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Zambezi River: Tours & Tickets

Zambezi River: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Livingstone & Victoria Falls: Zambezi Half-Day Rafting

1. From Livingstone & Victoria Falls: Zambezi Half-Day Rafting

Choose the adventure of a lifetime by rafting in the famous Zambezi River. After being picked up from your hotel or lodge in Livingstone, sit back and relax as you drive in air-conditioned comfort to the entrance of Victoria Falls, your starting point for the day. After a comprehensive safety talk from your guide, set off on a small hike down to the Zambezi River where you will pass through spectacular basalt rocks and have the opportunity to take photos of the splendid views. Then, take to the water to start practicing the techniques you will need to tackle the rapids.  Once you are ready, you will tackle the first rapid of the day, 'the Boiling Pot'. Get drenched as you continue through the rapids, riding the Stairway to Heaven, Gulliver's Travel and the Washing Machine in a non-stop heart-pumping adventure down the river. Once you reach the small rapids, you can choose to swim the Zambezi River for a final splash in the water. Finish the day by hiking back up the gorge where a delicious lunch and refreshments will await you before you transferral back to Livingstone. 

Livingstone: Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

2. Livingstone: Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

Climb aboard the impressive African Queen or the slightly smaller, but equally luxurious African Princess which are berthed upstream of Victoria Falls. Embark on a fully inclusive sunset cruise which departs daily. Admire spectacular views of the Zambezi River and surrounding nature reserves. Enjoy great cuisine and friendly, professional service which will ensure you have an unforgettable river cruise experience. Return road transfers from local Livingstone accommodation venues are included in the cruise rates. Guests are collected half an hour before the cruise departs.

Victoria Falls: Scenic Microlight Flight

3. Victoria Falls: Scenic Microlight Flight

Take an incredible microlight flight over the Zambezi River and admire the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding National Parks. Keep your eyes peeled for a host of exciting game sightings, and shortly after takeoff, enjoy breathtaking views as you circle over the magnificent Victoria Falls. Choose between a 15-minute flight or a 30-minute flight. The shorter version is an exhilarating flight over the Victoria Falls, the islands near the Falls and thundering Zambezi River. Gaze in awe at the breathtaking views of the Falls and the spectacular gorge that the Zambezi River has carved into the surrounding landscape over many thousands of years. The longer version flies along the Zambezi River, circling the Victoria Falls and flying over the Mosi oa Tunya National Park. End the experience with a low-level swoop over the National Park to spot wildlife and birds. After your flight, the microlight will land and drop you off back where you started from.

From Kasane: Full-Day White Water Rafting

4. From Kasane: Full-Day White Water Rafting

After being picked up from your hotel or lodge in an air-conditioned vehicle, drive to the Victoria Falls entrance where the tour will start. Receive a comprehensive safety briefing from your guide before you hike down to the Zambezi River. The hike will last about 10-15 minutes depending on your fitness level. Find your raft in the river, prepared by the raft crew. Then start practicing the techniques with the assistance of your guide. Tackle the first rapid of your day called the Boiling Pot. Paddle for the first 10 rapids, covering a throng of class 5 rapids that include the Stairway to Heaven, Gulliver's Travels, and Washing Machine. When you reach rapid number 10, stop for a snack break and a short rest. Tackle the remaining section of the river with rapids like Terminator, Mother All, and Oblivion. A the end of the adrenaline-filled trip, hike back through the Batoka Gorge. When you reach the top enjoy a delicious lunch and refreshments. Drive back to Kasane, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation. Receive videos and photos of your trip online.

