For all the brave souls out there, here is an activity for you. River Boarding Victoria Falls is an activity that is not for the faint hearted, not for the ones who shy away from adventure but it’s a dream come true for the adrenaline junkies. Originally started as a means of rescue, it is the latest innovation in adrenalin sports in Victoria Falls. Like rafting but without the raft, River Boarding is a three-dimensional white water experience.
Swim the Middle Zambezi River rapids and surf the waves, armed with nothing more than an oversized body board, wetsuit, and flippers. River Boarding Victoria Falls is the most fun you can have on your stomach! Trips combine rafting and river boarding so that you can safely navigate the flat water sections and the few rapids that are considered unsafe for river borders.
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River Boarding is the most recent advancement in adrenaline sports. It’s very exciting and is now a new addition to the list of must do Victoria Falls Activities. It provides a thrilling white water experience similar to rafting but without the raft. You will be swimming or surfing the Zambezi River rapids on an oversized body board, in a wetsuit and flippers. For safety, you will have a life jacket and a helmet on.
The Activity Of River boarding is usually combined with White Water Rafting for double the fun and double the experience. The rafting takes place in the bigger rapids whilst the river boarding takes place on the smaller rapids of the river. In these small sections, you will get a chance to play around, swim, surf the river, ride the whirlpools and get on a river board.
Just like with rafting, safety is also very important when it comes to river boarding. Although it is generally safer than rafting because of the low waters there is still need to take precautions. You will be given a helmet, a life jacket and you will have highly skilled and experienced guides with you who have been trained and will be there every step of the way.
River Boarding, like rafting, offers half-day and full-day trips and the times depend on the season in which you travel.
High water trips start in mid-January and last until August. They begin at 8:30 a.m. from rapids 14 to 25, and then at 15:30 p.m. from rapids 10 to 25.
(August to January), half-day trips have different times
Full-day excursions run from 7:30 a.m. to 17:30 p.m.
Overnight options are only available on request.
You can do this activity both in Zimbabwe and in Zambia. The only difference between the 2 countries is that, in Zambia, there is a cable car that takes you out of the Batoka Gorge unlike Zimbabwe where you have to hike instead.
The Zambezi River is a 'grade 5' stretch of water, which means it's fast flowing and difficult to navigate, with long and fast-moving rapids, steep gradients, big drops, and a plethora of pressure areas. This makes it more fun and your instructor is familiar with the area and will advise you to alternate between river boarding and rafting depending on the river conditions.
A typical day will look something like this:
Begin your day with a hotel pickup from Victoria Falls and then travel to the Zambezi River's nearby banks. You meet your instructor and enjoy a hot drink and a biscuit while discussing the day ahead, safety and all. You then follow your instructor down the steep trail to Batoka Gorge, just below the Victoria Falls stretch of waterfalls and start your adventure.
The River Boarding activity includes transfers from and back to your Hotel or lodge. For the morning session you will be provided with a hot drink, teas and biscuits or a light snack. You will also be given river boarding equipment as well as rafting equipment. You will also be given professional guides that will be with you throughout the day and at the end of the day lunch will be served.
NB: Please note that some offers like the snacks and teas before the trip depend on the service provider but definitely lunch is guaranteed.
You must cancel at least 24 hours before the start time of the experience to receive a full refund. If you cancel less than 24 hours before the start time of the experience, you will not be refunded. Any changes made less than 24 hours before the start time of the experience will not be accepted. The cut-off times are determined by the experience's local time.
In the above, you will get out of the raft and play around - surf the river, ride the whirl pools and squirt. River Boarding Victoria Falls is a very good activity to try out if you are up for the adventure.
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
Where: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Things to Bring: National Park Fee (River Usage Fee) in cash A way to secure glasses to yourself or they will be lost Sunscreen and lip balm (guides will have dry bag for this) A peak cap that will fit comfortably under your helmet. Bring as little as possible.
Weather: Weather permitting
What to Wear: Swimsuit and shorts/cycling shorts but nothing that water will suck away T-shirt or long-sleeved shirt for sun protection Sturdy shoes/trainers or rafting shoes. Your shoes must be securely fitted to your feet (i.e. no flip-flops) or they will be lost! Wet Suits will be provided in the winter months.
Inclusions A heart racing, eye widening, mind blowing River Boarding trip on Victoria Falls, transfers from/to Victoria Falls Town, gear, & lunch.
Exclusions National Park Fees (to be settled directly upon check-in), Visa fees (if applicable) & Items of a personal nature
Minimum Age 15 years
Fitness Level No Fitness Requirement
Qualifications Not Applicable
Maximum Weight 140.0 kg
Certification None Required
Experience Level None Experience
Late June to early December is considered to be the best Season for river boarding.
River boarding is also similar to rafting but without a boat. It’s a solo adventure, while for rafting you need to join a group.
15 years. The minimum age limit for river boarding is 15 years. The river boarding area generally performs when the river is running on full water.
There are mainly two seasons that are suitable for river boarding. One is in the months of early January to the end of July. Another one is from August to early January.
The items that you need to bring with you are comfortable hiking shoes, wool socks, sunscreen, and a waterproof camera. If you are going in the rainy or cold season make sure to carry a swimsuit.
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