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Zambezi River Cruises, Victoria Falls

Dinner, sunset, lunch & breakfast cruises on the mighty zambezi river, zambezi river cruise offers you the most complete range of cruises on the mighty zambezi river, in victoria falls, zimbabwe..

A cruise on the mighty Zambezi River is a fantastic way to relax at the end of a fun filled day in Victoria Falls. Which makes this a must do activity when visiting Victoria Falls. That is why we offer a number of Zambezi River Cruise options for you to choose from, as we wouldn't want you to miss out. Choose from a number of variations of the most popular Classic , Luxury or Signature Sunset Cruises and sip gin & tonics as the sun sinks into the mighty Zambezi River. Or spoil yourself to a romantic Dinner Cruise and enjoy a four course meal as you float above the Victoria Falls.

The cruise options in Victoria Falls are aplenty and cater for a range of budgets and preferences. Browse the below Zambezi River cruise options and select the one that best suits you.

A Zambezi River Sunset Cruise is the perfect way to complete a busy day in Victoria Falls. Relax as you watch the sunset while cruising the Zambezi River.

Book a Zambezi River Dinner Cruise in Victoria Falls. Enjoy a 4 course dinner while floating on the Zambezi River above the Victoria Falls.

Book a Luxury Zambezi River Cruise in Victoria Falls. The Luxury Sunset Cruise is the perfect way to relax at the end of a busy day in Victoria Falls.

Book the most luxurious Sunset Cruise in Victoria Falls. The Signature Sunset Cruise is pure extravagance on the Zambezi River in Victoria Falls.

Zambezi River Cruise Vessels In Victoria Falls

Being one of the most popular activities in Victoria Falls, there are a range of vessels just waiting to welcome you aboard. The Victoria Falls cruise vessels range from, perhaps the most famous and luxurious Zambezi Explorer, to the more rustic or historic vessels that represent the grace of a bygone era and honour the rich history of Victoria Falls.

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Zambezi Explorer

Motor: 2 x 150 hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard engines Passengers: 150 max Cruises: Sunset The most luxurious boat on the Zambezi River, aptly named the Zambezi Explorer. There are three decks onboard the Zambezi Explorer. The two lower decks provide a luxury service where guests can choose from an exciting range of beverages and cocktails as well as a selection of delicious snacks. The 'Signature Deck' is the uppermost level and it is pure extravagance with gourmet hors d'oeuvres and premium beverages served from a private bar.

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Motor: 2 x 70 hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard engines Passengers: 70 max Cruises: Dinner Ma Robert is an immaculate, well maintained steel catamaran vessel set on two levels allowing for variance in elevation. A spacious bottom deck gives it a breathtaking river experience with an easy to access rear bar and washrooms. The top level with its central bar, is designed to give every guest an outward view allowing them to freely peer down onto the islands and surrounding riverine as the boat etches on slowly up the mighty Zambezi.

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Zambezi Reflections

Motor: 2 x 50 hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard engines Passengers: 34 max Cruises: Dinner Zambezi Reflections is a dedicated floating restaurant offering gourmet meals on the mighty Zambezi River above the Victoria Falls. It is quickly gaining the reputation as the premier dining experience on the river and is perfect for either group bookings or individual travelers. The Dinner Cruise, which combines a Sunset Cruise with dinner, has proved to be a popular option amongst guests due it its great value for money.

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Motor: 1 x 150 hp Yamaha 4 stroke inboard engines Passengers: 16 max Cruises: Sunset, Lunch, Breakfast The Ra-Ikane was fashioned after David Livingstone’s exploration boat. The Ra-Ikane is named after the instrumental guide who accompanied and assisted Livingstone in his monumental discovery of the majestic Victoria Falls. The design of the Ra-Ikane enables it to position passengers closer to the water, further up the Zambezi River, and closer to the banks in the shallow water. The boat represent the grace of a bygone era and honours the rich history of Victoria Falls and its explorers, adventurers and heroes.

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Motor: 2 x 50 hp Mercury 4 stroke outboard engines Passengers: 56 max Cruises: Dinner Moondancer is a double decker dinner cruise boat with the kitchen upstairs and a capacity of up to 56 pax for dinner. Moondancer is a fibre glass boat with pontoon type hulls, which allows you to enter shallower waters and channels allowing you better game viewing opportunities. It also allows you to get close and personal to wildlife on the banks of the Zambezi River. In turn giving you great photographic opportunities.

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Motor: 2 x 50 hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard engines Passengers: 40 max Cruises: Sunset The Shearwater river cruise boats are all fibreglass and pontoon style. The cruise boat is a double decker cruises with a viewing platform upstairs and a capacity of up to 40 pax for sunset.

Zambezi River Cruise FAQ's

Before booking a Zambezi River Cruise in Victoria Falls, please read some of the below more frequently asked questions about cruising on the Zambezi River in Victoria Falls.

Guests of all ages are welcome of a Zambezi River Cruise. Children under 12 pay half price and children 2 and younger are free.

Although wildlife sightings are not guaranteed on a Zambezi River cruise, with the banks of the Zambezi National Park flanking each cruise, you’ll be likely to spot elephants, hippos, crocodiles, a range of antelope species and a range of exciting birdlife.

