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Mighty Zambezi River Adventure

Trip Length 9 days

From $4,295

  • Gear up for this action-packed rafting adventure on the mighty Zambezi River—a legendary Sobek journey with one special August 2018 departure!
  • Raft the full 81 miles of the Zambezi River Gorge, featuring incredible white-water rapids such as "Gulliver's Travels" and "Midnight Diner," before the completion of the Batoka Gorge Dam changes the river forever
  • Enjoy the expert leadership of top river guides and celebrate your days on the Zambezi with relaxing nights at camp
  • Experience the wonder of UNESCO-listed Victoria Falls, spot wildlife on a beautiful sunset cruise, and take a spectacular helicopter ride to your boutique rim-top lodge

Sobek made the first descent of the Zambezi in October 1981 and is legendary on this stretch of the river. So we're bringing our legacy white-water adventure back and are thrilled to offer one special departure in August 2018! The Zambezi River is home to some of the most exhilarating rapids in the world and the combination of its beautiful scenery, fascinating wildlife and unique African culture, makes this trip world famous. You’ll start this classic journey in the swirling mists of Victoria Falls—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and finish seven days later after paddling exciting white-water and floating between deep basalt canyon walls. You’ll also be rewarded with a bird's-eye view of the gorge and the falls on your helicopter flight back to our rim-top lodge, which towers over the Zambezi among soaring falcons. Along the way your Zambezi team will guide you down the river by day, and transform into amazing chefs and entertainers at night—plus give you incredible insight into local wildlife, customs, history, and the Batoka Gorge Dam project. River trips don't get much better than this and now is your chance to experience it.

Day 1: Arrive in Livingstone, Zambia

Flights generally arrive into Livingstone around lunchtime where you will be met by one of our representatives who will transfer you to The David Livingstone Safari Lodge. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore. The Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is close by, so today is a good opportunity to see them. The mile-long waterfall drops 100 feet down into a narrow gorge creating some of the most exciting white water you can find. For your early evening entertainment we have organized a sunset cruise on the upper section of the Zambezi, a chance to watch the African sun set behind the ancient Baobab trees and a little wildlife spotting as hopefully we will get glimpses of elephants and buffalo on the banks and pods of hippos relaxing in the water. This is a wonderful way to unwind from your flight and get a feel for the delights of the real Africa. Later in the evening we will have a pre-departure meeting in order to give you a run down of your next 8 days.

  • Accommodation:David Livingstone Safari Lodge

Day 2: Epic Rapids Start at Morning Glory

We'll meet for a leisurely breakfast at 9am. With all valuables locked up safely in the hotel and all dry bags packed for the days ahead, it is now time to put on your water wings and head to the base of the Falls. The Batoka Gorge provides a magnificent backdrop for our comprehensive safety briefing before we don our high float life jackets and practice our paddling techniques in the warm waters of the river. We will run through all the necessary paddle strokes and explain what will happen if you suddenly decide to “go for a swim.”

If the water level allows, we’ll take you up to the “Boiling Pot,” right beneath Victoria Falls, where we’ll have lunch in the most amazing place in the world! Our epic river journey begins with “Morning Glory,” a real eye opener, before one of the biggest commercially run rapids in the world, “Stairway to Heaven.” This is a day of unparalleled fun with rapids such as “Gulliver’s Travels” and “Midnight Diner” which features one of the biggest waves you will see on a river. This is expedition rafting at its best and consequently some rapids we are not able to run in a raft, but our kayakers will delight you as they take on the likes of “Commercial Suicide,” a great spot for photos. We will transfer the rafts around this rapid before heading on down to our fitting finale, “The Gnashing Jaws of Death.” A secluded, sandy beach is our camp for the night where your guides will create a feast upon which you can celebrate your first day on the river. It is now time to relax, watch the sun disappear behind the basalt cliffs and to enjoy our first night under the stars. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp - Zambezi

