Zambezi Rafting & Luangwa Safari

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Victoria Falls, Livingstone Adventures, Zambezi White Water Rafting & South Luangwa, here are a couple of the 1000 places to see before you die. The Victoria Falls is where the wide Zambezi River simply drops some 100 meters into a narrow gorge. The Falls lie across the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Called “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, (the smoke that thunders) in the local language the Falls are one of the seven wonders of the world

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Zambezi Rafting & Luangwa Safari.

The Amazing Africa Experience

Victoria Falls, Livingstone Adventures, Zambezi White Water Rafting & South Luangwa, here are a couple of the 1000 places to see before you die!

The Victoria Falls is where the wide Zambezi River simply drops some 100 meters into a narrow gorge. The Falls lie across the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Called “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, (the smoke that thunders) in the local language the Falls are one of the seven wonders of the world and when you first come to Zambia, Livingstone is must visit destination. We use two full days to rest, relax, and take in the sights, sounds and smells of Africa adventure. You can choose to go visit the Devils Pool at the edge of Victoria Falls, walk with the lions, do the Vic Falls tour, abseil, leap off God’s Swing, try out the zip line, or jump off 111 meters from a bridge over the mighty Zambezi ! A sunset cruise on the Zambezi is certainly a must-do.

From here we get into our rafts and practice paddling techniques before we paddle across rapid 1. Here we have the option to carry the rafts up over a few rocks and float around in the “Boiling Pot” directly beneath Victoria Falls, the best start to any raft trip in the world. We run rapid after rapid such as the Midnight Diner, Gulliver’s Travels and the Mother where we can have a wonderful riverside banquet lunch whilst watching other rafts come through, Oblivion!

We spend 3 nights on the river, camping and sampling sundowners, a fantastic barbeque (vegetarian options are available) and a homemade apple crumble for dessert. Fall asleep in your tent or under the stars in your million star hotel. Three days are spent running the best of the Zambezi. As the gorge opens out we see the occasional crocodile and see our last (and best) rapids of the trip, Chamamba and Upper Moemba. On our way out, we pass stunning villages such as Mukuni Village and Songwe.

We move into a whole new dimension now!! The South Luangwa National Park is one of the great wildlife wonders of the world. It is nine thousand square kilometers (3,475 square miles) of pristine wilderness in Zambia’s Eastern Province. Experts have dubbed South Luangwa as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of game around the Luangwa river and it’s ox bow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa.

Spending 3 days at the reserve make it a heady combination after running the wild Zambezi.

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  1. Day 1 Arrive Livingstone. (we will advise on best connections)

    The total Flying time with layovers approximately 11 hrs !! Yes, we are GOING TO AFRICA!!) On arrival at Livingstone Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. Day at leisure.

    The Victoria Falls is where the wide Zambezi River simply drops some 100 meters into a narrow gorge. The Falls lie across the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Called ”Mosi-oa-Tunya”, (the smoke that thunders) in the local language the Falls are one of the seven wonders of the world and when you first come to Zambia Livingstone is must visit destination.

    Overnight stay at Chrismar or the Waterfront Hotel.
    Meals: Dinner

  2. Day 2-3 At Livingstone

    We use two full days to rest, relax, and take in the sights, sounds and smells of Africa adventure. You can choose to go visit the Devil’s Pool at the edge of Victoria Falls, walk with the lions, do the Vic Falls tour, abseil, leap off God’s Swing, try out the zip line, or jump off 111 meters from a bridge over the mighty Zambezi!

    Later in the evening, we go for a Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi with drinks, and snacks served on board the cruise. Later, our river trip leader will pop into the hotel and pass out your dry bags and equipment and give you a rundown of your trip, what to pack, what to expect and introduce the guides.

    Overnight stay at Chrismar or the Waterfront Hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Days 1- 3 is approximately 47 kilometers of river trip

  3. Day 4 Livingstone – White River Rafting on the Zambezi River from Boiling Pot to Rapid 10

    Breakfast at hotel after which the river team will be around to collect you and transport you to the top of the gorge where we will pass out your high float jackets, helmets and paddles. From here we walk down into the gorge through stunning rainforest to the water’s edge.
    On reaching the river you will be given a thorough safety briefing and outline safety procedures such as how to hold onto a safety kayaker if you should by chance swim.

