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Guests of all ages are welcome of a Zambezi River Cruise. Children under 12 pay half price and children 2 and younger are free.
Although wildlife sightings are not guaranteed on a Zambezi River cruise, with the banks of the Zambezi National Park flanking each cruise, you’ll be likely to spot elephants, hippos, crocodiles, a range of antelope species and a range of exciting birdlife.
Your safety and enjoyment is our main concern. Your Victoria Falls River Cruise may be delayed due to weather conditions. Normally rainstorms only last about half an hour, so be patient, we will try to ensure you get to experience your cruise. If it starts raining while you are on your cruise, rain flaps on the side of the boat will drop down to keep you dry.
National Parks fees are not part of the Zambezi River Cruise price. They are an additional fee charged by the Government to help maintain the Zambezi River and the surrounding National Park areas. These fees are to paid on arrival before your cruise and are US$10 per adult and US$5 per child.
The water level of the Zambezi River varies remarkably throughout the year. The Victoria Falls region receives seasonal rainfall, and therefore the amount of water flowing over the Victoria Falls changes drastically.
The water level is at its lowest point around November each year. At this time of year the water falls mainly in the deeper section of the river on the Zimbabwean side of the Falls. During the low water season some areas of the Zambian side dry up completely leaving a gigantic crack of exposed bare rock in the earth. This may not be as spectacular as the Victoria Falls in full flood.
The water level is at its highest between April and May. During these months the Victoria Falls are a thundering wall of falling water and the spray from the falls can obscure the view.
So which time of year is best to experience a Zambezi River Cruise in Victoria Falls? The real answer is all year round. During the dryer months between June and September you are more likely to spot wildlife on the banks of the river. However a Zambezi River Cruise is a "not to be missed" opportunity no matter what time of year you are visiting Victoria Falls.
During the Jurassic Period (150-200 million years ago), volcanic activity resulted in thick basalt deposits covering large parts of Southern Africa. As the lava cooled and solidified, cracks appeared in the hard basalt crust, which were filled with clay and lime. Erosion and the course of the mighty Zambezi River cut through these softer materials, forming the first of a series of waterfalls.