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Victoria Falls: Dinner Cruise on the Zambezi River

1. Victoria Falls: Dinner Cruise on the Zambezi River

Board this dinner cruise and delight in the magical colors of the Zambezi River at dusk and enjoy a truly unique four-course dinner. This journey is ideal for food and nature lovers wanting it all. Savor the splendor of the setting sun as you embark from the Pure Africa Waterfront and head off into the evening. After your favorite drink is poured, you’ll be ushered to your set table where a delectable series of dishes freshly prepared on the boat and paired to premium drinks are served. Silhouettes of elephants against the sunset and hippos noisily grunting in the distance will most certainly add to the ambience.

Victoria Falls: 2-Hour Luxury Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

2. Victoria Falls: 2-Hour Luxury Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

Enjoy pickup from your Victoria Falls hotel then head to the waterfront of the vibrant Zambezi River where your vessel for the evening awaits. The tour begins with a friendly greeting from the staff and a welcome drink as you find your seats in the modern lounge and dine on freshly prepared canapés. The cruise then sets sails upstream along the mighty Zambezi River, the fourth longest river in Africa. From the boat, admire the array of wildlife that flourishes along the river and watch out for elephants bathing on the riverbanks, crocodiles lazing on the water, and hippos submerging here and there. As the sun begins to set, watch as the surrounding landscape is transformed by the colors of the sky, and soak up the incredible atmosphere of the river. Next, head back towards the imposing Victoria Falls and see its spray in the distance. After 2 hours of sailing and an unforgettable sunset, arrive back at the waterfront for transfer to your hotel. Choose from a lower Luxury Deck or the Signature Deck. The Luxury Decks are refurbished with generous lounge seating and views through sun bleached UV-protected curtains that gently hold back the afternoon breeze. The Signature Deck is the uppermost level of the ship. The signature deck is pure extravagance with gourmet hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and premium beverages served by a dedicated mixologist.

From Livingstone & Victoria Falls: Zambezi Half-Day Rafting

3. From Livingstone & Victoria Falls: Zambezi Half-Day Rafting

Choose the adventure of a lifetime by rafting in the famous Zambezi River. After being picked up from your hotel or lodge in Livingstone, sit back and relax as you drive in air-conditioned comfort to the entrance of Victoria Falls, your starting point for the day. After a comprehensive safety talk from your guide, set off on a small hike down to the Zambezi River where you will pass through spectacular basalt rocks and have the opportunity to take photos of the splendid views. Then, take to the water to start practicing the techniques you will need to tackle the rapids.  Once you are ready, you will tackle the first rapid of the day, 'the Boiling Pot'. Get drenched as you continue through the rapids, riding the Stairway to Heaven, Gulliver's Travel and the Washing Machine in a non-stop heart-pumping adventure down the river. Once you reach the small rapids, you can choose to swim the Zambezi River for a final splash in the water. Finish the day by hiking back up the gorge where a delicious lunch and refreshments will await you before you transferral back to Livingstone. 

From Victoria Falls: Livingstone Island Tour & Devils Pool

4. From Victoria Falls: Livingstone Island Tour & Devils Pool

Relax as you are taken by minibus across the border into Zambia to the Royal Livingstone Hotel for a detailed safety briefing before a 5-minute boat ride to Livingstone Island. Your guide will navigate through the Zambezi River current heading towards the column of spray rising from the Falls. Once you get to rocky Livingstone Island, the staff will welcome you with a traditional African energy drink. Your guide will take you first to the eastern side of the island to view Rainbow Falls and the Horseshoe.  Discover the island’s western side to see the Main Falls, where you’ll enjoy the magnificent torrent of water cascading over the basalt edge of the falls.  This unique view of Victoria Falls offers a perspective completely different from that of the Zimbabwean side of the canyon. As the morning sun hits the mist rising from the falls, expect to see stunning rainbows. Have the chance to swim in the Devil's Pool, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Your guide will lead as you swim upstream in a slow current. Sit at the edge of the falls and Devil's Pool, gazing at Victoria Falls, as immense water torrents flow just feet away.  When you return to Livingstone Island, fill up on a traditional bush breakfast before your journey back to your hotel.

From Victoria Falls: Zambezi Sunset Cruise

5. From Victoria Falls: Zambezi Sunset Cruise

Relax on a riverboat sipping on your beverage of choice watching the sun set over the African jungle. See all the the dusky gold’s and vibrant purples of the sunset reflected in the surface of the water. Catch the last moments of the day and the first moments of the evening, when owls emerge, crocodiles slip into the water and tiny silver stars blink in the sky. Once the boat departs from the jetty you will be taken down river towards the falls, spotting hippos, elephants and crocodiles along the way. You then head upstream and around the many islands in the middle of the river, which stretches up to 300 meters across. After taking in all the magic and seeing the sun set behind Zimbabwe over the plains, you make your way back to the jetty where your journey started. Enjoy many great photo opportunities against the often-spectacular African sunset.