Day 3: Thrilling Rides to The Mother and Oblivion

After a hearty breakfast, we load all our equipment into the rafts and the fun continues. Our morning’s entertainment begins with “Creamy White Buttocks” and “The Mother.” Our guides will explain how they got their names, if you don’t manage to work it out for yourselves. The highlight today is probably one of the most famous commercially run rapids and one of the most thrilling of rides, Number 18, also called “Oblivion.” It isn’t the first wave that gets you, nor the second, but the third rather huge crashing wave that normally has all the photographers poised, ready to capture your big moment. We strike camp on a gorgeous expanse of sand a little further downstream and prepare dinner whilst admiring the fish eagles gracefully soaring overhead. Dusk falls as we sip our gin and tonics and look forward to the next day with, yes, can you believe it, even more outstanding white water. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp - Zambezi

Day 4: Adrenaline Rush at Open Season Rapid

Our first rapid, “Morning Shower” ensures we are awake with an invigorating burst of refreshing whitewater. The river begins to widen today but the rapids remain exciting; look out for “Open Season!” A huge adrenaline rush is a sure way to stimulate your appetite and help you polish off the fresh salads we have prepared for lunch. The afternoon includes “Chamamba” and an outstanding ride through “Upper Moemba.” We camp at another glorious beach for the night, within sight of the magnificent Lower Moemba Falls where we can sit back and enjoy the beauty of this majestic section of the river whilst sipping our sundowners and recounting the day’s events.

 
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp - Zambezi

Day 5: Ghostrider Rapid and Mellow Run

This morning we portage the rafts around the Lower Moemba Falls and drift downstream for an hour. We will pass the proposed site for the joint Zambia/Zimbabwe power project which threatens the entire section that we have been rafting down the previous three days. At Chabango Falls we will be restocked with ice and fresh meats and fruits. After the portage around the falls we re-launch the boats into the water and take on the amazing “Ghostrider.” A huge adrenaline rush this is the longest of all the rapids on our journey. The river mellows out substantially from here and we entertain ourselves looking for the crocs sunning themselves on the beaches. We camp in the evening at a rapid called “Asleep at the Wheel.”

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp - Zambezi

Day 6: Relax on Beach Layover Day

Our layover day is a magical 24 hours of African-style relaxation on a huge, remote beach, where your biggest decision might be whether to have a second serving at lunch. Usually there are pancakes at the leisurely hour of 10am and then it is time to do whatever you like. Whether it is a hike to the top of the gorge, a chance to read a book, or a swim: the adjacent rapid provides us with a safe pool of still water in which you can relax and cool off under the midday sun. You will be amazed at just how great it feels to have to do nothing!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp - Zambezi

Day 7: Watch Wildlife on a Casual Float

Resuming our casual float, we pass the time viewing game often from quite close range, perfect for some superb photo opportunities. Baboon and mountain goats are often seen coming down to the water’s edge for a drink. And there is a vast array of birdlife in Zambia, rich in color and song. With your guide doing most of the work with his oars, we can take time out to relax with a floating lunch. We will pass by some African villages today, our first sights of civilization since leaving the falls, and maybe stop off to see if they have any freshly caught fish we can purchase. Our camp this evening is along what is locally known as crocodile alley so we recommend not going down to the river after dark as some of these crocs measure up to 19 feet!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp - Zambezi

Day 8: Celebrate with Helicoptor Flight to Stunning Lodge

An early start and a gentle float downstream, as the sun gently rises overhead. What a fantastic way to finish our river trip as we arrive at our take out point at the Matetsi River mouth. Ice cold drinks await us, and a scrumptious riverside lunch. After such a brilliant trip, there is no better way to finish than with a spectacular 40 minute helicopter flight back along the river and through the Batoka Gorge, getting a bird’s eye view of all the rapids you have just been down, before arriving at Taita Falcon Lodge on the Upper Zambezi River. We will spend the night at this stunning lodge with its breathtaking views over the river and enjoy a celebratory night.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Taita Falcon Lodge

Day 9: Depart from Livingstone

Explore town before heading to Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (formely known as Livingstone Airport) and boarding your flight back home, or traveling onward to your safari destination.

