Ra-Ikane River Cruises

A luxury Ra-Ikane River Cruise on our historic and intimate cruise boats offers Breakfast, Birdwatching, Lunch and Sunset cruises on the Zambezi River. The calming and relaxing cruises launch from the jetty site located in front of the hotel.

US$ 85 per person

Breakfast Cruise

Enjoy freshly brewed coffee and a continental breakfast while drifting up the Zambezi River towards Kandahar Island while soaking in the sounds of the diverse birdlife and the African bush as they come to life in the early morning. Breakfast includes freshly baked bread and pastries, fresh fruit platters, jams, yoghurts and cheeses as well as an assortment of teas and coffee.

Breakfast Cruise Times:
Meet at Ra-Ikane Jetty 06.55am
Duration of cruise: 2 hours

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US$ 85 per person

Birdwatching Cruise

Wake up with the wilderness of the Zambezi River on an early morning Birdwatching Cruise. The Victoria Falls National Park is home to over 450 species of birdlife. Rare birds such as the African Pitta and the Narina Trogon have been sighted along the river during birdwatching cruises. Keen bird lovers will delight in marking off their sightings in the birding booklet provided on board while a delicious continental breakfast including fruit platters, fresh pastries and a variety of cheeses and biscuits is served. Our crew of knowledgeable and friendly guides are always on the lookout to help identify bird varieties.

Birdwatching Cruise Times:
Meet at Ra-Ikane Jetty site 6.55am
Duration of cruise: 2 hours

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US$ 85 per person

Lunch Cruise

Sit back and relax while sipping a cold drink and enjoying a few quiet hours on the Zambezi River. A lunch cruise includes cold meats, fresh salads and a wide selection of biscuits and cheeses. A fully stocked bar is available throughout the cruise and the attentive crew is at your service.

Lunch Cruise Times: Meet at Ra-Ikane Jetty site 11.55am
Duration of cruise: 2 hours

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US$ 92 per person

Sunset Cruise

Experience a dazzling African sunset from the comfort of a calming river cruise. The Ra-Ikane Sunset cruise offers a unique way to explore the channels of the Zambezi River for an up-close view of the wilderness and wildlife along its banks. This popular cruise includes an array of light canapes with a full bar open for the duration of the cruise. A perfect way to spend your afternoon before docking at the jetty in front of the Palm River Hotel.

Sunset Cruise Times: Meet at Ra-Ikane Jetty site: 3:40pm in Winter (May-August), 4:10pm in Summer (September-April) (tbc)
Duration of cruise: 2 hours

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The well-appointed Ra-Ikane fleet was built to ensure that each guest is able to experience the wild beauty of the Zambezi River in comfort and style. The monohull design of the riverboats enables them to navigate further up the Zambezi River, through shallow river channels and closer to the wildlife on the river banks.

The cruises follow a circular route around the Zambezi River islands to provide guests with a panoramic view of the upper Zambezi River and the wildlife and birdlife it offers. Each Ra-Ikane boat has its own crew, made up of a friendly and knowledgeable captain, guide and waiter to ensure a tranquil and memorable experience on board.

Tour of Victoria Falls

A tour of the ‘Smoke That Thunders’, is an unforgettable experience, worthy of any Bucket List. Take a leisurely self-guided tour or opt for a 2-hour guided tour to learn about the history from an experienced local guide. Meander through the lush rainforest and visit the 15 spectacular viewing points to view the Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side.

Some of the best viewpoints along the tour include the Devil’s Cataract at 70 metres deep and where you will see the famous David Livingstone statue, the Main Falls viewing point is hard to beat, with its expansive sheet of water thundering down 93 metres into the gorge below while Rainbow Falls is the deepest of them all, at 108 metres deep, and has been suitably named due to its ever-present rainbow. Click below to view the Victoria Falls rainforest footpath map.

Download Rainforest Footpath Map

Endless Adventures

Victoria Falls is deemed ‘Africa’s Adventure Capital’ offering everything from helicopter flights above the Falls, highwire activities over the 120m gorges or white-water rafting the rapids beyond the World Wonder, Victoria Falls waterfall. Adventure also awaits within the 5 National Parks within 100km of Victoria Falls, offering unmatched game viewing in untouched wilderness areas.

Historic Bridge Tour


White Water Rafting

Bungee Jumping


Victoria Falls Town

Meander through the vibrant town, located just 7km (10-minute drive) from Palm River Hotel. Explore the Elephant’s Walk shopping village peppered with a variety of curio shops, a popular café with a peaceful indoor courtyard surrounded by beautiful flowers. Discover local craft markets just a few metres away, showcasing the range of local artists and their talented handmade stone and wood carvings. A little further beyond you’ll find the award-winning Tammy Walker Gallery, a local artist known for her exceptional photography.

The town centre offers delicious restaurants and coffee shops including a craft brewery, The Lookout Café offering unmissable views of the Victoria Falls bridge and supporting gorges with the chance to spot guests taking part in the adrenaline-rushing gorge swing or bungee jump!

To book or find out more about any activities on offer in Victoria Falls, visit our Tours and Activities Desk in-house or email onlinereservations@palmriverhotel.com.

Victoria Falls Shuttle Bus

A complimentary shuttle runs on a regular schedule throughout the day transporting guests between The Palm River Hotel and Victoria Falls Town, stopping at the key landmarks for guests’ convenience. This includes the Victoria Falls Rainforest, Ilala Lodge Hotel and the various craft markets. Enquire with Reception to book.