White Water Rafting

We have experienced, can recommend, and can organise the following rafting experiences:

Rafting on the Zambezi, Zambia & Zimbabwe

The Zambezi is a high volume, pool-drop river, with little exposed rock either in the rapids or the pools.  It provides one of the world’s best white water rafting experiences, and is accessible from Victoria Falls Town in Zimbabwe, or directly across the river, from Livingstone in Zambia.  Rafters commence by descending into the Batoka Gorge directly below Victoria Falls, as spectacular a starting point as one could ever hope for.  The full day itinerary that follows, available during the peak low water season (August to January), takes in 21 rapids, ranging between grades 3 and 5.  There is only one short portage point (rapid 9, named “Commercial Suicide”), so river time is maximized.  During high water (January to July), when water volumes make the upper section more dangerous, rapids 11 to 25 are run only. For those seeking more time on the river, multi-day trips are available during the low water season; single night, two night and four night rafting/camping trips are possible.

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Zingela Camp, Tugela River, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Set in the heart of an 8000Ha conservation area near Weenen in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Zingela Camp occupies a prime position close to the Tugela River, and is arguably “the” place to experience white water rafting in the province, if not South Africa – indeed, Zingela Safari and River Company have twice hosted the South African White Water Rafting Championships.  The main season runs between November and April (or May in a good year), when summer rains swell the river.  But low water also offers exciting white-water experiences, especially when two-man crocodile canoes are used in place of rafts.  At the camp, there’s electricity and gallons of hot water, but Zingela is essentially bush living (“don’t-forget-the-loo-roll-and-matches kind of country,” say the energetic and personable owners, Mike and Linda Calverly). Most rafting takes place on an excellent 20km stretch of rapids and pools in the Tugela River Canyon, and include the intimidating Washing Machine and Finger Rock rapids.

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