White water rafting the Zambezi, Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is a hive of activity and the centre of adrenalin in southern Africa.  From bungee jumping to white water rafting and kayaking, microlight flights and walking with lions, there is more than enough here to keep the family occupied for a few days during your safari.  The Zambezi River offers possibly the best white water rafting in Africa.

The Creamy White Buttocks is named for the countless ill-prepared rafters who have lost their shorts whilst negotiating this rapid.  The scenery of the Batoka Gorge below Victoria Falls is spectacular; sheer, cubic black rocks fall from the sky to the river which navigates an extreme series of hairpin bends where rapids are interspersed by eerily calm stretches.  During these respites, you can take a relaxing dip and watch the steep walls sway above you.

Depending on the time of the year, you start rafting at The Boiling Pot right below the Falls or as far along as rapid 4 or 11.  Between September and November you can expect general carnage – lots of grade 4 and 5 rapids and the likelihood of airborne people jettisoned from flipping rafts.  From December to March, the river is relatively mellow and the adrenalin-factor more moderate.   June to August can be either pretty tame or quite manic depending on what the mighty Zambezi is upto.

Posted by: Amanda Mitchell

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