Visiting the Victoria Falls is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for most visitors and you would be doing yourself an injustice if you didn’t experience a cruise on The Zambezi at some point during your stay. Cruises take place on the calm, upper river up-stream from the Victoria Falls. The spray of the Falls is always a backdrop to every cruise, especially during high water. There are opportunities to see wildlife such as hippo, crocodile, elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and various antelope and bird life, including the wonderful fish eagle. Fortunately there are several cruise operators in Livingstone to suit all budgets.
The African Cruise Company consists of two luxurious boats – The African Queen, a triple deck 70 foot catamaran and the slightly smaller African Princess. Both offer fantastic views of the Zambezi River and are inclusive of drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and snacks/meals. The most popular cruises are the late afternoon/evening cruises for sunset. However, you can also book a morning or lunch time cruise too. For those wanting a bit of extra special treatment, you can book an exclusive spot in the captain’s cabin (subject to availability).
Both the African Queen and Princess are priced at the higher end of the scale when it comes to cruises, and what you get for your money is a sense of luxury and style accompanied by a more sedate and relaxing experience.