Zambezi River Cruises, Victoria Falls

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 in Victoria Falls is a fantastic was relax at the end of a fun filled day. 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 Sunset Cruise 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.

Zambezi River Cruise Vessels

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.

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.

Ma Robert

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.

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.

Ra-Ikane

Motor: 2 x 150 hp yamaha 4 stroke outboard 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.

Moondancer

Motor: 2 x 150 hp yamaha 4 stroke outboard engines
Passengers: 56 max
Cruises: Dinner

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.

Shearwater

Motor: 2 x 150 hp yamaha 4 stroke outboard engines
Passengers: 40 max
Cruises: Sunset

The JetRanger has stood the test of time and proved itself around the world in all applications, including scenic flights over Victoria Falls. The JetRanger helicopter is rugged and reliable and comes with the best safety record of any helicopter in the industry. The JetRanger is the most popular turbine helicopter ever built.

Zambezi River Cruise FAQ's

before booking a Zambezi River Cruise 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 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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