Your safety and enjoyment is our main concern. Your Victoria Falls River Cruise may be delayed due to weather conditions. Normally rainstorms only last about half an hour, so be patient,  we will try to ensure you get to experience your cruise. If it starts raining while you are on your cruise, rain flaps on the side of the boat will drop down to keep you dry.

National Parks fees are not part of the Zambezi River Cruise price. They are an additional fee charged by the Government to help maintain the Zambezi River and the surrounding National Park areas. These fees are to paid on arrival before your cruise and are US$10 per adult and US$5 per child.

The water level of the Zambezi River varies remarkably throughout the year. The Victoria Falls region receives seasonal rainfall, and therefore the amount of water flowing over the Victoria Falls changes drastically.

The water level is at its lowest point around November each year. At this time of year the water falls mainly in the deeper section of the river on the Zimbabwean side of the Falls. During the low water season some areas of the Zambian side dry up completely leaving a gigantic crack of exposed bare rock in the earth. This may not be as spectacular as the Victoria Falls in full flood.

The water level is at its highest between April and May. During these months the Victoria Falls are a thundering wall of falling water and the spray from the falls can obscure the view.

So which time of year is best to experience a Zambezi River Cruise in Victoria Falls? The real answer is all year round. During the dryer months between June and September you are more likely to spot wildlife on the banks of the river. However a Zambezi River Cruise is a "not to be missed" opportunity no matter what time of year you are visiting Victoria Falls.

During the Jurassic Period (150-200 million years ago), volcanic activity resulted in thick basalt deposits covering large parts of Southern Africa. As the lava cooled and solidified, cracks appeared in the hard basalt crust, which were filled with clay and lime. Erosion and the course of the mighty Zambezi River cut through these softer materials, forming the first of a series of waterfalls.

Zambezi River Cruise Options in Victoria Falls

Zambezi river cruise offers you the most complete range of cruises on the mighty zambezi river in victoria falls, zimbabwe..

Zambezi River Cruise offers luxury Breakfast , Lunch , Sunset and Dinner cruises in Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River. We strive to provide our guests with the best cruising experience on the Zambezi River through unparalleled service on board luxury vessels. With a fantastic hospitality team, our guests are taken on a luxury adventure in comfort and style. All that’s left to do is sit back, relax and enjoy Zambezi style cuisine, excellent service and the spectacular scenery.

Each cruise leaves from the Zambezi River Cruise Terminal and meanders through the islands, enjoying the abundant wildlife along the banks of the Zambezi River. Each cruise will take approximately 2 hours. We offer scheduled cruises every Breakfast , Lunch , Sunset and Dinner . Other cruises are booked in advance. Zambezi River cruises are also available for private hire for corporate or social events. Alternatively, a deck can be reserved for a private function and will be solely for your use.

4 course dinner floating on the mighty Zambezi River in Victoria Falls

Celebrate the Sunset as we cruise the Zambezi River upstream of the Victoria Falls. The Dinner cruise is a luxury safari on water. The Dinner Cruise, which combines a Sunset Cruise with dinner, has proved to be a popular option amongst guests due it its great value for money.

Sunset Cruise

Most popular victoria falls cruising option.

At the end of the day, sail upstream to celebrate the setting African sun. Share in the end-of-day ritual which sees wild herds streaming to the river banks for their last drink. Flocks of birds skim the waterline as the sun sets behind the African skyline. Enjoy our range of cocktails served with an accompaniment of delectable hors d’ oeuvres. Bring a camera and create your own golden memories.

Lunch Cruise

Luxury safari on water.

Get a close-up on nature as we cruise the tranquil scenery of the unspoilt river upstream. With frequent sightings of gigantic crocodiles, pods of hippo and herds of elephants bathing in the river, the lunch cruise is a luxury safari on water.

Enjoy a gourmet lunch prepared onboard by our executive chef using the finest fresh ingredients. With a bar onboard, guests can choose from a selection of premium beverages. All that's left to do is sit back, relax and enjoy Zambezi style gourmet cuisine, excellent service and the spectacular scenery.

Breakfast Cruise

Celebrate the sunrise.

Never experienced the serenity of the river at dawn? Have you never watched the mist rise off the water as the new sun rays warm your face? Don't miss the opportunity to soak up the abundant birdlife and capture this precious time of day in all it's glory. Choose from a delectable array of pastries, cereals and fresh fruit as well a freshly made tea and coffee, just the way you like it.

The Breakfast Cruise is the ultimate way to welcome a new day as you celebrate the sunrise on The Mighty Zambezi River.

Cruise Packages

Get the most out of your visit to victoria falls and combine a relaxing zambezi river cruise with other popular victoria falls activities..

Combine a classic river cruise with some carefully selected activities to compliment your experience in Victoria Falls.  We have selected a range of popular Victoria Falls activities such as Helicopter Flights, Victoria Falls Guided Tours and Safari experiences such as Game Drives and Chobe Day Trips so that you get the best experience during your visit.

