Four Day Playground
A four day raft supported multi-day trip - for those paddlers short of time, a four day trip offers an opportunity paddle all of the white water in the Batoka gorge. Although most of the bigger rapids can be found on the regular "day" section, some bigger rapids can be found below 25. Add this to the stunning beaches and scenery, you will find downstream, make this the perfect trip for those wanting to explore the Zambezi in just a few days. Our guides know all the best play spots on this section, plus awesome campsites where you can enjoy a beer overlooking an amazing rapid! The four day trip can be made part of a build your own package if you wish.
After meeting at Jollyboys in Livingstone, we will be transferred to the boiling pot, directly beneath the Victoria Falls. Few people have the chance to venture into this region due to the inaccessibility. This involves a short portage to the top of rapid #1 and then a paddle across a large eddy to witness a sight you will never forget. Our guide will lead you down the river scouting where necessary and showing you the best playspots. We will have a light lunch on the river before making camp between rapid #10 and #11. Our guides will prepare a delicious evening meal.
Included: All meals
After breakfast we will spend the day slowly making our way downstream, stopping to play to our hearts' content. A light lunch will be served on the river before making our way to the beach below rapid #21. Your guides will prepare sundowners and a three-course dinner while you relax and take in the magnificent scenery.
Included: All meals
Breakfast on the beach will be followed by our longest river day. We will cover approximately 24km today, running a variety of large and small rapids, such as Closed Season, Open Season, the Narrows and Lets Make a Deal. Lunch will be served on the riverbank along the way. Upper and Lower Moemba are the last two rapids of the day and are two of the best on the entire river! Tonight, we dine and camp on a spectacular beach overlooking Lower Moemba.
Included: All meals
After a light breakfast we'll portage Lower Moemba and Damsite before running the last and biggest rapid of the trip. Begin the drive back to Livingstone through traditional villages, arriving late afternoon.
Included: Breakfast & Lunch
We supply tents and sleeping mats on the nights we camp. We also supply drybags for your personal clothing. We also have pelicases for your camera. These require a deposit.
A kayak guide and a gear boat guide will accompany you on the trip. All our guides have a minimum of three years' experience on the Zambezi River.
- Fruit, cereal, toast, tea, coffee and a cooked breakfast will be served on the first three days.
- Light lunches will be provided on all days of the trip.
- Dinner – Three course dinners are served every night.
- Wine provided with meals
Livingstone Airport transfers and all river shuttles are included. We will even drop you at your restaurant for your evening meal.
All porters’ fees are included.
All park fees are included for the duration of the trip.
Boats & Gear
You are able to hire a boat from us for $20 per day or $100 for a week. We have excellent quality PFDs, helmets, spraydecks and paddles as well if you need them. As always its fine for you to bring your own gear as well.
We are happy to arrange all your activities in advance for your rest day or any spare days you are in Livingstone. Please do bear in mind some activities do book out.
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 5 white water.
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.
- Alternative dates are available if you are more than 6 paddlers.
- Minimum four paddlers to confirm trip
- Maximum twelve paddlers
The best ways to get to Livingstone are either through Lusaka or Johannesburg. From Lusaka there are daily buses with Mazhandu Busses, or via Johannesburg you can fly up to Livingstone airport with South African or British Airways. There are also convenient flights from the UK with Kenyan via Nairobi. Most 'boat friendly' airlines are Emirates into Lusaka or Virgin vis Joburg (check boat all the way to Livingstone)
Equipment and Accessories
- Clothing – All personal items including long sleeve shirts and pants for night time protection. A lightweight rain jacket and personal toiletries, including insect repellents. A torch/flashlight is a great idea for the camping nights.
- Kayaking gear – You will be required to provide all your own kayaking gear. We do have gear available for hire so please enquire should you need this.
- Camping gear — You will be required to provide your own sleeping bag for the nights we camp.
Insurance and Medical
- As mentioned, it is imperative to carry your own medical and travel insurance for kayaking up to Grade 5.
- 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/