Considered the best one day rafting experience in the world, the Zambezi River flowing down the Batoka Gorge provides one of the most intense sensory thrills imaginable. Its white-water rapids and striking scenery, deep within the sheer black cliffs of the Batoka Gorge afford the adrenaline junkie a wild roller-coaster ride along a route carved over millennia by the middle Zambezi River. SAFPAR overnight and multi-day trips offer the ultimate off-the-grid experience! Discover rarely-accessed stretches of the Zambezi River and meet rapids such as “Ghostrider” and “Upper Moemba” on an epic rafting experience. See the beautiful Moemba Fall and camp on white beaches under the African stars at night.
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- Go under the mighty Victoria Falls for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
- Class V Zambezi white-water rafting – rated the Best One 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.
- The best Zambezi River rafting overnight trips available.
If in Livingstone for a few days, why not take the opportunity to spend two days rafting with one night camping on a beautiful white sandy beach inside the Batoka Gorge. Zambezi River rafting overnight trips are run with the standard day trip on the first day. The morning 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 afternoon is a little more relaxed but watch out for The Mother and Oblivion. At the end of day one we settle down in camp, based on a sandy beach inside the Batoka Gorge. Food and drink are supplied as are tents.
The second day sees us raft through to Moemba Falls. Highlights include a forbidding Grade 5 rapid known as Open Season, Chimamba and the Grade 5 Upper Moemba Falls. Compared to the one day Zambezi River rafting trips, on day two we run a further 25 km of the Zambezi River. At the end of the second day we hike 200 metres out of the Batoka gorge and drive back to Livingstone, returning at approximately 17.30 hrs. It isn’t known as the best white water rafting in the world for nothing! Zambezi River rafting overnight trips are probably the best way to see this magnificent river as it is squeezed between the Batoka Gorge cliff faces.
The Overnight Trip Itinerary
THE EVENING PRIOR
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 – 25
- Explore the lower pools of Victoria Falls
- White Water Raft Rapids 1 – 25
- Camp at Rapid 25 on a white beach under the African Stars
A good day for an adventure! After a quick breakfast (not included), 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 a highlight of the trip – visited by few people, the base of these magnificent Falls will undoubtedly be one of the most dramatic spots you will encounter.
Now it is time for us to meet the Mighty Zambezi River. The 10 rapids we encounter for the morning will be fun, but 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 first portage of the day around the Class 6 Rapid #9 – Commercial Suicide.
Our Zambezi River rafting overnight trip then takes us to 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. Very runnable, 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.
Tonight we arrive at our 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! Tomorrow we embark on our next leg of our Zambezi River rafting trip.
Accommodation: Zambezi Campsite at Rapid 25 on a Full-Board basis. (No premium brands are included)
DAY 2: 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 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 then we muster up enough energy 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. Look forward to some well-earned Rest & Relaxation!
- 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
- Day 1 lunch and supper, Day 2 breakfast and lunch
- Local beer, wine and spirits
- Water and soft drinks
- Transfers to and from Livingstone accommodation