Zambezi River: Full Day Whitewater Rafting Experience

5. Zambezi River: Full Day Whitewater Rafting Experience

After being picked up from your hotel or lodge in an air-conditioned vehicle, drive for about 30 minutes to the Victoria Falls entrance where the tour will start. Receive a comprehensive safety talk given by your guide before you hike down to the Zambezi River. The hike will last about 10-15 minutes depending on your fitness level. Find your raft in the river, prepared by the raft crew. Then start practicing the techniques with the assistance of your guide. Tackle the first rapid of your day called the Boiling Pot. Paddle for the first 10 rapids, covering a throng of class 5 rapids that include the Stairway to Heaven, Gulliver's Travels, and Washing Machine. When you reach rapid number 10, stop for a snack break and a short rest. Tackle the remaining section of the river with rapids like Terminator, Mother All, and Oblivion. A the end of the adrenaline-filled trip, hike back through the Batoka Gorge. When you reach the top, find a delicious lunch with refreshments waiting for you. Drive back to Livingstone, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation. Receive videos and photos of your trip the next day online. 

From Livingstone: Victoria Falls River Safari

6. From Livingstone: Victoria Falls River Safari

Discover the upper Zambezi River on a specially designed propeller-free safari boat that can operate in water as shallow as 20 cm. This increases the operational range to as close as 200 meters from Victoria Falls and allows you to cruise to amazing parts of the Zambezi that have previously been out of reach. Enjoy the thrill of speeding over rapids, before you slow down to spot game around the islands. Enjoy exceptional service, a spirit of adventure, excellent bird and game viewing, and extraordinary photographic opportunities. Your boat will have cushioned seats and is equipped with a bird book and route map for your convenience. An experienced skipper will lead your safari and share interesting information about the river, the wildlife you see, and the history of the area.

Zambezi River: 3-Day Rafting Experience

7. Zambezi River: 3-Day Rafting Experience

Start your journey on a hike through the basalt rocks in the Batoka Gorge to the stunning site of the Victoria Falls, also known as the Devil’s Delight. Take a swim below the sprays and raft the top section of the Zambezi River starting at the Boiling Pot rapid all the way down to your camp site. Relax at the camp and refuel with some tasty snacks as you gaze at the breathtaking sunset over the Batoka Gorge. In the morning, enjoy a delicious full English breakfast to set you up for the day ahead tackling the next section of the Zambezi River. Make a splash as you take on The Mother, The Terminator, and the world’s most action packed rapid, The Oblivion. On Day 3, start the day with a paddle to Baby Victoria Falls and marvel at the stunning views. After lunch it’s time for another hike through the Batoka Gorge and a bus ride to the magnificent Makuni Village to donate food to the elderly as part of the Maano Social Responsibility Programme.

Livingstone Quad Biking: 60-Minute Eco Trail

8. Livingstone Quad Biking: 60-Minute Eco Trail

Hop onto the back of a quad and see awesome panoramic views and wildlife. Enjoy the experience of a lifetime with friends or family under the supervision of a qualified guide. This 60-minute eco trail tour is an exciting fun-filled ride through the African Bush over humps, through ditches, around bends and down hills. The chance of meeting wild animals along the way adds to the thrill of the trail. These ultimate adventure vehicles allow both the novice and experienced rider to explore the area at their own leisurely pace. Discover the spectacular landscapes surrounding Livingstone and the Batoka Gorge on all-terrain quad bikes. These ultimate adventure vehicles allow both novice and experienced riders to explore the area at their own leisurely pace. Under the supervision of a qualified guide, enjoy stunning panoramic views and wildlife sightings with friends and family.

From Livingstone: Full or Half Day Canoe Safari

9. From Livingstone: Full or Half Day Canoe Safari

If you’re looking to make the most of your time in Livingstone, look no further. Canoe on the mighty Zambezi River through narrow channels and drift down endless stretches of one of Africa’s most majestic rivers. Throughout your full or half-day canoeing trip, keep your eyes peeled for wild game along the river banks. Elephants, hippo, and buffalo are native to this area, as well as many species of birds. Join your experienced guides to go canoeing above the falls — you won’t encounter any rapids, so prepare for a relaxing and peaceful experience. This tranquil activity combines the exquisite stillness of the Zambezi River with a raw wilderness that is not easy to find in many other Victoria Falls activities.

