Rafting on the Zambezi River
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  • Spoken languages
    Spanish, Italian, English
  • Duration
    from 1 half day to full day
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Activity description

Conquer the bone-crunching rapids of the infamous Zambezi River on this adventure near Victoria Falls!

Considered one of the most challenging rapid runs in the world, the Zambezi is a powerful force that boasts 19 grade V whitewater in the shadow of Victoria Falls. Considered a bonafide natural wonder with an auspicious reputation within the paddling community, only the brave live to tell the tale of rafting on the Zambezi…

This activity takes place on the Zambezi River near Victoria Falls. The world’s largest waterfall, this rafting excursion navigates 19 individual rapids covering 11km/23km of grade IV-V whitewater. This rafting trip begins at the famous Boiling Point and travels through the Botoka Gorge.

Meet your guide at the activity base near Victoria Falls for this half day or full day rafting excursion on the Zambezi River. After an important safety briefing, you will hike down to the notorious Boiling Point to meet your full rafting team. After kitting up, your in-boat guide will get you acquainted with the paddle techniques and commands you’ll use before the level 4 and 5 rapids begin. Next comes the fun - you will hammer your way through notorious rapids with terrifying names like "The Overland Truck-eater" and "Gnashing Jaws of Death” -  enjoying the adrenaline-pumping thrills and at appreciating the stark, sheer beauty and tranquillity of the breathtaking Batoka gorge. Upon landing at your endpoint, you will climb with your Zambezi whitewater rafting guide for the highest point of the gorge and enjoy cold beers, BBQ, and fresh fruit. The Zambezi whitewater rafting tour finishes up with a slideshow of the day at Cafe, followed by a return trip to your hotel.

Whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River below the Victoria Falls has been classified by the British Canoe Union as Grade 5. This is a high volume, pool-drop river with a little-exposed rock in the rapids or in the pools below the rapids. If water levels are low, whitewater rafting may not be available in April and May. Please see rafting classification below:
Class IV: Intense, powerful but predictable rapids requiring precise boat handling in turbulent water.
Class V: Extremely long, obstructed, or very violent rapids which expose a paddler to added risk.

Cancellation policy: 
1) Cancellation 30 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically refunded the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 30 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% refund

3) 10 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, are considered last-minute cancellations
→ No refund will be made


1Full Day Rafting (24km)
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2Half Day Rafting (11km)
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Meeting point
Accommodation transfers offered* - alternatively, please meet at Number 6 Bata Buildings, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Get directions
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