Honouring the rich history of Victoria Falls and the wonder that is the Zambezi River, this week we’re highlighting one of Ilala Lodge’s most popular and enticing offerings: the luxurious Ra-Ikane river cruises. Named after the instrumental guide who accompanied and assisted David Livingstone in his monumental discovery of Victoria Falls, the Ra-Ikane fleet is comprised of three elegant, monohull cruising boats fashioned after Livingstone’s exploration boat, the Ma-Robert.
Ilala Lodge offers holiday-makers the choice of four separate cruises on board the Ra-Ikane I, II, or III, each unique in nature and spectacular in its own way.
First up, there is the breakfast cruise, where you can experience the tranquil beauty of the Zambezi River at sunrise, whilst sipping on a cup of freshly-brewed coffee and indulging in a full continental breakfast. A little later in the day is the lunch cruise that features a scrumptious buffet of cold meats and salad, and a fully-stocked bar.
The idyllic sunset cruise is no doubt the most popular option and attracts guests from both near and far. Enjoy a brief history of the mighty river with a cocktail in hand, while you watch the sun set magnificently on another day in Africa. Feast upon treats from Ilala Lodge’s high tea selection, and order from a vast range of beverages from the on-deck bar.
For nature lovers, Ra-Ikane also offers an informative bird-watching cruise throughout which expert guides will provide insight into the stunning and diverse birdlife found along the length of the Zambezi. While you spy your favourites and consult the reference books provided, enjoy tea and freshly-prepared pastries.
Paying homage to this wonderful brand, which represents the grace of a bygone era, we’ve put together a photoblog especially for you.