    From here we get into our rafts and practice paddling techniques before we paddle across rapid 1. Here we have the option to carry the rafts up over a few rocks and float around in the ”Boiling Pot” directly beneath Victoria Falls, the best start to any raft trip in the world. We run rapid after rapid such as the Midnight Diner, ‘Stairway to Heaven’, Gulliver’s Travels and ‘Commercial Suicide’. We set up Camp after Rapid 10. Overnight on the River
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 5 Raft to Bobo Beach

    This morning, we get onto the river after breakfast, and tackle rapids till No. 18 including Creamy White Buttocks, 3 Ugly Sisters, the Mother, Terminators, Double Trouble and the famous Oblivion!

    We float on down to our camp at Bobo Beach where we will sample sundowners, a fantastic barbeque (vegetarian options are available) and a homemade apple crumble for dessert. Fall asleep in your tent or under the stars in your million star hotel.

    Overnight on the River
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 6 Raft to Moemba Falls

    We awake to the sound of Fish Eagles in the distance and the smell of coffee and breakfast.

    We load the rafts and paddle through our first rapid of the morning, Morning Shower: your wakeup call! The big bouncy waves send us into a spectacular part of the gorge where we start to see more wildlife. We reach Open Season, which we look at before running and then head down through the Narrows before we have a floating lunch aboard the rafts. As the gorge opens out we see the occasional crocodile and see our last (and best) rapids of the trip, Chamamba and Upper Moemba.

    After running these successfully, we camp between Upper and Lower Moemba overlooking the stunning falls where we will celebrate our successful descent with wine and cheese. Dinner tonight is Spaghetti Bolognese, garlic bread and our secret dessert!

    Overnight on the River
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 7 To Livingstone

    After a relaxing night we have an early breakfast and hike out of the gorge (45 mins-1 hr), where our porters carry the gear and rafts to our waiting vehicles (which will have cold drinks on hand), ready to take you on the drive back to Livingstone (2.5 hrs) through some stunning terrain, and villages such as Mukuni Village and Songwe. We drop you back at your hotel just before lunchtime.

    Relax, and get ready for yet another adventure starting the next day.

    Overnight stay at Chrismar or the Waterfront Hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  7. Day 8 Depart Livingstone/Mfuwe, the Luangwa Reserve

    After breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport and connect flight to Mfuwe.

    The South Luangwa National Park is one of the great wildlife wonders of the world. It is nine thousand square kilometers (3,475 square miles) of pristine wilderness in Zambia’s Eastern Province. Experts have dubbed South Luangwa as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of game around the Luangwa river and it’s ox bow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa.

    Arrive into our lodge, and go for an evening safari.
    Overnight stay at Flatdogs Camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Game Drive: Evening

  8. Day 9-10 Luangwa Reserve

    Full day spent at the Park with Morning and afternoon game drives. Meals at the Lodge.

    Overnight stay at Flatdogs Camp
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Game Drive: Morning & Evening

  9. Day 11 Transfer to Mfuwe and board flight home after Breakfast

    Breakfast at the Lodge and check-out. Transfer to Mfuwe and board flight home.
    Meals: Breakfast

Responsible Travel

We believe that along with the privilege of adventure in the Himalaya comes a serious responsibility, the responsibility to protect and contribute to its ecology, cultures and its tremendous beauty. The “Leave No Trace” philosophy is followed to the letter and we work to minimize the environmental impact of our trips. We are scrupulous in our camping, cooking and sanitation practices; we limit the number of trekkers we allow to join us on our trips and the number of trips we lead in a given area.
In wilderness, commercial agreements between service provider and client require a depth of understanding that is more than what is routinely attached to similar agreements elsewhere. In the outdoors, we have to balance pursuit of stated objective and risk. We try to overcome risk and deliver the objective promised in the agreement between client and service provider. But that does not mean that we ignore risk altogether to chase an objective. We wish you to be informed on what makes a trip safe for you and everyone else.

