rafting the Zambezi

The Zambezi (also spelled Zambeze and Zambesi) is the fourth-longest river in Africa …

The Zambezi’s most noted feature is Victoria Falls. …

The river flows swiftly through the Batoka Gorge, the current being continually interrupted by reefs. It has been described as one of the world’s most spectacular whitewater trips


March is very high water. The first 10 rapids after the falls too dangerous, all that water quickly compressed between towering walls of black basalt.

We put in at rapids #11. Came out by cable car near rapids #24.

One portage was required, around a dangerous bend.


Here’s a promo video from this epic adventure. Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo.

Or a short clip of a couple of the BIG waves.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Though the rapids we took on my day ranged from only Class 2 – Class 4, I took some damage during my 3 raft flips. And drank plenty of Zambezi River.

leg injury

I posted a few more photos.

Actually, I did in the leg climbing up into the truck on the way to the put-in. 🙂

Not inexpensive at about $175 for the day (PDF). But I didn’t hear any complaints. 🙂

Safari Par Excellence – Rafting

related – White-Water Rafting on the Zambezi River

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Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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