Itai Shacham

Senior Guide

Where do you call home?

Home for me for the past 20 years is the banks of the Jordan River, where I run a local operation in the winters and spring. I love this river.

What do you love most about multi-day trips?

My favourite style of rafting is remote expedition style rafting trips like the Zanskar, Tambopata, Tamur. Places that are dominated by nature and not man.

When did you start working for Water By Nature?

I started working with Water By Nature 3 years ago, bringing my clients from back home and working with best operator in the business.

Your best river meal you like to prepare?

Best river meal is definitely “Matfune”- stuffed chicken, wrapped in aluminium foil and buried in a pit covered with charcoal.

Favourite Rapid?

I love “Dolor De Muelas” on the Apurimac river, and for sure “Gulliver’s Travels” is one of my favourites.

Most important piece of equipment you take on every adventure?

On expeditions i always carry a saw, always comes handy for the fires at night.

Biggest achievement to date?

Being a full time dad and still able to live the the lifestyle i love

What do you do when you are not on the river?

When not on the river i usually guide trekking, multi adventure and 4×4 trips.

Favourite band?

Love Led-Zeppelin. It doesn’t get better than that!

Best River story?

Running the Rufiji river in Tanzania was probably the most epic, yet scary river trip of my life. 8 days crossing 20,000 hippos with 1 full attack, a ripped raft and 16 hours of repair.

Favourite rafting trips?

There are a few rafting trips that i really loved that unfortunately lost to dams: The Omo, The Coruh to name a few. I think the Zanskar has a good combination of whitewater, remoteness, and one hell if a spectacular canyon.

Anywhere still on the rafting ‘bucket list’?

The Watut is the next river for sure on my bucket list