Please take a few minutes to read the following:

The nature of wilderness
By definition wilderness implies remoteness. It means that response to any accident or mishap takes time. Timely intervention is a life saver. Working back from this, it becomes imperative that any commercial adventure in wilderness be conservative in terms of the risk it courts. Yet adventure means there will be risk. The way out is to manage the risk involved in such a fashion that a safe experience is provided. There are a few things that the client can do.

Prepare in advance
Commercial expeditions entail strain even if others are carrying your load and doing the team’s work. Prior physical conditioning – particularly of the cardiovascular sort contributing to improved endurance – helps. Please invest time and effort for that before embarking on the trip. It will help you in the field.

Be honest, speak up
We encourage clients to be honest about how they are feeling on expedition days; voice any personal difficulties they may be experiencing. This helps the team make relevant decisions for clients’ well being, something crucial when venturing into altitude. Not all of us are meant for altitude. If your physiology rebels, there is nothing to be ashamed of it. Speak up. Make sure that your disclosures about self are not biased by an objective you are feverishly trying to achieve like getting to the summit of a peak or crossing a high pass at any cost. Don’t let summit fever and similar instances of extreme personal ambition, consume you. It puts you and your support team at risk. Stay with the team’s assessment of risk. Go with the resultant decisions. If you think you have a point to make by all means do so. We will hear you out. But risk assessment and decisions, will be by the team leaders as the onus of a safe expedition primarily rests with them.

Let the leaders work
You may be familiar with rivers, mountains and altitude. We don’t wish to question that. But there are reasons why many of us choose to go as clients. One of them is that our primary vocation is something else, while those working in the mountains as guides have chosen to make that their primary vocation or at the very least, dedicate time to it. More than us, they are in the mountains. They are alive to it. That’s why we entrust our passage to them. So, please let them work free of interference. Please don’t influence their judgement. Your expedition needs their best work and best judgement. In any expedition, leadership style will vary with the risk being tackled in a given situation. There will be times when we can travel easy in a very consultative fashion. There will be times when that is not advisable and a more directive style may be adopted by your guides. Please comply.

Be open to alternatives
We can set up the best safety systems possible, checking and double checking to make sure that nothing is left to chance. But we don’t control or totally overcome variables like weather and terrain / river conditions. They impact expedition’s progress. If team leaders review / alter plan citing concerns on any front, we request that it be respected and not viewed as money’s worth denied even if it dims prospects for achieving an expedition’s original goal. Such challenges are frequent in the outdoors. Seasoned trekkers and climbers, when they realize that a particular objective does not seem achievable on a given trip, learn to be happy with other pursuits to compensate – like staying camped and enjoying the mountain environment or attempting more doable hikes from wherever they are. We request you to stay aware of these possibilities. Be open to them. Decades ago when exploration and first ascents were happening in the Himalaya, the explorers / mountaineers / hikers devoted months to their work. Committed outdoorsmen still do. They wait out unfavourable circumstances by having a lot of time and patience. Time is what the modern world does not have even as the mountains remain the same, posing the same challenges; the same risk, the same unpredictable circumstances. An exceptionally lucky circumstance may deliver success. But luck isn’t commonplace. We should be mentally prepared for the above mentioned alternatives.

Be safe
If you don’t achieve your objective it isn’t the end of the world. Be patient, another chance will emerge. There is a simple reminder, climbers often tell their colleagues leaving for a summit: “ the mountain will always be there; make sure you are there.’’
In other words – be safe.

Activity Level
Our expedition trips are designed for energetic and flexible people who have the spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Previous experience in the outdoors and camping helps, though is not a must. These trips are participatory in nature, and everyone is expected to pitch in, set up and break down their own tent, clean their own dishes. Look up our trip grading before you sign up.

