The undulating African countryside, about 1,500 meters above sea level in the northern region of Zambia. Here an unusual birth takes place, that of the powerful Zambezi, the fourth among the largest rivers in Africa, after the Nile, the Congo and the Niger.
Waters sprout from a black swamp and gather to form a small stream. Then, like a naughty little boy, the current rises and falls, tumbles, jumps and runs on the rocks. As it grows, it generates power, energy, majesty and, finally, it continues to meander until it gets swallowed by the Indian Ocean.
The mighty Zambezi River, which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the perfect destination if you are looking for a place that will soak you with excitement and adrenaline, has the most amazing rapids of the planet, if you decide to embark on this journey through the Zambezi, for sure it will be an adventure you will never forget.
Africa’s fourth-largest river in northeastern Zambia springs from a small Zambezi spring and travels six countries on its way to the Indian Ocean with an incredible 2,700 kilometers.It is impossible not to be perplexed with its beauty, the river travels its way with force and vigor, its nature indomitable.
Along its way, it created the spectacular Victoria Falls, where, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, you lose sight of the 2 kilometers wide and 100 meters tall structure, and there, in Batoka Gorge, you will find the perfect place for rafting.
The river is home to giraffes, elephants, hippos, crocodiles and innumerable forms of birds, the tranquility that surrounds it makes the animals feel safe in their territory. However, that tranquility comes to an end near the majestic waterfalls of the Zambezi, where the Whitewater rapids begin. They are an amazing 550,000 cubic meters of water that rumble on the edge every minute.
The network of trails to the Edge Bridge is a journey for anyone who likes danger, it is a creepy journey through swirling clouds of dew that takes you to an island downstream on the river overlooking the open abyss below. But this road can take you to the best views of the falls.
The Victoria Falls are locally called Mosioa-tunya (the smoke that thunders) and that’s because, when they rush down and collide with the rocks in George, it createsa spectacle thatlooks like a spray that can spiral up to 500 meters and can be seen even 70 kilometers away. It is simply one of the best landscape you can see in your life.
As we said, not only the incredible waterfalls make a difference in this destination. Besides being the best view you can enjoy in a long time, you can add adventure to your trip because, down the river, you can face the waves like a roller coaster. The big drops and the whirlpools make you feel like there is no escape, you will find without a doubt that the rafting in the Zambezi is unique in its class.
If you want to experience the extreme excitement of swinging at the base of the falls on an inflatable raft with only one support paddle before starting the descent, you have to go to the Zambezi.
It is a race of 25 transportable rapids, which make it the most incredible experience of rapids in the world. They are classified as fifth-grade rapids by the British Canoe Union: the official definition is “extremely difficult, with long and violent rapids, steep slopes, big drops and areas of pressure”.
This will surely make your adrenaline flow, but if you have any doubts, just look at the names of some of the rapids: “The Terminator”, “Oblivion” and “Stairway to Heaven”, do they say something to you? There is no doubt that this can be a challenge for even the most experienced extreme athlete. A raft can be tipped over in a fraction of a second and your rowing group can scatter generously along the sides of the gorge.
If you have no knowledge of rafting, do not worry! You can live the experience, and you can also explore the lower and quieter stretches of the river to Lake Kariba, several days. You will have qualified guides who will explain all the necessary techniques to enjoy this incredible moment.
Another perfect plan if you need to relax and gather some energy for the rapids is to go on board a cruise upriver and finish admiring a safari with the sunset view. When you’re contemplating the Zambezi from that tranquility, it is difficult to think about how crazy the Victoria Falls area. However, don’t get too comfortable and keep your eyes wide open, you might have a close encounter with some hippos and crocodiles. Even among the calmnnes you can still have an adventure.
The intensity of the waters of the Victoria Falls varies throughout the year, the lowest point is in January, and in June it is much higher. The river levels will define how extreme your experience will be. During the low water season, you can raft rapids from 1 to 18, approximately 24 km. In the high season, you can only run rapids from 11 to 23, approximately 18 km. Most visitors stay in the city of Livingstone, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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