Often enjoyed as a transfer to or from a riverside camp, but also a picturesque activity in its own right, a boat cruise on the Zambezi is a great way to take in the riverside flora and fauna, as well as the beautiful scenery under the shadow of the Zambezi escarpment. Some camps are permitted to operate waterborne safaris inside the boundaries of the park, while the camps in the GMA area can explore the Zambezi and its tributaries in equally game rich, scenic areas.
Given that some safari activities can be tiring, this is a relaxing, effortless way to explore the river and its wildlife, equally enticing either during the morning or after lunch and a siesta. The noise of the motors can scare waterside wildlife away, but your guide will often turn off the engines and cruise on the current by the banks, watching the animals happily continue on their business, oblivious to your presence. This is a great way to view hippo, crocodile and diverse birdlife, along with frequent elephant and buffalo visits to the river. Boats navigate smoothly between islands and channels, with none of the bumps of travelling in a game viewing vehicle, and the sunsets over the river are spectacular. A late afternoon sundowner cruise, with drinks and nibbles provided, is usually followed by a night drive back to camp.