Zambezi River Cruise Terminal

The Zambezi River Cruise terminals in Victoria Falls are conveniently located within a few minutes drive from any hotel in Victoria Falls. This makes for a short 15 minute transfer. Before your cruise you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to your respective cruise departure point.

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Your lavish suite with an outside balcony is perfect for game-viewing and enjoying the scenery on the Chobe River.

While on board the Zambezi Queen, our guests will dine in absolute opulence whilst taking in the unique African surrounds. Situated on the 3rd level, the dining room offers unobstructed views on three sides. Experience delectable dishes such as butternut and macadamia soup and fillet of beef with bordelaise sauce paired with the perfect wine.

With panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the boat, everywhere you go you can take advantage of magnificent wildlife viewing.

To preserve its wildlife surroundings the Zambezi Queen was designed to be environmentally friendly.

Our professional and friendly crew will go above and beyond to ensure you have a memorable experience.

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LUXURY ZAMBEZI RIVER CRUISES

The Ra-Ikane I, II and III, offer a variety of cruises , including breakfast, lunch and sunset, as well as private charters. These boats represent the grace of a bygone era and honour the rich history of Victoria Falls and its explorers, adventurers and heroes. The Ra-Ikane fleet is owned and operated by Ilala Lodge Hotel , and provides unique and unsurpassed river cruises on the mighty Zambezi River.

Fashioned after David Livingstone’s exploration boat, the Ma-Robert , the Ra-Ikane boats are named after the instrumental guide, Lazarus Ra-Ikane, who accompanied and assisted Livingstone in his monumental discovery of the natural wonder, Victoria Falls. The monohull design of the Ra-Ikane boats enables them to navigate further up the Zambezi River and bring guests closer to the banks in the shallow water and, therefore, closer to all the action! With lots of space on the flat deck and a maximum of 16 passengers, there is plenty room to make yourself comfortable.

The well-appointed Ra-Ikane fleet was built to ensure that each guest is able to experience the wild beauty of the Zambezi River with ease and style. Our boats take a circular route around the islands to provide guests with a panoramic view of the upper and lower Zambezi River and the wildlife and birdlife it offers . Each Ra-Ikane boat has its own crew, made up of a friendly and knowledgeable captain, guide and waiter to ensure that you can sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Ra-Ikane Breakfast Cruise Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

Breakfast Cruise

$85 per person.

Have breakfast with bathing elephants and busy birds in the buzz of the early morning African bush! A perfect start to any day is cruising up the Zambezi River immersed in the early morning activity aboard the Ra-Ikane Breakfast Cruise. The small boat set up will allow you to silently immerse yourself in your surroundings with ease whilst enjoying aromatic freshly brewed coffee and tea, juices and spring water to accompany your continental breakfast, fresh fruits platters and other delicious breakfast treats.

Breakfast Cruise pick-up/drop-off times From Ilala Lodge Hotel: 6:45am From Victoria Falls town: 6:30am from hotels in Victoria Falls Drop-Off: 9:30am Duration of cruise: 2 hours

Birdwatching Cruise Ra-Ikane Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

Birdwatching Cruise

The Zambezi River is well-known for its legendary bird watching safaris as the meandering river supports a lively riverine ecosystem along its banks, drawing in a wide variety of birds. And what better way to enjoy a birding safari, than serenely cruising along the Zambezi River on a birdwatching cruise. This cruise includes a delicious continental breakfast with fresh pastries, platters of fruits, cheese and biscuits accompanied by local fresh quality coffees, teas, juices and water.

Birdwatching Cruise pick-up/drop-off times From Ilala Lodge Hotel: 6:45am From Victoria Falls town: 6:30am from hotels in Victoria Falls Drop-Off: 9:30am Duration of cruise: 2 hours

Ra-Ikane Lunch Cruise Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

Lunch Cruise

Find peace and solace in the midday heat cruising in comfortable luxury aboard the Ra-Ikane Lunch Cruise. Lunch is an abundant buffet of cold meats, fresh salads and other delicacies prepared by the chefs from the highly acclaimed Palm Restaurant. Drinks are bottomless and the service is impeccable aboard one of the most beautiful boats on the Zambezi River. An afternoon delight for the body, soul and mind.

Lunch Cruise pick-up/drop-off times From Ilala Lodge Hotel: 11:45am From Victoria Falls town: 11.30am to 11.50am from hotels in Victoria Falls Drop-Off: 2:15pm to 2:20pm Duration of cruise: 2 hours

Sunset Cruise Ra-Ikane Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

Sunset Cruise

$92 per person.

There is no better way to end a day of adventuring in Victoria Falls, than sitting back and relaxing with an ice cold sun-downer in hand and soaking up your surroundings. Our Sunset Cruise includes unlimited premium drinks, gourmet snacks and an abundance of wildlife and birdlife sightings. To top it all off, the cruise will end with a spectacular sunset over the Zambezi River.

Sunset Cruise pick-up/drop-off times From Ilala Lodge Hotel: 3:15pm in Winter (May-August), 4:15pm in Summer (September-April) From Victoria Falls town: 3:30pm from hotels in Victoria Falls Drop-Off: 6:30pm Duration of cruise: 2 hours

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There are three mono-hull boats in the fleet, each one designed to look like the elegant Ma Robert vessel that David Livingstone and his crew used to attempt to navigate the Zambezi River from the coast in Mozambique up to the Victoria Falls area - yes, upstream!

