Falls - Zimbabwe
Commercial rafting first commenced on the Zambezi River in 1981
and since then this activity has grown in popularity to the point
where a rafting trip on the Zambezi is now a regular feature in
most tourists’ itineraries. In 1997, approximately 50 000
people enjoyed white water rafting on the Zambezi on a stretch of
water that is now internationally acclaimed as the best white water
rafting trip available in the world.
FEATURES OF THE RIVER
Zambezi 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 varies from 100 metres to
2 kms. The Gorge itself is approximately 400ft deep at the put-in
point and 750ft at the take out point. The river drops about 400ft
over the 24km covered in the one-day raft trip and the depth of
the river can reach 200ft. The British Canoe Union has classified
the river Grade 5 “extremely difficult, long and violent rapids,
steep gradients, big drops and pressure areas”. Nearly half
of the rapids negotiated are Grade 5. (Grade 6 is unrunable –
rapid number 9, “Commercial Suicide” is a Grade 6 rapid
and we porter around this rapid).
to the steepness of the Gorge, wildlife is not abundant. On occasion
klipspringer, rock hyrax, vervet monkeys and baboon are spotted.
However, the birdlife is far more spectacular. Black eagle, augur
buzzard, black stork, pied and giant kingfisher and red winged starling
are some of the birds normally seen during the trips and sightings
of the very rare Taita Falcon are not uncommon. There are crocodile
in the river, but they are small due to the unsuitability of the
area for their habitation.
ONE-DAY trip runs year round subject to river levels and Safari
Par Excellence operates from both sides of the Zambezi River .
Water run – approximately 20 January to 10 July (stopping
in between if river too high).
Water run – approximately 10 July to 20 January.
AND MAXIMUM PAX
minimum. Large groups on request.
minimum age is 15 years. The maximum age limit is dependent on the
individual’s general state of health and physical fitness.
AND DRINKS SUPPLIED
and coffee is supplied at the meeting point, prior to departure.
On the river each raft carries water and oranage juice. A light
lunch consisting of cold meats and salads is provided at a picturesque
spot on the banks of the river. At the top of the Gorge, at the
end of the trip, complimentary soft drinks, cordials and beers are
TIMES AND MEETING PLACES
Water - 08h30 (Rapids 1-23)
Water - 08h30 (Rapids 11-23)
are going rafting , they will be picked up from their hotels (between
08h00-08h30). They are however, requested to reconfirm pick up times
and hotels with our Victoria Falls office 24 hours before departure.
Clients can otherwise meet at the Zim Office located at Shop 4,
Phumula Centre, Vic Falls at 08h30.
on the river, videos and photographs will be taken by “Zambezi
Memories”.r afting videos and photographs will be shown that
evening at Savanna Lodge. Copies of all products shown are available
for purchase.Videos/DVD's and photographs will then be available
for purchase, later that evening at the show venue or the following
day at the SafPar Office (Shop 4, Phumula Centre).
rafting experience is required and clients need not be proficient
swimmers. At the beginning and at the end of the 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.
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).
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 Safari Par Excellence 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).
clients are covered by Medical Air Rescue Services (MARS) through
Safari Par Excellence, 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 all clients bring the
details of their insurance policy with them. Safari Par Excellence
will not cover clients should they not have insurance.
Par Excellence has US$1.5 million public and passenger liability