A sunset cruise on the Zambezi River is one of the classic activities of Victoria Falls. Though the sunset is a very romantic time to be on the river at sunset. The larger boats are quite big (well over 100 people).
For example the African Queen (on the Zambian side) is a triple deck, 70 ft catamaran. Furnished with Rhodesian teak, beech wood and brass finishes. It takes 110 passengers and serves drinks and snacks. A more exclusive experience would be to book a place (for a supplement) on the Captain’s Deck which takes only 12 people. You can also opt to take a morning or lunchtime cruise (including lunch) for 2 hours.
If you like the idea of a smaller boat, consider the sunset river safaris instead.
River safaris (Zambia only)
The river safari in a much smaller boat is a more intimate alternative to the larger sunset boat cruises – it’s also a great way to explore the river as these jet propelled boats can operate in water as shallow as 20cm. As a result, the operational range is substantially greater than any other boat, allowing it to cross the ‘rough terrain’ of the river and giving them access to places where the larger boats cannot go. Elephant, hippo and wonderful birds are the main wildlife attractions and the views and sunsets are highlights. You choose between three river trips at breakfast, lunch or sunset.
Sunset cruises on the Zimbabwe Side
On the Zimbabwean side the sunset cruise boats tend to be smaller, usually between 30 and 80 people. You also have the option to enjoy a dinner on the Zambezi River. Sundowners and snacks will be served followed by a three course dinner and local drinks.
Alternatively the Ra-Ikane is a small luxury cruise boat that is outfitted in period style. This cruise boat takes only 14 people and offers a more intimate river experience complete with period detailing, historic memorabilia, fine cuisine and refreshments.