At a glance

Duration
8 days
Cost
£3595
Arrival Airport
Livingstone (LVI) Zambia
Grade
river grade
Air Temp
35°C (95°F)
Water Temp
24°C (75°F)
Camping
3 nights
Hotel
4 nights

Overview


No matter whether your idea of being an “adrenaline junkie” is doing a relaxing sunset cruise or doing a gorge swing, this trip has something to offer EVERY taste. In addition to a superb trip down all the best rapids on the Zambezi River and a spectacular helicopter flight back to Livingstone, you’ll get to choose from a list of activities to do after your river trip that will make the trip as adrenaline charged or relaxing as YOU choose. With such a wide variety of adventures to choose from including a microlight flight, elephant ride, walking with lions, rhino walk, bridge swing, inflatable kayaking, safari day trip, bungy, tiger fishing or relaxing and taking in the view on Livingstone Island, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Come and see why Jack Osbourne and Elijah Wood found this trip so special. Other trips on offer in this destination are the Zambezi Blast with its safari, the classic Mighty Zambezi, or the African Odyssey Experience.

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What you will be up to


1

Your Water By Nature trip leader will meet you at Livingstone Airport and escort you to your hotel. Late afternoon, there is the option of a relaxing sunset cruise to help you unwind from your journey. On occasion we see elephant, hippo and other wildlife on the cruise as well as a spectacular sunset.

Not included: Dinner

2

This morning after a hearty breakfast, we’ll take you down to the “Boiling Pot”. Here you’ll get full safety and paddling instructions before we paddle across the first rapid and experience lunch beneath Victoria Falls. You’ll tackle the warm water rapids of the Zambezi in the afternoon, such as Stairway to Heaven and the Midnight Diner. Today we’ll conquer more than a dozen world class rapids before we reach camp at Songwe Point. Here you’ll have sundowners with your fellow adventurers and guides.

Included: All meals

3

After the sun wakes you up with it’s warmth on the side of your tent, we have a coffee and cooked breakfast, load the rafts we are ready to tackle the warm water of the Zambezi. We run some amazing rapids today including “Creamy White Buttocks, The Mother and the famous Oblivion.” As the teams confidence grows, you’ll feel yourself tackling some of the biggest rapids in the world with total courage and boldness. Tonight we camp at Bobo camp on the banks of the Zambezi in complete tranquility apart from the crackling fire and a few stories being told.

Included: All meals

4

You’ll really be in holiday mode now as the smell of breakfast wafts over to your tent. Our first rapid this morning is Morning Shower, your wake up call for the day. As the sun dries you off we get to some of the best scenery and most spectacular rapids of the trip. Baobab trees line the shore and we tackle the excellent rapid Open Season and the series of rapids called “The Narrows”. We stop for a lunch of salads and a short siesta before the biggest and best rapid of the trip so far, “Upper Moemba”. Tonight we camp between this large rapid and Lower Moemba, a portage, a great place for our wine and cheese evening!

Included: All meals

5

We leave our gear raft guide this morning and we take empty rafts with us and our safety gear to tackle the best rapid of the trip Ghostrider. A series of 3 large waves, this is the best finish to any raft trip in the world. Here, you’ll be collected by helicopter and flown back to Taita Falcon Lodge high above the Zambezi, where the whole group will meet up and enjoy a group dinner together.

Included: All meals

6

Today, you’ll have the choice as to how adventurous or relaxing you’d like your trip to be. Simply choose 2 activities from our “African Experience Day” of what you’d like to do and we’ll schedule them all in and make them happen.

Half Day – Lion & Rhino Encounter
Livingstone Island – High Tea 
(recommended by guests)
Half Day – Canoeing
Half Day – Bridge Swing

Included: Breakfast and TWO activities

7

Today features your “African Adrenaline Day”. Bungy or kayaking not your thing? Explore Southern Africas best game reserve in Chobe for the day* (This will require getting a double entry visa upon entry into Zambia) Simply choose ONE Activity from the list and we’ll arrange everthing else.

Botswana Safari – Day trip
Inflatable kayaking – recommended by guests
Microlight flight – 15 minutes
Bungy Jump

Included: Breakfast and ONE activity

8

After breakfast and perhaps some last minute shopping, we’ll take you to the airport for your flight home.

