White River Rafting
The wildest white water in the world
- Arguably the wildest white water in the world, rafting on the Zambezi River is an adrenaline rush not to be missed. The rapids on the Zambezi River are officially defined as “Grade 5” by the British Canoe Union (Grade 6 being commercially un-runnable).
- The number of rapids clients may rafting in a full days rafting will depend on the time of year and water levels of the Zambezi. (More on that below)
- There is a steep walk into and out of the Batoka Gorge and guests need to be reasonably fit for this activity, as well as the white water rafting activity itself.
- All guests will be collected from their respective hotels and taken to The Lookout Café for their briefing. Please bring your vouchers to check in. Do not bring valuables with you.
- Please leave all valuables, jewellery and passports at your hotel for safekeeping. We provide a safekeeping facility at check-in, where valuables can be left at your own risk.
Single Day Rafting Trips
Water levels of the Zambezi fluctuate according to the season.
• Low Water Rafting
Dates: 10th August – 25th December
Rapids: #1 to #19
Lunch: Lunch at Top of Gorge at Rapid # 19
Time: 07:30 to 14:30
Duration: 7 hrs
• High Water- Rafting
Dates: 25th Dec – 10th August
Rapids: #11 to #23
Lunch : Lunch is served at the top of the gorge at Rapid #23
Time: 07:30 to 14:00
Duration: 6.5 hrs
Minimum age: 15 years (At management’s discretion younger children may be accepted if the child is of the right maturity, strength and will fit a lifejacket securely.)
Maximum age: There is no maximum age limit; however Wild Horizons retain the right to refuse to take a client who is clearly going to be unable to cope with the rigours of rafting.
What to Wear
• Swimsuit and shorts/cycling shorts but nothing that water will suck away.
• A way to secure glasses to yourself or they will be lost
• T-shirt, long-sleeved shirt or "rash vest" for sun protection. Without it you will get sun burned.
• Water resistant sunscreen and high factor lip balm (guides will have dry bag for this)
• 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 and you will be walking out of the gorge in bare feet!
• A peak cap that will fit comfortably under your helmet.
• Wet suits will be provided in the winter months.
• Bring as little as possible!
Walk in and out of the Gorge
The walk in and out of the gorge is steep and rocky. The walk out is approximately 750 feet to the top of the gorge and requires a reasonable degree of fitness. There is cold beer, soft drink and water top of the gorge for guests.
Video and Photographic Coverage
Photographic and video coverage will be offered on every trip to guests for an extra fee.
Tipping is not compulsory. If however you would like to leave a token of your thanks, the following is a guideline:
• Guide: US$10 per guest per day.
• Other Staff: US$5 per guest per day
Clients are required to have personal travel insurance. This insurance should include cover in respect of, but not limited to, the following eventualities:
• Emergency evacuation expenses
• Medical expenses
• Repatriation expenses