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
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
There are many varying craft on offer on white water rafting trips to enhance your adventure. Each offer a different means to run rapids on a river, giving you safe options to challenge some of the biggest whitewater in the world, such as on the Zambezi or in Nepal. Other craft are there for your safety. Safety kayaks and safety catarafts primarily run rapids first and wait at the bottom of rapids in strategic locations in case you should pop out of the raft. Paddle raft: This raft will have 6-8 paddlers plus a guide, who will give commands from the rear of the raft. An extremely manuvreable craft which involves excellent teamwork. A common boat used on the steep creeks of California. Stern Raft/Paddle Assist: This is an adaptation of the above craft, however the guide will sit at the back with a set of oars which allows extra power and stability in big water rapids such as in Chile and the Zambezi. Oar Raft: A boat that is traditionally used for equipment such as food, coolers, but on occasion, these craft can be used to take passengers too. This is common on the Grand Canyon although traditionally most … Continue reading
On our Zambezi white water rafting trips, many guests ask us what activities are simply a “must do”. Before of after your rafting on the Zambezi river, a trip to Livingstone Island should be a priority. The place where Dr David Livingstone set eyes on Victoria Falls or Mosi Oa Tunya as they are known in the local Bemba dialect has long been a draw for travelers for it’s un-rivalled views of the falls. Many people including the owner of Water By Nature, Hamish got married on the island. In the low water season however (from approximately August – November) visitors can bring swimwear and swim on the edge of the falls guarded by a rock lip and your guides, in what is, the worlds MOST IMPRESSIVE infinity pool! We recommend an afternoon excursion to Livingstone Island and all of our guests receive a complimentary transfer to and from The Royal Landing at The Royal Livingstone Hotel where the trip departs from. No matter whether you are flying in from the United States, the UK or Europe, this is one trip, not to be missed.
Agreed by many as one of the most influential explorers of the Victorian era, Dr David Livingstone holds a special place in the history of Africa and in particular his memorable words when he first laid eyes on what he named Victoria Falls (Mosi Oa Tunya in the local Bemba language) “A sight so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” March 19th 2013 is the Bicentenary of Dr David Livingstone’s birth in Blantyre and what an opportunity to explore one of the rivers at the forefront of his travels as the Mighty Zambezi. Livingstone was the first European Explorer to travel across trans continental Africa from Luanda to Mozambique. He was a light traveller and this gave him extra kudos with local Chiefs, as well as his reassurances that he was not a threat. The British backed his second expedition to the Zambezi, however he was unable to safely navigate the Cabora Bassa rapids in Mozambique, which he had not seen on his first trip to the region. Despite being viewed as a “failure” by many back in the UK, the trip was a very worthwhile project for the scientists working with Livingstone to collect … Continue reading
If you have chosen to raft the Zambezi River for your next adventure holiday, you have made a wonderful choice. What we’d like to share with you now are some of the amazing adventures you can take part in either before or after your rafting trip. It can sometimes offer a reduction in the cost of your flight if you fly out a day or two earlier to Livingstone in Zambia from either the UK or the United States. We’d like to point out some wonderful adventures you can take part in: 1. The “Devils Pool” on Livingstone Island: One of the best and most iconic activities on offer. Swim in the world’s most impressive “infinity pool” right on the edge of Victoria Falls. This activity is only open during low water (August – November) and includes a visit to Livingstone Island. 2. Cheetah Encounter: Many guests have rated this as one of the highlights of their trip. You’ll be collected from you hotel and be taken to the Cheetah centre where they work with this endangered species. Take one for a walk! 3. Lion Encounter: Walk in the bush with African Lions. No leashes or restraints and no enclosures. … Continue reading
It’s time to head south for the winter! If those autumn mornings are starting to feel a little chilly, then why not prolong winter just that little bit longer with a trip to the Zambezi River, Nepal or Patagonia. With Zambia reaches temperatures of 40 degrees celsius at this time of the year, it’s the place to be. The Zambezi river based out of Livingstone, Zambia is one of the top river trips in the world. With options for 4 and seven day trips on this wonderful river, you’ll not only experience the big warm water rapids, but the stunning beaches and wildlife and incredible food and guides. Our teams have local and international experience un-matched by any other company on the Zambezi. Compliment your trip with a few days game viewing in Botswana or if you prefer, then why not bungy, canoe or take a swim in the Angels Armchair on the edge of the Victoria Falls. Although it is now past the optimum time to raft the Sun Kosi (this is best late September) but still fantastic to raft either the Karnali River or the Tamur. Both are more expeditionary type trips is the west and east of … Continue reading
T.I.A. ? This Is Africa ? This is a saying that you learn quite quickly once you set foot on the Dark Continent. It’s a term used by many expats to accompany the sighs of frustration that come on a daily basis when you’re trying to accomplish even the simplest of tasks here in Africa. The lack of urgency in dealing with simple business deals by the Africans, the difficulty in obtaining many goods and services, and the general Hakuna Matata attitude can have the typical westerner throwing their arms up in the air, gritting their teeth, and mumbling curse words under their breath. Then the reality of the situation sinks in and you start to understand that you must go with the flow and take things in stride. It’s Africa. Things move slower. Goods are harder to come by. And business takes longer to transact. That’s the reality of the situation. Love it or leave it. Water By Nature runs whitewater rafting trips in three countries in Africa. I happen to find myself in the heart of southern Africa at the moment in the wild country of Zambia. Zambia is home to arguably the greatest whitewater-rafting trip in the … Continue reading