The sunset cruises vary in boat size – from essentially private boats that take 8 to 10 people to large party boats that can take 120 or more. When booking, ask the name of the boat and its size if you have a specific group size in mind or want a larger or smaller boat experience.
Also, some boats are more luxurious than others – although some of the older, more rustic boats have their own charm. The experience varies tremendously according to the number of people and who you are sharing the sundowner cruise with, and every boat has its own unique character.
The cruise begins with a safety briefing shortly after launching and then, typically, journeys up river towards the Zambezi National Park. There are plenty of crocodiles and hippos to be seen and the bird life is quite spectacular. Watch for elephants along the banks or, if you are extremely lucky, elephants swimming or snorkelling across the river.
The boats usually turn back down river and continue for several kilometres towards Palm Island – often meandering in and out of the islands and channels.
At this point, you can look down river towards the Falls and witness the mist rising from them.
These big sunset cruise boats cannot go beyond this point as the river is too swift and there are a number of rocks. Just before sunset, the boats usually turn and head back up river, stopping a kilometre or so before the landing point to catch the last rays of the dying sun.
Drinks are typically free and snacks are usually served. Booking a cruise is essential and we recommend – time permitting – doing two cruises in two different sized boats, as each experience is very different.