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From Livingstone & Victoria Falls: Zambezi Half-Day Rafting

1. From Livingstone & Victoria Falls: Zambezi Half-Day Rafting

Choose the adventure of a lifetime by rafting in the famous Zambezi River. After being picked up from your hotel or lodge in Livingstone, sit back and relax as you drive in air-conditioned comfort to the entrance of Victoria Falls, your starting point for the day. After a comprehensive safety talk from your guide, set off on a small hike down to the Zambezi River where you will pass through spectacular basalt rocks and have the opportunity to take photos of the splendid views. Then, take to the water to start practicing the techniques you will need to tackle the rapids.  Once you are ready, you will tackle the first rapid of the day, 'the Boiling Pot'. Get drenched as you continue through the rapids, riding the Stairway to Heaven, Gulliver's Travel and the Washing Machine in a non-stop heart-pumping adventure down the river. Once you reach the small rapids, you can choose to swim the Zambezi River for a final splash in the water. Finish the day by hiking back up the gorge where a delicious lunch and refreshments will await you before you transferral back to Livingstone. 

Zambezi River: 3-Day Rafting Experience

2. Zambezi River: 3-Day Rafting Experience

Start your journey on a hike through the basalt rocks in the Batoka Gorge to the stunning site of the Victoria Falls, also known as the Devil’s Delight. Take a swim below the sprays and raft the top section of the Zambezi River starting at the Boiling Pot rapid all the way down to your camp site. Relax at the camp and refuel with some tasty snacks as you gaze at the breathtaking sunset over the Batoka Gorge. In the morning, enjoy a delicious full English breakfast to set you up for the day ahead tackling the next section of the Zambezi River. Make a splash as you take on The Mother, The Terminator, and the world’s most action packed rapid, The Oblivion. On Day 3, start the day with a paddle to Baby Victoria Falls and marvel at the stunning views. After lunch it’s time for another hike through the Batoka Gorge and a bus ride to the magnificent Makuni Village to donate food to the elderly as part of the Maano Social Responsibility Programme.

Zambezi River: Full Day Whitewater Rafting Experience

3. Zambezi River: Full Day Whitewater Rafting Experience

After being picked up from your hotel or lodge in an air-conditioned vehicle, drive for about 30 minutes to the Victoria Falls entrance where the tour will start. Receive a comprehensive safety talk given by your guide before you hike down to the Zambezi River. The hike will last about 10-15 minutes depending on your fitness level. Find your raft in the river, prepared by the raft crew. Then start practicing the techniques with the assistance of your guide. Tackle the first rapid of your day called the Boiling Pot. Paddle for the first 10 rapids, covering a throng of class 5 rapids that include the Stairway to Heaven, Gulliver's Travels, and Washing Machine. When you reach rapid number 10, stop for a snack break and a short rest. Tackle the remaining section of the river with rapids like Terminator, Mother All, and Oblivion. A the end of the adrenaline-filled trip, hike back through the Batoka Gorge. When you reach the top, find a delicious lunch with refreshments waiting for you. Drive back to Livingstone, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation. Receive videos and photos of your trip the next day online. 

Livingstone National Park: Half-Day Bird Watching Tour

4. Livingstone National Park: Half-Day Bird Watching Tour

Be picked up from your hotel and travel to Livingstone National Park to discover some of Zambia's estimated 750 bird species. With a professional guide, try to spot some of the rarest species of the area, including the Taita falcon, the elusive African Finfoot, the Brown Firefinch, and Schalow`s Turaco. In the wetland and swamp areas, find waterfowl such as herons, storks, ibises, as well as the stately crowned and wattled cranes. If you are lucky, catch a glimpse of Zambia's most sought-after wetland species, the shoebill stork. In drier terrain, learn about the country's only truly endemic bird species, the Chaplin's barbet, with its distinctive red eye patch. Other colorful highlights of birdlife here include Bohm's bee-eater, the racket-tailed roller, and the spotted creeper. After 3 hours in the park, be returned to your hotel or accommodation.

