Victoria Falls Sunset Cruise: Wildlife, Cocktails, and More

A sunset cruise in Victoria Falls is one of the best things to do after exploring the national park.

Not only will you enjoy a magical African sunset, but you’ll set your sights on hippos and crocodiles who live in the waters of the Zambezi River.

I spent the afternoon exploring Victoria Falls National Park, and a sunset cruise was the perfect way to end my day!

Below I’ve detailed everything you need to know when planning your Victoria Falls sunset cruise, including costs and the best tour operators (that I actually booked with).

Views from our Zambezi River cruise
Views from our Zambezi River cruise

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Victoria Falls sunset cruise tours

Most sunset cruises depart from the Zimbabwe side of Victoria Falls.

There’s free pick-up included from Victoria Falls town, as the cruise departure point is nearby. However, if you’re staying in Livingstone, you may need to pay an additional fee for pick-up and drop-off.

OVERALL BEST sunset cruise: Botoka Sunset Cruise

I booked this Zambezi River cruise and absolutely loved it.

It’s one of the most affordable cruises in Victoria Falls, and you get a lot of bank for your buck.

Snacks are included in the price, and there’s even an open bar. Yes, you read that correctly!

You can check the latest prices and availability here.

best Sunset cruise with dinner: Dinner along the Zambezi

This Victoria Falls cruise includes a four-course dining experience on the Zambezi River.

A sunset cruise with dinner is the more expensive option, but it’s totally worth it if you’re looking for a meal with a spectacular setting.

It starts at 5 pm so you’ll get to enjoy the sunset as well as a delicious meal. All beverages, including alcoholic drinks, are included.

What to expect on a Zambezi River sunset cruise

Most Vic Falls sunset cruises take place from 4 pm to 6 pm.

I was fetched from my hostel in Victoria Falls at 15:30, along with the other guests who would be joining.

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 drumming performance by the Batoka Safaris team.

The captain kicked off the Vic Falls sunset 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: Something For Everyone

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

Considering we had an open bar waiting for us, we tucked into the booze to ensure we got our money’s worth.

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

Sundowners and sightings on our Zambezi River cruise

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

Throughout the 2.5-hour trip, we were treated to picturesque views of wildlife and nature on our sunset cruise.

Crocodiles and hippos were out in full force. We were lucky enough to see many 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 sunste 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 Victoria Falls river cruise

  • Zambezi cruise costs: $70-$150 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

Of all the things to do in Vic Falls, this one should definitely be on your bucket list!

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2 thoughts on “Victoria Falls Sunset Cruise: Wildlife, Cocktails, and More”

  1. Hi Carryn. I so appreciate you making this post. I’m heading to South Africa in June and one of my stops of course will be Vic falls. Can you tell me please is it possible to walk across the bridge without having to get visas? I’m staying at the Victoria Falls Hotel. Much thanks. Hope you’re having fun in Korea.


    • Hi Janice, if you have a South African passport you don’t need a visa to cross the bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe. However, most other nationalities need to get a double-entry visa (KASA UniVisa) on arrival in either Zimbabwe or Zambia. This visa costs $55 and allows you to cross the border as many times as you like, given that you stay within Zambia and Zimbabwe. You can find out more about crossing the bridge here.


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