The Water levels have increased forcing us to close all whitewater activities in the Zambezi. Meanwhile you can start planning for the coming season expected to commence Mid- May.
LOW WATER RUN
Pick up: 07:30 am
Drop off: between 14:00hrs and 15:00 hrs
Rapids done: #1-19 (26km)
Months: approx August to December.
Pick up: 07:30 am
Drop off: between 2.00 pm and 3.00pm
Rapids done: #1-10 (10km)
HIGH WATER RUN
Pick-up: 7:30 am
Drop-off between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Rapids done: #11-24 (16km) # 15- 28 (19km)
# 11- 28 (24km) This is High Water Full Stretch
Months: approx January through July.
We offer extra 5km compared to other companies on the Zambezi River when its high water rafting from rapid #15
FLOAT ABOVE FALLS & GAME DRIVE
Drive/Pick up: 7:00am
Drop off: between 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm
Rapids done: class 1 to 2 - (18 km)Months: approx January through June
The Walk Down to Rapid No 1 is very steep, slippery and tedious: If you are someone who fears height, please opt to start from Rapid 11!!
STERN MOUNT RAFTS
Stern Mount Rafts are good for everyone family, seniors & those who have done rafting before but prefer not to swim. This raft is the same as the free paddle, except it has a frame at the back with a spine board. Guests paddle with the assistance of the guide rowing his oars. The guide is in full control of the raft even if the guests do not paddle. Guests can paddle through the small waves then stop and hold onto the safety line in the rapids & kids can just seat at the middle or front of the raft with a special strap from USA to hold onto.
On this type of a boat, chances of flipping are very slim to none since the guide does not need much assistance to maneuver.
Paddle Rafts are the craziest option where the guide and guests all have paddles. There are no frame or oars and the guide shouts instructions as guests navigate rapids under the guide’s watchful eyes. Imagine going through a class 5 rapid without holding onto the rope but just a paddle with your guide shouting instructions to paddle hard.We make brief stops above some rapids to give our guests options and explain how we run the next rapid, chances of the boat going upside down, and where the safety kayaker will be waiting to pick you up if you end up in the water.
High or Low Water Half Stretch Normal Price $130 (Special $117)
Low Water Full Stretch Normal Price $133 (Special $119)
High Water Full Stretch Normal Price $170 (Special $153) - this trip available on request only minimum 4 people
Half / Full Stretch plus Full Body Massage ($170)
Full / Half Stretch Private Raft Trip Normal Price $1400
(carries up to 10 people) (Special $1040)
A walk down the Batoka Gorge
Rafting on the Zambezi is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. A wild one-day run beneath one of the Seven Wonder of the World. We carry a wide range of whitewater activities to suit every person including children, beginner paddlers, advanced paddlers and senior rafters.
We have a money back guarantee policy if not satisfied with our white water rafting tours (This applies only online bookings)
Staying in Livingstone Zambia, no worries... book your whitewater rafting with Shockwave Adventures!
Rafting has long been plagued by the myth that it is dangerous, extreme and only for adrenaline junkies.
Rafting is our profession, so we take it seriously. We are serious about safety, about good food, good times and serious about fun!We offer trips to suit all ages and abilities - it is not about fitness, it is about fun. Our youngest client to date was 8 years old, and our most mature was over 70 years old.
Your Safety is our number one priority on and off the river. Without exception we believe in our guides & safety kayakers with over 20 years experience on this river. Our biggest safety features are our world-class, certified, professional guides – you will appreciate the difference that they make.
Please make sure you wear quick-drying clothes such as nylon shorts, synthetic fleece or wool this means avoid cotton. Proper shoes for rafting and hiking up and down the canyon.
No flip flops please
Be warned about the walk as it is steep please be prepared physically and mentally. We will help you if needed as we will never rush you at all. African time!
Full Description of your itinerary
You will be pick up from your hotel between 7am -7.30am, a mini breakfast will be provided - tea / coffee & cookies. Once you arrive at our office you will be asked to do some paper work and an initial briefing from one of our guides. Please wear light clothing that you don't mind getting wet - including footwear. Bring sunscreen.
Depending on the season, if doing a Full Stretch rafting you will jump into our jeeps and drive only 5 minutes to the top or the canyon but if its High Water (Half Stretch) rafting you will drive something like 15km to the river . Once you get to the top of the canyon you will be given a life-jackets, wind breaker if raining, helmets & a paddle if opted for paddle raft. You then have a full safety briefing from the head guide. Following the safety briefing you will begin the steep climb down into the gorge, and then along the bottom of the gorge to the put-in point. Once you get at the bottom of the canyon your guide will allocate you some positions & do a practice in a pool first.
The epic adventure will then begin. If low water (August - December) you will start your 26km journey over 19 most of which are grade 4 or 5. Higher water rafting (usually Jan-mid/end March and again June-July) may clip some rapids and overall distance of about 18km & 24km depending on the stretch that you booked as we offer High Water Half Stretch & High Water Full stretch.
Be aware rafting may close April-May - but this is subject to water levels.
Hammer your way through infamous rapids, whose names were conjured to instill fear and trepidation into would-be rafters, “The Terminators”, “The Mother”, “ and the Washing Machine. Our experienced guides will steer you on an unforgettable ride through the formidable rapids of the mighty Zambezi.
