3 day clinic
Whether you're a total beginner or have done a little bit of kayaking before and would like some expert tuition on one of the best rivers in the world then this kayak clinic is for you! In three days we can help you to master some of the fundamentals of kayaking, and you'll surprise yourself with how much you can learn in only a few days! This trip can also be extended by a day or more if you've got a more time to brush up your kayaking skills on the Zambezi river.
Day one of your kayak school starts with a visit to the pool. Our top class coaches will teach you the fundamentals of paddling, from how to hold your paddle right through to nailing your first eskimo roll. This afternoon we head down to rapid number 6 to get our first taste of the Zambezi. Here we have a big eddy where you can practice newly learnt paddle strokes and your roll before running your first white water rapid on the Zambezi river!
This morning we'll head down into the gorge at rapid 21. Throughout the day you'll receive expert tuition on how to navigate through the rapids. We'll make our way through to rapid 25, learning how to "eddy in" and "eddy out", cross the river and make use of all the features on the river.
Included: Breakfast and Lunch
Today we step it up a notch, starting at rapid number 10 and running all the way through to 25. Here we'll tackle some of the Zambezi's famous rapids, all under the watchful eye of our expert guides. You've got plenty of options on this day, we normally have a mixture of people in inflatable kayaks as well as the hard shells you were paddling earlier in the trip. So if you're not 100% comfortable in your kayak yet then running this amazing section of white water is just as fun in a ducky!
Included: Breakfast and Lunch
- 2 nights accommodation in a dormitory room
- All kayaking equipment
- Shuttles to and from the river
- Meals as outlined in the itinerary
A kayak guide will accompany you on the river everyday. All our guides have excellent knowledge of the Zambezi River.
Visas can be obtained at your point of entry into Zambia and cost $50 for a single entry and $80 for a double entry visa. Common entry points into Zambia are Livingstone Airport, Kazungula and Victoria Falls Road Bridge.
You will need to organise suitable travel insurance for the duration of your trip, which includes cover for kayaking up to grade 4 white water.
All porters’ fees are included.
We are happy to arrange any activities in advance for any spare days you are in Livingstone. Please do bear in mind some activities do book out.
All park fees are included for the duration of the trip.
A video is not included, however a videographer can be hired on a daily basis or for the multi day trip.
For anyone after a unique "Kayakguru" t shirt, please get in touch.
- A reasonable level of fitness is required for the walk into and out of the gorge
- Swimming is not essential but you need some confidence in water
- You will be required to sign a liability waiver prior to starting the trip
- Any medication you are on or any exhisting injuries must be declared prior to leaving for the river
Other dates can be arranged with a minimum of 4 paddlers. Our trip will depart Livingstone at 8am on day one and we'll have you back by 5pm on day 3. Look forward to you joining us.
Kayak School 3 day clinic
Equipment and Accessories
• Kayaking gear – We will provide all the specialist gear that you need, but we recommend that you bring -
- Water bottle
- Swimsuit and or shorts
- Thermal Top for cooler days in August and November - January
- Sturdy Shoes or sandals (we recommend Chaco or Keens)
• You will need money for the meals not covered during the itinerary. Alcohol, souvenirs and airport transfers will also be your own responsibility. The same applies for any additional activities undertaken that are not included in the itinerary.
Insurance and Medical
• As mentioned, it is imperative to carry your own medical and travel insurance. Prior to coming, be sure to visit your doctor to discuss what necessary precautions need to be taken when coming here. Make yourself aware of where Livingstone is, as some parts of Zambia are considered to be part of Central Africa. The Southern Province of Zambia, where Livingstone is situated is NOT in Central Africa.
• Please visit these websites for useful medical information: http://www.afro.who.int/ AND http://www.masta.org/
Non-paddling Friends and Family
• There are plenty of other activities available in the region (bungi jumping, day trips to Botswana, houseboats etc.) as well as cultural and historic sites to keep any family or friends who are staying off the water amused.