  • Breakfast

Aug 18 - 26, 2018 Special 2018 Departure!

pricing

2018 Pricing:

$4225 per person

$450 (Single Supplement)

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David Livingstone Safari Lodge — Livingstone

The colonial-style David Livingstone Safari Lodge is a delightful 4-star hotel, superbly located just 6 miles from Victoria Falls. All of the 72 well-appointed, en-suite rooms overlook the mighty Zambezi and have private balconies—perfect for wildlife viewing. The lodge's spa offers a wide variety of treatments while guests relax and listen to the calming sounds of the river and meals are served at the Kalai restaurant, which serves contemporary afro-Arabian meals. End the day sipping poolside cocktails on the Gwembe Terrace or watching an amazing African sunset from the Ujiji bar.

MTS Camp - Zambezi — Zambezi River

Our Zambezi river adventure includes six nights camping at spectacular riverside locations. Unplug and recharge to the sounds of the river and enjoy delicious camp cooking, prepared by expert guides. Sleep in roomy 3-person tents, with sleeping bag and mat included, solar showers and secluded toilet facilities (all waste is carried out and disposed of responsibly). Sit back and enjoy fireside gin and tonics at night and share tales of the day's journey.

Taita Falcon Lodge — Livingstone

Perched on the Batoka Gorge, high above the Zambezi's rapid number 17, the beautiful Taita Falcon Lodge is the perfect place to end your mighty river adventure. Unwind in one of the seven delightful chalets, constructed using naturally occurring materials from the surrounding area and complete with large en-suite bathroom and secluded sun garden, or relax on the deck with a refreshing drink as you soak in views of the stunning gorge.

  • Gear up for this action-packed rafting adventure on the mighty Zambezi River—a legendary Sobek journey with one special August 2018 departure!
  • Raft the full 81 miles of the Zambezi River Gorge, featuring incredible white-water rapids such as "Gulliver's Travels" and "Midnight Diner," before the completion of the Batoka Gorge Dam changes the river forever
  • Enjoy the expert leadership of top river guides and celebrate your days on the Zambezi with relaxing nights at camp
  • Experience the wonder of UNESCO-listed Victoria Falls, spot wildlife on a beautiful sunset cruise, and take a spectacular helicopter ride to your boutique rim-top lodge

Sobek made the first descent of the Zambezi in October 1981 and is legendary on this stretch of the river. So we're bringing our legacy white-water adventure back and are thrilled to offer one special departure in August 2018! The Zambezi River is home to some of the most exhilarating rapids in the world and the combination of its beautiful scenery, fascinating wildlife and unique African culture, makes this trip world famous. You’ll start this classic journey in the swirling mists of Victoria Falls—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and finish seven days later after paddling exciting white-water and floating between deep basalt canyon walls. You’ll also be rewarded with a bird's-eye view of the gorge and the falls on your helicopter flight back to our rim-top lodge, which towers over the Zambezi among soaring falcons. Along the way your Zambezi team will guide you down the river by day, and transform into amazing chefs and entertainers at night—plus give you incredible insight into local wildlife, customs, history, and the Batoka Gorge Dam project. River trips don't get much better than this and now is your chance to experience it.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Livingstone, Zambia

Flights generally arrive into Livingstone around lunchtime where you will be met by one of our representatives who will transfer you to The David Livingstone Safari Lodge. The remainder of the day is yours to relax or explore. The Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is close by, so today is a good opportunity to see them. The mile-long waterfall drops 100 feet down into a narrow gorge creating some of the most exciting white water you can find. For your early evening entertainment we have organized a sunset cruise on the upper section of the Zambezi, a chance to watch the African sun set behind the ancient Baobab trees and a little wildlife spotting as hopefully we will get glimpses of elephants and buffalo on the banks and pods of hippos relaxing in the water. This is a wonderful way to unwind from your flight and get a feel for the delights of the real Africa. Later in the evening we will have a pre-departure meeting in order to give you a run down of your next 8 days.