Included: Breakfast

Speak to a WBN Advisor


UK +44 1709 802 203

USA +1 303 261 8896

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Dates & Prices


DatesDuration
Saturday 17 September 2022 - Saturday 24 September 20228 days£FULL€FULL$FULL
Sunday 18 September 2022 - Sunday 25 September 20228 days£3595€4250$4595
Sunday 2 October 2022 - Sunday 9 October 20228 days£3595€4250$4595
Sunday 16 October 2022 - Sunday 23 October 20228 days£3595€4250$4595
Sunday 23 October 2022 - Sunday 30 October 20228 days£3595€4250$4595
Saturday 5 August 2023 - Saturday 12 August 20238 days£3950€4650$4950
Sunday 13 August 2023 - Sunday 20 August 20238 days£3950€4650$4950
Saturday 19 August 2023 - Saturday 26 August 20238 days£3950€4650$4950
Sunday 20 August 2023 - Sunday 27 August 20238 days£3950€4650$4950
Saturday 26 August 2023 - Saturday 2 September 20238 days£3950€4650$4950
Sunday 27 August 2023 - Sunday 3 September 20238 days£3950€4650$4950
Saturday 2 September 2023 - Saturday 9 September 20238 days£3950€4650$4950
Sunday 3 September 2023 - Sunday 10 September 20238 days£3950€4650$4950
Saturday 16 September 2023 - Saturday 23 September 20238 days£3950€4650$4950
Sunday 17 September 2023 - Sunday 24 September 20238 days£3950€4650$4950
Sunday 1 October 2023 - Sunday 8 October 20238 days£3950€4650$4950
Sunday 15 October 2023 - Sunday 22 October 20238 days£3950€4650$4950
Sunday 22 October 2023 - Sunday 29 October 20238 days£3950€4650$4950

Flights to Livingstone, Zambia

We are always happy to give advice on flight options for your Zambezi adventure. Please call our UK or US office.

There are many options for your flight to Livingstone via Johannesburg with VirginLufthansaSouth African or Etihad. Fewer options exist between Johannesburg and Livingstone (LVI). For this sector you can buy flights with South African or BA.  For UK customers, we suggest checking on skyscanner.net for good deals. In the U.S., try Exito Travel for a competitive quote.

Please ensure you DO NOT book your flights until your trip is CONFIRMED to run by our office.

We have price and departure date information here (river prices only – flights not included).

In order to secure your place just pay your deposit  of £600 per person (U.S. customers pay USD$750). Your final trip payment is not due until 90 days before your trip. See our Terms and Conditions for full payment terms.

Please note that prices shown in Euros and USD are indicative only, as they fluctuate daily. The actual rate payable is always GBP only. Prices shown in GBP & USD are payable. UK residents should pay in GBP and USA residents should pay in USD.

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What you should bring


We find most of our clients have in their posession already what is needed for our river rafting expeditions. We have broken down here the items into what you’ll need on the river and in camp. Each guest will get a drybag to use for the trip once in Livingstone. A short video on the size of this and how to pack your drybag can be viewed here. An equipment list of what you will require for your adventure will be sent to you prior to your departure along with your Water By Nature Travel Bag.

River Fashion:

  • A pair of Chacos / Keens or similar sandals. (Sandals with a closed toe are ideal)
  • A pair of river shorts (longer leg length)  Available from our online Water Shop.
  • A Swimming costume or bikini for ladies.
  • A rash vest (not cotton) or long sleeved top to wear under your personal flotation device.
  • A baseball cap for under the helmet to keep sun off – can be purchased from our online Water Shop.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Chums for fastening your sunglasses to your head – can be purchased on line or from your river crew.
  • 1 Litre Nalgene / Sigg or similar water bottle.
  • Carabiner for fastening water bottle to your boat.
  • Waterproof camera such as GoPro for the ‘action’ shots
  • Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm SPF30 minimum.

For evenings and around camp:

  • 1 pair of Lightweight  neutral coloured long trousers.
  • 2 Lightweight tops – long sleeved shirt or t shirt.
  • 1 pair of Shorts.
  • Fleece jumper / sweatshirt.
  • Sarong.
  • Wide brimmed sun hat.
  • Underwear.
  • A 4-season sleeping bag for August departures, 3-season sleeping bag for September onwards. (Can be hired in advance)
  • Travel Pillow.
  • Light weight down jacket for August departures.
  • Flip flops for wearing around camp.
  • Thermal top and bottoms. (Good to sleep in)

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Image of raft under Victoria Falls

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The zambezi!

Rated 5 out of 5
26th August 2022

absolutely outstanding trip! Did the zambezi ultimate adventure and everything was perfect and organized, every question or problem i had was quickly solved by hamish john and the local crew.

Thank you for great memories 🙏

Vladi

Amazing Rafting Trip on the Zambezi

Rated 5 out of 5
19th December 2018

Water by Nature and all the staff were fabulous both in the UK and in Zambia. A great trip which has left me with a lifetimes worth of amazing memories. Isaac and the team on the river cooked up some truly fabulous food, no complaints at all. I can’t recommend them enough and the next time I’m looking for a similar trip I know who I’ll be booking with.

Thanks guys

Andy Powell

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