Zambezi Explorer Cruise

The Zambezi Explorer Vessel

Launched in 2013, the custom-designed five-star cruise vessel takes guests on a luxury trip along the Zambezi River. The Zambezi Explorer has three decks to choose from. Some people prefer to be high and have a wider vista from the uppermost deck, others prefer to be closer to the water, to get a closer look at the wildlife and birds on the river banks.

There is a different level of quality and price between the decks, so you need to choose which one you prefer. The two lower decks provide a luxury service where guests can choose from an exciting range of beverages and cocktails as well as a selection of delicious snacks. The ‘Signature Deck’ is the uppermost level and it is pure extravagance with gourmet hors d’oeuvres and premium beverages served from a private bar. VIP guests can relax in the comfort of the deep-set couches and enjoy the pleasure of luxury service.

Harvesting the abundant sunshine, almost the entire onboard facilities are solar-powered. It has wheelchair access and wheelchair-friendly facilities. The Zambezi Explorer Company caters for regular cruises, private functions, conferences and weddings.

The Experience

Guest are collected from their hotels and transferred to the Zambezi Explorer jetty site. Once everyone is on board, the captain fires up the barely audible engines and starts to cruise around the islands of the upper section of the Zambezi river. As with other cruise operators, the cruise boat stays well away from the Falls themselves, 4 km (2.49 miles) away.

Such a large body of water understandably attracts a whole host of wildlife which comes from the often dry interior to quench their thirst. The river is home to great pods of hippo, which are now accustomed to these cruises which can get close to them without any danger. The more sinister-looking crocodiles are regularly seen basking on the banks or gliding through the water. Elephantsgiraffebuffalo, waterbuck, kudu, impala, baboons and monkeys, along with a plethora of exotic birds are regular sightings.

Zambezi Explorer Cruises

The Zambezi explorer company offer breakfast, lunch, sunset cruises and dinner cruises. For more information about these options please refer to our Zambezi River Cruise page. They have a total of four boats of varying sizes which we have detailed below.

The Zambezi Explorer, which is the flagship and the largest in the fleet, with a maximum capacity of 150 passengers.

The Ma Roberts is a double-decker boat, with a maximum capacity of 70 passengers. This boat is mainly used for dinner cruises.

Zambezi Reflections has a single deck and a capacity of 34 passengers. This is also used mainly for dinner cruises and is a dedicated floating restaurant

The Kalunda is a small boat catering for only 6 passengers, so is ideal for couples, small groups or families, that are after a private and intimate cruise.

What you will need to bring

• National Parks Fees (currently US$10 per adult)
• Activity voucher/ticket from your agent
• Camera and/or binoculars (recommended)
• Smart casual dress (warm clothing in winter)
• Sunglasses and hat
• Insect/mosquito repellent
• Any medication that you might need

What you need to know

• Morning cruises -The boat departs from the jetty at approximately 06h15 (winter) or 06h00 (summer) and returns approximately 08h30 (winter) and 08h15 (summer)
• Sunset and cruises -The boat departs from the jetty at approximately 16h00 (winter) or 16h30 (summer) and returns approximately 18h00 (winter) and 18h30 (summer)
• Sunset and dinner cruises -The boat departs from the jetty at approximately 17h00 (winter) or 17h30 (summer) and returns approximately 20h00 (winter) and 20h30 (summer)
• Pick-up from your hotel can be up to one hour before the departure time from the jetty. The exact timing depends on which hotel you are staying at. We will confirm this when you make your booking through us.
• Transfers to and from the various hotels/lodges are included.
• Snacks, dinner and drinks are included
• Children (3-11 years) pay 50% of the adult rate. Children are welcome on river cruises. See other family-friendly activities.


Victoria Falls Photographic Tour

Victoria Falls Photographic Safari

Cruise the Mighty Zambezi River, with a focus on photography with this Victoria Falls photographic safari

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to capture breathtaking images of the Victoria Falls landscape or wildlife. Take a Victoria Falls photographic safari with your very own professional photographer coaching you every step of the way. Both beginners and professionals on this photography workshop will get the experience of stunning scenic beauty and amazing wildlife that is the Zambezi River and national park.