  • Accommodation:David Livingstone Safari Lodge

Day 2: Epic Rapids Start at Morning Glory

We'll meet for a leisurely breakfast at 9am. With all valuables locked up safely in the hotel and all dry bags packed for the days ahead, it is now time to put on your water wings and head to the base of the Falls. The Batoka Gorge provides a magnificent backdrop for our comprehensive safety briefing before we don our high float life jackets and practice our paddling techniques in the warm waters of the river. We will run through all the necessary paddle strokes and explain what will happen if you suddenly decide to “go for a swim.”

If the water level allows, we’ll take you up to the “Boiling Pot,” right beneath Victoria Falls, where we’ll have lunch in the most amazing place in the world! Our epic river journey begins with “Morning Glory,” a real eye opener, before one of the biggest commercially run rapids in the world, “Stairway to Heaven.” This is a day of unparalleled fun with rapids such as “Gulliver’s Travels” and “Midnight Diner” which features one of the biggest waves you will see on a river. This is expedition rafting at its best and consequently some rapids we are not able to run in a raft, but our kayakers will delight you as they take on the likes of “Commercial Suicide,” a great spot for photos. We will transfer the rafts around this rapid before heading on down to our fitting finale, “The Gnashing Jaws of Death.” A secluded, sandy beach is our camp for the night where your guides will create a feast upon which you can celebrate your first day on the river. It is now time to relax, watch the sun disappear behind the basalt cliffs and to enjoy our first night under the stars. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp - Zambezi

Day 3: Thrilling Rides to The Mother and Oblivion

After a hearty breakfast, we load all our equipment into the rafts and the fun continues. Our morning’s entertainment begins with “Creamy White Buttocks” and “The Mother.” Our guides will explain how they got their names, if you don’t manage to work it out for yourselves. The highlight today is probably one of the most famous commercially run rapids and one of the most thrilling of rides, Number 18, also called “Oblivion.” It isn’t the first wave that gets you, nor the second, but the third rather huge crashing wave that normally has all the photographers poised, ready to capture your big moment. We strike camp on a gorgeous expanse of sand a little further downstream and prepare dinner whilst admiring the fish eagles gracefully soaring overhead. Dusk falls as we sip our gin and tonics and look forward to the next day with, yes, can you believe it, even more outstanding white water. 

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp - Zambezi

Day 4: Adrenaline Rush at Open Season Rapid

Our first rapid, “Morning Shower” ensures we are awake with an invigorating burst of refreshing whitewater. The river begins to widen today but the rapids remain exciting; look out for “Open Season!” A huge adrenaline rush is a sure way to stimulate your appetite and help you polish off the fresh salads we have prepared for lunch. The afternoon includes “Chamamba” and an outstanding ride through “Upper Moemba.” We camp at another glorious beach for the night, within sight of the magnificent Lower Moemba Falls where we can sit back and enjoy the beauty of this majestic section of the river whilst sipping our sundowners and recounting the day’s events.

 
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp - Zambezi

Day 5: Ghostrider Rapid and Mellow Run

This morning we portage the rafts around the Lower Moemba Falls and drift downstream for an hour. We will pass the proposed site for the joint Zambia/Zimbabwe power project which threatens the entire section that we have been rafting down the previous three days. At Chabango Falls we will be restocked with ice and fresh meats and fruits. After the portage around the falls we re-launch the boats into the water and take on the amazing “Ghostrider.” A huge adrenaline rush this is the longest of all the rapids on our journey. The river mellows out substantially from here and we entertain ourselves looking for the crocs sunning themselves on the beaches. We camp in the evening at a rapid called “Asleep at the Wheel.”