You will not only be enjoying the adrenaline pumping thrill of this exceptional activity, you will also marvel at the stark, sheer beauty and tranquility of the breathtaking Batoka gorge
You now have a steep climb out of the gorge you need a reasonable level of fitness - just take your time. At the top, cold beers, braai,vegs await & drive you back.
Buffet lunch included
Free drinks included
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Tea / Coffee with some cookies in the morning
Mineral water during rafting
Professional local guide through out
All rafting gear - life vets, helmets, paddles and rain jackets
Rafting shoes, rafting shorts
National park fees $10 per person
Bring Sunscreen lotion, and your medication if you are on so that our guides can keep it safe and dry inside our first aid kits and dry bags. DO NOT TAKE ANYTHING THAT YOU DO NOT WANT TO LOSE OR GET WET! We recommend that you leave everything with our drivers at top of the canyon or in your hotel room.
You will have climb in and out of the steep gorge - you don't need to be super fit at all for this activity, but do need a reasonable level of fitness - just take your time
What to Wear
Nylon swim trunks, swimsuits, river sandals or old tennis shoes are great for rafting. Try to stay away from anything cotton if possible. Hats are good for sunny days and for those rare overcast or cool days a fleece pullover, a wool hat and socks and a windbreaker would be a great way to stay warm. Please note: Cotton WILL NOT keep you warm when it is wet.
What to Wear for the drive to the river
Please wear long sleeve clothes as we are approaching winter now its a bit cold driving to and from the rafting as we use open jeeps. We have locker boxes and a dry bag to leave your clothes at the top of the canyon and changing of your clothes can be done at the top of the canyon behind a tree or a big rock, welcome to Africa
Rafting experience is not required on most of our trips. The majority of people who join our expeditions are first time rafters. You'll receive a detailed safety talk before getting on the river, and it will cover every aspect of your river adventure. Once trained, your crew can work in harmony with their guide to maneuver a raft in the most challenging rapids. It's only natural for you to be apprehensive about running rivers, however our staff is specially trained to address your concerns and prepare you for an experience you'll never forget.
We offers a river trip to satisfy all types of adventurous individuals. We welcome anyone, young or old, in reasonable physical condition. Age requirements vary depending on the trip. Persons who are extremely overweight should try and meet our Trip leader the day before the trip to size the Class V Life jacket first. If you or a member of your group are pregnant or have special health or physical considerations, please call our office and consult a physician for recommendation.
Location Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Departure Point We do all pick ups from any lodge / hotel in Victoria Falls. Across the boarder which is Zambia, Livingstone we do pick you up at any extra fee depending on your lodge.
Return Point At the lodge / hotel you got picked up unless a prior arrangement is made with the trip leader.
Plan Your Victoria Falls White Water Rafting Trip Today
Thrilling White Water rafting Trip:
Do you want to have some thrilling and adventurous experience? White water rafting could be a great option to fill some thrill in your life. Even, there are few selected great rivers across the world that will provide you a great adrenaline rush at the time of rafting trip. IN that context, Victoria Falls White Water Rafting is the best way to find an outstanding adventure for your life.
Mostly recognized as the wildest and biggest grade 5 white water rafting on the planet, the one-day Zambezi whitewater trip below the Victoria Falls would give you unmatchable and lifetime experience.
Join us to partake in rafting trip. Shockwave will give you the best deal at the best prices. You can book one-day or multiday rafting packages according to your requirement.
We employ highly professional and experienced rafting guide will steer you on a memorable ride through the frightening white water of the mighty Zambezi River. You can start your Victoria Falls White Water Rafting on Zambezi River and find your way through infamous rapids. No matter you are a beginner or an experienced, you will receive an absolute rafting experience.
However, the water level is not constant throughout a year. So, you should negotiate with it accordingly. With concerning to the rising water level and safety of all tourists, we have moved our commercial whitewater rafting tours start from #11 and finish at rapid #24 this is (High Water Stretch) covering a distance of about 16km. Also we are now doing medium level with class 1 to 4 rapids, which is good for families.
Victoria Falls is the most astounding tourist destination and the greatest curtain of falling water. Covered with dense forest, it gives breathtaking beautiful mist, thrilling Victoria Falls White Water Rafting, luxurious accommodation and camping facilities that will make your tour more interesting and unforgettable.
If you have not planned it yet, then you will never understand its charm. Call us today to book your white water rafting trip at competitive pricing.
For more information, you can contact us online.
This is a high volume, pool-drop river with little exposed rock in the rapids or in the pools below the rapids. The Zambezi is internationally acclaimed as one of the best whitewater rafting rivers in the world.
At Victoria Falls the Zambezi River plummets into a gorge, which separates the placid river above the falls and the turbulent rapids below. The gorge is more than 100 meters deep at the falls and increases to more than 200 meters by the end of a full-day raft trip. Rafting on the Zambezi is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We also offer private rafting tours for all of our whitewater trips!
We also offer private rafting tours for all of our whitewater trips! While some of our guests enjoy getting to know other people during their rafting trip, a few others prefer their raft be exclusive to their group, and we are happy to accommodate them by providing private raft, guide, transfer, food and a requested time.Private Rafting is perfect for families, reunions, wedding parties, birthdays and any other occasion where privacy is desired. Private rafting is available for high water, low water, overnights and multi days.