- Explore under the mighty Victoria Falls for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
- Class V Zambezi white-water rafting – rated the Best 3.5 Day Rafting experience in the world!
- Camp on white beaches in the Batoka Gorge under the African stars – look out for the endangered taita falcon who nests in this gorge.
- Experience non-commercial rapids and enjoy the last night camping at the scenic Moemba Falls.
- Optional Extra at additional expense – take a helicopter flight out of the Batoka Gorge, see Victoria Falls with a birds-eye view.
Our Zambezi River rafting overnight trips that last for 3 1/2 Days begin with exploring the basalt cliffs and pools under the Victoria Falls. We then raft from rapid #1 through to the stunning camp site below rapid #10. This 9km of Whitewater is some of the most intense on the planet, grade 5 rapids include The Stairway to Heaven and Gulliver’s Travels. The second day is a little more relaxed but watch out for The Mother and Oblivion, we raft through to rapid #26.
Day 3 is a gem for Whitewater enthusiasts, from Rapid # 26 the Batoka gorge continuously changes its character, and the gorge opens out at one point to rolling hills before closing up again as we approach the amazing Moemba Falls. Highlights include a forbidding Grade 5 rapid known as Open Season, Chimamba and the Grade 5 Upper Moemba Falls.
We camp the third night between Upper Moemba Falls and the unrunable and stunning Lower Moemba Falls. This beautiful campsite allows us to explore both falls and the area. After our final night camping, we have a light breakfast, pack up equipment and portage to lower Moemba falls. There is a short 4km paddle to the dam site take out, before we hike hike out of the gorge to the waiting 4×4’s for the drive back to Livingstone. Returning to Livingstone by 11.00hrs.
Camping on the Zambezi River
Camping is a treat for all outdoor enthusiasts. Our Zambezi River rafting overnight trips are not all about the river. We want our guests to enjoy the entire experience, including the camping within the Batoka Gorge. We like clients to get involved with building camp, helping to prepare food and collecting fire wood. All meals are freshly prepared, local beers and local spirits are included. Feel free to bring your own bottle of your favourite malt.
Zambezi River rafting overnight trips operate in the low water season, usually from August through to the new year. The rains usually arrive mid November and, although we are equipped to run Overnight Rafting trips in the wet season, be aware it could be very wet camping.
3 1/2 Day Zambezi River Rafting Overnight Trips – Itinerary
EVENING PRIOR TO DAY ONE
Your trip leader will pop into where you are staying and pass out your dry bags and equipment and give you a rundown of your trip, what to pack, and answer any last minute queries.
DAY 1: UNDER THE FALLS EXCURSION AND RAPIDS 1 – 10
- Explore under Victoria Falls
- White Water Raft Rapids 1 – 10
- Camp at Rapid 10 under a white beach under the African Stars
A good day for an adventure! Have your dry bag packed and we will lock all your valuables away before our safety briefing and equipment introduction starts. Then we are on our way! After a walk down into the Batoka Gorge, our epic journey starts at the base of the Victoria Falls – we explore the basalt cliffs and pools underneath the Falls. This experience is guaranteed to be another highlight of the trip – visited by few people, the base of these magnificent Falls will undoubtedly one of the most dramatic spots you will encounter.
After a light lunch, it is time for us to meet the Mighty Zambezi River. The 10 rapids we encounter for the day will be fun, but will be challenging! Our experienced crew are there to see you through some of the most intense white-water on the planet, you will be tested by Class 3-5 Rapids with names such as Morning Glory, Stairway to Heaven, The Devils Toilet Bowl and the Mighty Muncher before our second portage of the day around the Class 6 Rapid 9 Commercial Suicide – watch our kayakers take on one of the biggest waves on any River!
Tonight we arrive at our ready-made campsite on a beautiful white, sandy beach – let’s relax, enjoy the spectacular view, celebrate an awesome day on the River and look up at the majestic African starlit sky. The Batoka Gorge is all ours tonight!
Accommodation: Zambezi Campsite at Rapid #10 on a Full-Board basis. (No premium brands are included)
DAY 2: RAPIDS 11 – 26
- White Water Raft Rapids #10 to Pirate Bay (#26)
- Camp at Rapid 26
After we awake to the sound of the soaring Fish Eagle, we make you a delicious cooked breakfast, have plenty of coffee and pack up the camp leaving only footprints behind. The section of the Zambezi River encountered today is a little less challenging than Day 1. Or is it? Meet the Three Ugly Sisters closely followed by the Washing Machine, Terminator 1 and 2 and the world-famous Rapid 18 Oblivion. It is certainly the most photographed in the world and results in more flips than any other on the planet. It’s the ultimate rapid in many ways. With three waves, the third of which during the month of October when run in the middle will either flip most rafts or surf them, sometimes both, is very runnable.
After the days’ excitement, we reach our second night’s campsite at Rapid 26 – tonight your only decision will be whether to use your tent or even fall asleep on the beach beneath the stars for yet another unforgettable evening in the Batoka Gorge.
Accommodation: Zambezi Campsite at rapid #26 on a Full-Board basis (local beer, wine and spirits included)
DAY 3: RAFT TO MOEMBA FALLS
- Lower Moemba Falls
Let’s get ready for a final day of adventure to our last destination – the stunning Lower Moemba Falls. You will encounter some of the Zambezi’s best rapids today. Open Season, The Narrows, Chamamba Falls, and Upper Moemba. As the gorge opens up today we may get the chance to glimpse at some wildlife, such as crocodiles and klipspringers plus a vast array of birdlife. When we reach Moemba Falls, take time to explore this remote area and soak up the last night of the Zambezi camping experience.
Accommodation: Zambezi Campsite at Moemba Falls on a Full-Board basis. (local beer, wine and spirits included)
DAY 4: GOODBYE ZAMBEZI
Goodbye Zambezi! After a light breakfast, we pack equipment and portage to lower Moemba falls. We then have a short 4km paddle to the dam site take out, ready for the 750ft hike out of the gorge. It is then time to rest, sit back and enjoy a true ‘Grade 5’ road which slowly winds its way back to Livingstone. Transfer back to your Livingstone accommodation at approximately 11h00. Look forward to some well-earned Rest & Relaxation!
If you were sceptical of our claim that Zambezi River rafting is the best white water rafting in the world before your trip, you will undoubtedly agree with us now. What a trip!
- Skilled, professional guides
- Waterproof dry bags to hold your gear for the trip
- Two-person tents on a shared basis (Sleeping bag not included)
- Thermarest-style mattresses
- Personal flotation device (PFD)
- Highest quality inflatable rafts and related equipment
- Transfers from and to Livingstone Airport on scheduled arrival and departure dates
- All park fees and necessary permits
3 1/2 Day Whitewater Rafting Trips
Operate between August and New year
Rapids: #1 through to Moemba Falls
Pick up time: 09.00hrs from Livingstone town.(08.30hrs from Avani/Royal Livingstone)
Drop off time. 11.00hrs approx. day 4
Minimum Number: 4 pax
Maximum Number 16 pax
Minimum Age: 15 years
Included: All transfers, guides, safety equipemt, camping gear, meals and drinks
Not included: Sleeping bags
National Heritage Park fees are applicable for rafting trips that start at rapid #1. This includes full day rafting, morning half day rafting in low water season and multi day trips – This $10 fee is to be paid at the Waterfront prior to your activity. Cash or debit/credit cards accepted (Visa and Mastercard only).