There are very few things in this world that offer quite the experience like the mighty Zambezi River. White Water Rafting Victoria Falls is one of the most exciting, electrifying and thrilling places to be on earth especially for an adrenaline-fuelled rafting experience. Just imagine the intense spray of the Victoria Falls, the splash and the fresh smell of water combine that with adventure and get ready for an experience of a lifetime.
Victoria Falls White Water Rafting was really the first of the adrenaline activities to start during Victoria Falls Tour. It gives you plenty of time to chat and laugh with your fellow rafters, take in the breath-taking scenery, view birds and other wildlife.
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White water rafting is a recreational, fun-filled outdoor activity which uses an inflatable raft to navigate a river and its insane rapids. It is often done on white water hence the name. It can also be done on different degrees of rough water depending on the river you are on.
White Water Rafting in Victoria Falls dates back to the early 1980s and was one of the activities that caught the attention of people all around the world. Adventure lovers journeyed from far and wide to take upon the best rafting experience in the world. To this day, it is still one of the major activities in Vic Falls especially if you are an adrenaline addict.
Expect to walk up and down the gorge. Expect to get soaked in the mighty Zambezi River and expect to have a unique experience. There are two types of rafts; oar boats and paddle boats. Oar boats let your guide take you through the rapids and all you have to do is hang on. Paddle boats allow both you and the guide to paddle forwards or backwards as you move along.
Safety is of utmost importance and there are rare cases of injury or extreme harm during the activity. You will be provided with a helmet and a life jacket and you will have highly skilled and experienced guides with you who have been trained and know much about the river and first aid. A rescue team of guides will also be on standby watching you and ready to help.
Rafting in Victoria Falls is done on the Zambezi River and can be done from both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides. You can choose which side you want to do it on because operators on both sides are highly professional and the experience is one and the same.
The Best Time To Go For White Water Rafting is during the low water season, (August to December). You experience more and go through many rapids that you can’t otherwise access in the high water season (January to February and May to July). March to June the Zambezi is in full flood rafting season and is closed around this time. The sheer volume of water in the high season makes some rapids unsafe, especially the first 10 rapids hence they are left out.
White Water Rafting can either be a half day, full day or a multi-day activity. You will spend about 6 hours or 8 hours on the activity depending on what you choose, half day or full day. Pick up time is usually 7 am or 7.30 depending on the service provider and you will be back after the activity.
Included in this Victoria Falls Activities are photos and videos of your experience from starting to end but these are purchased at an extra fee. After a long day, Lunch, refreshments, cold beers and soft drinks will be served.
The minimum age for rafting is 15 years and the maximum weight is 140kg. There are no fitness requirements as such but you need to be prepared to walk in and out of the gorge. It is important to declare any health issues and medication before going on the activity so you can be assisted accordingly.
With rafting, you will be exposed to the sun half the day, make sure you pack enough sunscreen. Swimwear is recommended, a t-shirt, shorts and comfortable shoes that strap to your feet will do, no slippers (flip flops) as you will lose them. Bring National Park Fees (River usage fee) preferably cash and any medication needed. Bring dry clothes that you can change into after the activity.
We guarantee White Water Rafting will be one of those days that you will remember for the rest of your life and whatever time of year you go you are going to get wet, very wet. Names of rapids like Stairway to Heaven, The Terminator, The Washing Machine, Judgement Day, Devils Toilet Bowl and Oblivion, give you a small insight of what to expect during Victoria Falls Tour.
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
Where: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Weather: Weather permitting
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.
When: Low Water Rafting: Approximate Dates: 10th August – 25th December
High Water- Rafting: Approximate Dates: 25th Dec – 10th August
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 Zambezi white water rafting trip, 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 May to early June. This is the best time of the year to go on a white water rafting. The peak water levels also make the white water experience the best.
$125. It costs around $125 to raft in the Zambezi River. The morning rafting cost you around $125 and the afternoon rafting costs you around $90. A morning white water rafting cost you $140(for 9 hours) and the same in the evening cost you $95 (for 6 hours).
Like any other activity white water rafting also comes with some concerns. The common dangers are smashing rocks and hypothermia. Drowning is also a major concern but don’t worry you will be wearing life jackets.
50 F is considered too cold for rafting. Although if you’re in a swimsuit you will never feel cold. The best time for white river rafting is the end of November and the beginning of March.
Yes, if you are going in the cold or rainy season, a wetsuit is compulsory to protect yourself from hypothermia. But in summer you can go without a wetsuit. If the water temperature goes below 70 degrees Fahrenheit prepare to wear a wetsuit.
Use synthetic fleece socks to keep your feet warm. Wool socks are also helpful when you are rafting. A warm feel will make you more comfortable while rafting.
15 years is the minimum age limit for White Water Rafting, there is no experience needed. Anyone is a mild fitness level can take part in it.
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