Boat Cruises In Zambia For Your Enjoyment!

Boat cruises in Zambia are a familiar activity on its major lakes and rivers, especially on lake Kariba, the Zambezi River and its tributary, Kafue River.


A boat cruise is one of the best and relaxing ways in which you can enjoy the scenery and wildlife of the Zambian wilderness from the comfort of a boat.

Lake Kariba Boat Cruise

Boat cruises are an exciting venture on Lake Kariba, one of the biggest man-made lakes in the world and the largest man-made lake in Africa by volume. The Lake is 220 kilometers long and 40 km wide covering an area of 5,580 km2. 

Zambezi River Boat Cruise

The Zambezi is the fourth longest river in Africa stretching for nearly 2,700 kilometers. The river has been recognized as one of the top 10 water ways in the world for boating activities.

However, not all parts of the river are passable using a boat because in certain parts the river flows through wild and dangerous terrains such as open stretches of rapids. Therefore, boat cruises are done on certain parts only.

Ok now, do you want to go on a boat cruise in Zambia? Try any of the following:

Southern Belle

Southern Belle

This one is undoubtedly the largest house boat in Zambia. The Southern Belle is operated by Protea Hotels Zambia, it operates on Lake Kariba. The vessel has three decks with some of the following features:

  • Shop
  • Conference Room (40 people capacity)
  • Lobby
  • 22 En-suite Cabins
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool (Top deck)
  • Bar

For reservations and other information, check the following:

Protea Hotels Zambia
Tel: +260 (0) 211 254 605
Fax: +260 (0) 211252 384
Email: reservations@phsouthernbelle.co.zm

Lady Betty

Lady Betty

Lady Betty was launched on 18th August 2009. It was named after Betty Kaunda, the wife of the first Zambian president.

Lady Betty operates on the Kafue River at the Kafue River Cliff.  The Kafue River Cliff is about 57 kilometers from Lusaka. 

For more information on Lady Betty, contact:

Tel: + 260 973 108 743/+260 977 346 950

 HMV Makumbi

The HMV Makumbi is operated by the Victoria Falls Waterfront (formerly Zambezi Waterfront). The HMV Makumbi runs daily sunset cruises up the Zambezi River which includes a variety of drinks and snacks. The sunset cruise lasts until night fall.

For bookings, reservations and more information:

Zambezi Waterfront Lodge
Tel: +260 213 320606
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Email: waterfront@safpar.com

The African Queen And The African Princess

african queen

With a capacity of 120 passengers, the African Queen was launched on May 7th, 2001. Its sister vessel, the African Princess, launched on 31st March 2005 and with a capacity of 80 passengers are both operated by the African Queen Cruise Company.

The African Queen Cruise Company offers the best of the mighty Zambezi River experience. A cruise on any one of its two fleet of luxurious vessels; the African Queen or the African Princess, gives you an unforgettable Zambezi river experience!

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