00pm. Indulge in a light lunch and refreshments on board, while admiring the bold displays of an untouched natural landscape. The lunch cruise includes beers, soft drinks, local spirits, wine and water as well as a finger lunch. The boat is on the river for about 2 hours, and the turnaround time is approximately 2.5 hours.

Finger lunch as per menu below on the Lunch Cruise:
• Greek salad in mini phyllo cups
• Portuguese spiced chicken drumsticks
• Barbeque mini pork ribs
• Chilli beef in pita pockets
• Chickpea and zucchini falafel
• Vegetable puff rolls
• Mini chocolate brownies
• Fresh fruit kebabs

Sunset Cruise

Pickup time is from 3:30pm in the summer or 4:00pm in the winter. During the premium two hour guided Sunset cruise guests can look forward to 5-star service on board, consisting of imported wines and spirits, gourmet hot & cold canapés. The boat is on the river for about 2 hours, and the turnaround time is approximately 2.5 hours.

Canapes as per menu below on the Sunset Cruise:
• Bacon Wrapped Chipolata Sausages
• Mini Vegetarian Quiches
• Crocodile Kebabs
• Vegetarian Samosas
• Crumbed Mushroom & Halloumi Skewers
• Barbecue Marinated Chicken Wings
• Meatballs stuffed with Mozzarella
• Trio of Homemade Crisps, 'Chilli Bites' and puri (an unleavened Indian snack bread)
• Platter of Brie, Olives & Grapes
All accompanied by Sweet Chilli & a fresh Tartare Sauce

Elephants on the banks of the Zambezi River, seen on a river cruise on the Zambezi Royal - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Elephants seen on a cruise


The boat comes fitted with safety equipment (life rafts, life rings, life jackets and fire extinguishers).

Minimum to confirm a trip: 2 passengers

Maximum capacity: 28 passengers

Facilities: Bar, luxurious cushioned furniture; bathroom.

Duration: +/- 2.5 hours

Minimum and maximum age: none

Enjoying the scenery on the Zambzi Royal on Zambezi River - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The scenery on the Zambezi River

Included on a Zambezi Royal Cruise

• Shared road transfers to and from your accommodation in Victoria Falls town*
• Finger lunch on the Lunch Cruise or gourmet hot & cold canapés on the Sunset Cruise.
• Beers, soft drinks, local spirits, wine and water.
*These are the popular hotels and lodges in town. Please see the list on our Victoria Falls accommodation page.


• Transfers from AirBnB lodges, out of town lodges and Livingstone town lodges. Additional transfers can be arranged.
• US$10 river usage fee per person.

What to Bring

• Camera and/or binoculars
• Insect repellent
• Travel voucher

What to Wear

• Wear comfortable clothing and sunglasses.
• In summer, light clothes as it can get hot. In winter, bring warm sweater or jacket for the sunset cruise as it can get chilly in the evening.

What Not to Bring

• Valuables. Please leave these locked up in a safe at your hotel.
• Anything else that you will not need while on your cruise.

Canapés on the Zambezi Royal cruise in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Canapés on the Zambezi Royal cruise


Children are welcome on the Malachite. Those younger than 3 years old do not pay. Children 3 to 11 years pay 50% of the adult rate. Children 6 to 12 years pay US$5 for the river usage fee. Children younger than 6 do not pay the fee.

Dietary Requirements

Please notify your travel consultant of any special or dietary requirements and allergies as you make your booking, or prior to arrival.


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