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About Us


About Us


Founded by Steve McCormick from Zimbabwe, Safari Par Excellence or “Safpar” as we are affectionately known took over from where the legendary Sobek Rafting company had left off after running the first commercial rafting expeditions here on the Zambezi in 1981. Back in those wild days, the first descents ran with no helmets and no safety kayakers! In 1992, Zambia and adventure beckoned. Like most other start-up companies, we had a humble beginning – with just a couple of ex-military vehicles, half a dozen canoes, a tent or two and a big bag of dreams! The one thing we had in bucket loads was a passion to explore and enjoy.


As the years passed Safpar grew from strength to strength venturing into the Lower Zambezi Valley for a while but always being drawn back to the Victoria Falls and the sheer adrenalin rush that is rafting the Zambezi. In 1997, Sven Bolton with his passion for this great river joined the team.


In 1999, Graham Nel joined the Team as our fearless MD and we opened The Victoria Falls Waterfront headed up by Sharmaine Barry - after all, us Rafters need somewhere to stay and obviously enjoy a cold beer after a great day on the Zambezi!


In 2001, Tony King an ex-Overland driver joined the team as Operations Manager, always behind the scenes – making sure those unexpected problems do not become your problem!


Sean Edington joined the team in 2006 running our in-house productions company - a journalist by trade who specialises in camera, film production and the Zambezi River. If Sean is not in the Zambezi, he’s filming it! Sean is also a guide for the multi-day rafting trips and is pretty mean in a kayak too. When you are looking for a river specialist, Sean’s your man.

As Livingstone expanded and the tourism market evolved 2005 saw the opening of the stunning David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa, in a class of its own. Pre and post rafting accommodation could not get any better.

So there you have it – Safari Par Excellence built in Zambia, with a proud history and a strong reputation within the local business community, run and operated by people who live in Zambia.

• We do not operate elsewhere! The Zambezi is our home.
• Safpar has been operating since 1988 – we are the most experienced rafting company on the Zambezi River.
• Rated 1 out of 28 on TripAdvisor.
• Knowledgeable and fun team.
• We are the only company on the Zambezi with a 100% guide certification under the International Rafting Federation.
• High quality rafts and equipment.
• Easy reservation system.
• Full on-on-the ground support from our team from pre-arrival to post-departure.
• We do have professional independent cameramen accompanying the trip, they will do a short introduction prior to the trip at the briefing, cost of media and pictures for clients own account.

The passion, experience and culture of our rafting team is second to none. All our guides are fully trained professionals and hold valid advanced first aid certificates. Considered one of the best stretches of commercially run river in the world, Batoka Gorge provides one of the most intense sensory thrills imaginable. Its 25 white-water rapids and striking scenery deep within the sheer black cliffs afford the adrenaline junkie a wild roller-coaster ride along a route carved over millennia by the Great Zambezi.

Activities offered through Safari Par Excellence and partners are:

• Half/Full Day White Water Rafting
• Overnight/Multi-day Rafting Excursions
• River-boarding, Upper Zambezi Canoeing
• Multi-Day Canoe Trails
• Elephant Back Safaris & Interaction
• Wildlife Encounter
• Breakfast/Lunch/Sunset Zambezi Cruises
• Tours, Safari Drives

• Abseils
• Bungee Jumps
• Chobe Safaris
• Tiger Fishing
• Microlight / Helicopter Flights
• Horse Riding
• Jet Boat
• Livingstone Island and The Devils Pool swim

• Livingstone Museum
• Train Museum
• Cultural Tours
• Quad Biking
• Steam Train Bridge Run and Fine-Dining Experience
• Volunteer Programmes
• Rhino Walking Safaris
• Lower Zambezi Canoe Safaris