Victoria Falls: 5-Day Zambezi River Whitewater Rafting Tour

10. Victoria Falls: 5-Day Zambezi River Whitewater Rafting Tour

Considered one of the most challenging rapid runs in the world, the Zambezi River is a powerful force that boasts 19 grade-V whitewater in the shadow of Victoria Falls. A bonafide natural wonder with an auspicious reputation within the paddling community, only the brave live to tell the tale of rafting on the Zambezi. You will meet your guide at the activity base near Victoria Falls for this multi-day excursion on the Zambezi River. After an important briefing of the adventures lying ahead, you will receive a safety briefing before embarking on your trip. You will hike down to the notorious Boiling Point to meet your full rafting team. After kitting up, your in-boat guide will get you acquainted with the paddle techniques and commands you’ll use before the actual rafting begins. Depending on the water levels, you will have the honor of swimming under sprays of the majestic Victoria Falls. Next comes the fun, as you hammer your way through notorious rapids with terrifying names like "The Overland Truck-Eater" and the "Gnashing Jaws of Death”. You will later be camping on the sandy beaches along the Zambezi River. This is an option to daze away from the everyday urban life, and you will be refreshed by the breeze from the flow of this spectacular river. Paddle one of the renowned rapids in the Zambezi River, not done in the traditional one day trip the towering waves of Ghost rider, the biggest commercially run-able roller coaster wave train rapid in the World. Over the course of 5 days, you will drift past fish eagle's nests, negotiate rapids, and encounter Bismark's Territory (home to a particularly large crocodile named Bismark) and Smugglers Camp. You will paddle through the biggest fisherman's village encountered during the 5 day trip, where the villagers will be happy to show you around, providing you with a glimpse of an astonishingly uncomplicated and simple lifestyle. You can enjoy the scenery of the Zambezi River as it changes character, with the basalt rocks giving way to grassy banks and the grunts of vocal hippopotamus carry across the water. Your raft will drift past islands in the river, which are havens for Egyptian Geese and basking crocodiles. After a couple of hours, you will rendezvous with your vehicles near the Matetsi River mouth. After packing up and deflating the rafts, you will head back to Victoria Falls by road, having lunch en-route. The journey back takes about 3 hours, and after taking some time out to unpack and freshen up, a group dinner and party is always a favorite option.

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What people are saying about Zambezi River

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 92 reviews

Our team and skipper were excellent! They really know the river and rapids well. Our raft did not capsize once even though we went through several level 5 rapids. I would highly recommend this experience and team. Besides this experience the mighty Zambezi river firsthand (also by swimming in the calmer stretches) has been the experience of a lifetime. The natural beauty is spectacular. I would suggest though that you are at least walking fit as the ascent to the pickup point after rafting is really a long and steep climb.

Naprosto nezapomenutelný celoživotní zážitek, kdybych si měla vybrat jedinou aktivitu v celé oblasti, volila bych tuto. Není to ovšem pro každého, ze začátku je třeba zdolat ostrý sestup k řece, na konci kopec opět vyšplhat nahoru. Rovněž samotné pádlování a v případě obrácení raftu i plavání v peřejích by mohlo někomu připadat náročné, nicméně za všechny tyto "úskalí" to na 100% stojí absolvovat. Jednoznačně doporučuji !

It was amazing to go on the cruise. it was fairly empty so a few of us had the entire boat. The staff were simply superb and the canapés were equally good. Looking forward to visiting Vic Falls again and going on the cruise again.

Some of us (group of 19) were a bit scared upfront but no need. It was GREAT fun with fantastic guides. Thank you so much for this amazing experience. We will certainly be back!!!! Frederique Wilde - van Randwijck

Velmi příjemná a obohacující plavba po Zambezi, výborná atmosféra, spousta informací, skvělé občerstvení. Viděli jsme z poměrně velké blízkosti mnoho zvířat i ptáků, průvodci byli velmi vstřícní.