Zambezi Rafting & Luangwa Safari

Trips

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 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 ! 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.

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

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 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 !
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

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, Gulliver’s Travels and ‘Commercial Suicide’. We set up Camp after Rapid 10. Overnight on the River
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, Termninators, 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

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
Days 1- 3 is approximately 47 kilometers of river trip

Day 7: To Livingstone – Lusaka
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

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. Click here for more info
Arrive into our lodge, and go for an evening safari.
Overnight stay at Flatdogs Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Game Drive: Evening

Day 9 & 10: Luangwa Reserve
Full day spent in the Mara with Morning and afternoon game drives. Meals at the Lodge.
Overnight stay at Flatdogs Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Game Drive: Morning & Evening

Day 11:
Breakfast at the Lodge and check-out. Transfer to Mfuwe and board flight home.
Meals: Breakfast

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Trip Details

Location: Zambia, Southern Africa
Duration: 11 Days
Grading: Demanding
Departure: Sep 23 – Oct 03, 2017

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