White Water Rafting in Victoria Falls
White-knuckle, Luxury Adventure
Way back in 1855, after seeing Victoria Falls for the first time, David Livingstone famously wrote that “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”. The magical Mosi-oa-Tunya, which translates to ‘Smoke that Thunders’, is indeed a sight to behold, but this powerful waterfall offers far more luxury and adventure than what initially meets the eye.
Seeing this natural wonder in all its cascading glory is nothing short of awe-inspiring, but you can soak up its waters in an entirely different way too. The river runs wild along the mighty Zambezi below, and many people regard it to be one of the world’s greatest five-star, white water rafting experiences.
Your white water rafting adventure can vary depending on the time of year you visit this remarkable region, so you may wish to plan your trip accordingly. There are three main options available — the Low Water Run, which is approximately available from August to December; the High Water Run, which is available in Jan and February, then again in June and July; or the High Water Splash and Dash, which is great if you are visiting in June.
If you do the Low Water Run, you can expect a day filled with 19 rapids, and you will undoubtedly feel the exhilaration of taking on some of the biggest rapids for which the Zambezi is famous.
During the rainy seasons, the floodwaters of the Zambezi River collect on the Barotse Plains in Zambia before reaching Zimbabwe. During these periods of rain, Mosi-oa-Tunya swells to her maximum height, and this is when the High Water Run of 14 magnificent rapids is available.
Alternatively, if you’re new to white water rafting and want to enjoy the river at a less breakneck speed, the Splash and Dash in June may be better suited to you. This runs at the beginning and end of the rafting season when many of the larger, more intense rapids, have either been washed out or are too dangerous for commercial rafting. The Splash and Dash will take you along a fast-flowing stretch of the river, but it is still considered to be more of a scenic trip as the rapids are quite gentle compared to at other times. Although less hair-raising, the gorge and the river are breathtakingly beautiful following the rainy season, and the whirlpools can still pose a few fun surprises.
After a day spent being wet and wild in the water, what better way to wind down than in a luxury safari lodge on the banks of the same river that you’ve just been hurtling along? Victoria Falls River Lodge was the first private game lodge built in the Zambezi National Park, and this pioneer lodge is so close to Victoria Falls that you can still see the spray.
Choose from a luxury tent with a private deck and plunge pool; an exclusive treehouse that is nestled among the treetops on a private island; or a starbed treehouse that is set on stilts in such a manner that it appears to be suspended above the Zambezi River
This area has gained a reputation in recent years as being an adventure capital in Southern Africa, so you won’t have to worry about being bored once your day of white water rafting comes to an end.
You can fill your luxury holiday at Victoria Falls River Lodge with a range of adrenaline-fuelled activities, from exploring the Upper Zambezi on a canoe safari, to appreciating the true splendour of the Victoria Falls on a helicopter flight (customised helicopters have specially designer windows that are perfect for panoramas and photography). And if you’re up for some more thrills and spills, prepare to shriek with delight by taking to a zipline, gorge swing or flying fox above the river!
Contact Elite Travel Concept when you’re ready for a white-knuckle, luxury adventure.
(Information for this blog was gathered from the Victoria Falls River Lodge website.)