The vessels resemble a turn of the century riverboat and boast a teak superstructure and brass fittings that epitomise Victorian splendour in Africa. Teak tables are dotted around the carpeted floor to fit three people at each, but the open plan allows guests to roam easily between them.

Two of the boats in the fleet are 16-seaters, and the one boat is a smaller 12-seater. Apart from the luxurious look and feel of each boat, their size makes them special and intimate. At certain water levels, the Ra Ikane likes to cruise through many of the smaller channels between the islands.

On each boat is a crew of three - the knowledgeable captain, the guide, and the waiter.

Ra Ikane River Cruises

The river cruises not only offer a personal river safari, but also top service and delicious meals, which are served with premium drinks while you enjoy the scenic beauty of the Zambezi River and its inhabitants.

"Our boats take a circular route around the islands to provide guests with a panoramic view of the upper Zambezi River and the wildlife and birdlife it offers" - Ra-Ikane cruises.

Each cruise lasts about 2 hours and comes with meals and/or snacks, as well as the beverages. Pickup and drop off at your hotel/town lodge as well as national parks fee (river usage fee) are included in the rate.

Breakfast Cruise From about 6:30 am, guests are picked up from their Victoria Falls hotels and lodges and transferred to Ilala's jetty site to board the Ra-Ikane. Watch the sunrise over the Zambezi and capture moments as elephants and other animals come to the river to quench their morning thirst. A continental breakfast and freshly brewed coffee is included in the experience. Eats such as pastries, freshly baked bread, fruit platters, yoghurts, jams and cheeses, are served with your teas and coffees. This cruise drops off at about 9:30 am.

Lunch Cruise Pickups begin at 11:30 am from the various hotels/lodges to Ilala's jetty. On this cruise, refreshing drinks are served while the Ra Ikane takes you along the banks of the Zambezi. A buffet of fresh cold meats, salads and cheeses are provided by The Palm Restaurant. A fine selection of beers, spirits, wines and soft-drinks are provided in a fully stocked bar. After the cruise, guests are dropped off at around 2:15 pm.

Sunset Cruise This is usually when most wildlife come down to the river. Hippos and crocodiles are ever-present but it is not unusual to spot elephants playing in the water or giraffe , buffalo and waterbuck grazing near the river banks. Canapés are served, along with a large range of beverages from the bar. Pickup begins at 4 pm (summer) or 3:30 pm (winter), and guests are dropped off at about 18:30 pm.

Birding Cruise For the bird-lovers - the Zambezi River is home to about 460 bird species, some of which are unique to the Victoria Falls area. The early morning Ra Ikane birding cruise provides an opportunity to relax and spot species such as the malachite kingfisher, the rare African finfoot, white-backed night-heron or the African Fish eagle. This is a very quiet time on the river, and there aren't very many boats around. Teas and freshly made pastries are on the menu, along with fruit platters, cheeses and biscuits. Pickup is from 6:30 am, and drop-off is at about 9:30 am.

What you will need to bring

• Comfortable shoes such as sneakers or shoes with a bit of grip • Activity voucher/ticket from your agent • Sunglasses • Warm clothes during winter months, particularly if you are going for the early morning trips • Camera and/or binoculars

Children under 12 years of age pay 50% of the adult rate

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PICTURESQUE ZAMBEZI LUXURY CRUISE

Explore the Zambezi in the lap of luxury on our signature cruise

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, our 50-seater upmarket, luxury boat is designed for comfort and tranquillity. There are two decks, complete with couches, chairs and coffee tables, and each has its own bar and staff for top quality service. There’s also free WIFI if you want to share your photos with your loved ones back home.

RIVERSONG EARLY MORNING SUNRISE CRUISE

$63 at sunrise, the water is at its stillest and the tranquillity is only broken by bird song. watching the river come to life as the sun rises over the victoria falls is a magical experience that’s popular with guests on their last day at the falls as a farewell to zimbabwe and the majestic zambezi. tea, coffee, juice, water and muffins are served on the cruise, but you’ll be back at your hotel in time to enjoy the hotel breakfast too. pickup is 30 minutes before sunrise. winter : 1 may - 31 august pickup is from 5:30am. summer : 1 september - 30 april pickup is from 5:45am. 2 hours on the water, the full turnaround time is 2.5 hours. this trip confirms with a minimum of 2 passengers. book now /* widget: thumbnail slider */ #uc_owl_sliding_thumbs_gallery_elementor_e197619{ min-height:1px; } #uc_owl_sliding_thumbs_gallery_elementor_e197619 .owl-carousel .owl-wrapper-outer { direction: ltr; } #uc_owl_sliding_thumbs_gallery_elementor_e197619 .owl-carousel .owl-item { } #uc_owl_sliding_thumbs_gallery_elementor_e197619 .owl-theme .owl-controls .owl-buttons div { color: black; 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We run private trips based on a minimum of 40 passengers.

Your return transfer from hotels in Victoria Falls, refreshments such as bottled water, cocktails, premium drinks, and savoury canapés.

