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Ra-Ikane River Cruise

Ra-Ikane River Cruise

Overview: Ra-Ikane River Cruise

A river cruise on the Upper Zambezi is justifiably one of the most popular activities around the Victoria Falls – and how special to experience it on a boat reminiscent of Humphrey Bogart's African Queen?

From the plethora of cruises available, we’ve picked some of our favourites, with the Ra-Ikane River Cruise really standing out from the crowd. Although it’s operated by Ilala Lodge, this cruise is available to anyone staying in the vicinity of Victoria Falls town.

The Ra-Ikane River Cruise’s 12-seater boats are much smaller than those used by many other operators in the area. As well as offering a much more personal experience, these boats have a much shallower draft, allowing them to explore the quieter side channels of the river, and get closer to the Victoria Falls themselves.

Cruise details

Starting from a pontoon at Ilala Lodge in the town of Victoria Falls, the Ra-Ikane River Cruise takes in two different sections of the river. Your boat will explore some of the upper sections of the river, where the Zambezi is flanked by the Mosi-Oa-Tunya and Zambezi national parks, taking you alongside channels and islands, and offering a fantastic chance of seeing elephants, hippo, crocodiles and some stunning birdlife. The cruise will also take you towards the Victoria Falls, with some fantastic views of the spray thrown up by the waterfall, particularly when the river is in full flood.

Choose from three different times of day for your cruise:

Breakfast cruise

Pick-up time: summer (August to April) around 6.30am; winter (May to August) around 7.30am

Starting at dawn, the breakfast cruise offers an opportunity to see the sun rise over the Zambezi River, with the golden light and clear air perfect for capturing the elephants coming down to the river for their morning drink. Fresh coffee and tea accompany a continental breakfast.

Lunch cruise

Pick-up time: around 11.45am

The Zambezi River provides a stunning backdrop for a midday meal, with a buffet of cold meats, fresh salads, and a selection of cheese and biscuits provided by Ilala Lodge's Palm Restaurant. A well-stocked bar provides cold beers, South African wines, spirits and soft drinks.

Sunset cruise

Pick-up time: summer (August to April) 4.00pm; winter (May to August) around 3.30pm

With a heightened chance of seeing wildlife coming down to the river to drink, and stunning sunsets reflecting off the Zambezi River, the evening cruise is one of the most popular options, enhanced by an array of canapés and a well-stocked bar.Please note: Expert Africa only books excursions as a part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.

Start location
Any of Expert Africa's hotels or lodges in the vicinity of Victoria Falls
End location
Back at your hotel
Meals included
Breakfast, lunch or canapés - depends on tour booked
Duration
Two hours minimum
Maximum group size
Eight people

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What to look forward to.


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The Ra-Ikane cruise is a popular option in the Victoria Falls area
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A smaller boat, it offers a more personal experience...
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...with a chance to see some stunning sunsets...
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...as well as the large wildlife...
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...and birdlife that's prolific along the river.

The Ra-Ikane cruise is a popular option in the Victoria Falls area

A smaller boat, it offers a more personal experience...

...with a chance to see some stunning sunsets...

...as well as the large wildlife...

...and birdlife that's prolific along the river.

Ra-Ikane River Cruise reviews

45 independent first-hand comments from our travellers.


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PhilfromLeyland

4 Feb 2020

"Ra-Ikane River Cruise review"

"...a fabulous evening on the Zambezi was had. …" Read Phil’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

S.fromGermany

12 Nov 2019

"Ra-Ikane River Cruise review [11-2019]"

"extremely glad with our choice …" Read S.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

WiljofromNorfolk

4 Oct 2019

"Ra-Ikane River Cruise review"

"The boat itself was stylish and the catering excellent, ... …" Read Wiljo’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr A.fromLondon

5 Oct 2019

"Ra-Ikane River Cruise review"

"The cruise was excellent …" Read Mr A.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs LfromHinckley

16 Jun 2019

"Ra-Ikane River Cruise review"

"Bird life was good... Breakfast was good. …" Read Mr & Mrs L’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Good

Dune loverfromLondon

24 May 2019

"River Cruise Surprise"

"Amazing flora and fauna... Breakfast on the river not to be missed. …" Read Dune lover’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr M.fromRamsgate

10 Sep 2018

"Very enjoyable Ra-Ikane River Cruise "

"The Ra Ikane is charming and intimate …" Read Mr M.’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

SuefromCape Town

26 Aug 2018

"Zambezi Close Up"

"A most enjoyable afternoon and evening. …" Read Sue’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

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