Zambezi River Overnight White Water Rafting

3.5 Day Rafting Trip

$880.00

Rapids 1 to Moemba Falls. This is the ‘Best of the Zambezi’ – the finest white-water rafting in the world combined with the stark beauty of the Batoka Gorge, camp on a white beach under the stars and experience an ‘African’ alarm-clock – the early morning call of the Fish Eagle. Guaranteed best camping experience of your life! Welcome to the adventure of a lifetime.

 

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• 20 – 23 August
• 27 – 30 August
• 10 – 13 September
• 3 – 6 October
• 8 -11 October
• 15 – 18 October
• 22 – 25 October
• 29 October – 01 November
• 5 – 8 November
• 12 – 15 November

limited space still available. Book now to avoid disappointment!

Go under the mighty Victoria Falls for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Class V Zambezi white-water rafting – rated the Best One Day Rafting experience in the world!
Camp on white beaches in the Batoka Gorge under the African stars – look out for the endangered taita falcon who nests in this gorge.
Experience non-commercial rapids and enjoy the last night camping at the scenic Moemba Falls.
Optional Extra at additional expense – take a helicopter flight out of the Batoka Gorge, see Victoria Falls with a birds-eye view.

This epic trip begins with exploring the basalt cliffs and pools under the Victoria Falls. We then raft from rapid #1 through to the stunning camp site below rapid #10. This 9km of whitewater is some of the most intense on the planet, grade 5 rapids include The Stairway to Heaven and Gulliver’s Travels. The second day is a little more relaxed but watch out for The Mother and Oblivion and we raft all the way through to rapid #26. The final full day on the River is a highlight for whitewater enthusiasts, from Rapid # 26 the Batoka gorge continuously changes its character and the gorge opens out at one point to rolling hills before closing up again as we approach the scenic Moemba Falls. Highlights include a forbidding Grade 5 rapid known as Open Season, Chimamba and the Grade 5 Upper Moemba Falls. We camp the third night between Upper Moemba Falls and the stunning Lower Moemba Falls. This beautiful campsite allows us to explore both the Falls and the wilderness. After our final night of camping we leave the Gorge and look forward to the rest of the day at leisure at your accommodation. Time to relax, you’ve earned it!

Swimwear
Light quick-drying shirt and long pants for sun protection
Personal toiletries
Torch
Mosquito Repellent
Water bottle with clip to attach to raft
Sleeping bag
Water shoes
Hat / Sunglasses (with strap / croakies)
Sunscreen
Go-Pro / Waterproof Camera Equipment (at your own risk)
Personal Medications you may require

We Participate in Pack For A Purpose!
Small Space, Little Effort, Big Impact! Help Pack for a Purpose make a difference around the world by using available space in your luggage to provide supplies to the communities you visit. For more information on Packing for a Purpose in Livingstone, please visit packforapurpose.org

EVENING PRIOR TO DAY ONE
Your trip leader will pop into where you are staying and pass out your dry bags and equipment and give you a rundown of your trip, what to pack, and answer any last minute queries.


 

DAY 1: UNDER THE FALLS EXCURSION AND RAPIDS 1 – 10

Swim under Victoria Falls
White Water Raft Rapids 1 – 10
Camp at Rapid 10 under a white beach under the African Stars

A good day for an adventure! After for a quick breakfast, have your dry bag packed and we will lock all your valuables away before our safety briefing and equipment introduction starts. Then we are on our way! After a walk down into the Batoka Gorge, our epic journey starts at the base of the Victoria Falls – we explore the basalt cliffs and pools underneath the Falls. This experience is guaranteed to be another highlight of the trip – visited by few people, the base of these magnificent Falls will undoubtedly one of the most dramatic spots you will encounter. After a light lunch, it is time for us to meet the Mighty Zambezi River. The 10 rapids we encounter for the day will be fun, but will be challenging! Our experienced crew are there to see you through some of the most intense white-water on the planet, you will be tested by Class 3-5 Rapids with names such as Morning Glory, Stairway to Heaven, The Devils Toilet Bowl and the Mighty Muncher before our second portage of the day around the Class 6 Rapid 9 Commercial Suicide – watch our kayakers take on one of the biggest waves on any River!

Tonight we arrive at our ready-made campsite on a beautiful white, sandy beach – let’s relax, enjoy the spectacular view, celebrate an awesome day on the River and look up at the majestic African starlit sky. The Batoka Gorge is all ours tonight!

