Zimbabwe White water rafting in Victoria Falls

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Zimbabwe White water rafting in Victoria Falls
Organized by Adventure Zone Victoria Falls
ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION
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 tourists’ itineraries.

In 1997, approximately 50,000 people enjoyed white water rafting on the Zambezi on a stretch of water that is now internationally acclaimed as the best white water rafting trip available anywhere 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 metres to 2 kms. The gorge itself is approximately (110m) 360ft deep at the low water starting point and (230m) 750ft at the one day trip end point. The river drops about 400ft over the 24km covered in the one-day low water raft trip and the depth of the river in the gorge between rapids has been recorded as deep as (120m) 395ft.

The British Canoe Union has classified the river grade 5 “extremely difficult, long and violent rapids, steep gradients, big drops and pressure areas”. On the low water rafting trips, nearly half of the rapids negotiated are grade 5. (Grade 6 is unrunable – rapid number 9, “Commercial Suicide” is a Grade 6 rapid and you'll carry your rafts around this rapid).

Wildlife
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, Peregrines Falcon, black stork, pied and giant kingfisher and red winged starling are some of the birds normally seen during the outings and sightings of the very rare Taita Falcon are not uncommon. There are crocodiles in the river, but they are small due to the unsuitability of the area for their habitation and survival.

minimum 15 y/o
Starting time: 6:30 am, 7:30 am,
Cancellation policy: moderate

Offer Description
Wet suit tops are provided and are usually used by clients during the colder months; June and July.

Tea and coffee is supplied at the meeting point, prior to departure. However, please note breakfast is not provided so please ensure you have breakfast at your accommodation prior to pick up or you can order a packed breakfast from The Adventure Lodge.

On the river, each raft carries water and cordial. Lunch will consist of beef, chicken, rolls/bread, potato salad, green salad and orange juice.

At the top of the gorge, at the end of the trip, complimentary soft drinks, mineral water and beers are available.

Itinerary
Starting time:
Low water: 6:30am - rapids 1 - 19
High water: 7:30 - rapids 11-23

This excursion runs year round subject to river levels:
High water – approx 28 December to 24 August (stopping in between if river too high)
Low water – approx 24 August to 29 December

Low water
- Pick up at your hotel is early, so you are advised to ensure clients arrange packed breakfasts or arrange food from the Hotel prior to collection.
- From the pick up point, clients are transferred to the top of the Batoka Gorge walk in point, here you will be checked in. Here you receive a safety briefing and sign the indemnity form.
- After the safety briefing, you fit your life jacket, helmet and paddle and you will then walk into the gorge. The walk is quite steep. It is advisable to wear sneakers or rafters to walk down the gorge, and to take your time.
- Upon arrival at the rivers edge, you will get into a raft and practice your paddling skills
- You will then begin your rafting trip. You will raft through rapids #1 to rapid #8. These rapids are classed from Grade 2 to Grade 5. At rapid #9 you will walk and carry your raft round the rapid as it is Grade 6 and cannot be rafted by clients. You will then continue rafting from rapid #10 through to rapid #19. These rapids are Grade 3 and 4 with the exception of rapid #18 which is a Grade 5 rapid at the low water level.
- At rapid #19 you will walk out of the gorge. The walk is fairly long and steep. The walk will take approximately 30 minutes for a person of average fitness.
- At the top of the gorge, Lunch and drinks (cold drinks and beers) are provided. The truck will be waiting for you, to take you back to town
- You will return to The Adventure Lodge at approximately 2.30pm/2.45pm, allowing time for other activities or a siesta!!
- Later in the evening, clients can go to the office in town to relive their experience as this is where the DVD and photos will be on display.

Published date: November 27, 2018 Publisher / Owner : Holiday Vacation Packages Prices

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