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Beginner’s Guide to Zambezi Safari Cruises

Thinking about a Zambezi Cruise but do not know where to start? This Beginner’s Guide to Zambezi safari cruises is packed with information on this great alternative to traditional safaris.

Zambezi Safari Cruises: Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Zambezi River Cruise?

Zambezi Cruise and Safaris’ exciting boat cruises are presented on the 40km wide and 240km long Lake Kariba, the dammed middle section of the Zambezi River. Kariba is the largest man-made lake by volume and our Zambezi cruise boats transverse the entire length of the lake. Wildlife lovers will enjoy Kariba houseboat activities including intimate game viewing along the many inlets of the shore and tiger fish angling from the tender boats in tow.

“…a world of nature where the pace is slow, the sun is warm, the sky is huge and the people are friendly” Wild Zambezi.

How to Cruise the Zambezi River?

The best way to cruise Lake Kariba is on one of Zambezi Cruise and Safaris’ spacious cruise boats. These boats cover the wildlife-rich section of the Zambezi River, Lake Kariba. The cruises offer intimate wildlife interactions from tender boats in tow. Combine the cruise boat experience with our land-based properties in Mana Pools and on the shores of Kariba for a fully immersive Zambezi Safari.

Is Kariba Part of the Zambezi River?

Lake Kariba, the result of a concrete arch dam across the Zambezi River at Kariba Gorge, is located halfway between the source and the mouth of the Zambezi River. This man-made lake which takes up most of the middle Zambezi river offers the best wildlife and water-based activities on the mighty river. Kariba Dam is one of the two sites where the power of Africa’s longest east-flowing river is harnessed for electricity.

Is Safari on Kariba Cruise Boats Smooth Sailing?

Lake Kariba cruise boats offer smooth sailing and so much more. Cruises on the Zambezi River’s Lake Kariba present travellers with an unbeatable combination of lake cruising and wildlife safari experiences. Zambezi Cruise and Safaris’ reliable boats sailing Kariba are well maintained and come with tender boats for lake and wildlife activities. So yes, Kariba cruise boats do offer smooth sailing. 

What is a Zambezi River Cruise?

A Zambezi River Cruise, commonly referred to as Africa’s hidden luxury experience is a boat excursion into wild Zambezi. These cruise safaris combine Africa’s river luxury with intimate wildlife experiences. Be captivated by breathtaking Zambezi River sunrises and sunsets during these safari cruises. The best Lake Kariba houseboat cruises are those that transverse the entire 270km of Lake Kariba on the Zambezi, Kariba – Kariba or Binga – Binga – providing a real “cruise” experience 

What is a Zambezi/Lake Kariba Houseboat?

Zambezi or Lake Kariba houseboats are beautifully furnished, tastefully decorated, fully air-conditioned cruise boats. Unlike houseboats on Lake Union, Seattle in the U.S.A. or at Waldo Point Harbor in Sausalito, California these boats are not permanently moored. Rather the cruise boats on Lake Kariba transverse the entire length of the lake.
Additionally, each of Zambezi Cruise and Safaris’ Kariba houseboats has either a pool or jacuzzi from which to enjoy the stunning views whilst cooling off in the mid-day sun or just relaxing, drink in hand. 

Do Zambezi Cruises Require Proof of Vaccination?

No, you do not need to have received your jab to enjoy a Zambezi Cruise. For now, only proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test is required upon arrival at the border or airport. Once in the country, you will no longer be required to produce proof of testing.

Can you Swim in the Zambezi River?

Yes, you can swim in the Zambezi River at designated safe places, for example, you will get to swim in the Zambezi during white water rafting activities which throw you out of the raft, guaranteed! The shores of the Zambezi and Lake Kariba are the home to the famous Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus). 

Are Zambezi Cruise Boats Hotels?

The boats cruising Lake Kariba, along the Zambezi River, are often referred to as floating hotels. And, this is almost accurate since the boats offer beautiful Zimbabwean safari accommodation. In addition to luxury Kariba accommodation, the boats cruise with you along the scenic lake. This allows for fun water safari activities including game viewing, and exhilarating adrenaline-filled tiger fishing.

What is the best way to Enjoy a Zambezi Safari Cruise?

The best way to enjoy a safari cruise on the Zambezi River is with Zambezi Cruise and Safaris. This is because we combine our cruise boats with our land-based properties to give unforgettable land and lake experiences. With us, you will get to enjoy all three sections of the mighty Zambezi River (Upper, Middle and Lower) along with its magnificent wildlife and breathtaking views. Regardless of whether you are a single traveller, a small group or part of a larger tour, Zambezi Cruise and Safaris will present you with a magical safari holiday.

Are Zambezi Cruise Boats Exclusive Use?

Yes and no. These cruise boats are perfect for small travel bubbles or family/friend groups. Cabins on the boats are outside-facing with panoramic windows.
Depending on your choice, you can have exclusive use for 8 guests or more. However, if you don’t meet the minimum requirements we do have a per cabin basis.

Why Zambezi Cruises are the Best Wildlife Cruise in the World?

The Lake Kariba shores are teeming with wildlife. Everything from massive elephants to elusive leopards can be spotted from the safety of tender boats as they come to the water to quench their thirst. Due to the exclusive nature of these cruise safaris, we can create a personalised itinerary for you. As part of the experience, you get up close with wildlife from the safety of tender boats. 

Are Lake Kariba Cruises Worth It?

Up to 50,000 people travel along the river and Lake Kariba every year! But that is not answering the question. So, Yes Kariba cruises are great for small families, travel bubbles and individual travellers who enjoy extensive safari entertainment. Even though they are more “exclusive-use” than ocean-going cruises, they are so affordable. Talk to us about your next cruise holiday, and we will help you create magical land and lake moments.

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