Zambezi River Cruise, Zambia

As we only had a few days left in our trip, and just three days, two nights in Zambia in particular, we didn’t want to just do nothing. So we decided to book a River Cruise tour of the Mighty Zambezi River instead, which would allow us to wine and dine while at the same time requiring no extenuating activity from out part.

R&R Time

R&R Time

We booked it once again from Euma Tours, who arranged a hotel pickup not too long after we had arrived to the Protea Hotel Livingstone. There were a few people already on the van by the time they picked us up, but in total it was about eight people. After a rather short drive where all of the passengers introduced to one another, we got to the river port where we would sign some release forms (in case we were eaten by crocodiles or hippopotamus I assume) and then be on our merry way to the catamaran.

Alright then...

Alright then…

Once we took off (wait, I’m too used to planes … what is it that boats do?). Once we left port, we headed up river along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe around Siloka Island and then downstream nearer the waterfalls. Plenty of opportunities for amazing sunset views and wildlife along the way.

We opted for the smaller vessel, since being swarmed by dozens of bus tour hordes is definitely not our style, and it was great. We got to talk to the crew and all the passengers, which when you’re in the middle of bum freaking nowhere, Africa, tends to be a pretty interesting crowd. The cruise is an all inclusive food and drinks, of which the latter becomes crucial when it’s a million degrees and 348% humidity.

Open Bar

Open Bar

Dining area

Dining area

Along the way, we spotted very few crocodiles (who were too fast for us to take pictures of) and many hippopotamuses, which come incredibly close to the boat and yawn and grunt at the passersby.

Hippos!

Hippos!

More Hippos!

More Hippos!

It isn’t just animals you get to look at in marvel, it’s also the unbelievably beautiful views of the sunset.

 

Unbelievable Sunset Views

Unbelievable Sunset Views

 

The end of the ride is very near to where the Victoria Falls are, which is awesome because you’re close enough to hear the roar, yet far enough so that you’re not dragged down and die, which is my favorite middle ground when travelling.

Almost at the Waterfall

Almost at the Waterfall

After the boat docked back at the port, we swiftly got back into the van and were dropped off at the Protea once again. We had arranged to meet with Eugene, Euma Tour’s owner, and his wife for dinner. We had a Hawaiian pizza and talked endlessly about traveling and what the tourism industry is like in Zambia and agreed to keep in touch and send people his way.

 

If you’re interested in booking a tour like this, you can shoot us a message or tweet at us and we can make sure to contact them on your behalf to get you the best price.

 

Author: Ben Nickel-D'Andrea

Share This Post On

8 Comments

    • Thanks Chris! I loved taking pics of the wildlife. I wish I had a better zoom for those shy animals that never come this close

      Post a Reply
  1. There was me expecting tales of you wrestling crocodiles and hippos out of a kayak and you went for the wimpy alcohol fuelled trip instead lol!

    Although frankly i wouldn’t dare raft that river!

    Post a Reply
    • I thought I had my fair share of wild encounters on this trip and figured I’d skip the crocs this one time! I can assure you there will be more ‘Ben hugging animals’ pics coming soon 😉

      Post a Reply
  2. Very nice…how much did the tour cost, how long was it, and how was the Livingstone Protea?

    Thanks.

    Post a Reply
    • The tour cost about $60 and the cruise is for about 2 hours. The Livingstone Protea was nice, with the added note that it’s an open air concept lobby, which is unbearable with the high temperatures and the mosquitoes, and try to avoid the second floor rooms because their roof gets so incredibly hot with the sun that the ceiling radiates heat all day and night!

      Post a Reply
      • Thanks, Ben. We’re planning a trip in Dec 2017. As I understand it, it will be quite hot. Did you explore other properties in the area?

        Post a Reply
        • It’ll be hot any time of the year really, I think they go from dry hot to humid hot but that’s it. We didn’t stay at any other properties in Zambia, but we did stay in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nelspruit and Kruger Gate if you’re headed in that direction.

          Post a Reply

Leave a Reply