There is a park fee of $10 so please bring some cash along with you.

No minimum age, however, children under 16 must be accompanied by a guardian. There’s no fitness or weight limit but you must be fit enough to walk in and out of the boat and sit on your own.

The Captain, who’s fully trained in advanced first aid, will give a full safety briefing before the journey. The boat is fitted with a first aid kit, safety equipment, including life rafts, rings, jackets and fire extinguishers, which will be pointed out during the briefing. There are 2-way communication radios and mobile phones on board if the Captain needs assistance and for easy communication with the office.

Bring your travel voucher, camera, binoculars, insect repellent, sunscreen during the hot season and a jersey during the cooler months.

Your valuables and anything else that you do not need on the cruise.

Wear light clothes in summer as it can be very hot. In winter, bring a sweatshirt or a jacket for the morning and sunset cruise as it can get a bit chilly.

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A new level of sophistication in Victoria Falls.

Pure africa is an owner-run tourism operator with a responsible ethos. based in victoria falls zimbabwe, we specialise in premium experiences, river cruises, weddings and events., pure africa actively strives to redesign the destination experience for travellers to victoria falls., experiences, our experiences include an array of river cruises onboard our recently refurbished fleet of boats, dining options along the zambezi river, guided tours and a selection of exclusive experiences for the discerning traveller. having built a reputation for destination events from weddings to groups & incentives, our expert destination services ensure that any experiences or event’s itinerary is seamlessly handled and delivered as a full solution., sunset cruise, signature deck from $90, pot & cruise, signature deck from $130, dinner & cruise, luxury deck from $60, dinner cruise, sunrise cruise, luxury deck from $80, guided tour, community driven, as part of our commitment to respect the environment we operate in, we work as much as possible with local artisans, farmers and community projects, whilst seeking out the latest in terms of industry trends, innovative practices and technology worldwide..

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Cruising Experiences

Reconceptualising the zambezi river cruise, our flagship zambezi explorer is particularly popular for sunset cruises with the upper 'signature deck' the most select and the two 'luxury decks' equally inviting. also offering popular sunrise, lunch and dinner cruises, each bringing the river to life in its own way., dining experiences, perched on the banks of the zambezi river with ilala palm trees and cascading manicured lawns, the eatery dining experiences at the pure africa waterfront offer three comprehensive options. all are served al fresco, whether tucked under ancient trees and wide-brimmed umbrellas by day or savouring the ambience of dining by lantern light by night..

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Dinner & Cruise Combo's

Combining two of our most popular offerings, the eatery dinner & cruise combo extends your time on the zambezi river. commencing with a magical sunset cruise on our flagship zambezi explorer, meander through the watery wilderness, passing small river islands and lush vegetation with the spray of the victoria falls in the background., exclusive experiences, understanding that some people like to do things differently, we’ve designed a collection of exclusive experiences for the most discerning travellers. each tailored culinary experience is hosted on the water’s edge, be it overlooking the victoria falls, on a riverside or island, ensuring extraordinary moments in surreal otherwise inaccessible locations..

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If your dream is an African destination wedding, you’d be hard-pressed to imagine a more romantic setting than on the banks of the Zambezi River or overlooking the sheer magnitude of Victoria Falls. Undeniably one of the most sought-after wedding locations in Southern Africa, Pure Africa has established itself as the go-to organisers and romance makers.

Events & incentives, if you’re looking for the perfect partner in victoria falls for an event, incentive or celebration, look no further than the pure africa waterfront team. whether it’s a comprehensive multi-day itinerary, bespoke corporate event, conference-related team-builder or standalone occasion such as a product launch, we ensure a professional and seamless experience..

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We loved being on the Zambezi River and viewing the animals coming down to the water's edge while sipping on cocktails, and being served delicious canapés. At the end of the cruise the crew sang a soulful African song which added to the setting and dramatic skies. An exceptional luxury escape recommended to anybody visiting the Victoria Falls area.

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Not your ordinary river cruise

Cruising along the Chobe River with a fresh cocktail in your hand, watching an orange-glowing sun sink slowly below the horizon? Well yes, but staying at the Zambezi Queen is so much more than a river cruise. It is a magical experience, where you can get extremely close to very relaxed wildlife. When you wake up and peek through the curtains, you will see elephants, hippos, birds - all indulging in the fresh waters of the Chobe River. Leave the ‘mother ship’ by hopping on a smaller, yet comfortable, tender boat to get even closer to the wildlife. You will soon realise that the Zambezi Queen offers a true hotel experience on the Chobe River, operating between Botswana and Namibian waters. This long (45 meter) luxury boat cruises gently down the river, with amazing views over the Caprivi Strip on one side and Chobe National Park on the other. Once on board, flexibility is key. Feel like venturing out in a smaller boat, or trying your luck during a fishing trip? It’s all possible. Or are you leaning more towards lazing all morning on the viewing deck to the background sound of rippling water? No problem, it is all about finding your own flow.

