Zambezi Rafting Festival Livingstone

Zambezi Whitewater Festival

9 - 12 November 2017

Zambezi Whitewater Festival

Zambezi Whitewater Festival

Get ready for the best event on the adventure sports calendar this year. From the 9th to the 11th of November 2017, Safari-Par-Excellence are hosting the inaugural “Zambezi Whitewater festival”. Rafting Teams of six compete for the “Zambezi Champion title” in two days of class V white water mayhem and fun in the sun. The Zambezi white water rafting section is arguably the world’s best one-day white water rafting section. A grade V pool drop river that is absolutely off the wall cranking in November; when the river is at it’s lowest point.

We are looking for teams of six to compete in three main events, a timed downriver race between Rapids #1 “Against the Wall” and rapid #4 “Morning Glory”. A Le Mans-style sprint between rapids #5 “Stairway to Heaven” and #6 “the Devil’s toilet bowl”, a timed slalom event with attainment areas, between rapids 12a, b and c “The three ugly sisters” and rapid 13 “The Mother”. Finishing off the day with a best surf/carnage spectacular in rapid #18 “Oblivion”.

Zambezi Whitewater Festival

The event takes place over two days and our accommodation packages include three nights accommodation and access to all the events around the river festival.

Thursday 9 November

Registration opens 10am Victoria Falls Waterfront

Friday 10 November

Team practice & strategy day

Saturday 11 November

Race day and prize giving

Sunday 12 November

Departure day

Race Format

01

Zambezi Test Of The Best

Timed race from the Boiling Pot below Victoria Falls to the eddy below rapid #4 “Morning Glory”. Two rafts start at a time. A timed race-one point equals one second.

Race water distance: 2300m

02

Zambezi Le’ Mans Sprint

Mass start from the pool below Rapid # 5 to the pool above rapid #7. One team member to touch attainment point on river bank at finish. There is a strong element of moving on the rocks here to reach attainment point. A timed race-one point equals one second.

Race water distance: 700m

03

Zambezi Slalom

One raft at a time down the course with attainment areas, start at Rapid #12 pool. Finish-jailhouse eddy Rapid #13. Failure to make attainment attracts a point penalty to be advised. A timed race-one point equals one second. The overall winner is the team with the lowest points in all three events.

Race water distance: 900m with attainments excluded

04

Zambezi Surf & Turf

Best surf in the iconic rapid #18. To be judged in the Waterfront Bar by the festival goers. Not scored in the overall event.

Separate prizes.

05

Penalty Areas

We will run the river together as a trip and safety is an event priority. Furthermore: Rapids: #5 “Stairway to Heaven”, #7 “Gulliver’s Travels” and #11 “Overland Truck Eater”. These rapids are to be penalty areas, a dropped paddle, swimmer or flip will attract heavy penalty points.

Rapid Gallery

Register Your Team

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Packages & Prices

We have put together a range of package options

David Livingstone Safari Lodge

David Livingstone Safari Lodge Package
US$ 950 pps

Includes:
• 3 nights accommodation at David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa
• Breakfast
• Cruise on registration day
• Access to Festival events
• Registration pack
• Return airport transfers
• Meals
• Equipment
• Race days

Victoria Falls Waterfront

Victoria Falls Waterfront Chalets Package
US$ 680 pps

Includes:
• 3 nights Victoria Falls Waterfront Chalets
• Breakfast
• Cruise on registration day
• Access to Festival events
• Registration pack
• Return airport transfers
• Meals
• Equipment
• Race days

Zambezi Rafting Festival Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls Waterfront Adventure Tents Package
US$ 350 pps

Includes:
• 3 nights Victoria Falls Waterfront in the permanent Tents
• Breakfast
• Cruise on registration day
• Access to Festival events
• Registration pack
• Return airport transfers
• Meals
• Equipment
• Race days

Explorers Club

Victoria Falls Waterfront Adventure Village Camping Package
US$320 pps

Includes:
• 3 nights Victoria Falls Waterfront self camping
• Cruise on registration day
• Access to Festival events
• Registration pack
• Return airport transfers
• Meals
• Equipment
• Race days

Zambezi Rafting Festival Victoria Falls

Rafting Only Package
US$270 pps

Includes:
• Cruise on registration day
• Access to Festival events
• Registration pack
• Meals
• Equipment
• Race days

Teams need to show proof of travel insurance that includes Grade V rafting.
Your teams are covered on the river by Speciality Emergency Services (SES) and we will evacuate you to a medical facility. At the medical facility, your insurance will need to kick in. If your provider does not cover extreme sports try here:
www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance/

• Team Race bib (Teams will have names of their choice but will be numbered 1 -30 for the Challenge)
• Complimentary ZWWF T-shirt and cap
• Dinner voucher – one for each night
• Cruise voucher
• Guide info for Auction that evening and breakdown of charities who will benefit.

 

Experience

The Zambia River is a Grade V pool drop river. While no experience is necessary; it is wise to remember that the Zambezi can be a tough mistress. The training day is vital for you to discuss your techniques and plan your attack. We will also be releasing more information as the year progresses and advise you on the river conditions.

Raft Guides

Each team of six requires a grade five accredited River Guide to guide the raft. He or she will be a part of your team. Take a look at the guides here www.safparrafting.com/guides/, we will keep adding more as we need them. Your Guide of choice will be allocated at an auction event on Thursday night. Proceeds of the auction are to go to a number of beneficiaries. Your Raft Guide is in charge of the raft and will have the final say in any river safety decisions. Team technique is up to the team Captain.

International Rivers

International Rivers are a global body committed to the protection of rivers and the communities that depend on them. They are one of our primary beneficiaries for funds raised during the festival. Proceeds of the raft guide auction and the raffle will be donated to this crucial organization.

THIS FESTIVAL COULDN'T HAPPEN WITHOUT OUR INCREDIBLE SPONSORS

Volunteers

Keen to help out? If you are in Town over these dates and fancy lending a hand, we will feed you and supply drinks for you.

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