Rafting Overnight Trip
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.
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 at rapid #25. The morning 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 afternoon is a little more relaxed but watch out for The Mother and Oblivion and we raft all the way through to Moemba Falls. Highlights include a forbidding Grade 5 rapid known as Open Season, Chimamba and the Grade 5 Upper Moemba Falls.
Light quick-drying shirt and long pants for sun protection
Water bottle with clip to attach to raft
Hat / Sunglasses (with strap / croakies)
Go-Pro / Waterproof Camera Equipment (at your own risk)
Personal Medications you may require
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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 – 25
Explore the lower pools of Victoria Falls
White Water Raft Rapids 1 – 25
Camp at Rapid 25 on 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 morning 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 first portage of the day around the Class 6 Rapid 9 Commercial Suicide. 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. Tonight we arrive at our 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 25 on a Full-Board basis. (No premium brands are included)
DAY 2: 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 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 then we 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. 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
Personal flotation device (PFD)
Highest quality inflatable rafts and related equipment
Transfers to and from Livingstone accommodation
All park fees
Not included in the rate
Flights to and from Livingstone, Zambia
Zambia Visa (required for this itinerary – other arrangements may be necessary for extended pre- or post-trip travel)
Insurance – including travel and mandatory evacuation insurance
Items of a personal nature and equipment outlined in personal equipment list
Optional excursions from Livingstone (ask Safpar representative for more details)
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
The majority of Passport Holders are eligible to get a visa on arrival in Zambia. 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.