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White Water Rafting in Zimbabwe

White Water Rafting in Zimbabwe

By Wild Horizons
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Ages 14-99, max of 40 per group
Duration: 7h
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  • Transfers (B&B's, Guest Houses and Hotels in Victoria Falls Town only)
  • Gear( wet suite in the winter)
  • Lunch
What's not included
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Visa Fees.
  • River usage fee of US$10.00 per person

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Return transfers included from all hotels/lodges withing Victoria Falls Town. Additional transfer charges may apply for pick ups outside Victoria Falls Town
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 51414P14

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age: 15 years (This can be flexible, at management’s discretion i.e. if the child is of the right maturity, strength and will fit into a life jacket properly then younger children are sometimes accepted.Maximum age: There is no maximum age limit, however Wild Horizons retain the right to refuse to take a client who is clearly going to be unable to cope with the rigours of rafting.Low Water Rafting
  • Approximate Dates: 10th August – 25th December
  • Rapids: #1 to #19
  • Lunch: Lunch at Top of Gorge at Rapid # 19High Water- Rafting
  • Approximate Dates: 25th Dec – 10th August
  • Rapids: #11 to #23
  • Lunch: Lunch is served at the top of the gorge at Rapid #23
  • is controlled and manoeuvred by the guide using “12 foot-long” oars from the middle of the raft. Guests are seated in the front and rear of the raft and hold on to the safety line around the perimeter of the raft.
  • requires the passengers to actively assist the guide in manoeuvring the raft through the rapids and the calm stretches, they are seated around the perimeter of the boat and all paddle, but do not hold onto the safety line.
  • The walk in and out of the gorge is steep and rocky. The walk out is approximately 750 feet to the top of the gorge and requires a reasonable degree of fitness. There is cold beer, soft drink and water top of the gorge for guests.
  • Photographic and video coverage will be offered on every trip to guests for an extra fee.
  • Tipping is not compulsory. If however you would like to leave a token of your thanks, the following is a guideline:
  • Guide: US$10 per guest per day.
  • Other Staff: US$5 per guest per day.
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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How much is White Water Rafting in Zimbabwe?
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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 51414P14

  • You'll get picked up
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  • Pass by
    Wild Horizons
    Victoria Falls Bridge
  • You'll return to the starting point
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

After sales disappointing
I wish I could give them a 5 star as the actual activity and staff were amazing! However we paid for our video and
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A worthwhile sunset dinner cruse 😍
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Scenic adventure at the gorge!
Great time all around! Guides were great and added fun to the experience. Perfect for those who want to enjoy the b
John H
John H
Hard no, do not go.
Hard no. Do not go. Boat barely moved. No lights, had to use cell phone to see food. Hot, bugs everywhere. No backg
The sunset cruise offered more than just a sunset
When we booked through an agency we had no idea they had booked us a luxury cruise on the Zambezy River. The upper
catalin s
catalin s
Just relax and enjoy.
Sunset dinner and cruise on a double decker boat. Upper boat for cruise, lower deck for dinner. Just enjoy a relaxi
Emily B
Emily B
Absolute blast!
Absolute blast! Our guides made sure we had a lot of fun, while also emphasizing safety and remaining professional.
A lovely peaceful and content cruise. With beautiful scenery, a safari cruise you could say. Lovely drink selection
Wild Horizons
One of the biggest tour company in Victoria falls organizing all the extreme adventure sports and tourist sightsee
Excellent company!
When in Victoria Falls we did a few activities with Wild Horizons tour agency, namely the walking tour of the falls
Debra R
Debra R
Tours and Transfers
While we were in Victoria Falls, Wild Horizons provided transfers and tours for our party. Each guide was friendly
Travel Services
Transport between various cities. We have used Wild Horizons on 4 occasions during this trip. Always on time. Alw
Great Guide and Restaurant Facility
Our guide. Eddie, for both our Falls Tour and later for our land transit to Botswana, was excellent. He was very kn
The best service!
Wild Horizons runs hotels and offers transportation, and they are fantastic! They provided transportation for us as
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64 reviews
Very good

