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How It Feels To Run Your First Company Rafting Trip After 14 Months

Hamish McMaster


We have become extremely accomplished at thumb twiddling, learning how to stay positive about the future of travel (even when we were not so sure about it ourselves!). We’ve been trying to reduce and streamline costs, while at the same time trying to look after local guides who have had no income. It is like […]

Plan Your Upcoming Adventure Now With Our Traffic Light System

Hamish McMaster


Let’s face it, there is a huge desire to travel again after spending most of our winter in our homes. Despite how comfy our sofa and kitchen are, the desire to travel to amazing places will never lose its appeal to folks who love to experience new cultures. If you have visited any of our […]

Here Comes 2020 – Grade V All The Way

Hamish McMaster


In February 2020, a crew of adventurers and I were busy having fun in New Zealand. The only challenges we were facing were standard for an adventure company — re-arranging the order of rivers on our New Zealand River Rafting Road Trip given the large amount of rain we were getting. We followed this with […]

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 […]

The Zambezi Season – 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 […]

Rafting The Zambezi – 5 Reasons To Make this Your Next Adventure

Hamish McMaster


A whitewater rafting trip down the Zambezi is one of the world’s classic adventures. Our guests love the chance to relax and truly unwind on a seven day trip down the Mighty Zambezi. It offers many opportunities a shorter trip does not with awe inspiring scenery, wildlife, gigantic beaches and one incredible conclusion – a […]

You can do it. Break up with your phone for a week. Digital Detox

Hamish McMaster


As a company owner I am more than guilty of spending too much of my life on my computer and over time have had to ensure I make far more of an effort to ‘unplug’ and spend more time on the important stuff, family, experiences and holidays. It has made me think over the years […]

Is Rafting Scary, Or Am I Just A Wimp?

Hamish McMaster


Whitewater rafting over the years has been plagued by a number of myths scaring regular people away from this safe and fun vacation. We are sure you have heard a few of these over the years. When it comes to going on a rafting holiday, ask plenty of questions to your outfitter. You will flip […]