Sleeping in small ship cabins? We didn’t think so. This luxury vessel has three floors with fourteen cabins on the first and second floor. Spacious, modern, beautifully decorated, with comfortable beds and spa-like bathroom – just to name a few characteristics. There are ten cabins with a small private balconies and four larger master cabins. Cabins are twin or double, en-suite with a toilet and shower. There are fans and shutters to keep the cabin cool. All the main areas are on the top floor (for the best views), air-conditioned and protected by mosquito screening. Simply nestle yourself into one of the cosy nooks, glimpse at game through a telescope, order your favourite drink at the bar, or dip in the plunge pool with a 360°-degree view. And let’s not forget the culinary delights, served on board. From a creamy bowl of warming porridge in the morning, to a decadent white chocolate parfait at night: dining here is a treat. The well-trained kitchen staff effortlessly combines local flavours with culinary delights from the west, creating mouth-watering dishes, suited for true gourmet palates.

Activities at the Zambezi Queen

A boat safari on a floating boutique hotel is an entirely different experience from a land-based safari. You will cruise along one of the most game-dense areas of Africa. During dry season, islands along the riverbank stay green, attracting wildlife from all over. From tender boats, enjoy water based safari activities, full of elephant watching (Chobe is home to one of the biggest elephant populations in the world), spotting rare birds, buffalo herds, prides of lions, hippos lolling about and much more. Like fishing? Tiger and bream fishing tours are offered in season. Go on a tour to a local village to see more of Botswana’s rich culture or sign up for a game drive into Chobe National Park (at an additional cost). Activities are in the mornings and afternoons, with a delicious lunch in between during the hottest hours of the day (and perhaps followed by a siesta?). After the afternoon safari activity, sundowners, dinner and amazing African skies are served. The Zambezi Queen is moored in Namibian waters every evening, to provide you with the most spectacular views of the African sunset. Yes, a safari on the Zambezi Queen is truly smooth sailing.

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Normally, a safari game drive consists of driving through the bush for a few hours and scanning the scenery in hopes of an animal encounter. With a river boat cruise on the Chobe Riverfront, such intense effort is not needed. Consisting of a series of flat, grassy islands, visitors are presented with sweeping panoramas of herds of elephant, Cape Buffalo, various wildebeests, crocodiles and numerous hippos. This is also a bird-lovers' delight with many species represented. And when the sun goes down, the mighty African sunset will leave an indelible mark on your soul. Yeah. It's that good. Doc4 from Plainfield, NJ
We had an amazing time on the Zambezi Queen. Wayne and his staff (especially Lennon) were outstanding. We were so well taken care of, had a blast and enjoyed the wildlife and storms to the fullest. The staff included us in their beautiful music and dance on our last night. Our room was beautiful and they've added an on-short generator so there is electricity at night. This was one of the biggest highlights of our 2 weeks in Africa. Noriana

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Try Zimbabwe, a leading provider of luxury safari experiences, is excited to announce its new 14-day "Mufasa safari tour" package. 

This unforgettable journey takes travelers on a luxury safari in Africa , through the breathtaking landscapes of Zimbabwe, offering a unique opportunity to encounter majestic wildlife in their natural habitats.

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Zimbabwe, a country steeped in history and natural beauty, offers a unique and authentic safari experience. Their luxury African safari packages are designed to showcase the very best of Zimbabwe's attractions, while providing guests with exceptional comfort and luxury. Whether one is a seasoned safari-goer or embarking on their first African adventure, Try Zimbabwe's luxury safari packages promise an unforgettable experience.

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Join Try Zimbabwe on an adventure of a lifetime as together they explore the stunning national parks and game reserves of Zimbabwe, including Hwange National Park, Lake Kariba, Matopos Hills National Park, and the Zambezi River. Theiexpert guides and luxurious accommodations ensure a truly immersive and comfortable experience, allowing guests to focus on the incredible sights and sounds of the African wilderness

"Our goal is to showcase the very best of Zimbabwe's natural beauty and hospitality," said JB Sibanda, CEO of Try Zimbabwe. "We're committed to providing our guests with an exceptional and enriching experience that will leave them with lifelong memories. Our luxury safari packages offer a unique and authentic experience, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the beauty and wonder of Zimbabwe."

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Highlights of the "Mufasa Safari Tour" package include:

• Guests choose from a wide variety of lodges and hotels in Bulawayo , where guests will relax as they prepare to leave the city and go deep into the African bush and begin their African safari

• Guided game drives in Hwange National Park, home to over 100 mammal species, including the Big Five

• Exploring the granite kopjes and diverse wildlife of Matopos Hills National Park. Here guests get to track rhinos on foot within one of the most beautiful places within Africa

• A sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, with stunning views of the African sunset

• Luxurious tented camps such as Bumi Hills in Kariba and lodges, offering comfortable and stylish accommodations

• Gourmet meals and refreshments, prepared by their talented chefs

• Expert guides and trackers, providing insightful commentary and ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience

In addition to the incredible wildlife encounters, the "Mufasa Safari Tour" package also includes:

• A comprehensive pre-trip consultation with their expert travel team to tailor the itinerary to ones’ preferences

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Zambezi River Cruises, Victoria Falls

Dinner, sunset, lunch & breakfast cruises on the mighty zambezi river, zambezi river cruise offers you the most complete range of cruises on the mighty zambezi river, in victoria falls, zimbabwe..

