Posts Tagged ‘kayaking holiday’

Zambezi Kayaking Logistics Made Easy

Friday, May 25th, 2012

The Zambezi has a reputation for having difficult paddling logistics, but it need not be so! From August – December Kayak The Zambezi offers daily shuttles to Number 1 (Boiling Pot) at 8am from Livingstone or 9am to Rapid 10. Our guide team will show you the river on your first day and on subsequent paddling days we’ll take care of park fees, porters, lunch transport to and from the river allowing you the most time to spend doing what you love – kayaking the Zambezi.

Ripping It Up at 12B

For those who also don’t want to travel with a boat, we have plenty of current play boats and river runners for you to choose from, paddles, buoyancy aids, helmets and everything you need for your paddling holiday. User friendly airlines for boats are Virgin to Joburgh and then 1 time are excellent to Livingstone. Alternatively there are many excellent flight options to Lusaka and then you can catch a bus to Livingstone from there with Mazhandu Family Buses.

Sara running 5, Stairway to Heaven

Make 2012 your year to paddle the Mighty Zambezi. See you here!

May Newsletter.

Thursday, May 19th, 2011


Thinking about heading to the Zambezi this season? Good choice. Not only do you get to paddle one of the greatest rivers in the world, but if you time it right you’ll get to take part in the Zambezi Festival 2011! From the 22-29th zambezifestlogo2October this year Livingstone will be overrun with kayakers in town for great competitions, brilliant races and some fine, fine parties. We’re holding downriver races, head to head, slalom, a rodeo, raft races, and a Grand Final with some surprises along the way. They’ll be prizes for everyone, so even if you’re not scoring top points on the rodeo, it’s always worth flashing the judges a smile and a wink (nothing more!) during your ride and you might end up with a share of the bounty. We’ve got a brand new kayak from Fluid, subscriptions to Kayak Session magazine, nights in swanky hotels in Livingstone, activities in the area, some great spot and novelty prizes for those random acts that make us laugh and much, much more. Tickets cost $195, which includes your event entry, accommodation for the week, shuttles, park fees and a T-shirt, almost everything except your bar tab! Getting there is easy too, flights to Lusaka are going for less than £500 from the UK at the moment, and a new route from Cape Town is now opened up with Zambezi Airlines which gives you many more options, winner! Check out the website page for more information on how things are running, add yourself onto our Facebook event, and invite all your friends! Accommodation is limited so make sure you book up early to make sure you get a place, and we’ll see you out there for what’s shaping up to
be a whole lot of fun.

If you are after “Executive Kayak Transport” then look no further than our African Limo featured in this picture!  Set up with all the essentialsP9130101_2, cold beer, kayak trailer and 6 doors, travel to all the best paddling spots on the Zambezi in STYLE! Paddling fees have gone up with the Zambian Parks Service putting up fees by $10. Our rates for pick up and drop off from your hotel or backpackers, porters to carry your kayaks into and out of the gorge, lunch and a cold beer at the end of the day are just $40. PLEASE NOTE IF YOU BOOK LOCALLY, THE COST WILL BE $50, so well worth planning your trip in advance!

If you want someone to organise your entire paddling holiday, then let arrange all your paddling needs. From people wanting to experience a Zambezi 4 day trip, to those wanting to paddle The White Nile and Zambezi, we have something to offer everyone. Our guides will meet you at the airport and accompany you on your entire trip, taking care of all the smallest details as well. If you want somebody to teach you more about Playboating? Or River Running in big water, Anika or Andrew will make sure you leave the Zambezi River, loving the place! Dates are now on our website ready for you to get excited about and book onto for this years paddling holiday!

People are always asking us about the best time to head out to the Zambezi? For those wanting Big Water paddling conditions, head out and see us in August or December. Pretty much everything in between, is an awesome time to paddle the Zam. In high water some rapids are bigger, but in general the best paddling/surfing is on offer in low water and the weather is awesome too. Expect hot and sunny conditions. Although we recommend taking anti malarials at all times in Zambia, the risk is very low and far lower than that in on the Nile in Uganda. If you are keen to avoid the rush this year when the Festival is on, come down either side of it!

IDSC_0419f you are looking to hook up with some other paddlers out on the Zambezi, then get onto our FORUM where you can see who is heading out to the Zambezi and when? If you are looking to head out on a multiday as well, it is a great way to get people together on the same trip for more fun. It is super simple to just sign up and also post any advice to people heading out there, like flight deals, places to stay in Lusaka or why not just tell us about your Zambezi paddling experiences, without of course exaggerating too much! If of course you try and sell Viagra on there, you will be banned!

2011 – International year of the Zambezi.

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

A lot of people talk about the Zambezi as if it’s a dream location that they’d love to visit but just never quite make it out there. This has been puzzling us here at, it’s easy to get here, the water is reliable, the weather is awesome, the beer is cheap, and there’s so much fun to be had! So make this year your year to get out on the Zam and see what all the fuss is about. Cheap flights to Lusaka are easy to find through airlines such as Kenyan airways (who are great with taking boats on), Ethiopian air, British airways and Air france. It’s then easy to get a bus link with Mazhandu Family Buses straight through to the centre of Livingstone, only a stones throw away from JollyBoys backpackers. An alternate route to get there is via South Africa, connecting flights to Livingstone from Johannesburg are easiest to get with a South African airline, 1time, dodgy name, but great service! There’s plenty of nice spots to stay once you’re there, our favourite places are Jollyboys backpackers and Fawlty Towers which are both right in town at the epicenter of all the apres-boating action! We’re the only company who run kayaking trips from Livingstone, and our great guides are available to get on the water with you for your first day or two to show you the best lines, features and moves to make so that you can make the most out of your stay. It is possible to do the Zambezi on your own, catching taxi’s to and from the river, but if you want to sort out your trip out so that it runs smoothly from day one we can sort out shuttles, park fees, porters, lunch as well as that all important cold beer at the end of the day. We’re also able to help out with gear hire, accommodation, other activities, or just some advice whilst you’re planning your trip. So now there’s really no excuse to get out onto the Zambezi, this is the time for action!

Scream if you love the Zambezi!!

Scream if you love the Zambezi!!

The World’s Most Awesome Paddling Holiday

Monday, August 16th, 2010

If anyone had to imagine the 2 best rivers for a paddling vacation, the Zambezi River and the White Nile would have to be up there. and Kayak The Nile have teamed up to offer what can only be described as the Ultimate Paddling Vacation. Due to the nature of the trip and the logistics in each destination the trip can be offered to all kayaking abilities from beginner to expert. Being our home rivers, we can offer you the best sections for YOUR ability and tailor make the trip for you. The trip is 14 days and will include all your accommodation, lunches (on paddling days) and boats. All you need to do is get to Uganda and Zambia… and home again.

Running Rapid 5 on The Zambezi

Running Rapid 5 on The Zambezi

Convenient flight connections are available with Kenya Airways stopping in Nairobi (you can get a cheap return flight to Uganda from there) and Lusaka. Most paddlers take the bus from Lusaka to Livingstone and we’ll meet you there. Trips start in Entebbe every Saturday where the Kayak The Nile team pick you up. They’ll drop you back at the airport after a week on the Nile. Once on the Zambezi, you’ll get a welcome “Booze Cruise” and dinner on your day of arrival into Livingstone.

Jarrod having fun on the Nile River

Jarrod having fun on the Nile River

Come and kayak the Zambezi River in Zambia and the White Nile in Uganda, The Ultimate Paddling Vacation.