The river portion of your adventure begins at the David Livingstone Safari Lodge in Zambia near Victoria Falls. Over the next 4 days, you will raft 46 miles of the Zambezi River. This stretch of the Zambezi includes a mix of exhilarating rapids (class IV and V), scenic waterfalls, wildlife viewing, and side canyon explorations. After running rapids all day and swimming in the warm water, you’ll camp out on expansive river beaches at night below starry skies. Your local guides enhance the trip by sharing information, stories, and songs and help connect you to the rich culture of the region. Your final day on the water, you will be helicoptered to Taita Falcon Lodge for one night’s stay over looking the river. The remaining three days of your adventure will be spent in the Chobe National Park in Botswana where you will have a true safari. You will see abundant wildlife during your trip in an up-close tour of the park by boat and a 4×4 vehicle.
A flexible, open attitude is a necessity. You will be immersed in the varying elements of nature. There is no set daily itinerary. There is no Wi-Fi, electricity, or indoor plumbing. There is plenty of adventure, camaraderie, good food, and stunning scenery.
The Zambezi River is whitewater rafting that few people get to experience. The Class IV and V rapids can be intimidating at first glance and to appreciate this trip, you must bring your sense of adventure. Your guides are certified in whitewater rescue and make sure that you are equipped for your trip with safety gear and expert instruction.
You will be required to take an antimalarial and be up to date on your tetanus vaccine before embarking on this river adventure. Since this is also a very active rafting trip, we also recommend you be in good physical condition to get the most out of your trip.
We’ve been connecting our clients to water adventures around the world since 1987. We partner with select outfitters who share our values and are pros at creating exceptional experiences. There is no fee for our service; we earn our commission from the outfitters we represent, and the cost of your expedition is the same as booking direct.
You will be met by the outfitter at the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone, Zambia and shuttled to the David Livingstone Safari Lodge for your first night’s stay and launch point for your adventure.
After you finish your safari at the Chobe National Park, you will be transported back to the Harry Mwanga International Airport by the outfitter for your flight back home.
Your first night’s lodging at the David Livingstone Safari Lodge, your stay at the Taita Falcon Lodge overlooking the Zambezi River, and your lodging during your safari. All camping and river-related safety equipment. Plenty of food, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks while on the river and safari. All transportation for the duration of the trip (including to/from the airport).
Be prepared for heat! August and September are warm (85-105ºF), but have cooler temperatures in the evening, which may require extra layers. As the season continues into October, temperatures may increase to 95-115ºF during the day. You can expect little or no rainfall and humidity is very low.
The power and grandeur of this remote river running through the heart of Africa is sure to leave a lasting impression. The water of the Zambezi River is warm (75ºF) with numerous Class IV and V rapids. This is an exciting and active river to raft, but still accessible for beginners. The Zambezi is a big river, and our experienced outfitter will help you to feel safe enough to run the larger rapids with a smile on your face.
Trips are intimate and usually run about 12 – 18 people with 4 – 6 crew members for safety. The guide to guest ratio is typically 1 guide for every 2 guests. Three guest rafts are usually used for a group of 18.
This active trip will allow each passenger to paddle assist while your guide uses a set of oars to steer astern. In addition to the passenger rafts, there will also be a safety kayak or cataraft with a guide who is positioned in each rapid to assist in case there are any difficulties going through the rapids. On Day 2, adventurous guests will have the opportunity to jump in a kayak and experience a rapid or two!
Whether you’re an experienced camper or it’s your first time, our outfitter makes sure your camping experience is easy and comfortable. Outfitters provide a tent, Therm-a-rest sleeping pad, and camp chairs for additional comfort. Everyone participates in setting up and breaking down camp. A clean, private camp toilet is set up first thing upon arrival at camp and it is the last thing to be dismantled the next morning.
With all meals on the river trip and safari included, you can look forward to a variety of fresh, locally sourced meals prepared by your guides. Expect to wake up to the smell of fresh coffee and a leisurely breakfast; followed by a lunch of fresh salad, cold cuts and biscuits; and a hearty dinner of Spaghetti Bolognese with grated parmesan, garlic bread, and delightful apple crumble fresh from a dutch oven! A guest favorite is happy hour served overlooking Upper Moemba Falls. Water and snacks will be available throughout the day, and the outfitter is able to accommodate some special dietary requirements. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase before the start of the trip.
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