Zambezi River Cruise with Batoka Safaris

Last updated on July 23rd, 2019

Who wouldn’t want to end their day with a Zambezi River cruise – A stunning sunset cruise along the fourth-longest river in Africa! Great company, an open bar, the most beautiful sights, and a breathtaking African sunset, now this is living!

After spending the afternoon getting drenched at Vic Falls, the Zambezi River cruise with Batoka Safaris was right up my alley: affordable and fun!

Views from our Zambezi River cruise

Views from our Zambezi River cruise

Zambezi River Cruise

Of all the things to do in Vic Falls, this one should definitely be on your bucket list! We booked our Zambezi River cruise through our backpackers and it included snacks as well as an open bar. So yes, it was more of a Zambezi booze cruise than anything else!

There are numerous tour operators who you can book your Zambezi boat cruise through including Batoka Safaris, Wild Horizons and Shearwater. They are dotted all over Vic Falls town in Zimbabwe and Livingstone in Zambia, and you only need to book one day in advance.

We went with Batoka Safaris who fetched us from our backpackers in Victoria Falls at 15:30, along with the other guests who would be joining us. The drive to the dock on the Zambezi River was 20 minutes from the town. We were welcomed onto the boat with traditional dancing and a drumming performance by the Batoka Safaris team.

The captain kicked off the cruise with a quick introduction and safety information before introducing us to our soon-to-be best friend, Bob the barman!

Zambezi River safari

Our captain for our Zambezi booze cruise

Zambezi Cruise Safari

There were about 20 people on our boat cruise on the Zambezi River and their ages ranged from 5–65 years old.

We met a Korean man who was very much in awe of his surroundings, taking selfies whenever the opportunity arose. He introduced himself as David, but this was, of course, his English name. He was working in Zimbabwe and by his dress code, you could tell that he was not on the same backpacker itinerary as we were. Considering he was the first Korean I’d met, and I’d soon be living in their country, I was eager to chat with him.

We also met an English couple in their early 30’s who’d been traveling for 8 months. Every 4 years or so they’d quit their jobs and take a year off to travel. Their lives sounded exciting and adventurous, which left me feeling slightly envious of their escapades. I quickly learned that their love for Gin and Tonics’ quite possibly matched mine.

Considering we had an open bar waiting for us, we tucked into the booze to ensure we got our money’s worth, as it was a Zambezi sunset booze cruise after all! With a wide selection of beers, spirits and soft drinks available, we didn’t have the stress of running short of the good stuff.

Zambezi cruise safari

Trying to find a balance between drinking, eating and searching for animals on our Zambezi River safari

Sunset and sightings on our Zambezi River safari

The calm, tranquil waters of the Zambezi River were a drastic contrast from the thunderous noise of Victoria Falls which was only a few miles away.

Throughout the 2.5-hour trip, we were treated with picturesque views of the wildlife and nature on our Zambezi River safari.

Crocodiles and hippos were out in full force and we were lucky enough to see many of these animals, as well as herons and other beautiful birds along the way. It was just like a wildlife safari, but along the Zambezi River!

After witnessing the most beautiful sunset on our Vic Falls booze cruise, we headed back to the dock. Along with our new friends, we went out in search of a party in the townships

Sunset over the Zambezi River

Sunset over the Zambezi River

Practical information for your Zambezi River cruise safari

  • Zambezi cruise costs: $40-$80 per person
  • Best time to go: Before sunset
  • What to expect: 2 hours cruising along the Zambezi River, with lots of hippo sightings
  • Bring: a warm top

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