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From Livingstone & Victoria Falls: Zambezi Half-Day Rafting

1. From Livingstone & Victoria Falls: Zambezi Half-Day Rafting

Choose the adventure of a lifetime by rafting in the famous Zambezi River. After being picked up from your hotel or lodge in Livingstone, sit back and relax as you drive in air-conditioned comfort to the entrance of Victoria Falls, your starting point for the day. After a comprehensive safety talk from your guide, set off on a small hike down to the Zambezi River where you will pass through spectacular basalt rocks and have the opportunity to take photos of the splendid views. Then, take to the water to start practicing the techniques you will need to tackle the rapids.  Once you are ready, you will tackle the first rapid of the day, 'the Boiling Pot'. Get drenched as you continue through the rapids, riding the Stairway to Heaven, Gulliver's Travel and the Washing Machine in a non-stop heart-pumping adventure down the river. Once you reach the small rapids, you can choose to swim the Zambezi River for a final splash in the water. Finish the day by hiking back up the gorge where a delicious lunch and refreshments will await you before you transferral back to Livingstone. 

Victoria Falls: Zambezi River White Water Rafting Experience

2. Victoria Falls: Zambezi River White Water Rafting Experience

Your friendly driver or guide will collect you from your Victoria Falls hotel in the early morning. Enjoy a light breakfast before climbing into a jeep for a drive to the Zambezi River. Upon arrival, put on your gear and practice key safety maneuvers before hiking a steep trail to the put-in. Your group’s abilities and preferences determine the type of raft you take out, from a guide-controlled oar raft to a passenger-controlled paddle raft, this ensures a safe and fun trip for everyone. Low water season, when the rapids are most intense, is typically between August and December, while high water season occurs between January and March and then again in June and July. You'll hammer your way through notorious rapids with terrifying names like The Overland Truck-eater and Gnashing Jaws of Death. Upon arrival at your endpoint, you'll hike with your guide to the top of the gorge and enjoy cold beers and a BBQ before getting dropped back to your hotel. Rafting the Zambezi is 4-hours of pure whitewater adrenaline not including pick-ups and drop-off times. 

Victoria Falls: Private Guided Tour of the Falls

3. Victoria Falls: Private Guided Tour of the Falls

This cascading pillar of water powers its way down a 100-meter chasm, taking your breath away as you gaze in awe at its incredible strength and beauty. Victoria Falls is one of the largest and most famous waterfalls in the world, well-deserving of its nickname The Smoke that Thunders. Gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the World Heritage Site on this 2.5 hour guided tour of the falls, which includes a walking safari and information about the history and local wildlife of the area. This experience takes you through parts of the Victoria Falls Rainforest to the precipice opposite the massive cascade. From there, there are unencumbered views of the main falls. Get ready to witness the remarkable power of nature, and a spectacle you will remember for all your life. When Scottish missionary and explorer Dr. David Livingstone first clapped eyes on Victoria Falls, he was moved to write: “It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” Since his visit, many poets and authors have been inspired by the mighty cascade. Now it’s your turn to see what the fuss is about and why the falls are recognized as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Feel the cool spray on your face and look down into the gorge to see rainbows forming. As an added bonus, you may spot wildlife such as birds and monkeys as you walk through the rainforest to reach the waterfall.

Victoria Falls Safari with Lunch and Sunset Cruise

4. Victoria Falls Safari with Lunch and Sunset Cruise

You will be picked up from your hotel at 7:00 AM and make your way to the Zambezi National Park where your game drive will take place in an open four-wheel drive vehicle. Your qualified guide will drive you through the unique Zimbabwean bush, covering a genuinely wild, unfenced wilderness area. You may be lucky enough to spot a variety of animals, including elephants, zebras, giraffes, lions, buffaloes, leopards and much more. At 11:00 AM, you will go on a guided tour of Victoria Falls to witness one of the greatest shows on earth – the raging waters of the Zambezi River crashing into the Batoka Gorge. This experience takes you through parts of the Victoria Falls Rainforest to the cliffs opposite the massive cascade. From here, you will get the best view of the main falls. Get ready to witness the remarkable power of nature, and a spectacle you will remember for a lifetime.  At 1:00 PM, make your way to the Lookout Café where lunch will be provided with a spectacular view. Perched 120m above the turbulent rapids of the Zambezi River, this is undoubtedly the best view in Victoria Falls. You can select your lunch from the à la carte menu while you relax and take in the amazing views. Alcoholic drinks and non-alcoholic drinks can be bought from the cash bar.  Your driver will then take you back to your hotel for a small break while waiting for the sundowner cruise. At 4:30 PM you'll be picked up again for the sunset cruise down the majestic Zambezi River. This is a fantastic time to be on the river to observe wildlife as they come down to the river for their last drink. You will slowly make your way along the Zambezi River and witness one of the most beautiful sunsets on the African continent. You can experience nature’s beauty and splendor while enjoying a refreshing drink from the cash bar. Return to your hotel at approximately 7:30 PM after what will undoubtedly be a fantastic day.

