Safpar Rafting Company
River Rafting & Tubing • Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Safpar has been rafting the Mighty Zambezi since 1988! The passion, experience, and culture of our rafting team is second to none. Safpar has a 100% guide certification with the International Rafting Federation. All guides are trained professionals and hold advanced first aid certificates. Safpar offers the opportunity to raft the entire river on our day trips, as well as epic overnight and multi-day trips. We say NO to expensive memories! Safpar are the only company on the Zambezi to provide a FREE photo and video package of your day on the mighty Zambezi! Offering what is arguably the finest one day trip on the planet, the Batoka Gorge provides one of the most intense sensory thrills imaginable. Its 25 white-water rapids and striking scenery deep within the sheer black cliffs afford the adrenaline junkie a wild roller-coaster adventure of a lifetime, we are world-class experts who do things very differently to the "run of the mill" with 30 years of experience, join us and see why.
Livingstone, Zambia

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helloitsnaomi
Melbourne, Australia26 contributions
My 2nd time with Safpar white water rafting and just as brilliant and thrilling as the first. The team are awesome and will look after you. You get 2 more rapids on the Zambian side v Zim. Per the website it is a steep climb up at the end but a refreshing cold soft drink and snacks waiting for you. You drive through a local village on the way back - a huge plus.

Also includes a free photo package so no need to bring your phone or go pro.

Big thanks to Emely, Chongo, Julius and team for an awesome day!
Written December 7, 2022
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Tora
Southampton, UK1 contribution
I've lived in Zambia for over 10 years and done a lot of activities there but this is definitely a highlight. My boyfriend and I chose the company as I knew others who had used them. I was nervous about the safety of the activity but the team was so professional and experienced and knew exactly what they were doing. They have one person on the raft who tells you what to do and when and they have 3 people in separate little paddle rafts that follow you. I felt really safe if anything were to happen. Afterwards you do have to climb a hill to get back to the vehicle as you are obviously lower down at the river - this was difficult but you can take your time and the experience made it worth it. Would 100% recommend this company.
Written November 30, 2022
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Rudelle E
1 contribution
Nov 2022
What an incredible experience!!!! First time rafting and felt safe the entire time. Will definitely highly recommend the team!
Written November 11, 2022
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John
6 contributions
Oct 2022
Amazing experience! First time rafting and was the perfect adrenaline fuelled activity to fully experience the Mighty Zambezi. It's pure excitement and the way SafPar organised everything, the day was absolutely perfect.
Written November 6, 2022
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Schwa01
Floyds Knobs, IN14 contributions
Oct 2022
I was all on my own when signing up to raft the Zambezi River. There were two other paying rafters and two guides on our raft. It was amazing and I highly recommend this company. I started and finished from the Zambian side and also got to walk on Zimbabwean soil without showing my passport! I debated so much about doing this for 4 days. The last time I whitewater rafted it was at least 24 years ago and was either in West Virginia or Tennessee. Now, at the age of 48, post Covid (or not as physically fit) and as a solo rafter (no family or friends with me), I had lots of worries. But I must have asked all the staff at the Victoria Falls Waterfront hotel and of course the adventure scheduling team members more questions than a 5 year old who is trying to figure out how something works. Mind you, I could not ask any of the other guests at the hotel because most of them were adrenaline junkies, backpackers and 20 somethings that have no idea that they might actually get hurt. Oh - and there are crocodiles(aka flat dogs.) We left for the trip right from the Victoria Falls Waterfront hotel. According to a quick Google search the white water rafting I experienced is the best in the world. And I am here having breakfast (included with the stay) and still pondering the amazing views, the adrenaline rushes, the friendly and very experienced guides, new friends, one friend, Bob, who is my “Devil’s Toilet BowI” companion as we both fell out of the boat on the same rapid named after an evil spirit controlled commode (no crocodile nibbles, but I did hit something with my feet while swirling in the toilet bowl so my story is gonna be it was a crocodile 🐊 😂). Other than getting over my nervousness, the most difficult part was the climb back out of the gorge. I didn’t take as long as the record holder of 2 hours to reach the top, but I wasn’t wearing a watch, so I just know it was a long, tough, steep climb that Zambian men carrying the equipment back up to the top made look like a jaunt. Photos and videos are included in the price, because really you cannot take anything other than what you are wearing. The rains here in Livingstone started the night before I rafted, so the rapids had changed overnight making us get several bonus or “on the house” rapids. The air temperatures dropped from the high 80’s to the low 70’s but the water was still warm, I am guessing 83 or so. I was stuffed into a life jacket, paddling up a boatload of body heat so, I stayed comfortably warm. I am ALWAYS cold, so this was another worry I had before beginning. The walk up the cliff helped me warm up enough that I only got a little cool on the drive back to the hotel through the local villages and I only got a little more cold while sitting in wet clothes as we reminisced over lunch. Later that evening as I sat down to dinner at the hotel, my server asked if I had seen the elephants swimming across the river. I jumped up and went over to the railing of the deck and was mesmerized. I did manage to get a few photos as I stood in awe with several other guests. There are so many reasons this place is one of the official “wonders of the world”. But I am sticking with my theory that this would never be as great if the people who live, love and work here weren’t a part of the experience. The locals are the best. Note: there are two guys staying at the hotel that are probably professional kayakers BUT not natives who are taking kayakers on tours and I cannot believe some tourists trust them. The Zambian guides have to be certified, trained in first aid, geology, history etc. They tell some great stories along the river and give loads of instructions as you go through each rapid. As far as I could tell by listening to the two white men kayakers with British accents talk, they had insurance to protect them from lawsuits, but no wisdom. My Zambian guides handed off a cold bottle of water they had available for their guests to a kayaker on this “other tour” because these other “guides” left their guests behind and scrambled up the hill quickly to get their snacks. I am so glad I took the risk and got the reward of this fantastic Zambezi River white water rafting experience. Take the plunge, it is worth it!
Written November 5, 2022
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Hannah T
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Oct 2022 • Friends
We had an amazing time on the river. Our guide was Boyd and he did a great job of making sure all of our boat fell out at some point except the one nervous passenger who did not want to swim!
The safety was the main priority without making the day dull.
Written November 3, 2022
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M C
4 contributions
Sep 2022
Exciting, somewhat dangerous, but in good hands every minute. Rapid number 5 was a riot even though we flipped ... but within a very short time they had us all in rafts and safe. I am 75 years old and never worried that Captain Boyd would steer us right. I highly recommend this for your adrenaline rush.
It was a chore to hike out after rafting but that adds to the accomplishment. And finishing with a burger and beer meant the stories did flow.
A must do in Livingstone
Written October 15, 2022
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Clara Ruiz
26 contributions
I made this activity with a friend on October 2022. I appreciated the most the quality of the guides, the safety and all the proffesionality around the activity. It was, so far, my favourite activity in Livingstone! So I recommend you to do it, ND I'll repeat as soon as possible :)
Written October 15, 2022
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capnrhabdo
London, UK53 contributions
I must say I had some apprehension about doing this activity, mostly because I have only done white water rafting up to grades 1-3 a couple of times in other locations around the world and grade 4 (2 times) at an Olympic training facility in the UK. The step up to grade 5, in the wild, was rather daunting, particularly given there were other factors to think about like hippos and crocodiles.