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp - Zambezi

Day 6: Relax on Beach Layover Day

Our layover day is a magical 24 hours of African-style relaxation on a huge, remote beach, where your biggest decision might be whether to have a second serving at lunch. Usually there are pancakes at the leisurely hour of 10am and then it is time to do whatever you like. Whether it is a hike to the top of the gorge, a chance to read a book, or a swim: the adjacent rapid provides us with a safe pool of still water in which you can relax and cool off under the midday sun. You will be amazed at just how great it feels to have to do nothing!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp - Zambezi

Day 7: Watch Wildlife on a Casual Float

Resuming our casual float, we pass the time viewing game often from quite close range, perfect for some superb photo opportunities. Baboon and mountain goats are often seen coming down to the water’s edge for a drink. And there is a vast array of birdlife in Zambia, rich in color and song. With your guide doing most of the work with his oars, we can take time out to relax with a floating lunch. We will pass by some African villages today, our first sights of civilization since leaving the falls, and maybe stop off to see if they have any freshly caught fish we can purchase. Our camp this evening is along what is locally known as crocodile alley so we recommend not going down to the river after dark as some of these crocs measure up to 19 feet!

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp - Zambezi

Day 8: Celebrate with Helicoptor Flight to Stunning Lodge

An early start and a gentle float downstream, as the sun gently rises overhead. What a fantastic way to finish our river trip as we arrive at our take out point at the Matetsi River mouth. Ice cold drinks await us, and a scrumptious riverside lunch. After such a brilliant trip, there is no better way to finish than with a spectacular 40 minute helicopter flight back along the river and through the Batoka Gorge, getting a bird’s eye view of all the rapids you have just been down, before arriving at Taita Falcon Lodge on the Upper Zambezi River. We will spend the night at this stunning lodge with its breathtaking views over the river and enjoy a celebratory night.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Taita Falcon Lodge

Day 9: Depart from Livingstone

Explore town before heading to Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (formely known as Livingstone Airport) and boarding your flight back home, or traveling onward to your safari destination.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

David Livingstone Safari Lodge — Livingstone

The colonial-style David Livingstone Safari Lodge is a delightful 4-star hotel, superbly located just 6 miles from Victoria Falls. All of the 72 well-appointed, en-suite rooms overlook the mighty Zambezi and have private balconies—perfect for wildlife viewing. The lodge's spa offers a wide variety of treatments while guests relax and listen to the calming sounds of the river and meals are served at the Kalai restaurant, which serves contemporary afro-Arabian meals. End the day sipping poolside cocktails on the Gwembe Terrace or watching an amazing African sunset from the Ujiji bar.

MTS Camp - Zambezi — Zambezi River

Our Zambezi river adventure includes six nights camping at spectacular riverside locations. Unplug and recharge to the sounds of the river and enjoy delicious camp cooking, prepared by expert guides. Sleep in roomy 3-person tents, with sleeping bag and mat included, solar showers and secluded toilet facilities (all waste is carried out and disposed of responsibly). Sit back and enjoy fireside gin and tonics at night and share tales of the day's journey.

Taita Falcon Lodge — Livingstone

Perched on the Batoka Gorge, high above the Zambezi's rapid number 17, the beautiful Taita Falcon Lodge is the perfect place to end your mighty river adventure. Unwind in one of the seven delightful chalets, constructed using naturally occurring materials from the surrounding area and complete with large en-suite bathroom and secluded sun garden, or relax on the deck with a refreshing drink as you soak in views of the stunning gorge.

Dates and Pricing

Aug 18 - 26, 2018 Special 2018 Departure!

pricing

2018 Pricing:

$4225 per person

$450 (Single Supplement)

Activity Level Moderate
Trip Length 9 days

From $4,295

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