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Zambezi River Cruise

Zambezi river cruise

On our first night in Victoria falls Zimbabwe after arriving after lunch we wondered what we would do for the evening. We had a chat with our host on what there is to do and they told us about the Zambezi river cruise at sunset, with drinks and nibbles. Cruise, sunset and drinks, now we were sold straight away with the added aspect of the sound of Victoria Falls in the background.

So we booked with the Ra-Ikane River Cruises, because it was recommend to us by our hotel. We were picked up promptly and taking down to the dock, where we boarded this beautiful little boat. We got comfy, we served some drinks we had nibbles given to us and we were ready to head off down the Zambezi.

A Brief History Of The Zambezi River

Zambezi river meaning ‘Great River” is the fourth largest river in Africa. It flows through an amazing six countries, and is an amazing 2700 km long. Only the Nile, Congo and Niger rivers are bigger.

Back To The Cruise

Now where were we? We set off down the Zambezi cruise sipping on my local Zambezi beer and Michelle a craft gin and if I remember rightly we had like a homemade lemonade to refresh the pallet in between.

The bar on the Zambezi river cruise
The bar on board
Zimbabwe's finest Zambezi beer Zambezi river cruise
Trying the local beer
Me and the homemade Lemonade aboard the Zambezi river cruise
If I remember it was a homemade lemonade

The views down the Zambezi were incredible, such a vast open space and everything looking so green and beautiful.

Spotting Hippos

A little while in we came across a group of hippos swimming around. This was the first point of our whole Africa trip we saw animals in tbe wild. We were so excited. Below you can see them swimming around ducking in and out of the water. Trying to get a photo was difficult, it was as if they were having a game with us up and and up and up down.

Hippos on the Zambezi river cruise
floating around Hippos

After we saw the hippos we headed back down the Zambezi and pretty much straight away came across a giant crocodile. He was just chilling out on the bank soaking up some sun. This was an amazing spotting, you see them in a zoo but to see in the wild in the own habitat it just fascinating.

Crocodile on the Zambezi River cruise
Crocodile spotting

Time to watch the sunset

We carried on the rest of the journey and relaxed with a couple more drinks and then came the sunset. I have experienced some sunsets but this one was just beautiful. We felt so relaxed and after the excitement of our spotting to such a tranquil setting it was just perfect end. And it has been one of our best sunsets we have seen and mad it into our Best of Sunset list.

Sunset Zambezi
Sunset Zambezi
That sun on the water
Sunset Zambezi

The Ra Ikane River Cruise Company

These guys were amazing from start to finish. The guide was amazing and the so knowledgeable. They were accommodating and made time to have a chat and find out a bit about us, which added such a personal touch. A certain must for a Victoria Falls cruise.

Our choice was the sunset cruise but there is also an option of a breakfast cruise, a lunch cruise and birdwatch cruise.

They came to us by recommendation of our hotel Ilala Lodge and was a great recommendation indeed. The Ra Ikane certainly know what they are doing and make the cruise extremely enjoyable.


All up we paid $84 USD per person for a 2 hour cruise sunset cruise. For all other prices please check this website above.

More from Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is a beautiful destination and home of this fine Zambezi river. Staying here for a few days is a great choice and you should look no further than the Ilala Lodge. This hotel being the closet to the falls offers great relaxation and top quality hosting.

There are many things to do around Victoria Falls. You can catch our Guide on the best of them. But we certainly recommend a helicopter ride over the falls and the walking tracks around the Falls. Two musts on a visit to theis beautiful destination.

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6 replies on “Zambezi River Cruise”

This all looks so beautiful! It sounds like good value too, I’m glad your cruise company were good and knowledgeable. It feels like a million years since I’ve travelled at this point, hopefully 2021 can see a few trips x

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