Victoria Falls has quite a few local professional wildlife photographers, some of who are also wildlife and safari guides. Some of them will be your photography coach on this eye-opening river safari. You can view their work by clicking on the links – Daniel PeelTami WalkerLesanne Dunlop.

This Victoria Falls activity is offered on a small jetboat (the same one you would ride while on a Sunset Jet Boat Safari) on the Zambezi River. The boat has a maximum capacity of 16 people, ideal for small groups with a feeling of having your own private cruise. Return transfers from your hotel to the jetty are included. There is also a toilet on board.

The Morning Workshop itinerary

06.00: Approximate pick-up time from your hotel, and transfer to the Bushtracks jetty.
06.30: Departure – Welcome tea or coffee, while receiving a brief introduction to the boat cruise and the photographic workshop. Including a brief description of the photographic opportunities we are likely to encounter, and how best to shoot them.
06.00-8:00: Cruise the Zambezi, surrounded by stunning views and photographic opportunities at every turn.
8:00: End of tour- A transfer vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

Additional Information

• Included in the trip is tea, coffee, biscuits and muffins/rusks.
• Be sure to bring your camera, sunhat and sunglasses, warm clothes during winter.
• You will not need any valuables for this trip – passport, jewellery, and anything expensive that you will not be using. Have the hotel lock your valuables in a safe.
• There are no age restrictions. Children under 12 pay 50% of the adult rate, and those under 2 cruise free of charge.


Victoria Falls Lunar Rainbow

Lunar Rainbow

–See Full moon dates below minimum/ Maximum participants–Minimum One / Maximum N/ADeparture–To be confirmed local duration–2 hours language–English (French, German, Italian & Spanish available on private tours, at supplement cost–subject to availability)Highlights-Lunar rainbows, also known as “moonbows”, are rainbows that take place at night, when a rainbow is seen in the light of the moon. Victoria Falls is one of a very limited number of sites around the world, which are known for the occurrence of moonbows. A lunar rainbow is a spectacular event that can be seen only during the full moon. The Lunar rainbow tour is conducted over a period of 3days, during the full moon at Victoria Falls. Clients will be accompanied through the Rainforest by one of our qualified Guides who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist clients with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Raincoats are provided when needed

Bridge Tour

Bridge Tour

– 3151Days– Daily Times: 09:30hrs, 12:30hrs, 15:30hrs. Transfer pick-up time is 30 min prior.

Transfers: Return transfers to be provided from Local Hotel in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and from the Day Activity Centre in Livingstone Town (Zambia). Please note: * During the rainy season (Nov – Mar), tours may be interrupted by rain.* We suggest ladies do not wear skirts due to the harnesses required to be fitted when doing the “under the bridge” part of the tour.

Age & Medical Restrictions: * There is no minimum age for the Initial part of the tour, however for the physical part of the tour under the Bridge, the minimum age is 10 years of age.* Persons under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by at least 1 parent or guardian during the walk under the Bridge.*

The Indemnity certificates for all persons under the age of 18 years must be signed by the parent or guardian. * All clients are asked to declare any relevant medical problems for the walk under the bridge part of the tour. * Guest with the following conditions needs to declare these on check-in: Pregnancy, High Blood Pressure, Heart Conditions, Vertigo, Previous knee injuries Highlights:- Once the border formalities are done and indemnities signed, theatrical and entertaining presentations done on the history of the Bridge by a local actor who plays in the part of Georges Imbault, the Chief Construction Engineer who oversaw the building of the Bridge.

After the Presentation, the walk under the bridge is an exciting yet optional activity. Guests are provided with the necessary safety equipment. Before proceeding to the bridge, a safety demonstration and safety training is provided to ensure guest safety. For those scared of heights, a walk across the top of the Bridge along the pedestrian walkway can be taken. Upon returning from the bridge, an optional guided walk around the Visitors Centre where the guide shows you what was mentioned in the verbal presentation.

Border Formalities: The Victoria Falls Bridge lies in “no man’s land” between Zimbabwean and Zambian Border Posts. The tour includes a Meet-and-Assist service whereby our transfer drivers will assist clients with Border formalities. Please note: The guest will have to carry his/her passport to cross the respective Border. A visit to the Bridge does not affect the clients’ visa status. Carrying of passports is merely for identification purposes at the respective Border

Victoria Falls Bicycle Tour


  • Category: Scenic
  • Duration: 1.5 Hours
  • Location: Zimbabwe

Feel the wind in your hair, listening to the powerful roar of the rushing water, and stop for many breathtaking views along the way.

