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From Livingstone & Victoria Falls: Zambezi Half-Day Rafting

1. From Livingstone & Victoria Falls: Zambezi Half-Day Rafting

Choose the adventure of a lifetime by rafting in the famous Zambezi River. After being picked up from your hotel or lodge in Livingstone, sit back and relax as you drive in air-conditioned comfort to the entrance of Victoria Falls, your starting point for the day. After a comprehensive safety talk from your guide, set off on a small hike down to the Zambezi River where you will pass through spectacular basalt rocks and have the opportunity to take photos of the splendid views. Then, take to the water to start practicing the techniques you will need to tackle the rapids.  Once you are ready, you will tackle the first rapid of the day, 'the Boiling Pot'. Get drenched as you continue through the rapids, riding the Stairway to Heaven, Gulliver's Travel and the Washing Machine in a non-stop heart-pumping adventure down the river. Once you reach the small rapids, you can choose to swim the Zambezi River for a final splash in the water. Finish the day by hiking back up the gorge where a delicious lunch and refreshments will await you before you transferral back to Livingstone. 

Victoria Falls: Tiger Fishing Trip on the Zambezi River

2. Victoria Falls: Tiger Fishing Trip on the Zambezi River

Choose between a full or half-day (morning or afternoon) excursion and go out in search of one of the toughest fish on the planet. Listen to fishing tips from your experienced guide then try your hand at catching a Tigerfish on the Zambezi River, one of the finest fishing spots in Africa. Begin your unique experience with a pick-up from your accommodation. Morning trips include freshly brewed Zimbabwean coffee or tea and snacks, whilst afternoon tours feature sundowners and snacks. Full-day excursions include a continental breakfast and a delicious lunch served in the shade of a Natal Mahogany or Jackalberry tree., with hammocks close by. Cast your line into the Zambezi River and try and catch a bite from one of the 60 species of fish that inhabit the area. Aim to catch and release a Tigerfish as well as other species that thrive during different parts of the year.

Livingstone: Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

3. Livingstone: Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

Climb aboard the impressive African Queen or the slightly smaller, but equally luxurious African Princess which are berthed upstream of Victoria Falls. Embark on a fully inclusive sunset cruise which departs daily. Admire spectacular views of the Zambezi River and surrounding nature reserves. Enjoy great cuisine and friendly, professional service which will ensure you have an unforgettable river cruise experience. Return road transfers from local Livingstone accommodation venues are included in the cruise rates. Guests are collected half an hour before the cruise departs.

Victoria Falls: Zambezi River White Water Rafting Experience

4. Victoria Falls: Zambezi River White Water Rafting Experience

Your friendly driver or guide will collect you from your Victoria Falls hotel in the early morning. Enjoy a light breakfast before climbing into a jeep for a drive to the Zambezi River. Upon arrival, put on your gear and practice key safety maneuvers before hiking a steep trail to the put-in. Your group’s abilities and preferences determine the type of raft you take out, from a guide-controlled oar raft to a passenger-controlled paddle raft, this ensures a safe and fun trip for everyone. Low water season, when the rapids are most intense, is typically between August and December, while high water season occurs between January and March and then again in June and July. You'll hammer your way through notorious rapids with terrifying names like The Overland Truck-eater and Gnashing Jaws of Death. Upon arrival at your endpoint, you'll hike with your guide to the top of the gorge and enjoy cold beers and a BBQ before getting dropped back to your hotel. Rafting the Zambezi is 4-hours of pure whitewater adrenaline not including pick-ups and drop-off times. 

