A multiday rafting trip down the Zambezi River is a world class adventure. From the big warm water rapids, to the stunning white sandy beaches, this trip rates along with climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and hiking the Inca Trail. Let our team of international river professionals make you amazing meals out of our cooler boxes, provide you with knowledge on the wildlife, history and geology of the area and spin some great "yarns" around the campfire. Your trip will be concluded with a stunning helicopter flight out of the gorge and back to Livingstone. Sample adventure travel at it's best, with the professionals. (Please note, this trip can include a 2.5 day safari to Chobe National Park in Botswana. Please go to Water By Nature for details)
You'll be collected from the airport, or whever you are staying in Livingstone and transported to our hotel for the night on the banks of the Zambezi. We have arranged to take you all out on the Lady Livingstone on the upper Zambezi tonight for some pre-rafting drinks and a chance to get to know your fellow rafters and guides. We find it is a great start to the trip. After this your trip leader will pass out your drybags and pelicases and give you a rundown on what to bring and what to expect during your next few days on the mighty Zambezi.
Included: No meals included
Your trip leader will come down and meet you and help wit any last minute questions. This morning, the action begins. You'll be collected from your hotel at around 8am. We drive to the river and you'll be given a comprehensive safety talk and instructions on how to paddle by your guide. We paddle across Rapid 1 and carry the rafts up into the "Boiling Pot" where we enjoy our lunch beneath one of the Seven Naural Wonders Of The World. Todays rapids include Stairway to Heaven, The Devils Toilet Bowl and the Midnight Diner, before we reach our camp for the night at the Songwe River. Enjoy a stunning meal under the stars and your first night camping out.
Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner but not alcohol
After a filling breakfast, we'll load the gear raft and paddle rafts and spend our day exploring the river. Traditionally, depending on water levels, we'll stop and watch the day trippers go through "Double Trouble or Oblivion" whilst we eat our lunch. Better than any TV show! Tonight sees us camp at Bobo Camp in a stunning part of the gorge where fish eagles are often seen. Ice cold beers and drinks will be on offer at camp along with a braai (barbeque). Set your tent up, or fall asleep on the beach beneath the stars.
Included: All Meals but not alcohol
Some of the Zambezi's best rapids are featured today. Open Season, The Narrows, Chamamba and Upper Moemba are just a few. As the gorge opens up today a little, we may get the chance to glimpse at some wildlife, such as crocodiles and klipspringers plus a vast array of birdlife. As we reach camp, we'll break our the drinks and snacks and sample a Gin and Tonic whilst overlooking the stunning Lower Moemba Falls. This camp is a remote gem!
Included: All meals but not alcohol
After breakfast, we'll portage our empty boats over Lower Moemba Falls. This is a fast and simple process and we'll run several more rapids until we reach Chabango falls, the site for the Batoka Dam. From here we paddle down to Ghostrider, the largest of all the rapids on the Zambezi River. After your thrilling ride through this rapid, you'll be flown back over Victoria Falls to our hotel perched high above the Mighty Zambezi. Relax and enjoy a few drinks and stories with your fellow travellers.
Included: All meals
After a stunning breakfast at Taita Falcon Lodge, we'll transfer you back to town for other aspects of your holiday, or your flight home.
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Dates & Prices
These dates are your arrival and departure dates into and out of Livingstone. We'll be happy to assist you with any add on activities or accommodation to this trip. For help with flights to and from Livingstone, we suggest looking at Skyscanner or at our sister company, Water By Nature for their flight providers, The Flight Centre.
Zambezi Classic - Four Day River Trip
What You Should Bring
We find most of our clients have in their posession already what is needed for a river journey. We have broken down here the items into what you'll need on the river and in camp. An equipment list of what you will require for your adventure will be sent to you prior to your departure.
- A pair of Chacos or similar sandals. Trainers are also okay.
- A pair of River shorts or swimming costume.
- Long sleeved business shirt to wear under your life jacket in hot destinations.
- A baseball cap for under the helmet to keep sun off.
- Wide brimmed sunhat.
- Chums for fastening your sunglasses to your head.
- Nalgene or similar water bottle.
- Carabiner for fastening water bottle to your boat.
- Thermal Top for cooler destinations. Medium weight - Heavyweight Capilene or polypropylene is the best.
- Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm SPF15 minimum.
For evenings and around camp
- Lightweight long trousers.
- Lightweight Long Sleeved shirt.
- Fleece jacket.
- Ladies should bring a long skirt or sarong to cover your legs whilst in the company of locals.
- Glasses or Contact lenses. Disposable lenses are ideal.
- Toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap and shampoo.
- Forget the cosmetics and hair dryer! But we do suggest moisturizer.
- Hand wipes
- A 3-season sleeping bag.
- Travel Pillow.
- Small pack towel.
- Headlamp or head torch and spare batteries.
- Shoes or boots for wearing around camp and on hikes.
- Insect Repellent.
- Any medication you may be taking.
- Your favourite book or a journal for recording your river memories.
- Photographic or video equipment. On most expeditions we provide a waterproof pelicase for these items. We recommend a cleaning kit as sand gets everywhere. Bring a spare memory card or plenty of film. Also bring spare batteries for your camera.
- A GoPro camera for the "action" on the raft shots.
- Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman.
- An extra bag to bring back a wooden hippo or anything else you may purchase on your holiday.
- An iPod or other music preferences. We have speakers.
- The only money that you need to bring is for meals in town, souvenirs, DVD, personal items and the beer kitty for the raft trip if you drink. Please remember that many of the countries we visit do offer Credit Card and ATM facilities and for a small charge you can withdraw cash either from your account or Credit Card for convenience.
- If you wish to pass on a gratuity to your guide we leave this entirely up to you.
- Basically, we advise you to keep things as light as possible, without skimping on the necessities. It is great to bring back a load of goodies for everybody back at home.
You do NOT need to bring
- Tents, sleeping mats.