  • Admire scenic views of the Zambezi River
  • Experience local culture in Chinotimba
  • Chance to spot African wildlife including baboons, monkeys, and elephants

The very best way to get around Victoria Falls is to explore on two wheels and your own steam. A bicycle tour allows you to cover more terrain and experience this stunning natural wonder up-close. Explore the best of Victoria Falls on an hour and a half bike tour!

Important Information

  • The terrain in this area is mostly flat, with a few moderate inclines expected in some places.
  • An optional extra experience on this tour is to take a walk through the Rainforest Park. Park fees are extra.
  • Make sure to book ahead on this tour so that the booking will run smoothly.

Why you will love this

Taking a bicycle tour around Victoria Falls gives you the chance to see and experience more of the area than most visitors do. Your journey begins at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel, which was constructed in 1904.

Meander through the bustling local markets of Chinotimba Township and get a chance to visit a side of Victoria Falls that most tourists don’t see. Then, you ride out onto Zambezi Drive, a lush and diverse wildlife area where you might spot baboons, monkeys, warthogs, impala, and even majestic elephants. You also get to see the impressive Big Tree, an enormous Baobab that is over 1,000 years old.

The route takes you alongside the powerful Zambezi River where you stop at viewpoints along the way. Ride to the Victoria Falls Bridge and exit Zimbabwe on a gate pass (no need for a visa). In Zambia, marvel at a stunning view of the falls, the ideal photo opportunity. When you return to Zimbabwe, you ride along the scenic pathway back to the Victoria Falls Hotel. See the iconic bridge surrounded in the misty spray from the falls. This is a bike tour that will stay in your thoughts for a long time.

Whats included

  • Bicycle rental
  • Bottle of water
  • Guided bike tour of Victoria Falls and area

Session length

  • There is a morning and an afternoon tour available. Each tour lasts a maximum of three hours and will cover a distance of approximately 13 km.
  • The morning tour coincides with the sunrise and the afternoon tour is timed with the sunset, returning just as the sun sinks below the horizon.

What to bring

  • Your voucher
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sunglasses
  • Sturdy shoes


Victoria Falls Steam Train

  • Category: Scenic
  • Duration: 5.5 Hours
  • Location: Zambia

Enjoy a trip back in time on this five and a half-hour steam train dinner tour to the Victoria Falls Bridge.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Passage on a steam train
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Professional guide
  • Drinks (local beer, wine, minerals, and cordials)
  • 4-course dinner
  • Afternoon tea
  • Bottled water
  • Entrance fees
  • Snacks

Experience all the luxury and grandeur of a bygone era, as you enjoy 5-star service, while savoring a silver service dinner, marveling in the surrounding beauty of Victoria Falls at sunset. This is the ultimate Victoria Falls gourmet dining experience. This is a shared small-group tour of up to 40 people with hotel pickup and drop-off in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach.

Victoria Falls Train Tour Details

You’re picked up from your hotel and transported to Bushtracks siding.

After photo opportunities with the beautiful Locomotive 156 or 204 there is a short safety briefing, followed by a refreshing drink, then a walk along the red carpet to the train and board your air-conditioned carriage. Once on board, the luxurious steam train will travel to the Victoria Falls Bridge where you’re served with light snacks and beverages along the way. At the bridge, which was built so passengers could feel the spray of the falls while on the train, you may embark for a wonderful photo opportunity of Victoria Falls while the sun sets.

After half an hour on the bridge, it’s time to return to Zambia and make the switch to the Mulobezi line which goes along the Zambezi River. This part of the journey gives you the opportunity to view local wildlife and the wonderful Zambian landscape, while being served drinks along the way.

When the dinner bell rings, it is time for the train manager to lead guests to the dining carriage where a four-course dinner, prepared by the staff at the Royal Livingstone Hotel, is served.

Guests return to Bushtracks siding about 8 pm and are transferred back to their hotels.


