A Day you will remember for the rest of your life…
It is guaranteed this 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.
The low water trips (approx August through to late December) start at Rapid number one which is just below the boiling pot of the Victoria Falls and finish after rapid 19.
Walk out the gorge which is a very steep climp of about 250m and should not be underestimated if you have any fitness issues. If you are rafting from the Zambian side there is a cable lift which takes you out.
At the top of the gorge lunch is served and there are plenty of cold drinks and beers after which you are then transported back into town, arriving in town by around 2.30pm, allowing enough time to do another afternoon activity, if you have the energy.
High water runs (May, June, July and Jan, Feb, March) miss out the first 10 rapids as they are just not safe to raft at the high water level. So on this trip you will only do rapids 11 to 23. It is a shorter day even though it is still sold as a full days rafting.
The high water run is not nearly as exciting as the low water run, so please be aware that if rafting is your main focus plan on coming between August and late December.
The intensity of rafting varies due to the fluctuating levels of water plunging through the gorges. On the whole, lower water levels means higher thrill levels. This is because when the water levels are very high, they flood the rocks and outcrops which are the formation of the rapids. As water levels drop, rocks get closer to the surface and the white water starts to really boil and crash through the gorge.
However when the water level is very high the sheer volume of water makes some rapids unsafe, hence the need for the high water run where the first 10 rapids are left out. As water levels get increasingly higher around about March, the whole river becomes unsafe so the Victoria Falls White Water Rafting is closed until the water levels start to drop again in around June.
Contrary to what some people think, it’s not one long rapid there are calm stretches of water in between these monster grade 5 rapids.
This gives you plenty of time to chat and laugh with your fellow rafters, take in the breathtaking scenery, view birds and other wildlife.
Safety is of paramount importance to these operators and they are extremely experienced in judging the safety of water levels.
There are two types of rafts; oar boats and paddle boats. Oar boats have an aluminium frame mounted either in the middle of the raft or at the back. From here your oarsman controls the raft and guides you through the rapids all you have to do is hang on and high side into the big waves as you hit them.
In a paddle boat there is no frame and you are each given a paddle with which you have to paddle the raft listening to the instructions from your guide who will tell you exactly when to paddle forwards or backwards and when to not paddle at all. In the paddle boat you are more involved but it is definitely more strenuous. On the whole these days mostly paddle boats are run but if there is enough of you in a group who would prefer to go in an oar boat you can request this.
140€ pp for a whole day of excitement including transfer and lunch
plus 10USD park fee (to be paid on the day of the tour)
Low water = August – December
High Water = July – March
Multiple Day Overnighters are available between August and December with a min. of 4 people.
2.5 days for 475€pp (plus 10USD park fee)
5 days for 750€pp (plus 10USD park fee)
Following COMBOS are available:
Low Water Rafting Day Trip + River Boarding for 180€pp (plus 10USD park fee) min. 4 people
Rafting Day Trip + Bungee Jump fo 245€pp (plus 10USD park fee)