Zambezi River, Zambia
An African white water river rafting trip not soon forgotten
If you have both a love of African culture and white water, then the Zambezi River is waiting for you to take it on. The powerful Zambezi River divides Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia, offering a true African experience to those who take on the Batoka Gorge white water river rafting journey.
The famous Zambezi River offers sunny, warm weather and grade five rapids. Trips are offered with first night accommodation in the world famous Livingstone Hotel. The actual time on the river ranges between five and seven days, with camping on the banks of the river.
Your journey begins as your raft is launched just under the Victoria Falls and after that, you are let over to the rapids of nature. The Stairway to Heaven and the Oblivion rapids will leave you wanting more.
Victoria Falls is known as one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World and is locally called Mosi-oa-Tunya, the Smoke that Thunders. It is the largest single entity fall, with a width measured at 1.7 kilometres. It is 108 metres high and the roaring water that crashes down creates a strong rapid for all those white water river rafting enthusiasts. Victoria Falls is also one of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage sites and, once you see its brutal beauty, you will be captivated.
Hippos and crocodiles will be a common occurrence and the night sounds of wild animals will have you hypnotised as the entire group gathers around the fire and set their teeth into a well deserved meal.
The Zambezi River offers rafters a total of 23 rapids from July to February, all unique and complicated. Spanning from May to June however, only 13 rapids can be safely accessed.
The river will lead you through places surrounded by high, black cliffs and take you on a journey of African discovery. It is one of the top ten white water river rafting locations in the world and, if you are a river rafting freak, this is a journey you cannot skip.
As white water river rafting trips are usually in the form a vacation, the Zambezi River is the perfect spot if you want to kick back and relax after your enduring journey. With the river dividing Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia, you have a total of three African countries to visit.
You can also cross the border into Botswana and visit a small town called Kasane. You will most definitely be blown away by a peaceful, late afternoon boat trip further up the Zambezi.
In the winter months, elephants, bucks, crocodiles, hippos and, if you have a sharp eye, even lions gather on the banks of the river to drink.
Stay in Zimbabwe and walk along the beautiful stone roads, laid out beside the Victoria Falls. You can see the proud, bronzed David Livingstone and strike a pose next to this statue before entering, what I would describe as, mini rain forests that surround the spray of Victoria Falls.
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