Experience the thrills of the mighty Zambezi River, home to some of the most exhilarating Class III-IV rapids in the world! MT Sobek is legendary on the Zambezi and this journey gives you the opportunity to raft 40 miles of the Zambezi River Gorge, featuring incredible white-water rapids such as "Stairway to Heaven" and "Ghostrider." Start your adventure with a sunset cruise at UNESCO-listed Victoria Falls and a canoe safari above the falls - with nights at boutique lodges - and end with colossal rapids and serene floats between deep basalt canyon walls. You'll even get the chance to swim in Devil's Pool and peer over the edge of Victoria Falls, plus be rewarded with a bird's-eye view of the gorge and the falls on your helicopter flight back to Livingstone. This classic African rafting adventure is unbeatable!
Welcome to Livingstone! Meet your trip leader at the airport and transfer to the beautiful David Livingstone Safari Lodge. Unwind at the lodge before walking to the riverside dock and boarding the Zambezi's newest cruise boat, the Lady Livingstone . Enjoy a sunset cruise on the upper Zambezi River, upstream of Victoria Falls, keeping an eye out for elephants, hippos, crocodiles and much more. After the cruise, delight in a gourmet meal and trip briefing at the lodge's riverside restaurant.
Start the day with a hearty breakfast and set out on a 2-day canoe safari on the Upper Zambezi River, upstream of Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. After a briefing, begin paddling downstream in individual or 2-person inflatable canoes. As you drift through river channels, be rewarded with sightings of buffalo, elephants, birds and hippos. End the day at your riverside lodge, where private rooms offer outstanding river and sunset views.
After breakfast, it's time to return to the canoes and continue downstream to Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. On arrival, it's safari time! Hop in a game-viewing vehicle for a chance to spot zebras, giraffes, kudu and buffalo. Return to the David Livingstone Safari Lodge in the late afternoon, just in time to freshen up before another incredible dinner.
Wake for an experience of a lifetime! Take a thrilling dip in the iconic Devil's Pool, which laps over the edge of Victoria Falls. Enjoy lunch on Livingstone Island before returning to David Livingstone Safari Lodge for an afternoon of active adventure. Options include a walking safari, a cultural tour of Mukuni Village, or even bungee jumping! Those who prefer a quiet alternative can sit back and relax by the pool.
Gear up for your first full day rafting the Zambezi. Our put-in is directly below Victoria Falls and you'll emerge from the swirling mists to experience some of the most exciting rafting in the world over 8 spectacular miles. Enjoy your first night at the riverside camp.
Wake to a hearty breakfast on the banks of the Zambezi, before loading up for the next stretch. Today, you'll tackle some of the river's most famous rapids including Oblivion, Overland Truck Crash, Stairway to Heaven, and many more. Reach camp in time for sunset and sundowners.
The rapids spread out on today's stretch, so you can sit back and enjoy the scenery and wildlife of the Batoka Gorge before another burst of action. Today's colossal rapids include Closed and Open Season, the Narrows, Chimambo Falls and Upper Moemba. Make camp at an impressive location above the 20-foot waterfall of Lower Moemba.
Wake to the sound of Class VI Lower Moemba and Chibango, which we portage around before heading downstream to tackle Ghostrider - our final rapid and one of the Zambezi's best! Bid farewell to the river as you await the helicopter, which will whisk you back to the top of Victoria Falls. Enjoy a final night banquet and party to celebrate one of the greatest river trips in the world!
After breakfast, transfer to Livingstone Airport for you homeward-bound flight or extended safari. Contact us for safari extension ideas.
MT Sobek is legendary on the Zambezi River, having first rafted it in 1981!
Expert river guides bring the river to life and ensure that you're fully briefed and prepared for the greatest whitewater in the world!
This trip perfectly combines rafting, canoeing, safari, and cultural encounters all in 9 epic days.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Rafting, canoeing, sunset cruising, wildlife watching, and exciting active adventures — from a dip in Devil's Pool to bungee jumping.
Four nights at the stylish David Livingston Safari Lodge and three nights riverside camping on Zambezi's white-sand beaches.
This trip takes place in the driest month of the year in Zambia. This is when there are the least amount of mosquitos and the hottest temps.
Passports valid for at least six months from the date of travel and two blank pages are required. American passports require visas which can be purchased at the point of entry with no difficulty.
Zambia is a malaria area and we recommend you speak to your doctor or a health professional about vaccinations and malaria tablets well in advance of your safari.
Yes, there are crocodiles in the Zambezi River. However, in the upper section that we will be rafting, the rapids are large enough and closely spaced to prevent any large crocodiles to inhabit and therefore not a major concern for us.
There will be treated water available for you throughout the river trip and canoe safari. In your hotels and lodges, there will be bottled water always available as well as dispensers with treated water.
Livingstone is the tourism capital of Zambia and is generally very safe. As always, travellers need to be aware of their surroundings and use common sense.
Yes, the boats we use can accommodate up to 8 passengers and each person will be paddling under the expert guidance or your river guide.
We offer this trip on a private basis with seasonal departure dates that offer great flexibility (pending availability). Click below to request dates and an MT Sobek Regional Specialist will be in touch to help organize your private adventure.
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