3 1/2 DAY - 3 NIGHT
WHITE WATER RAFTING TRIP
This unique 3 1/2 Day / 3 Night White Water Rafting option which involves a journey of 50kms through the beautiful Batoka gorge has been designed to cater specifically for clients looking to experience both the adrenalin rush and sheer power of the mighty Zambezi River as well as the beauty that is the Batoka Gorge. Clients will be able to take a closer look at the splendor of Victoria Falls (Mosi-Oa-Tunya) as well as spending some memorable nights camping on the white sandy beaches in the Batoka Gorge.
Commercial rafting first commenced on the Zambezi River in 1981 and since then this activity has grown in popularity to the point where a rafting trip on the Zambezi is now a regular feature in most tourist itineraries, it is now internationally acclaimed as the best white water rafting trip available in the world.
PHYSICAL FEATURES OF THE RIVER
The Zambezi 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 meters to 5kms. The Gorge itself is approximately 400ft deep at the put-in point and 750ft at the take out point.
Due to the steepness of the Gorge, wildlife is not abundant. On occasion klipspringer, rock hyrax, vervet monkeys and baboon are spotted. However, the birdlife is far more spectacular. Black eagle, augur buzzard, black stork, pied and giant kingfisher and red winged starling are some of the birds normally seen during the trips and sightings of the very rare Taita Falcon are not uncommon. There are crocodile in the river, but they are small due to the unsuitability of the area for their habitation.
EVENING PRIOR TO DAY ONE
Your trip leader will pop into where you are staying and pass out your dry bags and equipment and give you a rundown of your trip, what to pack, and answer any last minute queries.
OK SO WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Pick up from your Livingstone accommodation is at 09.30hrs Pick up from Sun International accommodation is at 10.00hrs Personal belongings required for the camp to be deposited with the Trip Leader Initial Safety Briefing Equipment Introduction Transfer to the Victoria Falls and the Batoka Gorge • Upon arrival at the Batoka Gorge clients are divided into Rafting Crews before commencing the walk down the gorge – this has a gradient of 1 in 3, and a person of average fitness can manage this in approximately 15 minutes.
On reaching the bottom of the Gorge all equipment is then checked again before an “in boat” safety brief is given, only then when everybody is comfortable and happy does your journey beneath “The Smoke that Thunders” begin.
After a short paddle we reach our first portage of the day before joining our rafts again to paddle below the mighty Victoria Falls. Known locally as the “Minus Rapids” which due to time constraints is not normally visited by the commercial “One Day” rafting trips. This experience is second to none, visited by few it is undoubtedly one of the most dramatic spots you will encounter. Here we have time to explore the surroundings, enjoy a light lunch, before packing up to experience the sheer thrill and adrenalin rush of what is the best white water rafting the world has to offer.
En route to our Overnight camp at rapid #10 you will be tested by class 3 – 5 rapids with names such as “Morning Glory”, “Stairway to Heaven”, “The Devils Toilet Bowl” and the “Mighty Muncher” before our second portage of the day around rapid # 9, a class 6 rapid known as "Commercial Suicide".
Arrival in camp at rapid # 10 brings a well-earned rest, with plenty of time to chill out over a nice cold beer and reminisce on what will have been an adrenalin packed day. As the light begins to fade and the aroma of a freshly cooked dinner takes over, the Batoka Gorge is all ours. Included: Lunch, Dinner, Soft Drinks, waters and some beers. If you would like your favorite tipple then please feel free to bring a bottle along with you.
As Africa awakes to the sounds of Fish Eagles eager to start the day, we are again in no hurry as time is on our side, this is another chance to capture the beauty that is the Batoka Gorge whilst enjoying a hearty freshly cooked breakfast with plenty of time for that extra cup of coffee.
After breakfast it’s time to prepare our lunch for the day and pack up, ensuring we leave minimal trace of our overnight camp before continuing on our journey along the mighty Zambezi River.
The section of river covered today is a little less challenging than Day 1. Rapids tend to be more forgiving, or so the river leads us to believe as the air of tranquility is soon broken by the sounds of the “Three Ugly Sisters” closely followed by the “Washing Machine”, “Terminator 1 and 2” and rapid #18 “Oblivion”.
Lunch today is a relaxed affair as we gently float downstream, en-route to our second night’s camp at rapid #26. It’s soon time to set your tent up, or even fall asleep on the beach beneath the stars for yet another unforgettable evening in the Batoka Gorge. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Soft Drinks, waters and some beers. If you would like your favorite tipple then please feel free to bring a bottle along with you.
After another freshly cooked breakfast, and yes time again for that extra cup of coffee, we break camp, prepare lunch and set off to our final destination, the stunning Lower Moemba Falls.
Some of the Zambezi's best rapids are featured here today. ‘Open Season’, ‘The Narrows’ ‘Chimamba Falls’ and ‘Upper Moemba’ to mention just a few. As the gorge opens up today we may get the chance to glimpse at some wildlife, such as crocodiles and klipspringers plus a vast array of birdlife. Day 3 is a fun but challenging day, 25km of river in total with lunch en route to our final camp at Moemba Falls.
Upon arrival at Moemba Falls we build camp on the Zambian bank. We then have a couple of hours to explore this very special waterfall before settling in for our final evening in the Batoka Gorge. Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Soft Drinks, waters and some beers. If you would like your favorite tipple then please feel free to bring a bottle along with you.