Accommodation: Zambezi Campsite at Rapid #10 on a Full-Board basis. (No premium brands are included)

 


 

DAY 2: RAPIDS 11 – 25

White Water Raft Rapids 11 – 25
Camp at Rapid 26

After we awake to the sound of the soaring Fish Eagle, we make you a delicious cooked breakfast, have plenty of coffee and pack up the camp leaving only footprints behind. The section of the Zambezi River encountered today is a little less challenging than Day 1. Or is it? Meet the Three Ugly Sisters closely followed by the Washing Machine, Terminator 1 and 2 and the world-famous Rapid 18 Oblivion. It is certainly the most photographed in the world and results in more flips than any other on the planet. It’s the ultimate rapid in many ways. Very runnable, with three waves, the third of which during the month of October when run in the middle will either flip most rafts or surf them, sometimes both. After the days’ excitement, we reach our second night’s campsite at Rapid 26 – tonight your only decision will be whether to use your tent or even fall asleep on the beach beneath the stars for yet another unforgettable evening in the Batoka Gorge.

Accommodation: Zambezi Campsite at rapid #26 on a Full-Board basis (local beer, wine and spirits included)

 


 

DAY 3: RAFT TO MOEMBA FALLS

Lower Moemba Falls

Let’s get ready for a final day of adventure to our last destination – the stunning Lower Moemba Falls. You will encounter some of the Zambezi’s best rapids today. Open Season, The Narrows, Chamamba Falls, and Upper Moemba. As the gorge opens up today we may get the chance to glimpse at some wildlife, such as crocodiles and klipspringers plus a vast array of birdlife. When we reach Moemba Falls, take time to explore this remote area and soak up the last night of the Zambezi camping experience.

Accommodation: Zambezi Campsite at Moemba Falls on a Full-Board basis. (local beer, wine and spirits included)

 


 

DAY 4: GOODBYE ZAMBEZI

Goodbye Zambezi! After a good breakfast, muster up enough energy for the 750ft hike out of the gorge. It is then time to rest, sit back and enjoy a true ‘Grade 5’ road which slowly winds its way back to Livingstone. Transfer back to your Livingstone accommodation at approximately 11h00. Look forward to some well-earned Rest & Relaxation!

Included in the rate
Skilled, professional guides
Waterproof dry bags to hold your gear for the trip
Two-person tents on a shared basis
Thermarest-style mattresses
Personal flotation device (PFD)
Highest quality inflatable rafts and related equipment
Transfers from and to Livingstone Airport on scheduled arrival and departure dates
All park fees and necessary permits

Not included in the rate
Sleeping bag
Flights to and from Livingstone, Zambia
Single room supplement
Zambia Visa (required for this itinerary – other arrangements may be necessary for extended pre- or post-trip travel)
Airport taxes and fees
Insurance of any kind, including travel and mandatory evacuation insurance
Items of a personal nature and equipment outlined in personal equipment list
Optional excursions
Gratuities

Optional Extras
Video/DVD/ Photographs
Optional excursions from Livingstone (ask Safpar representative for more details)

Insurance
All clients are covered by Special Emergency Services (a private paramedic service based in Livingstone) through Safari Par Excellence; however, this only covers them for emergency evacuation. It does not cover hospitalization and medication. Travel and medical insurance is compulsory for all clients at your own expense / arrangement.

Arrival Options to Livingstone Airport, Zambia (IATA code LVI)
With cheap connecting flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa, it is a quick and easy transit to Livingstone. Airport code LVI.

Visas – Zambia
USA / Canadian Passport Holders are eligible to get a visa on arrival in Zambia. The Multiple-Entry Zambian Visa is USD 80.00 per person. This information is subject to change – please check with your nearest Zambia Consulate or Embassy.

Electrical Plug Outlet / Voltage
All electrical appliances in Zambia run on 220V. The primary socket types are Euro, British or South African. Although multi-adaptors are generally available at hotels, we recommend bringing your own.

Currency & ATM’s
Zambia’s unit of currency is the Kwacha, denoted by the symbol ZMK and is required for things such as shopping in the local supermarkets, pharmacies and restaurants (credit cards are also widely accepted). Bureaux de Change and ATM machines are available at Livingstone Airport and in Livingstone Town – Visa / MasterCard are readily available. The South African Rand and the United States Dollar are widely accepted as payment in hotels and by curio market vendors.

Vaccinations & Malaria
There is no formal requirement for any vaccination for entry into Zambia, however, please consult with your physician for recommendations regarding inoculations/immunizations if coming from a yellow-fever zone. This area has been declared a malaria-free zone but we highly recommend that you take precautions against malaria, particularly in the summer months. We also encourage visitors to use insect repellent liberally and wearing long pants and sleeves to prevent mosquito bites.

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