Riverboarding originated in Queenstown, New Zealand in 1989 and was introduced to the Zambezi Gorge in 1996. Our dedication to Riverboarding is part of our commitment to being the White Water Specialists of the Zambezi. Our trip is a mixture of riverboarding and white water rafting.
The Zambezi River is to river boarding as Hawaii is to surfing. The river is classified as a high volume; pool drop river i.e. there is little exposed rock either in the rapids or the pools below the rapids. The distance between rapids allows time to relax and prepare for the next challenge. The gorge itself varies between approximately 140m and 250m depp making for spectacular scenery.
We use shorter sections of the river for boarding, as we tend to stop at “play spots” along the way to surf, ride whirlies and “squirt” (best described as “flying underwater”). First of all, clients must have basic swimming and a reasonable state of fitness as a minimum prerequisite. Basic skills are taught in still water and then we progress into moving water. At any time you may opt out of the trip and ride in the support raft. Also, the trip leader may remove you from the water and into the raft at any time if, in the trip leader’s opinion, you do not possess the necessary skills, fitness or mental state to safely continue the trip.
The length of the trip (e.g. half day and full day) and the number of rapids run depends on the level of the water in the gorge.
Return to Zambezi white water rafting
Low Water: Early morning tea & coffee and will be provided at check-in at the Savanna Lodge. Water is also carried on the rafts. Lunch with orange juice will be provided after rapid #10. Upon reaching the top of the gorge, clients will be offered chilled water / soft drinks and beers before the road transfer back to town..
High Water: Early morning tea & coffee and will be provided at check – in at the Savanna Lodge. Water is also carried on the rafts. Upon reaching the top of the gorge, clients will be offered chilled water / soft drinks and beers before the road transfer back to the Town. Lunch is served back in town at Savanna lodge.
Minimum and Maximum numbers
Minimum of 2 clients. Maximum of 12 clients.
Experience and Fitness
No previous body boarding experience is necessary if good swimming skills are combined with a “GO FOR IT” attitude. A reasonable level of fitness is also required.
Expert guides, wet suits, booties, helmets, life jackets, fins, body board with wrist leash.
- Riverboarding is available all year round but is dependent on water condition. ½ day and full day options.
- All other details / additional information as per White Water Rafting information (including timings / pick up points etc)
Please read our notes on white water rafting for further information.