After breakfast on our 4th day we have to muster up all the energy we have left before we begin the 750ft hike out of the gorge. Upon reaching the summit we meet the 4x4 vehicle stocked with ice cold beers and soft drinks, the journey then continues along a true ‘Grade 5’ road passing through numerous isolated villages on the way back to our River Base at the Zambezi Waterfront.
Transfer back to Livingstone +/- 11.30 Included: Breakfast, soft drinks & beers One way to round off your Zambezi Adventure is with a spectacular Helicopter flight from Moemba Falls, across the Victoria Falls and back to Livingstone – this can be booked as an optional extra, please enquire for rates and further information.
|Overnight Rafting - 3.5 day, 3 Night, Rapids 1 - Moemba Falls|
Q – DOES THIS TRIP LEAVE EVERYDAY?
A - Departures are every FRIDAY during the Low Water Rafting Season (dependent upon changes in water levels and minimum numbers being met). Additional dates are available upon request.
Q – WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM NUMBER OF CLIENTS?
A - 4 Clients minimum, 12 Clients maximum. Larger groups on request.
Q – DO YOU HAVE AN AGE RESTRICTION?
A - The minimum age is 15 years. The maximum age limit is dependent on the individual’s general state of health and physical fitness.
Q- WHAT LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE AND FITNESS DO I NEED?
A - No previous rafting experience is required, average fitness is necessary as at the beginning clients have to negotiate a steep path into the gorge. The ability to swim is essential.
Q - WHAT IF I HAVE SPEACIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
A - Please let us know any requirements when you book and we will endeavor to facilitate. When in camp we supply a limited selection of drinks with dinner. For those of you who like a drink, a kitty can be put together at the pre trip briefing. The trip leader will then shop for additional alcoholic beverages before the tour departs. REMEMBER we are limited on space and ice.
Q – DO WE NEED TO TAKE WATER ON THE RAFTS?
A – No Drinking water for the duration of the trip is locally treated as necessary (Filtered and Iodised).
Q – WILL THERE BE VIDEOS AND PHOTOGRAPHS?
A - Whilst on the river, videos and photographs will be taken by a “Zambezi Memories Photographer”. These are sold as a package for $us 120.00pp. A minimum of 4 sales are required. Package includes an HD DVD movie of your 3-Day adventure and a high res photo DVD of your 1st river day. If you require video / photo’s, this must be booked in advance.
Q – CAN I TAKE MY CAMERA ON THE RAFT?
A – If waterproof then it can be tied to your lifejacket, if not it is recommended that you pack it with your “Overnight Gear” for use whilst not rafting.
Q - DO I NEED TO TAKE MY PASSPORT, WILL I NEED ANY MONEY?
A – Once in Zambia passports are best left at your hotel. You will however need to bring some extra money / credit card for drinks should you require them upon our return to Livingstone and of course that all important DVD & Photographs.
Q – WHAT ABOUT THE RAFTS AND EQUIPMENT?
A – Safar Par Excellence uses some of the finest equipment on the market to ensure that the trip is a safe and enjoyable one. Rafts are purchased from Ark in South Africa and are the tried and tested river rafts required for the Zambezi River. America’s Cup high flotation life jackets and Protect safety helmets are issued to clients before the day’s rafting.
Q - GUIDES AND SAFETY?
A - All Safari Par Excellence guides are fully trained professionals certified by the International Rafting Federation and they all hold valid advanced first aid certificates. Whilst every precaution is taken, it is essential that agents make clients aware that there is a risk of injury associated with the activity of rafting on the Zambezi. A comprehensive first aid kit and skid stretcher is carried on each trip. Each client is required to sign the Safari Par Excellence White Water Rafting indemnity form prior to departure. Each trip leader is in radio contact with our bases in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Livingstone, Zambia and covered by S.E.S (Specialised Emergency Services) based in Livingstone Zambia.
Q - WHAT INSURANCE DO I NEED?
A - All clients are covered by Specialised Emergency Services (S.E.S) through Safari Par Excellence; however this only covers them for emergency evacuation out of the gorge in life threatening situations. It does not cover hospitalisation and medication. As such travel and medical insurance is compulsory for all clients. Please ensure all clients bring the details of their insurance policy with them. Safari Par Excellence will not cover clients should they not have insurance.
THAT’S FINE COUNT ME IN, WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?
Whilst on the River:
• A pair of Sandals (with straps to attach to your feet) or trainers.
• A pair of River shorts or swimming costume.
• A baseball cap for under the helmet to keep sun off.
• Personal water bottle with carabiner
• Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm SPF15 minimum.
• Any medication you may be taking.
For Overnight Camp
• Lightweight long trousers.
• Lightweight Long Sleeved shirt.
• Fleece jacket.
• Glasses or Contact lenses. Disposable lenses are ideal.
• Toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap and shampoo.
• Moisturizer or After Sun.
• Hand wipes.
• A 2-season sleeping bag.
• Small pack towel.
• Headlamp or head torch with spare batteries.
• Insect Repellent.
• Bring a spare memory card or plenty of film. Also bring spare batteries for your camera.
NB REMEMBER YOU DON’T NEED TO PACK THE “KITCHEN SINK” EVERYBODY IS SUPPLIED WITH 1 x MEDIUM SIZE DRY BAG EACH, SO DON’T OVER DO IT!!