Victoria Falls: Tiger Fishing Trip on the Zambezi River

6. Victoria Falls: Tiger Fishing Trip on the Zambezi River

Choose between a full or half-day (morning or afternoon) excursion and go out in search of one of the toughest fish on the planet. Listen to fishing tips from your experienced guide then try your hand at catching a Tigerfish on the Zambezi River, one of the finest fishing spots in Africa. Begin your unique experience with a pick-up from your accommodation. Morning trips include freshly brewed Zimbabwean coffee or tea and snacks, whilst afternoon tours feature sundowners and snacks. Full-day excursions include a continental breakfast and a delicious lunch served in the shade of a Natal Mahogany or Jackalberry tree., with hammocks close by. Cast your line into the Zambezi River and try and catch a bite from one of the 60 species of fish that inhabit the area. Aim to catch and release a Tigerfish as well as other species that thrive during different parts of the year.

Livingstone: Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

7. Livingstone: Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

Climb aboard the impressive African Queen or the slightly smaller, but equally luxurious African Princess which are berthed upstream of Victoria Falls. Embark on a fully inclusive sunset cruise which departs daily. Admire spectacular views of the Zambezi River and surrounding nature reserves. Enjoy great cuisine and friendly, professional service which will ensure you have an unforgettable river cruise experience. Return road transfers from local Livingstone accommodation venues are included in the cruise rates. Guests are collected half an hour before the cruise departs.

Victoria Falls: Zambezi River White Water Rafting Experience

8. Victoria Falls: Zambezi River White Water Rafting Experience

Your friendly driver or guide will collect you from your Victoria Falls hotel in the early morning. Enjoy a light breakfast before climbing into a jeep for a drive to the Zambezi River. Upon arrival, put on your gear and practice key safety maneuvers before hiking a steep trail to the put-in. Your group’s abilities and preferences determine the type of raft you take out, from a guide-controlled oar raft to a passenger-controlled paddle raft, this ensures a safe and fun trip for everyone. Low water season, when the rapids are most intense, is typically between August and December, while high water season occurs between January and March and then again in June and July. You'll hammer your way through notorious rapids with terrifying names like The Overland Truck-eater and Gnashing Jaws of Death. Upon arrival at your endpoint, you'll hike with your guide to the top of the gorge and enjoy cold beers and a BBQ before getting dropped back to your hotel. Rafting the Zambezi is 4-hours of pure whitewater adrenaline not including pick-ups and drop-off times. 

From Victoria Falls: Zambezi National Park Game Drive

9. From Victoria Falls: Zambezi National Park Game Drive

Start with pickup from your hotel in Victoria Falls in either the morning or afternoon and set out on a 3-hour game drive. Enjoy water and refreshments as you explore the vast Zambezi National Park. See the big five game species, lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and Cape buffalo. Learn about the flora, fauna, geology and numerous animals of the park from professional, experienced guides. Look out for smaller animals such as kudu, impala, sable, eland, warthog, and zebra. As you explore the riverside and Chamabonda Vlei, catch a glimpse of crocodile, waterbuck, and many pods of hippo. The park is also the home of up to 400 bird species.

From Kasane: Full-Day White Water Rafting

10. From Kasane: Full-Day White Water Rafting

After being picked up from your hotel or lodge in an air-conditioned vehicle, drive to the Victoria Falls entrance where the tour will start. Receive a comprehensive safety briefing from your guide before you hike down to the Zambezi River. The hike will last about 10-15 minutes depending on your fitness level. Find your raft in the river, prepared by the raft crew. Then start practicing the techniques with the assistance of your guide. Tackle the first rapid of your day called the Boiling Pot. Paddle for the first 10 rapids, covering a throng of class 5 rapids that include the Stairway to Heaven, Gulliver's Travels, and Washing Machine. When you reach rapid number 10, stop for a snack break and a short rest. Tackle the remaining section of the river with rapids like Terminator, Mother All, and Oblivion. A the end of the adrenaline-filled trip, hike back through the Batoka Gorge. When you reach the top enjoy a delicious lunch and refreshments. Drive back to Kasane, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation. Receive videos and photos of your trip online.

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What people are saying about Zambezi River

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 204 reviews

We have enjoyed every minute since we stepped onto the boat, the atmosphere, the vibe, the people, the food and drinks were just out of this world and just seeing the beautiful sunset was truly amazing

Cruise was well coordinated and we saw a variety of wildlife on board. Quick bites were decent, overall a pleasant ride and lovely sunset to top off the Zim experience.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The guides were professional and extremely helpful. Water shoes with good rubber soles are recommended.

Amazing experience huge rapids, was a thrilling experience. The guide was great and prevented us falling out a few times!

Pick was straight forward, friendly staff and a wonderful evening with great views and food! Couldn’t recommend enough!