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Duration
8 days
Cost
£3195
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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Destination Map & Video


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

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USA +1 303 261 8896

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Dates & Prices


DatesDuration
Saturday 31 July 2021 - Saturday 7 August 20218 days£3195€3495$4150
Sunday 1 August 2021 - Sunday 8 August 20218 days£3195€3495$4150
Sunday 8 August 2021 - Sunday 15 August 20218 days£3195€3495$4150
Saturday 14 August 2021 - Saturday 21 August 20218 days£3195€3495$4150
Sunday 15 August 2021 - Sunday 22 August 20218 days£3195€3495$4150
Saturday 21 August 2021 - Saturday 28 August 20218 days£3195€3495$4150
Sunday 22 August 2021 - Sunday 29 August 20218 days£3195€3495$4150
Saturday 28 August 2021 - Saturday 4 September 20218 days£3195€3495$4150
Sunday 29 August 2021 - Sunday 5 September 20218 days£3195€3495$4150
Saturday 4 September 2021 - Saturday 11 September 20218 days£3195€3495$4150
Sunday 5 September 2021 - Sunday 12 September 20218 days£3195€3495$4150
Saturday 18 September 2021 - Saturday 25 September 20218 days£3195€3495$4150
Sunday 19 September 2021 - Sunday 26 September 20218 days£3195€3495$4150
Sunday 3 October 2021 - Sunday 10 October 20218 days£3195€3495$4150
Sunday 17 October 2021 - Sunday 24 October 20218 days£3195€3495$4150
Sunday 24 October 2021 - Sunday 31 October 20218 days£3195€3495$4150
Sunday 31 July 2022 - Sunday 7 August 20228 days£3195€3695$4495
Saturday 6 August 2022 - Saturday 13 August 20228 days£3195€3695$4495
Saturday 13 August 2022 - Saturday 20 August 20228 days£3195€3695$4495
Sunday 14 August 2022 - Sunday 21 August 20228 days£3195€3695$4495
Saturday 20 August 2022 - Saturday 27 August 20228 days£3195€3695$4495
Sunday 21 August 2022 - Sunday 28 August 20228 days£3195€3695$4495
Saturday 27 August 2022 - Saturday 3 September 20228 days£3195€3695$4495
Sunday 28 August 2022 - Sunday 4 September 20228 days£3195€3695$4495
Saturday 3 September 2022 - Saturday 10 September 20228 days£3195€3695$4495
Sunday 4 September 2022 - Sunday 11 September 20228 days£3195€3695$4495
Saturday 17 September 2022 - Saturday 24 September 20228 days£3195€3695$4495
Sunday 18 September 2022 - Sunday 25 September 20228 days£3195€3695$4495
Sunday 2 October 2022 - Sunday 9 October 20228 days£3195€3695$4495
Sunday 16 October 2022 - Sunday 23 October 20228 days£3195€3695$4495
Sunday 23 October 2022 - Sunday 30 October 20228 days£3195€3695$4495

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

Current COVID Travel Status To Zambia


Travelling from the US

Zambia is open to travellers from the US

 

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • For additional information on COVID-19 related guidelines and measures at Zambian airports, please go here.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes.
    • The current policy of the Zambian government is for testing to be done within 72 hours prior to arrival in Zambia. Those with negative COVID-19 test done over 72 hours before arrival in Zambia may be required to get an antigen COVID-19 testing at the airport. We recommend that you check with your airline for the latest guidance before departure.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes.
    • Zambia has implemented limited screening upon arrival at the international airport in Lusaka.  The screening entails completing COVID-19 risk assessment form and may include using no-touch thermometers (“thermo-scanners”) to check body temperature.   Symptomatic individuals will be required to self-isolate for 14 days and may be asked to submit samples for additional COVID-19 testing.
  • A negative COVID-19 test is not required by the Zambian government to exit Zambia but may be required by airlines in order to board international flights or by countries-of-destination in order to enter their borders.
  • For information regarding visa extensions for residents and/or tourists, please go here.

Quarantine Information 

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
  • As long as travelers to Zambia apply for entry to the country with a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the previous 72 hours, there is no quarantine. Travelers without this test will be denied entry.

ALWAYS CHECK WITH US BEFORE BOOKING FLIGHTS

Updated: 22 April 2021

Travelling from the UK

Currently Zambia is on the Governments ‘Red List’ meaning visitors who have been in or transited through Zambia in the previous 10 days cannot enter the UK. British and Irish nationals, and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK arriving in England from Zambia will be required to quarantine in a hotel  at your own expense.

Travelling from elsewhere then contact us to find out the latest.

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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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