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white water rafting

white water rafting

One of the most exciting things you’ll ever do!  Try the awesome Zambezi River, the Danse in the French Alps, the Ayung River in Bali or the Ganges in the Himalayan foothills.

Zambezi:  White water rafting on the Zambezi is now internationally acclaimed as the best white water rafting trip available in the world.  The river is classified as a high volume, pool-drop river i.e. there is little exposed rock either in the rapids or the pools below the rapids. The distance between rapids varies from 100 metres to 2 kms. The Gorge itself is approximately 400ft deep at the put-in point and 750ft at the take out point – which is a serious cardio-vascular work out and a real test of your legs at the end of the day!  The river drops about 400ft over the 24km covered in the one-day raft trip and the depth of the river can reach 200ft.

The British Canoe Union has classified the river Grade 5 “extremely difficult, long and violent rapids, steep gradients, big drops and pressure areas”. Nearly half of the rapids negotiated are Grade 5. (Grade 6 is unrunable – rapid number 9, “Commercial Suicide” is a Grade 6 rapid and we porter around this rapid).  But don’t let that put you off – it’s perfectly safe for anyone over the age of 15.

Stay just up-stream from the Victoria Falls at the luxurious Tongabezi Lodge or the romantic Zambezi island hideaway at Sindabezi.  Or, if you're travelling with your family, we would recommend the wonderful Tangala

River Dranse:  This 49km river, in the Haute-Savoie in the French Alps, ultimately flows in to Lake Geneva and provides a fabulous day out when staying at our luxury 6 bedroom chalet - Ferme de Moudon - near Les Gets.  The launch for the River Dranse rafting trips is between Thonon-les-Bains and Morzine in the heart of the Aulps valley.

Ayung River:  If you fancy something more adrenalin pumping after a few days of relaxing at one of our spectacular spas in Bali, such as Uma Ubud, you can head down through the rice fields to the Ayung River for some white water rafting.

Ganges:  Of all the rivers of the Indian subcontinent, the Ganges is perhaps the most beautiful. It originates from Gaumukh in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas and is a superb river for inflatable rafts.  Enjoy a rafting expedition as part of your stay at the Ananda Spa in the Himalayan foothills.

Sedim River:  This is the place for adventure seekers while visiting the "Pearl of the Orient" - Penang.  There are as many as 24 rapids within a 16km run (full day rafting) so you can expect some major excitement and screams on this ride.  The river is graded I - IV.  Stay at Shangri La Rasa Sayang

Mo Chhu River:  In the magical Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, the Mo Chhu River is an easy grade II level adventure.  Combine with a mid way stop to visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong on the river's edge.  Stay at Uma Punakha by Como

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