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White-Water Rafting Challenge.

Take on the biggest Grade 5 rapids in the world.

Come raft with the original pioneers of white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi river.

No white water compares to the Zambezi. This is the most exciting, electrifying and adrenaline-fuelled rafting experience in the world. As the original rafting pioneers in Victoria Falls, our white water history dates back to 1985. Our guides are the best in the business as they’ve been on this river during all seasons and know the rapids better than anyone. No one can match our unrivalled experience, knowledge and focus on safety.

Rafting Experience Day Trip


Choose between our famous one day trip for a taste of the action or our overnight, two night and four night rafting experiences that take you to parts of the Zambezi very few people get to see. On these longer trips, after a hard day rafting, relax with a cold beer on a white sandy beach and enjoy the peace, quiet and tranquillity of the gorge. You’ll sleep in tents, enjoy freshly cooked meals and experience the stars of a clear African night.



Additional Information

How long does it last?

For the one day trip, we meet at 7:30am for a safety briefing and you’ll be back at your hotel around 3pm. The multi-day trips each have different timings.

What are the rafting seasons?

If you’re with us for low water season between August and December, you start right in the Boiling Pot in the spray of Victoria Falls. You get an unrivalled view of the Falls and the Bridge, then navigate rapids 1 – 19 in some of the most intense grade 5 rapids known to man. If you’re with us between January and April, depending on rainfall, you’ll normally start at rapid 11, 10km downstream from the mighty Falls, and will continue to rapid 23.

Multi-day trips generally only run between August and December Generally speaking but it depends on rainfall . Mid July- end of December low water, high water- jan-july. Very high water- 11-23. Splash and dash

What’s included?

Lunch, cold beers and soft drinks are served at the end of the trip. Water is available throughout.

What’s not included?

We take photos and videos during each experience that can be purchased.

Is there an age and fitness requirement?

All rafters must be over 15 years of age. A reasonable level of fitness is required to walk in and out of the gorge. The walk out is equivalent to climbing a 70-storey building, there are rest stops and drink breaks on the way and you can go at your own pace. Please declare any health issues and medication upfront.

What should I bring?

Swimming costume, t-shirt, sunscreen, any medication needed, national parks fees. Dry clothes can be left with our team and you can change into them at the top of the gorge.

What should I leave behind?

All valuables should be left behind as well as anything that isn’t waterproof.

Is there a trained guide?

All our river guides are trained in advanced first aid and each trip will have a number of Swift Water Rescue trained guides. We hold regular refresher courses and follow industry best practice.

Is there insurance?

Shearwater has public liability insurance of $2m USD, underwritten by Lloyds of London in place for all activities.