  • Premium drinks are available but are not included in the ticket price. These can be paid for with cash.
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional information

  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Not advisable for young children as the trip can be too long for them, and they may disrupt other passengers
  • Very little walking is required on this tour and is suitable for all ages
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Smoking is only permitted on the outside deck and not inside any of the carriages
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required


Micro Light Flights (30minutes)

Activity Description

A breathtaking flight over the Victoria Falls, the islands near the Falls and roaring Zambezi River with mind blowing views of the Falls and the stunning gorge that the Zambezi River has carved into the surrounding landscape over thousands of years.


Provider: Livingstone’s Adventure

Duration30 minutes

When: Throughout the year, subject to availability

Where: The flight takes off and lands at the Batoka Sky aerodrome

Weather: Should there be thunderstorms, or heavy rainfall flights may be delayed

What to Wear: For a memorable experience, clients are advised to wear the following: · Comfortable attire that provides protection from the sun · Hiking/running shoes · Hair ties (for longer hair) · Warm clothing in winter (April to August) Lockers are available; however, guests are implored to leave valuables at home/the hotel. Please do not wear scarves, jackets with belts or ties that may come undone during the flight

What to Bring: Clients are advised to bring the following with them: · Sunscreen · Mosquito repellent. – Camera / Video Cameras. Cash or credit card should you want to purchase the photographs of your flight.

Guests or Spectators: Visitors not partaking in the flight are welcome to browse the Curio Shop, or purchase refreshments while waiting for the flight to return


Minimum Age10 years

Minimum Height0.0 m

Maximum Height0.0 m

Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement

QualificationsNot Applicable

Maximum Weight100.0 kg

CertificationNone Required

Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


Return road transfers from accommodation venues in the Livingstone area.
During the cooler winter months, a warm flight overall will be provided.

ExclusionsImages and Video available for purchase after Flight


Due to the close proximity of the Batoka Sky aerodrome to the Zambezi River, the Micro-flights are over the stunning scenery of the River 30 seconds after take off.


Fisshing On The Zambezi River

Fishing on The Zambezi River

Fishing on the Zambezi River to the novice or experienced angler is possibly as close as one can get to absolute perfection. But what can one expect to catch and how? What are the best times of year and what are the potential dangers if any?

Our focus on this page is fishing on the Zambezi River in the section above the Victoria Falls.

As all fishermen know it is not only about the catch but it’s about being at one with nature and your surroundings. Well what better place can you do this than on the Mighty Zambezi River?

t is ever changing through the seasons so one visit is never the same as the next keeping you spell bound every time. Wildlife and birds are in abundance and for me nothing much can be finer than a day spent fishing on the Zambezi River.

What You Can Catch

There are over 75 fish species found inhabiting these waters. The most sought-after of these is the Tiger Fish, well renowned as probably the greatest fighting fresh water fish around. It is a ferocious species which can grow as large as 33 lbs (15 Kg) in weight.

However you can also expect to catch three-spot, pink-happy and Yellow-belly bream, Upper Zambezi Yellowfish, African Pike and Silver Barbel to name just a few of the most common.

The gorgeous Yellow-belly Bream (Nembwe) reach over 4kgs in weight and is very popular amongst anglers. Vundu is a type of catfish and is the largest fish found in the Zambezi, and can grow as large as 100 lbs. However the Vundu is only found below the Victoria falls and not fishing on the Zambezi River above the falls.

How To Catch It

Trolling and spinning with artificial lures for both Tiger fish and Bream are the standard methods used.

Bottom fishing and drift bait (fillet or live bait) are also very successful methods.

Some of these methods obviously require the use of a boat, so unless you have your own, it is definitely advisable to take a tour with one of the quality fishing companies around.

Drifting slowly down with the current and casting into the swirling eddies often yields great fish.

The really large tiger fish generally hang out in the deep water so drifting with a chicken or a fish fillet is possibly the best way to catch one of these monsters.

Fishing from the river bank in the Zambezi National Park can be very rewarding if you can find the right spot for both spinning and fly fishing. Sometimes giving you that extra mobility to search out fishes in exact spots especially during the very dry season when you can creep up on the shallow waters or jump onto the rocks and cast into the fast flowing current.

