Zambezi kayaking holiday in Zambia is much more attainable than people might think! Mostly Class III, occasionally Class IV. Join a dream African kayak adventure
Not many conversations about kayaking go very far without mention of the Mighty Zambezi. It’s the dream African kayak adventure… 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 Zambezi kayaking holiday in Zambia is your chance to paddle the rapids made famous by top international paddlers, all under the expert tuition of world class instructors.
Itinerary for Zambezi kayaking holiday in Zambia
Day 1 - Arrive into Livingstone for your dream African kayak adventure. 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.
Day 2 - 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.
Day 3 - 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.
Day 4 - We now have our gear raft with all provisions for the rest of the Zambezi kayaking holiday in Zambia. 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!
Day 5 - 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.
Day 6 - We walk our first rapid, the Class 6 Lower Moemba before heading down to the dam-site 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.
Day 7 - 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.
Day 8 - Today, we have a BLAST! All the best rapids in one day as a finale to your Dream African kayak adventure. 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. Spectacular helicopter ride along the river and over Victoria Falls. We have a post trip meal in town and overnight at our hotel.
Day 9 - Transfer back to Livingstone airport for your flight back home.