- Sport levelBeginner
- Spoken languagesEnglish
- Durationfrom 1 half day to full day
- Opening seasons:
Safpar have been rafting the Mighty Zambezi since 1988! The passion, experience and culture of the rafting team is second to none.
Safari Par Excellence is currently the only company on the Zambezi with a 100% guide certification under the International Rafting Federation.
Considered one of the best stretches of commercially run river in the world, Batoka Gorge provides one of the most intense sensory thrills imaginable. Its 25 white-water rapids and striking scenery, deep within the sheer black cliffs afford the adrenaline junkie a wild roller-coaster ride along a route carved over millennia by the Great Zambezi. Safpar offer both a full day and a half day experience, and the season is split into the low/high Water.
Rapids #1 – 10
The 10 rapids you encounter for the day will be fun, but challenging! The experienced crew are there to see you through some of the most intense white-water on the planet. You will be tested by the class 3-5 rapids with names such as Morning Glory, Stairway to Heaven, The Devils Toilet Bowl and the Mighty Muncher, before the second portage of the day around the Class 6 Rapid 9 Commercial Suicide. Watch the kayakers take on one of the biggest waves on any river!
Rafting excursions ending at Rapid #10 require all rafters to hike 200m out of the gorge, this can be challenging in the warmer months in the middle of the day!
The section of the Zambezi River is a little less challenging. Or is it? Meet the Three Ugly Sisters closely followed by the Washing Machine, Terminator 1 and 2 and the world-famous Rapid 18 Oblivion. It is certainly the most photographed in the world and results in more flips than any other on the planet. It’s the ultimate rapid in many ways. Very runnable, with three waves, the third of which during the month of October when run in the middle will either flip most rafts or surf them, sometimes both.
Note! A cable car lift out of the gorge is used at Rapid #25, this is included in all rafting outings ending here.
What's the difference between the high and low water?
The 'low water' rafting season runs approximately from the middle of August to the middle of January, depending upon the water level - each year this can change as and when levels increase or decrease. The popularity of the low water Rafting run on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River is both due to the opportunity of experiencing the incredible view of the Victoria Falls from the Boiling Pot and the added advantage of a lift out of the gorge at rapid #25.
The 'high water' rafting season runs approximately from the middle of January to the beginning of August, depending upon the water level each year. Please note that rafting can close around early to mid-August for safety reasons due to water levels being too high.
Rapids #11 to #25 return at approximately 3:00pm.
→ You are automatically reimbursed for the full activity price
2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% reimbursement
3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
→ No reimbursements will be effected