Targeting Tiger fish on fly is definitely one of the most challenging and exciting experiences any angler can have. Heart stopping strikes are always followed by fantastic acrobatic aerial displays, as the tigers dance across the waters surface trying to throw your fly from their bony mouth (often successfully).

These tremendous fighters swim against the current all day long and are extremely fit, their fight is unsurpassed by any other fish so catching them on normal tackle is exciting in itself but to catch one on a fly rod is beyond belief.

When to Catch Fish

Tigers Fish and Nembwe are targeted all year round, but are particularly prolific from late May through to December.

The rains generally start around the end of November, with the rain comes muddy water and lots of debris as well as food. As the water levels rise through January many species of fish move into the floodplains to feed and breed.

In May the water levels reach their peak and then start to subside through the next few months until they are again at their lowest in November. It is as these water levels start to recede that one can have some truly excellent fishing on the Zambezi.

The bait fish, normally around June, have to leave the security of the floodplains and make their way back to the main channel, these “bait balls” are followed by the predators, and this is when a lot of action takes place and there is excellent fishing to be had with both lure and fly.

As the water levels continue to drop, the temperatures start to increase and the water becomes crystal clear from August through to November superb fishing of all species is to be had.

What to Look Out For While Fishing on the Zambezi River

The Zambezi is real Africa so there is no getting away from the fact that hippos and crocodiles live in these waters in profusion. Experienced guides however know exactly how to avoid these animals and let them be, so that both man and animal can enjoy this magical place. So don’t let these dangers stop you from going rather make sure you go only with someone who knows what they are doing.

If you are fishing on the Zambezi from the bank don’t stand on the river bank next to a deep water channel for long periods of time, keep moving every few minutes. But in all honesty your biggest enemy here is the sun, the cool air blowing off the water lulls you into believing you are not getting burnt. So ensure that you have a wide brimmed hat, suntan cream and even long sleeved shirts.

Mosquitoes won’t worry you during the day, but at dusk they come out in full force so if you are going to be on the water at that time make sure you have some mosquito repellent with you.

The water in this section of the Zambezi above Victoria Falls is very pure and is fine to drink.

Who to Go With

There are a couple of fishing companies operating in Victoria Falls, and to be brutally honest Not all of them are that great (be warned). Fishing trips are not cheap and the last thing you want is to be landed up with a guide who has no interest in what he is doing or has forgotten the worms!! Yip that happened to us.

In our view the success of one’s fishing trip entirely depends on your guide. Zam Fishing Safaris have a selection of guides who have all spent many years on the Zambezi and know the river intimately. If anyone can catch fish they can, they know all the best spots in this section of the river.

They provide boats and all equipment. Please click here for a Price List.

Prices for Fishing on the Zambezi Include:

• Boat hire and equipment
• Boat fuel
• Captain
• Fishing equipment and bait
• Cooler box with ice and drinks, snacks.
• Maximum 2 fishermen per boat. This is optimum for the best fishing.
• Transfers to the Zambezi National Park and back
• National park fees – US$10 per person

A good fishing trip, like a well cooked meal or a well lived life, always ends a little too soon.


Victoria Falls Tour( Tour Of The Falls)

Activity Description

It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight.

The Victoria Falls – Now In Its 150 Millionth Fantastic Year – Reaches Its Zenith In About May each year.

This tour is conducted in the morning and afternoon. En route, clients may be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where they may stop and take photos. Clients will be accompanied through the Rainforest by one of our qualified Guides who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist clients with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Raincoats are provided when needed.

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions A Tour of the Victoria Falls, transfers (from / to hotels in Victoria Falls) and rain coats.
Exclusions * National Park Fee Entrance Fees * Items of a personal nature


Duration 2 hours
When All year round
Where Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Weather Weather permitting
What to Wear Clients are advised to wear the following: · Comfortable attire that provides sun protection · Hiking/running shoes · Warm clothing in winter (April to August)
Things to Bring Clients are advised to bring the following with: · Comfortable attire that provides sun protection · Sunscreen · Mosquito repellent
Guests or Spectators


Minimum Age 2 years
Minimum Height 0.0 m
Maximum Height 0.0 m
Fitness Level No Fitness Requirement
Qualifications Not Applicable
Maximum Weight 0.0 kg
Certification None Required
Experience Level No Experience Requirement