Matt Blair
2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Unbelievable experience. My wife and I did this trip, it required a decent level of fitness, nothing an average level of fitness can't handle. Our guide, Condry AKA Beast, was unbelievable. I can honestly say that I've never had a tour guide as talented as him. Beast knew the river exceptionally well, had an incredible knowledge of the indigenous wildlife and kept us entertained the entire way. There was not a single moment that we were not entertained. Would definitely reccomend this adventure to everyone.
Written October 6, 2021
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Shafia M
Cape Town, South Africa40 contributions
Wild Horizons is the best tour operator in Zimbabwe. Our trip was booked and they provided all the services from transfers to and from the airport and all internal activities. James and Zondani were AMAZING. The whole operation is efficient and punctual. Zondani is very knowledgeable and his tour of the Vic falls was very informative. We also did a sunset cruise and white water rafting with them. Another James and Actor were the rafting guides. It was the best experience ever! Highly recommended 😁🥳!
Written September 24, 2021
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John Dawn
Madison, WI9 contributions
Sep 2021
Favorite part of our adventure? Condry, the Beast, our guide! We had the time of our life! His skill, expertise and knowledge of the Zambezi River was second to none! Looking at some of these rapids in the face made me question my sanity, but conquering them was extraordinary. The views of the gorge and this incredible river was also magical and breathtaking. We had so much fun!! Special shout out to the incredible team that made this happen: Eliam (2nd guide), Gerrick (safety kayak), Gerald (driver), Fanuel (on behalf of all porters), and Everson (Chef).
Written September 17, 2021
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Los Angeles, CA21 contributions
I must begin by saying this because had we known, we would have made a different decision…we booked this in the Wild Horizons office and this fact was never mentioned, which created an extremely difficult and potentially dangerous….

The trip begins with a long descent down into the gorge to the rafts. We did know this so we were somewhat prepared, but didn’t expect the sometimes slippery climb down which also included several metal stairways which had a few steps that were bent or in disrepair. One in our group fell during the descent and hit his head. Fortunately he was wearing his helmet already which provided protection. Unfortunately he dislocated his finger, but since he is a physician he was able to move it back into place. Sadly our guide was too far ahead to see, and didn’t inquire about the bleeding leg.

There is a large group of rafters that go down the steps at the same time and at some points the slower people were passed which was scary on the very narrow paths. Since our raft was just our group, we would have been happy to have been asked to go behind the rest of them.

We finally got down into the boat and our guide gave us a briefing. He explained the commands and paddling and how to “get down”, and we were off.

The first 3 rapids were a lot of fun, but we had trouble hearing our guides commands. 4 people in our group had never rafted before and it was a little frustrating. He didn’t brief us as to what to expect and on the fourth rapid, we were all thrown from the raft when it got stuck on a rock. This was one of the most terrifying experiences of all of our lives. We were send flying out and into an extremely strong rapid that threw us against rocks and send us far down the river. Yes, this is an inherent risk in rafting, but we didn’t know what to expect should we fall of but for we should look for the kayakers. Again, I fully recognize that this is something that happens but none of us expected that ALL of us, including the guide might be thrown out in such a violent way. When I have rafted before one or two people might fall but I have never experienced something like this.

This is where our first interaction with the OUTSTANDING river staff began. They got to us quickly with the kayaks and the other rafts guides that saw people in the water also pulled them in. Once we were all back in our raft we were pretty shaken but since there’s no other way but down the river, on we went.

From the beginning we were told that rapid 7 was particularly difficult as the raft had to be guided between two large rocks. This information was provided to us in writing as was pretty clear about the risk, and we were offered the option of walking around the rapid and meeting our guide and raft on the other side. After our experience on number 4, there was no question as to what we were going to do, until we got to the “walk around point”. This was NOT a walk around. IT was a huge field of rocks that were sometimes slippery and required a great deal of physical fitness and agility to cross. And while locals may walk them barefoot, for people not used to the terrain, the “closed toe” sho requirement was completely inadequate. About half way though, the gentleman in our group who had fallen was in extreme pain and had to stop. I wish I had a photograph of what we had to climb through - as someone who grew up in Colorado and has been hiking in many places and even climbed in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu I have never seen this with the expectation that a typical person would be able to cross.

