Water by Nature blog

Mother Nature Is In Charge – Covid-19

Hamish McMaster


Be warned, this is not an e mail to tell you to wash your hands or that we have implemented a policy of hand sanitising (we already do this stuff on trips).  Those of you who have travelled with us before will know we have no shortage of loo roll. We even put a square […]

6 Of The Best Short and Long Rafting Trips

Hamish McMaster


Hamish McMaster gives his verdict on the 3 best short rafting adventures and his 3 favourite longer rafting trips in the world. Some of our guests love the ‘quick fix’ on a river trip. For others, it’s genuinely about spending as many nights as possible on the water, to relax and unwind with the help […]

Rafting With Kids – What’s it All About?

Hamish McMaster


After doing a number of multiday trips with our kids Holly and Josh, and having taken literally thousands of kids rafting over my quarter century leading trips, here are a few of my tips to make for a perfect family trip both for Mum and Dad, and the kids.   Choose an Appropriate Trip: This […]

7 Of The Best Fall and Winter Rafting Adventures

Hamish McMaster


Hamish McMaster sat down with the team in the office and the guide crews on the water to come up with our favourite autumn and winter adventures.  If you’re anything like me, you probably struggle a little coming out of summer and heading into winter, knowing that it can be a long time between adventures. […]

5 Comfort Items You May Not Have Thought Would Be On A River Trip

Hamish McMaster


Hamish McMaster chats about what items Water By Nature have on their adventures to ensure you are just a little more comfortable. Comfortable Chairs: While we don’t go quite as far as a La-Z-Boy, our very comfortable camping chairs are a welcome sight when you reach camp. Sit back, relax, and take in your view […]

The Zambezi Season Is Underway – What You Need To Know

Hamish McMaster


Hamish McMaster, the owner and founder of Water By Nature, is also a seasoned Zambezi rafting veteran. Unlike many of the local company owners, Hamish still actively guides trips, something he is reticent to give up. Weather & Water Conditions: The Zambezi is at its best in ‘low’ water. Our season starts in July (Southern […]

7 Of The Greatest Views Or Stops On Your Adventure

Hamish McMaster


Hamish McMaster, Owner & Founder of Water By Nature, explains some of his favourite places to stop and take in the stunning area you are in.  After trekking the world in search of the greatest rivers to run, there are plenty of memories that stay with me. I can still close my eyes and see […]

Why NOW Is The Time To Raft The Zambezi

Hamish McMaster


Very few rivers are as iconic as the Zambezi river apart from perhaps the Grand Canyon. For the past 25 years that I have been rafting this world class river, there have been rumours, failed deals, and false alarms of a dam that would flood the rapids and alter the natural landscape. Now, things are […]

5 Of The Best Wine And Beverage Pairings For Your Adventure

Hamish McMaster


Hamish McMaster, Owner & Founder of Water By Nature explains some of his favourite beverages to accompany a certain trip, depending on where you are travelling.  There is nothing quite as satisfying as a ‘perfect’ drink at the end of a day of adventure. It gives us the chance to unwind, relax and recount the […]