Lush riverine vegetation, prolific birdlife and abundant game, I would highly recommend this activity especially if you have not done the upper Zambezi canoeing. There are a variety of cruises available early morning, lunch and sunset. There are also a variety of boats from small private boats of 8 to 10 people up to large party boats that carry 120 people. In Zimbabwe the boats launch about 5 Kilometres upstream of the Victoria Falls well out of dangers way of going over the edge, some people are often wary of this. The bigger boats normally head upstream a little way and then turn around to return slowly giving you plenty of time to really take in the magnificence of your surroundings.
You will see plenty of crocodiles and hippos and the birdlife is spectacular. Often elephants are seen crossing the river to get to the lush vegetation on the island of the Zambezi River. As you look downstream you can normally see the spray from the mighty Victoria Falls rising high into the sky and you imagine to yourself, that this must have been the same view that David Livingstone had, as he approached the Falls for the very first time.
The sunset cruises as the name suggest stay on the river to watch the great African Sunset and arrive back slightly after dark. The early morning cruises are excellent for birdwatchers. Zambezi River Sunset cruise
There are numerous different tour operators for this activity, with many boats of different shapes and sizes. All I can say here is that Shearwater run an excellent operation the staff are friendly, helpful and informative.
The price you pay includes all drinks and snacks. The waiters chirp is that the more you drink the more you will see. So they tirelessly bring you fresh gin and tonics. What a way to spend and afternoon.