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park: Half-Day Guided Nature Walk

5. Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park: Half-Day Guided Nature Walk

Your tour starts with hotel pickup in Livingstone for the drive to Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, where your nature walk takes place with your guide. Nature walks provide a more natural and eco-friendly way of viewing African game, birds, and plant life instead of a safari vehicle. Plus, on this walk, you have flexibility with your guide to spend longer than the standard duration of three hours, if you wish. This park is home to three of Africa's Big Five animals—elephant, buffalo, and a big part of Zambia's white rhino population. Your guide will also show you wildlife such as giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, warthogs, primates, and antelopes—to mention but a few—as well as the local tree varieties, including teaks, mahoganies, and the mopane and marula trees, a favorite of the elephants. During a mid-walk break, perhaps near the Zambezi River, aka Kasamba Bezi, you'll have the chance to observe hippos and ibis along the riverbanks. When your time ends, you'll be returned to your pickup location to end your tour. This walking safari through the park and surrounding area is suitable for active and adventurous participants.

From Livingstone: Victoria Falls Day Trip

6. From Livingstone: Victoria Falls Day Trip

Get picked up from your hotel in Livingstone at 9:00 for a guided tour of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The transfer takes approximately 45 minutes. Once you reach Victoria Falls, witness one of the greatest shows on earth, the raging waters of the Zambezi River crashing into the Batoka Gorge. Voyage through parts of the Victoria Falls rain forest to the cliffs opposite the massive cascade. From there, you’ll get a fantastic view of the main falls, as your guide reveals interesting facts about the wildlife, geology, and history of this famous African landmark. Get ready to witness the remarkable power of nature and a spectacle that you will remember for a lifetime.  At around 13:00, your local guide will take you to The Lookout Café, where lunch will be provided with a spectacular view. At the restaurant, select your lunch from a tasty à la carte menu as you relax and take in the amazing views. Alcoholic drinks as well as non-alcoholic drinks can be purchased from the well-stocked cash bar. After lunch, make your way to the local craft market. Here, you will be able to view and purchase gifts and souvenirs, such as skillfully carved wooden articles in the form of ornaments, dishes, and bowls, as well as many other attractive and useful objects. See the colorful dyed and painted tablecloths, aprons, cushion covers, and wall hangings. Marvel at life-sized metal sculpted wild animals. There are also smaller painted metal lifelike birds and animals, which are often used as features in gardens. Finally, at about 15:00, make your way back to Livingstone, accompanied by your guide.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Our team and skipper were excellent! They really know the river and rapids well. Our raft did not capsize once even though we went through several level 5 rapids. I would highly recommend this experience and team. Besides this experience the mighty Zambezi river firsthand (also by swimming in the calmer stretches) has been the experience of a lifetime. The natural beauty is spectacular. I would suggest though that you are at least walking fit as the ascent to the pickup point after rafting is really a long and steep climb.

Naprosto nezapomenutelný celoživotní zážitek, kdybych si měla vybrat jedinou aktivitu v celé oblasti, volila bych tuto. Není to ovšem pro každého, ze začátku je třeba zdolat ostrý sestup k řece, na konci kopec opět vyšplhat nahoru. Rovněž samotné pádlování a v případě obrácení raftu i plavání v peřejích by mohlo někomu připadat náročné, nicméně za všechny tyto "úskalí" to na 100% stojí absolvovat. Jednoznačně doporučuji !

Guide, Simon was excellent. He was informative and easy going, with an excellent sense of humour. Victoria falls is a spectacular scenery in itself, and visiting towards the end of the rainy season makes one to appreciate nature's forces.

Some of us (group of 19) were a bit scared upfront but no need. It was GREAT fun with fantastic guides. Thank you so much for this amazing experience. We will certainly be back!!!! Frederique Wilde - van Randwijck

Our guide, Henry, and the rest of the crew were great! It was a lot of fun and most importantly, they made us feel safe.