One of the river staff finally helped him to the water and had a kayak bring him to the boat, but with the kayaks being very small they had him with his legs wrapped around leaning back in the water which caused him to swallow a great deal. Finally we got him back in the boat, and could tell he was very comfortable and not feeling well, but there was again no option.

At this point I should mention another component of the activity that required a great deal of physical fitness. Our group was 3 teenagers, 2 women in their 50s and the gentleman who is 60. All of us are in decent shape, but the amount of energy and strength required to paddle in these conditions was well beyond what we could offer. Our guide seemed to be frustrated when we couldn’t paddle hard or fast enough, but we were all giving our best and were exhausted from the bouldering we had to do to get around the rapid. When he got back on, having the finger that was injured and then the pain from what had just happened, the guide handed him a paddle.

We were thrilled to be almost done as we had chosen to just do a half day which meant we were done after rapid 10. We used every ounce of energy to row to shore…at this point one of the kayakers joined our boat and neither he nor our guide was rowing so we had more weight and 5 people doing the work (by then about three of us had enough energy to barely move our paddles….

We got our of the boat and the most harrowing and upsetting part of our day, which we had ZERO warning of, began. We were well aware that we had to go back up and out of the gorge, but what we were not told is that unlike the path down that had stairs and safety railings, this way out was extremely steep and included wooden ladders with rungs made of logs, server of which were loose and very dangerous for heavier people. We were told, in fact, that the path out was similar to the path down, but clearly this was in reference to the full day even though we were clear that we were only doing the half….

I consider myself to be very fit- I work out daily with cardio and weights, and hiking is not something I shy away from. However, this was difficult even for me and my level of fitness. For two of the people in our group, including my 17 year old daughter, this trail out was simply impossible to climb. Long, steep, slippery in places, rocky, and not at all what was expected from the climb down, we were ill prepared to handle this. My daughter and the gentleman with his injuries and pain simply could not do it. We had been rafting for 2.5 hours, hadn’t adequately prepared with the necessary hydration and calories required for such a physical day, and had never been warned when we booked that this was what to expect.

Once again, the INCREDIBLE staff came to our rescue. Two men who had been carrying deflated rafts up the path saw the gentleman struggling less than halfway up. These awesome guys each took one side and taking 10 steps at a time, got him up the hill. At this point his feet - he was wearing closed toed sandals with minimal support because we were not told otherwise - were in extreme pain and his legs were practically numb. He had to focus to take each and every step.

My daughter, on the other hand, was terrified (she is scared of heights but was able to do the walk down the gorge since it had handrails and stairs) and exhausted from the physical exertion. She was completely exhausted and passed out. This scared her even more and she was sobbing. Fortunately, one of the rescue kayakers saw us and helped to calm her down. Next thing I knew, the driver who was waiting for us at the top and knew something must be wrong because two of the teens had been at the top for over 30 minutes, came down with a bag of cold drinks. They told my daughter to sip a coke and stop drinking water because she had gone through a few bottles and they knew she needed some calories and that she shouldn’t have more water after the fainting..After taking drinks down to where the guys were helping a few feet down, the kayaker and the driver got her to stand up and helped her the rest of the way up. They talked to her the whole way and kept her motivated and focused.

All I can say is that if it weren’t for the incredible staff, I do not know what we would have done. Had we been stuck on the trail for longer we would have likely needed stretchers to get the people out. We were, and remain, beyond grateful for the men who took care of us - we didn’t have much cash with us but gave it all to them and would have given more if we could. I wish I knew their names to recognize them here.

That afternoon we were supposed to do the sundowner cruise on the river that we booked though Wild Horizons, but we were all exhausted, sunburnt and emotionally shaken from the experience.

Despite the scary experience being throw from the raft, I would say that that majority of us really loved the rafting. We wished they had explained how difficult paddling these amazing rapids would be and taken into account that most of us were first timers. Had we not had the walk around, and especially the climb up, it would have been one of the scariest, but most exhilarating things I have ever done. And while I didn’t mind the physical aspects, I was beyond upset seeing my daughter and our friend struggle, and how upset and frightened everyone was for his safety.

We were all in the Wild Horizons office when we booked and they saw our group. All they had to do was accurately convey the true nature of the physicality of the of the day and we would have been at least had the information to make the best decision, and for those of us who could handle it, we would have at least brought a snack for before the climb.

