In our ever increasingly fast paced lives, switching off and relaxing once in while is not such a bad thing. And switching off, we don’t just mean getting away on an adventure holiday once a year. Turning off your tablets and i phones and actually sitting down and chatting to people about all the common interests you might have is something that many folks LOVE on our Zambezi rafting holidays. You may not find out that the person sitting next to you in the raft is a professional gambler only working 6 weeks a year, or a cancer survivor, or a 74 year old grandmother from their Facebook profiles, but you may just discover it over a cold beer or glass of wine around the open fire on the banks of the Zambezi. So how long can you be without for…. your mobile device that is! 2 hours, 2 days, 7 days? You would be surprised. Even many of the business people that travel with us, love the fact they aren’t contactable. There is something very special about going back to basic life sometimes. A game on the beach, sleeping under the stars, great food, stunning sundowner spots and a … Continue reading
Steve Hammond , our charming Englishman, answers a few questions in between his busy schedule in Nepal. Tell us why you like guiding for Water By Nature? Morocco, Zambezi ,Turkey and Nepal! What amazing places to have your work!! It still blows me away that i get to go to all these amazing countries and get paid for it. Living the dream! This is a very hard question to answer in such few words, but the people , culture, the remoteness of the rivers, the diversity of each and every country and of course the epic rafting and kayaking. I’m in a job that I love and try to excel myself on each and every trip! It’s an amazing opportunity that i grasp with both hands. Best moment on a river trip? OK an easy one!! I met my wonderful fiancee Stacey on the Mighty Zambezi. That trip was epic ! Favorite guides to work with and why? I have had the opportunity to work with amazing people from all different walks of life. The experience and humor of working with my boss, Hamish is always mega-fun. Lovemore’s singing and happiness, always a joy to run rivers with him. Stan’s … Continue reading
There are very few places in the world that you’ll get a clearer sky than on the Zambezi River. Well away from any cities and bright lights, the Batoka Gorge below Victoria Falls offers a stunning opportunity for start gazing. We are extremely fortunate to Have Dr Don Kurtz join us for 4 days and 3 nights on the Zambezi river on our 13th September 2014 Zambezi Blast or Ultimate Adventure trip. Don Kurtz was born in San Diego, California, to an American father and Canadian mother. As a student he explored the Sierra Nevada and the US Southwest deserts extensively. He obtained his PhD in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976, then spent 25 years in South Africa at the University of Cape Town, where he was Professor and Life Fellow. He and his South African wife, June, return to Southern Africa each year for family and friends and for their love of the bush: for walking, camping, game reserves; for nature and bird watching. Don is now a British citizen and has been Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Central Lancashire since 2001. He is a councillor of the Royal Astronomical Society and … Continue reading
We frequently have guests who decide to join a trip based on a birthday celebration or even occasionally we have people celebrating anniversaries. We were fortunate enough to have 2 wonderful couples join us recently on the Zambezi for the same reason, their honeymoons. Both couples added to their experiences by going on safari to Chobe National Park to the gorgeous Elephant Valley Lodge, and taking a trip out to the Devils Pool, on Livingstone Island, for some utterly memorable photos! Although both couples joined the same trip celebrating the same occasion, Anique and Tom were from the Netherlands in their late 20′s whilst Pat and Steven from the UK were in their 70′s and celebrating their FIRST rafting trip. When I met Pat and Stephen at a Travel Expo, Pat asked ” What is the best river to raft?” May answer naturally was the Zambezi. “Could I do it she enquired?” Of course was my response. Not only did they conquer 4 days of the wildest rapids on the Mighty Zambezi (without flipping or swimming) they flew back to their hotel by helicopter and took in as many extra activities as they could. We helped both couples celebrate with … Continue reading
Find a little more out about some of the great folks that take you on your whitewater rafting holidays. Name: Dave Humpleby Nickname: Brave Dave Nationality: British Time Spent Rafting: 25 years How long have you been rafting? Since the Jurrasic Era What is your favorite 3 Water By Nature destinations. Zambezi. Zambezi. Zambezi. The guys call you i-Joke. Why is that. Can you tell us your best joke? No – for that you’ll have to join me on a river trip. There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Why do you love doing multi-day trips? Getting away from the “rat race” and back to basics where all that matters is safety, great food, cool people and the journey. What is the worst job you have ever had? How long did you last? Cleaning toilets, showers and changing rooms at a municipal swimming pool. How long did I last? Not long! What do you do when you are not guiding? For work: Paramedic. For kicks: Mountain biking, kayaking and various other outdoor sports. Best and worst in flight meal? Best meal: Any where I can blag a second serving under the pretext of being diabetic. Worst: Any that Hamish … Continue reading
