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white water rafting  in zambezi river

white water rafting zambezi river

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

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