Luxury Zambezi River Cruises

Choices abound on the Ra-Ikane fleet for a variety of Zambezi River cruises. Choose from a breakfast, lunch or sunset cruise, a birdwatching cruise or plan a special bespoke dinner on the jetty catered by the top-rated Palm Restaurant at Ilala Lodge Hotel. Whatever cruise you choose, remember to wear your sneakers and take along your camera, some sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a great sense of curiosity – there is so much to see and experience on these river cruises!

All river cruise bookings can be made through one of our activities agents at the Guest Activities desk or emailed to raikane@ilalalodge.co.zw.

Ra-Ikane Breakfast Victoria Falls Zambezi River

Breakfast Cruise

$85 Per Person

Enjoy freshly brewed coffee and a continental breakfast as you cruise up the Zambezi River towards Kandahar Island while enjoying the sounds of the diverse birdlife and the African bush come to life in the early morning. Breakfast includes freshly baked breads and pastries, fresh fruit platters, jams, yoghurts and cheeses as well as an assortment of teas and coffee.

Breakfast Cruise pick-up/drop-off times
From Ilala Lodge Hotel: 6:45am
From Victoria Falls town: 6:30am from hotels in Victoria Falls
Drop-Off: 09:30am
Duration of cruise: 2 hours

Ilala Lodge Hotel guests only pay $25 extra

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Lunch Cruise

$85 Per Person

Sit back and relax while sipping a cold drink and enjoying a few quiet hours along the banks of the Zambezi River. Our lunch buffet includes cold meats, fresh salads and a wide selection of biscuits and cheeses, all catered by the award-winning Palm Restaurant at Ilala Lodge Hotel. The fully stocked bar is available throughout the cruise and the attentive crew is at your service.

Lunch Cruise pick-up/drop-off times
From Ilala Lodge Hotel: 11:45am
From Victoria Falls town: 11.30am to 11.50am from hotels in Victoria Falls
Drop-Off: 1415 to 1420
Duration of cruise: 2 hours

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Lunch Cruise Ra-Ikane Victoria Falls Zambezi River
Raikane Sunset Cruise Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

Sunset Cruise

$85 Per Person

There simply is not a better way to enjoy the dazzling African sunset than from the comfort of a Ra-Ikane boat on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Our ever-popular sunset cruise offers a unique way to explore the channels of the river and to get an up-close view of the pristine wilderness and African game along its banks. Enjoy an array of canapés, a full bar and a charming crew who can impart a bit of interesting Victoria Falls history with you on board the Ra-Ikane.

Sunset Cruise pick-up/drop-off times
From Ilala Lodge Hotel: 15h30 in Winter (May-August), 16h00 in Summer (September-April)
From Victoria Falls town: 15h30 from hotels in Victoria Falls
Drop-Off: 18h30
Duration of cruise: 2 hours

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Birdwatching Cruise

$85 Per Person

You know what they say about the early bird? If you are a passionate birdwatcher, don’t miss out on this river cruise! Keen bird lovers will delight in marking off their sightings in the birding booklet provided on board while enjoying a delicious continental breakfast including fruit platters, fresh pastries and a variety of cheeses and biscuits. Rare birds such as the African Pitta and the Narina Trogon have been sighted here, as well as hundreds of other bird species. The knowledgeable and experienced guides conduct these early morning river cruises.

Birdwatching Cruise pick-up/drop-off times
From Ilala Lodge Hotel: 6:45am
From Victoria Falls town: 6:30am from hotels in Victoria Falls
Drop-Off: 09:30am
Duration of cruise: 2 hours

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Raikane Birdwatching Cruise Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

Zambezi Riverside Dinner

$75 Per Person

The Palm Restaurant is famous for its world-class cuisine and service. Imagine having all of that right on the banks of the stunning Zambezi River! The Ra-Ikane jetty provides the perfect spot to enjoy an unforgettable dining experience under the African sky. Your Zambezi Riverside Dinner and menu can be tailor-made to suit all your needs. Enjoy the privacy and seclusion in this exclusive location and you may even have a visit from an elephant or two! The Zambezi Riverside Dinners can be combined with the Sunset Cruise or booked as a separate function through Ilala Lodge Hotel.

Jetty Dinner Ilala Victoria Falls Zimbabwe