A cruise on the mighty Zambezi River is a fantastic way to relax at the end of a fun filled day in Victoria Falls. Which makes this a must do activity when visiting Victoria Falls. That is why we offer a number of Zambezi River Cruise options for you to choose from, as we wouldn't want you to miss out. Choose from a number of variations of the most popular Classic , Luxury or Signature Sunset Cruises and sip gin & tonics as the sun sinks into the mighty Zambezi River. Or spoil yourself to a romantic Dinner Cruise and enjoy a four course meal as you float above the Victoria Falls.

The cruise options in Victoria Falls are aplenty and cater for a range of budgets and preferences. Browse the below Zambezi River cruise options and select the one that best suits you.

A Zambezi River Sunset Cruise is the perfect way to complete a busy day in Victoria Falls. Relax as you watch the sunset while cruising the Zambezi River.

Book a Luxury Zambezi River Cruise in Victoria Falls. The Luxury Sunset Cruise is the perfect way to relax at the end of a busy day in Victoria Falls.

Book the most luxurious Sunset Cruise in Victoria Falls. The Signature Sunset Cruise is pure extravagance on the Zambezi River in Victoria Falls.

Zambezi River Cruise Vessels In Victoria Falls

Being one of the most popular activities in Victoria Falls, there are a range of vessels just waiting to welcome you aboard. The Victoria Falls cruise vessels range from, perhaps the most famous and luxurious Zambezi Explorer, to the more rustic or historic vessels that represent the grace of a bygone era and honour the rich history of Victoria Falls.

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Zambezi Explorer

Motor: 2 x 150 hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard engines Passengers: 150 max Cruises: Sunset The most luxurious boat on the Zambezi River, aptly named the Zambezi Explorer. There are three decks onboard the Zambezi Explorer. The two lower decks provide a luxury service where guests can choose from an exciting range of beverages and cocktails as well as a selection of delicious snacks. The 'Signature Deck' is the uppermost level and it is pure extravagance with gourmet hors d'oeuvres and premium beverages served from a private bar.

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Motor: 2 x 70 hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard engines Passengers: 70 max Cruises: Dinner Ma Robert is an immaculate, well maintained steel catamaran vessel set on two levels allowing for variance in elevation. A spacious bottom deck gives it a breathtaking river experience with an easy to access rear bar and washrooms. The top level with its central bar, is designed to give every guest an outward view allowing them to freely peer down onto the islands and surrounding riverine as the boat etches on slowly up the mighty Zambezi.

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Zambezi Reflections

Motor: 2 x 50 hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard engines Passengers: 34 max Cruises: Dinner Zambezi Reflections is a dedicated floating restaurant offering gourmet meals on the mighty Zambezi River above the Victoria Falls. It is quickly gaining the reputation as the premier dining experience on the river and is perfect for either group bookings or individual travelers. The Dinner Cruise, which combines a Sunset Cruise with dinner, has proved to be a popular option amongst guests due it its great value for money.

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Motor: 1 x 150 hp Yamaha 4 stroke inboard engines Passengers: 150 max Cruises: Sunset, Lunch, Breakfast The Ra-Ikane was fashioned after David Livingstone’s exploration boat. The Ra-Ikane is named after the instrumental guide who accompanied and assisted Livingstone in his monumental discovery of the majestic Victoria Falls. The design of the Ra-Ikane enables it to position passengers closer to the water, further up the Zambezi River, and closer to the banks in the shallow water. The boat represent the grace of a bygone era and honours the rich history of Victoria Falls and its explorers, adventurers and heroes.

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Motor: 2 x 50 hp Mercury 4 stroke outboard engines Passengers: 56 max Cruises: Dinner Moondancer is a double decker dinner cruise boat with the kitchen upstairs and a capacity of up to 56 pax for dinner. Moondancer is a fibre glass boat with pontoon type hulls, which allows you to enter shallower waters and channels allowing you better game viewing opportunities. It also allows you to get close and personal to wildlife on the banks of the Zambezi River. In turn giving you great photographic opportunities.

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Motor: 2 x 50 hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboard engines Passengers: 40 max Cruises: Sunset The Shearwater river cruise boats are all fibreglass and pontoon style. The cruise boat is a double decker cruises with a viewing platform upstairs and a capacity of up to 40 pax for sunset.

Zambezi River Cruise FAQ's

Before booking a Zambezi River Cruise in Victoria Falls, please read some of the below more frequently asked questions about cruising on the Zambezi River in Victoria Falls.

Guests of all ages are welcome of a Zambezi River Cruise. Children under 12 pay half price and children 2 and younger are free.

Although wildlife sightings are not guaranteed on a Zambezi River cruise, with the banks of the Zambezi National Park flanking each cruise, you’ll be likely to spot elephants, hippos, crocodiles, a range of antelope species and a range of exciting birdlife.

Your safety and enjoyment is our main concern. Your Victoria Falls River Cruise may be delayed due to weather conditions. Normally rainstorms only last about half an hour, so be patient,  we will try to ensure you get to experience your cruise. If it starts raining while you are on your cruise, rain flaps on the side of the boat will drop down to keep you dry.