I first went to Nepal more than 20 years ago to see what all the guide chat was about this place. Wow, what a mecca for running loads of great whitewater rivers. Almost all of them are multi-day trips where you’ll get to experience the wonderful culture and people of Nepal. Add to that the stunning food such as Dahl Bhat and Momos, the remote and stunning beaches and the wonderful folks you’ll get to sit around a campfire with, make it a much loved destination by our guests and guides alike. The Karnali River: A rafting classic to be done post-monsoon in early to mid October, the Karnali offers wonderful vistas on the journey to the river, set in the west of the country. A short hike in sees us on this gorgeous beach, on this Holy river fed from Tibet. As we head downstream to the takeout in Chisopani, we’ll be treated to jungle clad forests, wildlife (people have even seen leopards before) and a remote journey allowing us to access world class rapids such as Jailhouse, Flip and Strip, Godshouse, Freight Train and Sweetness and Light. This is Nepal river running at it’s best. A great hint … Continue reading
How about some wonderful suggestions of gorgeous places to stay along the Zambezi River? Over the years our guests have shared their favourite places to stay whilst on this wonderful river. While this is by no means a definitive list or in any particular order, we hope you’ll take the time to spend a few extra days and sample some of these wonderful places along the Zambezi River in and around Livingstone. 1. The River Club: For some SERIOUS luxury, pop in and see Mr Jones and the team at this colonial marvel. It is SO classy, it doesn’t appear pretentious. Enjoy being woken up by the hippos that you’ll hear from your gorgeous bed, with open plan living to take in the most gorgeous views of the river. 2. Taita Falcon Lodge: Hidden from view unless you glance upwards floating down the Zambezi River above Rapid 17, this rustic secret is a wonderful retreat. Faan and AnMarie are wonderful hosts and will take care of everything. On our river trips, your helicopter flight back from the river concludes by landing here. 3. Moemba Falls Beach: For many of our guests, this is the beach along the river they love … Continue reading
I left a city where sloppy money flies through hands like fallen leaves in a swirling wind, a fairy tale town of somewhere else where a wonton man crafted Lake quietly shrinks to half pool soon to be cracks in mud Eventually thirst will consume This fantasy I flew south to another thirsty town in Texas Then to Paris where I frustrated around changing not just planes but airports. Finally boarding a jumbo jet headed to Marrakech Africa. There after 1-hour of custom lines and the process of changing currency. I stepped into Africa, I was (thankfully) greeted by not one but two burly, handsome, jolly good river guides. Hamish and Steve. Here is my story….which I will edit as I remember! We traveled in Africa, 16 folks and our fabulous guides to show us the way! We left the bustling city of Marrakech, with it’s fields of olives and almonds and drove fast on steeply winding roads into the Atlas Mountains headed out to run the wild Ahansel river. Hamish shouts, “Get ready for a rubbish view!” We stop for lunch overlooking the lake where our river trip would end and had a picnic looking at a view of … Continue reading
With the onset of so much development and roads on the Sun Kosi River, we have decided to set our focus more on sending clients to the Karnali and Tamur rivers, allowing our guests to get remote and disconnect, in a familiar theme with many of our other destinations such as the Grand Canyon and the Zambezi. The Karnali River is in the “wild west” of Nepal and offers some of the best rapids in the world, stunning beaches and the opportunity to view wildlife at close range. Mugger crocodiles and even leopards have been spotted on previous trips. It is world class rapids such as “Godshouse” Flip and Strip, Juicer, Freight Train and Sweetness & Light most people go for. BIG WARM WATER! No, it is not cold Himalayas. At the same latitude as Florida, experience sun drenched beaches and gorgeous waterfalls on your journey. Many guests take the opportunity after the trip for a few days exploring Bardia National Park, Nepal, premier wildlife sanctuary with it’s elephants, rhino’s and the rare Bengal tiger. Slip away for a few days relaxation at this stunning park before traveling back to Kathmandu and the vibrancy that engulfs this special city.
We wanted to say thanks so much to all those folks out there who entered our Facebook Grand Canyon rafting trip competition. Our eventual winner was Ant Hoard from Cape Town and a river guide for Gravity Adventures in Cape Town. Ant received a phenomenal number of shares in the competition, eventually becoming a runaway winner to raft the Grand Canyon. Ant will be keeping a bit of the video diary on his trip down the Colorado and you’ll be able to see that on his return at the end of May. We have set up our tracker, so that guests and friends can follow progress of the trip down river and on the many hikes.