By not telling us they put two people in physical jeopardy and created unbelievable stress for the rest of us.

After reading the reviews here - which I generally do before booking but didn’t on this trip - they apparently fail to provide such a warning to anyone. I understand this is their business, and booking the tours is part of it, but this failure to provide full information is, in my opinion, an egregious error in judgement for a company that relies on tourism.

I would likely have given 2 stars if it weren’t for the incredible staff we encountered throughout the day and the fact that they went above and beyond to help us.
Written December 25, 2022
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London, UK78 contributions
Dec 2019
I read the Zambezi is one of the top 5 places in the world to do white water rafting and all I can say is that we loved it!! - There is a walk down and up the gorge, it is fairly strenuous, but the guys there support you and encourage you to take your time, in our experience the reward far outweighed the effort....You have moments of white knuckle rafting combined with pure serenity floating down the river, if you are visiting and thinking of doing this then please do, you meet people from all over the world, get well looked after and have a really fantastic time...
Written January 5, 2020
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Patrick H
17 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
We booked the white water rafting at the Lookout Cafe near Victoria Falls park in Zimbabwe (likely the best price). The rafting was amazing with a guide that was super safe and made sure that we did not tip the boat on purpose.
Lunch at the end was a braai and good enough.
Suggestion: make sure that people are aware of the climb/hike to the rafts at the beginning and from the rafts to the lunch at the end. The climb/hike is quite challenging especially the almost vertical hike at the end. We are relatively fit but the climb was still tough especially at the end of a rafting trip. Would still recommend!
Written December 28, 2016
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Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor. We are delighted that you enjoyed your rafting trip with us so much and that you felt safe at all times. Safety is our highest priority. Thank you very much for your recommendation and the useful tip about the climb out of the gorge. With kind regards The Wild Horizons White Water Rafting Team
Written January 3, 2017
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Peter R
Upper Largo, UK70 contributions
We had an exhilarating ride on the Zambezi under the expert guidance of Sugar - definitely more of a "rush" than "free" experience. He did a brilliant job of explaining what we needed to do and when.

The highlight was definitely when Sugar had is wave to the videographer only for a surprise wave to flip the boat and all of us took a dip.

I went with my 3 university aged kids - none of whom had been rafting before. The rafting requires a modicum of strength - but a fair degree of coordination otherwise paddling is at 6s & 7s. The walk in and out is another matter - going down requires a real head for heights while the hike out takes 15 minutes or so of strenuous activity, esp in the heat of the day and after hours on the river.

We went on the same day as the California family who posted a 3* review and I mention this because it was obvious from the start they were going to be in difficulty: they turned up an hour late (missing the briefings on safety and the hike in/out) with the other 25 or so having to wait for them and the man of the party joked he was out of breath just climbing into the vehicle.

That delay was compounded by the walk round: 3 disembarked from other boats and did it in 10-20 minutes the family took much longer with the other boats waiting in very hot sunshine while the other guides debated what to do - including walking back up or reorganising who was on which boat (everyone else did the full day so could get back with friends from 11-19). In the end they emerged. They didn't spoil our day but they certainly delayed all the other rafters with some having to cancel sundowner cruises because of the 2 hour delay.

Overall this is great fun and well organised but participants should be mindful of their physical limitations - for their own safety and others enjoyment.

Written January 3, 2023
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San Diego, CA2 contributions
The guides were great they knew every rapid by heart and I felt very safe but it’s the world class Zambezi and your guaranteed to have a wild ride no matter what.
Written December 9, 2021
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Marcus D
Strand, South Africa3 contributions
Nov 2019 • Business
Low water level in the Zambezi River made the rafting even more adventurous. The raft flipped twice and adrenaline levels were high. It is a scary experience but it was organized professionally and luckily we all lived to tell the story. For the 62 year old guy that joined our raft managed well but the walk up the gorge was tough for everyone and especially him. The video team was very good and can recommend to get a copy of the photos and video taken
Written November 26, 2019
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kayla D
1 contribution
Nov 2019 • Couples
Absolutely amazing, was definitely the highlight of our trip. Highly, highly recommend it!! Especially this time of the year the water is perfect height!
Written November 12, 2019
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