Well! I can safely say we had the most fun and adrenaline filled experience, without any concern for the latter. We saw only crocs but they weren’t hanging in or around the actual rapids. They were in much calmer areas - at times when everyone was aboard the raft. The guides in kayaks keep a look out for them and make sure everyone is safe throughout. Shoutout to Julian, Babyface, Dexter and Davis for the all the support they gave throughout - they were superb.

Our Captain, Melvin, was an exceptional raft guide keeping us safe and informed throughout each rapid, explaining what we needed to do and when. When we capsized/overturned on the “Mother”(rapid 16/21 I think) he was on top of the raft like lightning, flipping it over in no time to get us all back in. I thought that I might be a bit shocked at the point of overturn but I felt calm, and as though I knew what I had to do throughout - which is really credit to Melvin’s instruction. There are of course risks when put your life in the hands of nature on such an activity but Melvin and the whole team kept things clear and lighthearted so that it could be enjoyed throughout. Both my wife and I would 100% do this activity again if we returned to Zambia. Such an incredible experience.

The only real difficult part is the walk up out of the gorge at the end. Sensible footwear is recommended, we had neoprene rock shoes with a good rubber sole which were ok. You have to see it to believe it - it’s a challenge but these guys are carrying up rafts, kayaks etc like it’s nothing, after having rafted down the Zambezi with you. Insane. They work so hard.

Last thing to say is that they take you back to the Victoria Falls Waterfront Hotel for food (burger) and drink (water, although you can buy other drinks), which was good. Also, during the trip they give you water, biscuits and apples to keep you fuelled up. All in all, this was an amazing experience run by great people and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to add some adrenaline to their Zambia experience.
Written October 14, 2022
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Dear Capnrhabdo. Thank you for taking the time to write a very comprehensive review of your day out on the Zambezi with the Safpar team. You have described the day perfectly, the rafting is a challenge, as you mentioned a couple of the rapids are grade 5. The hike out is a challenge, steep and can be hot in the summer months. The guides will always do their best to look after all guest, we understand guests have different experience levels and expectations. We hope to see you back in Zambia for another rafting adventure. Warm Regards The Safpar team (Julias, Babyface, Dexter and Davis)
Written December 2, 2022
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Esben H
2 contributions
Sep 2022
A breathtaking experience!. I guess this is the most dramatic activity Tromsø Survival & Dance have ever been doing through our 37 years of traveling. It was action, it was dramatic, but we all felt safe due to the highly professional team that guided us through the 25 km run down the Zambezi River. They also delivered a fantastic video and lot of pictures from the river. We realy recomend these guys if you wanr a wet and wild experience. Thanks to all of you at Safari Par Excellence.
Written October 10, 2022
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Dear Guide, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of your experience with Safpar and the team. We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your day and felt safe, some of the guides have over 20 years experience on the Zambezi. Warm Regards The Safpar team.
Written December 2, 2022
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