Victoria Falls Safari with Lunch and Sunset Cruise

5. Victoria Falls Safari with Lunch and Sunset Cruise

You will be picked up from your hotel at 7:00 AM and make your way to the Zambezi National Park where your game drive will take place in an open four-wheel drive vehicle. Your qualified guide will drive you through the unique Zimbabwean bush, covering a genuinely wild, unfenced wilderness area. You may be lucky enough to spot a variety of animals, including elephants, zebras, giraffes, lions, buffaloes, leopards and much more. At 11:00 AM, you will go on a guided tour of Victoria Falls to witness one of the greatest shows on earth – the raging waters of the Zambezi River crashing into the Batoka Gorge. This experience takes you through parts of the Victoria Falls Rainforest to the cliffs opposite the massive cascade. From here, you will get the best view of the main falls. Get ready to witness the remarkable power of nature, and a spectacle you will remember for a lifetime.  At 1:00 PM, make your way to the Lookout Café where lunch will be provided with a spectacular view. Perched 120m above the turbulent rapids of the Zambezi River, this is undoubtedly the best view in Victoria Falls. You can select your lunch from the à la carte menu while you relax and take in the amazing views. Alcoholic drinks and non-alcoholic drinks can be bought from the cash bar.  Your driver will then take you back to your hotel for a small break while waiting for the sundowner cruise. At 4:30 PM you'll be picked up again for the sunset cruise down the majestic Zambezi River. This is a fantastic time to be on the river to observe wildlife as they come down to the river for their last drink. You will slowly make your way along the Zambezi River and witness one of the most beautiful sunsets on the African continent. You can experience nature’s beauty and splendor while enjoying a refreshing drink from the cash bar. Return to your hotel at approximately 7:30 PM after what will undoubtedly be a fantastic day.

Zambezi River: Full Day Whitewater Rafting Experience

6. Zambezi River: Full Day Whitewater Rafting Experience

After being picked up from your hotel or lodge in an air-conditioned vehicle, drive for about 30 minutes to the Victoria Falls entrance where the tour will start. Receive a comprehensive safety talk given by your guide before you hike down to the Zambezi River. The hike will last about 10-15 minutes depending on your fitness level. Find your raft in the river, prepared by the raft crew. Then start practicing the techniques with the assistance of your guide. Tackle the first rapid of your day called the Boiling Pot. Paddle for the first 10 rapids, covering a throng of class 5 rapids that include the Stairway to Heaven, Gulliver's Travels, and Washing Machine. When you reach rapid number 10, stop for a snack break and a short rest. Tackle the remaining section of the river with rapids like Terminator, Mother All, and Oblivion. A the end of the adrenaline-filled trip, hike back through the Batoka Gorge. When you reach the top, find a delicious lunch with refreshments waiting for you. Drive back to Livingstone, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation. Receive videos and photos of your trip the next day online. 

From Victoria Falls: Chobe Day Safari with Buffet Lunch

7. From Victoria Falls: Chobe Day Safari with Buffet Lunch

You will be picked up at around 7:00 AM from your hotel in Victoria Falls or Livingstone before being transferred to the Kazungula border, where you'll meet your Botswanan guide. Head straight to the Chobe River for the morning game-viewing by boat, where you will be able to see crocodiles, hippos, elephants, and some wildlife on the banks of the river. The first safari ends at 12:30 PM. Following, go to a hotel on the riverbank for lunch. A buffet lunch, drinks, and mineral water are provided at no extra charge. After lunch, jump into a Jeep for the second safari. The afternoon game drive starts at around 2:00 PM and it ends around 4:00 PM. You will be taken through the main sightseeing areas of the Chobe National Park where you stand a good chance of seeing the Big Five, as well as loads of antelope and other game species that live in the region. Afterwards, you'll be taken back to the Kazungula border. At the border, meet with your Zimbabwean guide for the return transfer to your hotel, where you will arrive around 6:00 PM.

From Livingstone: Victoria Falls River Safari

8. From Livingstone: Victoria Falls River Safari

Discover the upper Zambezi River on a specially designed propeller-free safari boat that can operate in water as shallow as 20 cm. This increases the operational range to as close as 200 meters from Victoria Falls and allows you to cruise to amazing parts of the Zambezi that have previously been out of reach. Enjoy the thrill of speeding over rapids, before you slow down to spot game around the islands. Enjoy exceptional service, a spirit of adventure, excellent bird and game viewing, and extraordinary photographic opportunities. Your boat will have cushioned seats and is equipped with a bird book and route map for your convenience. An experienced skipper will lead your safari and share interesting information about the river, the wildlife you see, and the history of the area.

Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe: Scenic day Tour & Sunset Cruise

9. Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe: Scenic day Tour & Sunset Cruise

Join a knowledgeable local guide on a walk through the Victoria Falls rainforest, a journey with a view of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Your local guide will tell you of interesting facts about the geology, wildlife and history of Africa’s most famous landmark. Next on your trip, head to Lookout Café and sit down for a delicious lunch with a spectacular view. Enjoy your meal perched 120 meters above the turbulent rapids of the Zambezi River, undoubtedly the best view in Victoria Falls. Select your lunch from the à la carte menu while you relax and take in the amazing views. Alcoholic drinks and non-alcoholic drinks can be bought from the cash bar. To end the day, go on a sunset cruise down the majestic Zambezi River. Share in the end-of-day ritual which sees wild herds streaming to the river banks for their last drink. Don’t forget to take a camera to capture the magical sunset over a magnificent skyline on the Zambezi River.

From Livingstone & Victoria Falls: Rafting & Safari Combo

10. From Livingstone & Victoria Falls: Rafting & Safari Combo

After a transfer from your hotel, raft one of the finest rivers in the world, the Mighty Zambezi - a must-do activity in Livingstone. Listen to a comprehensive briefing on top of the Batoka Gorge, hike down the to the river, and see the splendid view of Victoria Falls from below. Paddle through a series of Class 3- 5 rapids including Boiling Pot, the Morning Glory, Stairway to Heaven and the world's most action-packed rapid, the Oblivion. Having quenched your thirst for adrenaline, stop for a well-deserved BBQ lunch on top of the gorge. The following day, continue the adventure with a relaxed tour through the Chobe National Park. Discover thousands of wildlife species including elephants, antelopes, and buffaloes. Keep your eyes peeled for lions and leopards which can be also spotted. Next, during a boat safari, gaze in awe at the hippos wallowing below you. Learn about how animals live and interact in the their natural habitats on this informative trip. Drive back to Livingstone with many fantastic memories and find your photos and videos that were taken during the rafting trip waiting for you.

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It was an exceptional day with James and the crew making us feel safe and comfortable. Paddling through the Zambezi with everyone was a great day and would recommend this to everyone! We felt looked after and the videographer would go to great lengths to ensure he got the right shots. The effort everyone put into the day was phenomenal. The guides are all locals (being a local company compared to some other places) and were able to provide a lot of information about the area. If you are thinking about going white water rafting - choose manu adventures! If you are staying on the Zimbabwe side please make sure you have the UniVisa.

AMAZING! Whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River with Enoch and his team at Maano was the best rafting experience I have ever had! Heart pumping excitement, beautiful river gorges, class 5 rapids- I could not stop smiling!! I want to do it again and again and again. The team was very professional, safe and respectful. They took great care of my luggage while we were on the activity and saw me safely across the border. The hike down and then up from the river was a great workout- I needed it after many days of traveling.

A totally amazing day! The staff was extremely professional and competent, and insured that all of us were totally safe. The rapids were fun and the beauty of the gorge impossible to describe. The water was refreshing and we were able to do some swimming in between the rapids. Lunch was delicious. Good walking shoes are needed to hike down and back up the gorge. For fair skinned people, it is best to wear long sleeves as there is little time to reapply sunscreen. I will be back to do it again!

Absolutely amazing experience. Highly recommend! We saw so many elephants, hippos, crocodiles and many more. Our guides were absolutely amazing and nice and the picnic set-up was super cute. They dropped us off at the Zambia/Zimbabwe border so I highly recommend this for anyone staying in Victoria falls Zimbabwe too.

Amazing experience huge rapids, was a thrilling experience. The guide was great and prevented us falling out a few times!