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9 days
Arrival Airport
Livingstone (LVI)
river grade
Air Temp
35°C (95°F)
Water Temp
24°C (75°F)
3 nights
5 nights


Not many conversations about kayaking go very far without mention of the Mighty Zambezi. What many people don’t realise is that the vast majority of the trip is Class 3 with the odd Class 4… and it’s all warm water! This makes it attainable to most paddlers with a solid roll. In order that you will get the most from your time on the river we have designed a trip where your skills will improve as the trip progresses, finishing with a stunning multi-day trip and a spectacular helicopter flight back to town. This is your chance to paddle the rapids made famous by top international paddlers, all under the expert tuition of world class instructors.


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Destination Map

What you will be up to


Arrive into Livingstone. We transfer you to your hotel and then it’s off for a sunset cruise on the upper Zambezi. Enjoy your sundowners whilst watching hippos and elephants on the riverbanks.

Not included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


The first day of whitewater on the Zambezi. We drive to the top of the batoka gorge and walk in at rapid 10. A chance to paddle the lower section of the river up to Rapid 21. Trips are timed to give you the best chance at surfing the world class 12B! Overnight at our hotel.

Included: All meals


We have a hearty breakfast and head to today’s put in right beneath Victoria Falls. We enjoy a lunch together beneath the falls before taking on some of the best rapids on the planet! Stairway to Heaven, Devils Toilet Bowl and The Midnight Diner are just a few. We reach our first night camp.

Included: All meals


We now have our gear raft with all provisions for the rest of the trip. We put on at rapid 10 to run the section we ran on our first day, stopping to enjoy another surf at 12B. A chance to play up for the videograher, who accompanies all our trips. Later in the day, a chance to run Oblivion!

Included: All meals


Today we make an early start to head down to Closed and Open season. Today has some brilliant rapids with Narrows One through to Four, Chamamba and Upper Moemba. We camp at surely one of the best river campsites in the world.

Included: All meals


We walk our first rapid, the Class 6 Lower Moemba before heading down to the damsite and the best rapid on the entire Zambezi, Ghostrider. Here we are met by our helicopter with lunch and ice cold drinks and we fly back to our lodge high above number 17 on the Zambezi.

Included: All meals


Transfer into town and a chance to check out a few more of the activities available in the Falls. Microlight flights, bungy jumping, gorge swinging, abseiling, the list is endless.

Included: Breakfast


Today, we have a BLAST! All the best rapids in one day as a finale to your trip. Paddle from Number One (The Wall) to Number 18 (Oblivion) and paddle what is arguably the best day run of kayaking anywhere in the world. We have a post trip meal in town.

Included: Breakfast and Lunch


Transfer back to Livingstone airport for your flight back home.

Included: Breakfast

Speak to a WBN Advisor

UK +44 1709 802 203

USA +1 303 261 8896

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Dates & Prices

Saturday 20 August 2022 - Sunday 28 August 20229 days£2795€3095$3995
Saturday 27 August 2022 - Sunday 4 September 20229 days£2795€3095$3995
Saturday 3 September 2022 - Sunday 11 September 20229 days£2795€3095$3995
Saturday 17 September 2022 - Sunday 25 September 20229 days£2795€3095$3995
Saturday 1 October 2022 - Sunday 9 October 20229 days£2795€3095$3995
Saturday 15 October 2022 - Sunday 23 October 20229 days£2795€3095$3995
Saturday 22 October 2022 - Sunday 30 October 20229 days£2795€3095$3995

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 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$700). 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 possession already what is needed for a kayaking vacation. We have broken down here the items into what you’ll need on the river and in camp. An equipment list of what you will require for your adventure will be sent to you prior to your departure.

River Fashion & Kayaking Gear:

  • A pair of Chacos, Keens or similar open sandals.
  • A pair of River shorts or swimming costume.
  • Long sleeved lycra top to wear under your life jacket.
  • A long sleeved drytop for August trips and short sleeved for September and October
  • A kayaking helmet.
  • A kayaking PFD (Minimum 2 years old)
  • Your spraydeck
  • Your kayaking paddle
  • Wide brimmed sunhat – can be purchased form our river crew
  • Sunglasses.
  • Chums for fastening your sunglasses to your head – ca be purchased from our Water Shop
  • Nalgene or similar water bottle – can be purchased from our Water Shop
  • Carabiner for fastening water bottle to your boat.
  • Thermal Top for cooler evenings. Medium weight – Heavyweight Capilene or polypropylene is the best.
  • Waterproof sunscreen and lip balm SPF15 minimum.
  • We recommend bringing your own personal kayaking gear. We have a range of kayaks available. If you wish to bring your own boat, you may do so. Contact us for the list of boats we have and also for suggestions to get your boat here.

For evenings and around camp

  • 2 x Lightweight long trousers.
  • 2 x Lightweight Long Sleeved shirt.
  • Fleece jacket for evenings
  • Light weight down jacket – early mornings and evenings can be cool until the sun comes up, especially in August
  • Ladies should bring a long skirt or sarong to cover your legs whilst in the company of locals.
  • Underwear.
  • Glasses or Contact lenses. Disposable lenses are ideal.
  • Toiletries. Toothbrush, toothpaste, biodegradable soap and shampoo.
  • Forget the cosmetics and hair dryer! But we do suggest moisturizer.
  • Hand wipes and hand sanitizer
  • A 3-season sleeping bag. (4 Season for August departures)
  • Travel Pillow.
  • Small pack towel.
  • Headlamp or head torch and spare batteries.
  • Shoes or boots for wearing around camp and on hikes.
  • Insect Repellent.
  • Any medication you may be taking.

Optional Items

  • Your favourite book or a journal for recording your river memories.
  • Sketchpad.
  • Photographic or video equipment. On most expeditions we provide a waterproof pelicase for these items. We recommend a cleaning kit as sand gets everywhere. Bring a spare memory card or plenty of film. Also bring spare batteries for your camera.
  • Waterproof disposable camera for the “action” on the raft shots.
  • An extra bag to bring back a wooden hippo, a carpet,  or anything else you may purchase on your holiday!
  • A few zip lock bags to keep valuables water and sand free.

Personal Spending

  • The only money that you need to bring is for meals in town, souvenirs, DVD, personal items and the beer kitty for the raft trip if you drink. Please remember that many of the countries we visit do offer Credit Card and ATM facilities and for a small charge you can withdraw cash either from your account or Credit Card for convenience.
  • If you wish to pass on a gratuity to your guide we leave this entirely up to you.
  • Basically, we advise you to keep things as light as possible, without skimping on the necessities. It is great to bring back a load of goodies for everybody back at home.

You do NOT need to bring

  • Tents, sleeping mats.

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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.


Updated: 22 April 2021

Travelling from the UK

Zambia is open to travellers from the UK.

Zambia’s borders are open, but under health screening.

Tourist and business visit visas are available in advance and on arrival in Zambia.

All travellers to Zambia must produce evidence of a PCR COVID-19 negative test taken in the 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. Visitors are responsible for monitoring their condition for 14 days after arrival, and should report any occurrence of COVID-19 symptoms to medical authorities.

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

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