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River Cruises Upper Zambezi

Zambezi River Cruises

The most popular activity in Victoria Falls is a cruise on the river above the Water Fall. This part of the river is characterised by a multitude of small and large islands, clad with lush tropical vegetation and is an area of renowned scenic beauty. The river is part of the National Parks so you can expect to see Hippo, Crocodile and Bushbuck as well as a host of smaller species and an abundant variety of bird life. All this is viewed from comfortable chairs on a shaded deck near a well stocked bar. A selection of spirits, wines, beers and soft drinks as well as snacks are provided and served throughout the cruise by friendly waiters making the whole experience one to remember. Washrooms are available onboard and all snacks and drink is included in the price.

Standard Cruises - includes park fees

Our traditional products of which we have three boats offering Sundowners, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast and Bird watching cruises.

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Boats:

"Skimmer" (KF 1273)
Twin hulled pontoon, 10.4m x 4.1m with a maximum capacity of 40pax plus crew; 2 x 75hp outboard motors
"David Livingstone" (1373)
Twin hulled pontoon, 5.8m x 4.1m with a maximum capacity of 18pax plus crew; 1 x 75hp outboard motor
"Kasambezi"
Twin hulled pontoon, 5.8m x 4.1m with a maximum capacity of 18pax plus crew; 1 x 75hp outboard motor

We have chosen the pontoon design for these boats because it allows a stable river craft with a flat deck and a low profile. The boats are painted green, and this combined with their low profile helps them to blend in with the scenery rather than standing out. They also have a carpeted deck with comfortable chairs and teak topped tables each seating a maximum of 5 pax. Our crew is also keen naturalists who will go out of their way to make the most of the guests' time on the river. With the flat deck there is plenty of room to get up and move around during the cruise; in fact it is encouraged in order to maximize the guests' experience.

Ra Ikane - includes park fees
Mono Hull Fibreglass boat, 10,4m x 3,5m with a maximum capacity of 14 Pax plus crew
2 x 40 hp outboard motors

Ra Ikane is equipped with the following features on board
Toilet
Bar
Canvas sides with windows that can be lowered in the event of rain.

The Product
The area of the Zambezi that we conduct our cruises on is one of outstanding natural, scenic beauty with a wide diversity of game and bird life. Large animals such as elephants, hippo and crocodiles are frequent sightings, as this area lies within Zambezi National Park. Being a mono hull, the boat has a low profile in the water and guests are comfortably seated closer to the water line than on the conventional pontoon cruise boats. The boat has a carpeted deck with comfortable club chairs and teak topped tables each seating a maximum of 3 PAX. The boat is staffed with a boat captain; guide, hostess and waiter to ensure that all the guests needs are taken care of. With a flat deck there is plenty of room to get up and move around during the cruise, in fact, this is encouraged so that the guest’s experience is maximized.

Cruises - 2 hours:

Breakfast Cruise:
This 2-hour cruise usually goes upstream toward Kandahar Island. The tables are set out with condiments and a continental breakfast buffet.

Lunch Cruise:
On this trip guests are offered drinks at the outset and during the course of the cruise. The tables are set out with condiments and a buffet meal. The bar on board is fully stocked with a range of local spirits, wine, beer, soft drinks, mineral water and cordials.

Sunset Cruise
On this cruise the guests are welcomed with a cocktail on the boat whilst given a safety talk and a brief history of the river on the outset of the trip. Whilst on the cruise the guests are offered drinks from the fully stocked bar and a range of mouth watering snacks.

     

Breakfast Cruise - Includes: transfer, tea/coffee, pastries and full english breakfast
Pick up times:
Summer (August to April) 06:30
Winter (May to August) 07:00
Min 4 pax
Lunch Cruise - Includes: transfer, tea/coffee, pastries and full english breakfast
Pick up time: 11:45
Min 6 pax
Sunset Cruise - Includes: transfer, tea/coffee, full bar and snacks
Pick up times:
Summer (August to April) 16:00
Winter (May to August) 15:30
Min 2 pax