National Parks fees are not part of the Zambezi River Cruise price. They are an additional fee charged by the Government to help maintain the Zambezi River and the surrounding National Park areas. These fees are to paid on arrival before your cruise and are US$10 per adult and US$5 per child.

The water level of the Zambezi River varies remarkably throughout the year. The Victoria Falls region receives seasonal rainfall, and therefore the amount of water flowing over the Victoria Falls changes drastically.

The water level is at its lowest point around November each year. At this time of year the water falls mainly in the deeper section of the river on the Zimbabwean side of the Falls. During the low water season some areas of the Zambian side dry up completely leaving a gigantic crack of exposed bare rock in the earth. This may not be as spectacular as the Victoria Falls in full flood.

The water level is at its highest between April and May. During these months the Victoria Falls are a thundering wall of falling water and the spray from the falls can obscure the view.

So which time of year is best to experience a Zambezi River Cruise in Victoria Falls? The real answer is all year round. During the dryer months between June and September you are more likely to spot wildlife on the banks of the river. However a Zambezi River Cruise is a "not to be missed" opportunity no matter what time of year you are visiting Victoria Falls.

During the Jurassic Period (150-200 million years ago), volcanic activity resulted in thick basalt deposits covering large parts of Southern Africa. As the lava cooled and solidified, cracks appeared in the hard basalt crust, which were filled with clay and lime. Erosion and the course of the mighty Zambezi River cut through these softer materials, forming the first of a series of waterfalls.

Zambezi River Cruise Options in Victoria Falls

Zambezi river cruise offers you the most complete range of cruises on the mighty zambezi river in victoria falls, zimbabwe..

Zambezi River Cruise offers luxury Breakfast , Lunch , Sunset and Dinner cruises in Victoria Falls on the mighty Zambezi River. We strive to provide our guests with the best cruising experience on the Zambezi River through unparalleled service on board luxury vessels. With a fantastic hospitality team, our guests are taken on a luxury adventure in comfort and style. All that’s left to do is sit back, relax and enjoy Zambezi style cuisine, excellent service and the spectacular scenery.

Each cruise leaves from the Zambezi River Cruise Terminal and meanders through the islands, enjoying the abundant wildlife along the banks of the Zambezi River. Each cruise will take approximately 2 hours. We offer scheduled cruises every Breakfast , Lunch , Sunset and Dinner . Other cruises are booked in advance. Zambezi River cruises are also available for private hire for corporate or social events. Alternatively, a deck can be reserved for a private function and will be solely for your use.

Dinner Cruise

4 course dinner floating on the mighty zambezi river in victoria falls.

Celebrate the Sunset as we cruise the Zambezi River upstream of the Victoria Falls. The Dinner cruise is a luxury safari on water. The Dinner Cruise, which combines a Sunset Cruise with dinner, has proved to be a popular option amongst guests due it its great value for money.

Sunset Cruise

Most popular victoria falls cruising option.

At the end of the day, sail upstream to celebrate the setting African sun. Share in the end-of-day ritual which sees wild herds streaming to the river banks for their last drink. Flocks of birds skim the waterline as the sun sets behind the African skyline. Enjoy our range of cocktails served with an accompaniment of delectable hors d’ oeuvres. Bring a camera and create your own golden memories.

Lunch Cruise

Luxury safari on water.

Get a close-up on nature as we cruise the tranquil scenery of the unspoilt river upstream. With frequent sightings of gigantic crocodiles, pods of hippo and herds of elephants bathing in the river, the lunch cruise is a luxury safari on water.

Enjoy a gourmet lunch prepared onboard by our executive chef using the finest fresh ingredients. With a bar onboard, guests can choose from a selection of premium beverages. All that's left to do is sit back, relax and enjoy Zambezi style gourmet cuisine, excellent service and the spectacular scenery.

Breakfast Cruise

Celebrate the sunrise.

Never experienced the serenity of the river at dawn? Have you never watched the mist rise off the water as the new sun rays warm your face? Don't miss the opportunity to soak up the abundant birdlife and capture this precious time of day in all it's glory. Choose from a delectable array of pastries, cereals and fresh fruit as well a freshly made tea and coffee, just the way you like it.

The Breakfast Cruise is the ultimate way to welcome a new day as you celebrate the sunrise on The Mighty Zambezi River.

Cruise Packages

Get the most out of your visit to victoria falls and combine a relaxing zambezi river cruise with other popular victoria falls activities..

Combine a classic river cruise with some carefully selected activities to compliment your experience in Victoria Falls.  We have selected a range of popular Victoria Falls activities such as Helicopter Flights, Victoria Falls Guided Tours and Safari experiences such as Game Drives and Chobe Day Trips so that you get the best experience during your visit.

Zambezi River Cruise Terminal

The Zambezi River Cruise terminals in Victoria Falls are conveniently located within a few minutes drive from any hotel in Victoria Falls. This makes for a short 15 minute transfer. Before your cruise you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to your respective cruise departure point.

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Why book with us?

• Easy payment options • Local knowledge of Victoria Falls • Pickup and drop-offs included

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