Full Description of your tour & itinerary
You will be pick up from your hotel between 7am -7.30am, a mini breakfast will be provided – tea / coffee & toast bread. Once you arrive at our office you will be asked to do some paper work and an initial briefing from one of our guides. Please wear light clothing that you don’t mind getting wet – including footwear. Bring sunscreen.
Depending on the season, if doing a Full Stretch rafting, you will jump into our jeeps and drive only 5 minutes to the top or the canyon but if its High Water (Half Stretch) rafting, you will drive around 15km to the river. Once you get to the top of the canyon you will be given life-jackets, helmets, wind breaker if raining & a paddle if opted for paddle raft. You then have a full safety briefing from the head guide. Following the safety briefing you will begin the steep climb down into the gorge, and then along the bottom of the gorge to the put-in point. Once you get at the bottom of the canyon your guide will allocate you some positions & do a practice in a pool first.
The epic adventure will then begin. If low water (August – December) you will start your 23km/14mi journey over 19km/12mi most of which are grade 4 or 5. Higher water rafting (usually Jan-mid/end March and again June-July) may clip some rapids and overall distance of about 18km/11mi.
Be aware rafting may close April-May – but this is subject to water levels.
You now have a steep climb out of the gorge and you need a reasonable level of fitness – just take your time. At the top, cold beers, vegs, braai await & drive back.
Buffet lunch included
Free drinks included
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Tea / Coffee with toast break in the morning
Mineral water during rafting
Professional local guide through out
All rafting gear – life vets, helmets, paddles and rain jackets
Rafting shoes, rafting shorts
National park fees $10 per person
Bring Sunscreen lotion, and your medication if you are on so that our guides can keep it safe and dry inside our first aid kits and dry bags. DO NOT TAKE ANYTHING THAT YOU DO NOT WANT TO LOSE OR GET WET! We recommend that you leave everything with our drivers at top of the canyon or in your hotel room.
You will have climb in and out of the steep gorge – you don’t need to be superfit at all for this activity, but do need a reasonable level of fitness – just take your time
What to Wear
Nylon swim trunks, river sandals or old tennis shoes and swimsuits are great for rafting. Try to stay away from anything cotton if possible. Hats are good for sunny days and for those rare overcast or cool days a fleece pullover, a wool hat and socks and a windbreaker would be a great way to stay warm. Please note: Cotton WILL NOT keep you warm when it is wet.
Rafting experience is not required on most of our trips. The majority of people who join our expeditions are first time rafters. You’ll receive a detailed safety talk before getting on the river, and it will cover every aspect of your river adventure. Once trained, your crew can work in harmony with their guide to maneuver a raft in the most challenging rapids. It’s only natural for you to be apprehensive about running rivers, however our staff is specially trained to address your concerns and prepare you for an experience you’ll never forget.
We offers a river trip to satisfy all types of adventurous individuals. We welcome anyone, young or old, in reasonable physical condition. Age requirements vary depending on the trip. Persons who are extremely overweight should try and meet our Trip leader the day before the trip to size the Class V Life jacket first. If you or a member of your group are pregnant or have special health or physical considerations, please call our office and consult a physician for recommendation.
LOW WATER RUN – FULL DAY $150 / HALF DAY AM $140 (Rapids 1-10) / HALF DAY PM $140 (Rapids 11-21)
Pick up: 07:30 am
Drop off: between 14:30hrs and 15:30 hrs
Rapids done: #1-19 (26km)
Months: approx August to December.
Pick up: 07:30 am / 12:30 pm
Drop off: between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm
Drop off: between 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm
Rapids done: #1-10 (10km)
HIGH WATER RUN – HALF DAY $120 (Rapids 11-23) / HALF DAY $110 (Rapids 14-28)
Pick up: 07:50 am
Drop off: between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Rapids done: #11-24 or # 15- 28 (19 & 16km)
Months: approx January through July.
We offer extra 5km compared to other companies on the Zambezi River when its high water rafting from rapid #15