White Water Rafting


White Water Rafting in Livingstone

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Acclaimed as the wildest one-day whitewater run in the World, the Zambezi River in Victoria Falls has been classified by the British Canoe Union as Grade 5 with extremely difficult, long and violent rapids, steep gradients, big drops and pressure areas. Grade 6 being commercially un-runnable.

Commercial rafting first commenced on the Zambezi River in 1981 and since then this activity has grown in popularity to the point where a rafting trip on the Zambezi is now a regular feature in most tourists’ itineraries. In 1997, approximately 50 000 people enjoyed white water rafting on the Zambezi on a stretch of water that is now internationally acclaimed as the best white water rafting trip available in the world.


The Zambezi River is classified as a high volume, pool-drop river i.e. there is little exposed rock either in the rapids or the pools below the rapids. The distance between rapids varies from 100 metres to 2 kms. The Gorge itself is approximately 400ft deep at the put-in point and 750ft at the take out point. The river drops about 400ft over the 24km covered in the one-day raft trip and the depth of the river can reach 200ft. The British Canoe Union has classified the river Grade 5 “extremely difficult, long and violent rapids, steep gradients, big drops and pressure areas”. Nearly half of the rapids negotiated are Grade 5. (Grade 6 is un runable – rapid number 9, “Commercial Suicide” is a Grade 6 rapid and we porter around this rapid).


Due to the steepness of the Gorge, wildlife is not abundant. On occasion klipspringer, rock hyrax, vervet monkeys and baboon are spotted. However, the birdlife is far more spectacular. Black eagle, augur buzzard, black stork, pied and giant kingfisher and red winged starling are some of the birds normally seen during the trips and sightings of the very rare Taita Falcon are not uncommon. There are crocodile in the river, but they are small due to the unsuitability of the area for their habitation.


The minimum age is 15 years. The maximum age limit is dependent on the individual’s general state of health and physical fitness.


Tea and coffee is supplied at the meeting point, prior to departure. On the river each raft carries water and orange juice. A light lunch consisting of cold meats and salads is provided at a picturesque spot on the banks of the river. At the top of the Gorge, at the end of the trip, complimentary soft drinks, cordials and beers are enjoyed.


If clients are going rafting , they will be picked up from their hotels (between 08h00-08h30). They are however, requested to reconfirm pick up times and hotels with our Victoria Falls office 24 hours before departure.


Whilst on the river, videos and photographs will be taken. Copies of all products shown are available for purchase.Videos/DVDs and photographs will then be available for purchase, later that evening at the show venue or the following day.


No previous rafting experience is required and clients need not be proficient swimmers. At the beginning and at the end of the trip, clients have to negotiate a steep path in and out of the gorge. The walk out is 750 vertical feet up a gradient of 1 in 3, and a person of average fitness can manage this in about 20 minutes.


The company uses some of the finest equipment on the market to ensure that the trip is a safe and enjoyable one. Rafts are the tried and tested river rafts required for the Zambezi River . America ’s Cup high flotation life jackets and Protec safety helmets are issued to clients before the day’s rafting. Wet suits are provided and usually used by clients during the colder months (June / July).


Guides are fully trained professionals and all hold valid advanced first aid certificates. Whilst every precaution is taken, it is essential that agents make clients aware that there is a risk of injury associated with the activity of rafting on the Zambezi . A comprehensive first aid kit and skid stretcher are carried on each trip. Each client is required to sign an indemnity form prior to departure. Each trip leader is in radio contact with our bases in Victoria Falls and Livingstone and direct with M.A.R.S. (Medical Air Rescue Service).





* All rates are in US Dollar.

Title Price Admission Minimum Group Applicability
Two Day, One Night Overnight Rafting $289 1 4 2013
Three Day, Three Night Overnight Rafting $950 1 4 2013
Half Day $140 1 0 2013
Full Day $160 1 0 2013
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