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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.

From Victoria Falls: Livingstone Island Tour & Devils Pool

2. 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.

Chobe Day Trip from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

3. Chobe Day Trip from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Botswana’s Chobe National Park, located on the banks of the scenic Chobe River, is home to one of the largest game concentrations in Africa. Experience the thrill of a game drive on the lookout for elephants and lions that populate the park. This full-day package from Victoria Falls, includes return transfers, breakfast and lunch, park entrance fees, local refreshments, a boat ride on the river, and a game drive. 7:30 AM: Transfer from Victoria Falls to the Kazungula border 8:30 AM: You’ll be met by a representative from the Botswana company at the border and assisted through immigration procedures, followed by transfer to the jetty 9:15 AM: Boat cruise on the Chobe River (cool box with mineral water and soft drinks on board) 12:30 PM: Lunch at any selected lodge in Kasane 1:30 PM: Game drive in Chobe National Park, with complimentary drinks on board 4:30 PM: Return to border for the transfer back to Victoria Falls 6:30 PM: Approximate arrival time in Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls: 2-Hour Luxury Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

4. 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.

Livingstone: Victoria Falls Helicopter Flights

5. Livingstone: Victoria Falls Helicopter Flights

Take an unforgettable helicopter flight over the mighty Victoria Falls. See the falls from several different angles and take in once-in-a-lifetime views. Take phenomenal photos of the falls and the rainbows that arch above them. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your accommodations in Livingstone and brought to Maramba Airfields. Choose from 3 different options, opting for a 15-minute, 22-minute, or 30 min flight. 15-minute flight Depart from Maramba airfield and take in the incredible scenery surrounding the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls. Circle over the Falls and the nearby islands before returning to the Maramba Airfields. 22-minute flight Take an exciting swoop into the Batoga Gore, in addition to seeing the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls. 30-minute flight View the falls and then fly over the local villages to the Batoka Gorge, and follow the Zambezi River to rapid 26. Circle over Victoria Falls and the islands, before returning to the Maramba Airfield.

From Livingstone & Victoria Falls: Zambezi Half-Day Rafting

6. 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. 

Chobe National Park: Day Trip with River Cruise

7. Chobe National Park: Day Trip with River Cruise

Spend a full day immersed in nature with a cruise on the Chobe River followed by a game drive in the world-famous Chobe National Park. Only 1 hour away from Livingstone, the Chobe National Park in Botswana is home to one of the largest game concentrations in Africa.   The tour departs from Livingstone, where you’ll be picked up from your lodge or hotel for a transfer to the border. Your Botswanan guide will meet you after immigration procedures and take you first to the cruise on the Chobe River. This breathtaking river is famous for its rich elephant and lion population, so keep your eyes peeled to spot the wildlife in the water and along the banks. Enjoy a fresh buffet lunch with several options at a beautiful lodge situated on the riverbank.   Then, switch to a game drive in the National Park. Your open-sided vehicle will allow you to see 360-degrees around you and at great distances over the safari, which is populated with elephants, Cape buffalo, lions, antelopes, and more. Refreshments will be served throughout the tour to keep you cool. After a full day of experiencing the beauty of African nature, you’ll be dropped off back at your accommodations.

From Victoria Falls: Sunrise to Sunset Chobe Safari

8. From Victoria Falls: Sunrise to Sunset Chobe Safari

The first region to be created into a national park by Botswana was Chobe as it is the most biologically diverse with a huge concentration of game. As you’ll be among the first to arrive into the park on this early morning trip, you’ll have the best chance of seeing a large range of wildlife. The park is commonly known for its remarkable elephant population. Follow big cats across the wilderness, edge up to herds of elephants, buffalo and giraffes, and cruise down the Chobe River for water-based wildlife encounters. The day trip to Chobe takes you deep into Botswana’s big game country, a vast and diverse terrain that supports a huge assortment of creatures. Get ready for an adventure that excels in location and excites with its animal experiences. Your expert guide will take you to the places where big game and other wildlife sightings are guaranteed. Among the animals that you might see in Chobe National Park are elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, sable, and hundreds of bird species. You will be picked up from your hotel at 5:00 AM. The drive from Victoria Falls to the park takes just over an hour, and the day trip includes pickup and drop-off from your hotel in Zimbabwe. Getting into the park early increases your chances of seeing lions and other wildlife that are less active in the heat of the day. The game drive into Chobe National Park will start soon after the gates open. Your driver will be a professional guide with extensive knowledge of the park and its inhabitants. The park is especially known for its massive elephant population, huge array of bird species, and big cats such as lion and leopard. You will discover some of the park’s distinct ecosystems with dense woodland, extensive savannahs, and rolling grasslands while traveling along the Caprivi floodplains. After your game drive, you’ll be treated to lunch at the Chobe Safari Lodge, before a 3-hour boat cruise on the Chobe River. This will give you ample opportunities to enjoy the gorgeous river scenery and extraordinarily close views of lots of animals, including elephants, hippos, crocodiles, and birdlife. This is a highlight for most, which ends with a view of the sunset over the river. After the river cruise, you will return to your hotel in Victoria Falls late evening.

Victoria Falls: Tiger Fishing Trip on the Zambezi River

9. 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.

Chobe: 2-Day Mobile Camping Safari

10. Chobe: 2-Day Mobile Camping Safari

Combine a visit to Chobe National Park with an exploration of Chobe River on this 2-day camping safari for the perfect budget wildlife experience.   You’ll be picked up from your hotel and make your way through Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park. Explore the wildlife of Chobe on a riverboat, offering spectacular views of the river and grassland flood plains. This will be followed by a 4x4 game drive safari where you can see the large concentrations of animals who will be grazing and drinking water. Admire the spectacular sunset over the fields for a perfect end to the day.   Spend the night in a tented camp in the wilderness of the Chobe National Park. Your cook will prepare typical “bush cuisine” on open fires for dinner.   The second day will be full of more game drives and wildlife explorations. All game drives will take place in 4x4 safari vehicles with local Botswanan guides who will offer their excellent knowledge of the area. At the end of the second day, you’ll make your way back to Victoria Falls and Livingstone where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Zambia

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4.7 / 5

based on 340 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

Great cruise! Fully recommend. Just double check with your hotel to make sure the transfer bus is booked. We booked a few hours before and asked our hotel to check just in case. We’re glad we did.

Food was pretty good, views were very beautiful. Staff were also super nice and maybe did a great job. Overall it was better than simply going to the falls when you are here.

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.

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