Our favorite - the 5-DAY TRIP
2009 set departure dates:
1, 15, 29 September
13, 27 October
10, 24 November
DAY ONE : Full day of rafting as usual one-day low water rafting trip and camping below rapid 23, overnight camp.
DAY TWO : From hereafter the flat stretches between rapids becomes longer. Your first rapid is “Open Season”. We then continue through “The Narrows” and “Chimamba”, where we stop for lunch. After lunch we head on down the river to our overnight campsite just beyond “Upper Mowemba”.
DAY THREE : After portaging “Lower Mowemba” we continue along to the dam site where we do our third and final portage. After this we move on to our campsite located downstream on a beach in the gorge.
DAY FOUR : Continue down stream to “Ghost Rider” then “Deep Throat” where we ghost the rafts through while having lunch. Raft through another section of narrows with short sharp drops, very exciting. We then conclude the day with “Asleep at the Wheel” which is the last major rapid of the trip. Camp downstream of “Asleep at the Wheel”.
DAY FIVE : We continue on navigating through “Asleep at the Wheel”, “Fish Eagle’s Delight” and on to our take out point at Matetsi where we are transported back to the Falls. The transfer is a 3-hour drive along the road from Hwange to Milibizi.
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The trip includes:
- All meals and drinks
- All rafting equipment
- Sleeping bags
- First aid kit
Extra baggage may be stored at the our office in Victoria Falls.
FOOD AND DRINKS SUPPLIED
On overnights we supply dinner and a full cooked breakfast. On the 2.5 day trips we supply all meals. The camps are stocked with limited beers, wines, soft drinks and gin and tonics. You need to bring your own spirits if you wish.
DEPARTURE TIMES AND MEETING PLACES
All trips leave from Zimbabwe. We will do a trip on any day for a guaranteed booking of 4 or more pax. Overnights can be done on any day.
MINIMUM / MAXIMUM PAX
Overnight Min Pax 2 Max Pax 20
2.5 Day Trip Min Pax 4 Max Pax 20
5 Day Trip Min Pax 4 Max Pax 20
The trip includes:
- All meals and soft drinks (small amount of beers, gin & tonics, however due to the longevity of the trip these are not bottomless supplies. Should clients have a preferred alcohol, they must supply these themselves).
- The Guide, all rafting equipment, sleeping bags and first aid kit.
VIDEOS AND PHOTOGRAPHS
2.5 day and 5 day trip videos can be arranged on request.
EXPERIENCE AND FITNESS
No previous rafting experience is required and clients need not be proficient swimmers. At the beginning and at the end of the half, one and 2.5 day raft trip clients have to negotiate a steep path in and out of the gorge. The walk out is 750 vertical feet up a gradient of 1 in 3, and a person of average fitness can manage this in about 20 minutes.
RAFTS AND EQUIPMENT
The company uses some of the finest equipment on the market to ensure that the trip is a safe and enjoyable one. Rafts are purchased from Ark in South Africa and are the tried and tested river rafts required for the Zambezi River. America’s Cup high flotation life jackets and Protec safety helmets are issued to clients before the day’s rafting. Wet suits are provided and usually used by clients during the colder months (June / July). We supply all camping equipment, tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, dry bags, etc. on our overnight and 2.5 day trips. Clients need to bring shorts, T-Shirts, costume, shoes, towel and tracksuit for the evenings, cap, sunglasses, sunscreen and toiletries.
GUIDES AND SAFETY
Guides are fully trained professionals and all hold valid advanced first aid certificates. Whilst every precaution is taken, it is essential that agents make clients aware that there is a risk of injury associated with the activity of rafting on the Zambezi. A comprehensive first aid kit and skid stretcher are carried on each trip. Each client is required to sign the White Water Rafting indemnity form prior to departure. Each trip leader is in radio contact with our bases in Victoria Falls and Livingstone and direct with M.A.R.S. (Medical Air Rescue Service).
VISA / CLIENT REQUIREMENTS
Passports are required to cross the Zambian border for clients from Zimbabwe. The cost of day visitors visas for clients from Zimbabwe are included in the rate.
All clients are covered by Medical Air Rescue Services (MARS) through the company, however this only covers them for emergency evacuation in life threatening situations. It does not cover their hospitalisation and medication. As such travel and medical insurance is compulsory for all clients. Please ensure you bring the details of your insurance policy with you. We will not cover you if you do not have insurance.
The company has a US$1.5 million public and passenger liability cover.