Grading of Trips
We have graded our trips in four different categories and you should choose one that suits you the most. Grading of each trip has been done keeping in mind a lot of factors like the trip duration, the altitude, the terrain, the no. of hours of activity everyday, temperatures and conditions encountered, and the level of fitness needed. Any kind of exercise which gets you fitter before this trip is advisable, as it will enable you to enjoy the region more.

  • Easy : Most of our camp based trips, with easy activities, that are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding whitewater trips with easy support and myriad options.
  • Moderate : Active trips involving hiking over reasonable terrain, within vehicular access, upto elevations less than 4000 meters, or trips with long walking days, multiple rafting days, wilderness camping. Includes more demanding whitewater trips with Class III rapids.
  • Demanding : Hiking and trekking to elevations exceeding 4000-5000 meters, away from vehicular access, over multiple days. Encompasses demanding whitewater with Class IV rapids.
  • Challenging : Our most demanding trips include climbing at high elevations in excess of 5000 meters, in remote and extreme conditions with no access to roads; trips to remote, extreme wilderness; mountaineering trips, and demanding whitewater trips with Class IV-V rapids.

The Next Step
Ready to go? Email us at info@aquaterra.in to book your place and we will guide you through the booking process. Please sign and scan/email us your booking form and inform us about the status of your payments at the time of confirming the trip (Booking form and Payment details below).

Why travel with Aquaterra Adventures?
We are a pioneer in active adventure travel, and run the most number of rivers in India, having opened them up over the past several years. We set the standard and have a strong reputation for excellence. We have a lot to live up to and we ensure we provide the safest, quality trips for our guests.

References
Should you wish to contact any of our past guests for a trip reference, write to us.

Services provided
In remote regions, we often use local suppliers who provide services that may include vehicles for transportation, equipment, logistical support, hotels, guest houses etc. We do not own or operate these independent services or suppliers. We work with them as they share our commitment to service and quality.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Inclusions
  • Cost per Adult on Twin sharing basis
  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at Waterfront Hotel or Chrismar
  • 3 nights full board and hotel at Flatdogs camp in Chalets
  • Return flights to Mfuwe from Livingstone and back to Livingstone by charter planes
  • Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi, with drinks and snacks included
  • 3 nights and 3 days white water rafting from Boiling Pot to Moemba Falls. All meals and equipment provided (excluding sleeping bags) Transport back to Livingstone
  • Airport Transfers in Livingstone and Mfuwe
  • Bottled water on game drives
  • Park Fees
  • DVD Video of rafting trip
Exclusions & Cancellations

What’s not:

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Vaccinations
  • Porterages, tipping and gratuities to staff and guides.
  • Extra meals, visits and activities not indicated.
  • Personal expenses like Telephones, Drinks, faxes and e-mail, laundry etc…
  • Any items not mentioned in the Price Includes.
  • International travel and medical insurance cover.
  • Yellow Fever and Oral Polio Vaccination is Compulsory and has to be arranged and taken by the Passenger.

Booking conditions: All bookings are subject to availability. We book space on a 100% advance. All payments by wire transfer, cash or cheque/draft in favor of “Aquaterra Adventures (I) Pvt. Ltd.”

Tips & Gratuities: Our recommendation is a minimum 5-10% of your trip cost for tips to be distributed amongst the team that makes your adventure safe and successful. This includes drivers, guides, cook, kitchen team, porters and horsemen. Of course, this remains a personal choice.

Cancellations

Should you need to cancel, you must notify us in writing.
The following cancellation charges are applicable, if the notification for cancellation is received by us before commencement of the Tour.

  • 45 – 30 Days : 25 % of the Total Cost of the Trip
  • 30 – 15 Days : 50 % of the Total Cost of the Trip.
  • 15 Days : 100% of the Total Cost of the Trip.

Note:

  • Hotels and flights are subject to availability and Prices are indicative until time of booking.
  • International flight tickets would need to be booked by us to avail a group discount.
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination is Compulsory and has to be arranged on own.
  • Visas to Zambia can be arranged by us.
  • Flights to/from India are extra, we recommend you book early to get best fares.