Zambezi River: 3-Day Rafting Experience

5. Zambezi River: 3-Day Rafting Experience

Start your journey on a hike through the basalt rocks in the Batoka Gorge to the stunning site of the Victoria Falls, also known as the Devil’s Delight. Take a swim below the sprays and raft the top section of the Zambezi River starting at the Boiling Pot rapid all the way down to your camp site. Relax at the camp and refuel with some tasty snacks as you gaze at the breathtaking sunset over the Batoka Gorge. In the morning, enjoy a delicious full English breakfast to set you up for the day ahead tackling the next section of the Zambezi River. Make a splash as you take on The Mother, The Terminator, and the world’s most action packed rapid, The Oblivion. On Day 3, start the day with a paddle to Baby Victoria Falls and marvel at the stunning views. After lunch it’s time for another hike through the Batoka Gorge and a bus ride to the magnificent Makuni Village to donate food to the elderly as part of the Maano Social Responsibility Programme.

Zambezi River: Full Day Whitewater Rafting Experience

6. Zambezi River: Full Day Whitewater Rafting Experience

After being picked up from your hotel or lodge in an air-conditioned vehicle, drive for about 30 minutes to the Victoria Falls entrance where the tour will start. Receive a comprehensive safety talk given by your guide before you hike down to the Zambezi River. The hike will last about 10-15 minutes depending on your fitness level. Find your raft in the river, prepared by the raft crew. Then start practicing the techniques with the assistance of your guide. Tackle the first rapid of your day called the Boiling Pot. Paddle for the first 10 rapids, covering a throng of class 5 rapids that include the Stairway to Heaven, Gulliver's Travels, and Washing Machine. When you reach rapid number 10, stop for a snack break and a short rest. Tackle the remaining section of the river with rapids like Terminator, Mother All, and Oblivion. A the end of the adrenaline-filled trip, hike back through the Batoka Gorge. When you reach the top, find a delicious lunch with refreshments waiting for you. Drive back to Livingstone, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation. Receive videos and photos of your trip the next day online. 

Livingstone National Park: Half-Day Bird Watching Tour

7. Livingstone National Park: Half-Day Bird Watching Tour

Be picked up from your hotel and travel to Livingstone National Park to discover some of Zambia's estimated 750 bird species. With a professional guide, try to spot some of the rarest species of the area, including the Taita falcon, the elusive African Finfoot, the Brown Firefinch, and Schalow`s Turaco. In the wetland and swamp areas, find waterfowl such as herons, storks, ibises, as well as the stately crowned and wattled cranes. If you are lucky, catch a glimpse of Zambia's most sought-after wetland species, the shoebill stork. In drier terrain, learn about the country's only truly endemic bird species, the Chaplin's barbet, with its distinctive red eye patch. Other colorful highlights of birdlife here include Bohm's bee-eater, the racket-tailed roller, and the spotted creeper. After 3 hours in the park, be returned to your hotel or accommodation.

Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe: Scenic day Tour & Sunset Cruise

8. Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe: Scenic day Tour & Sunset Cruise

Join a knowledgeable local guide on a walk through the Victoria Falls rainforest, a journey with a view of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Your local guide will tell you of interesting facts about the geology, wildlife and history of Africa’s most famous landmark. Next on your trip, head to Lookout Café and sit down for a delicious lunch with a spectacular view. Enjoy your meal perched 120 meters above the turbulent rapids of the Zambezi River, undoubtedly the best view in Victoria Falls. Select your lunch from the à la carte menu while you relax and take in the amazing views. Alcoholic drinks and non-alcoholic drinks can be bought from the cash bar. To end the day, go on a sunset cruise down the majestic Zambezi River. Share in the end-of-day ritual which sees wild herds streaming to the river banks for their last drink. Don’t forget to take a camera to capture the magical sunset over a magnificent skyline on the Zambezi River.

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park: Half-Day Guided Nature Walk

9. Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park: Half-Day Guided Nature Walk

Your tour starts with hotel pickup in Livingstone for the drive to Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, where your nature walk takes place with your guide. Nature walks provide a more natural and eco-friendly way of viewing African game, birds, and plant life instead of a safari vehicle. Plus, on this walk, you have flexibility with your guide to spend longer than the standard duration of three hours, if you wish. This park is home to three of Africa's Big Five animals—elephant, buffalo, and a big part of Zambia's white rhino population. Your guide will also show you wildlife such as giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, warthogs, primates, and antelopes—to mention but a few—as well as the local tree varieties, including teaks, mahoganies, and the mopane and marula trees, a favorite of the elephants. During a mid-walk break, perhaps near the Zambezi River, aka Kasamba Bezi, you'll have the chance to observe hippos and ibis along the riverbanks. When your time ends, you'll be returned to your pickup location to end your tour. This walking safari through the park and surrounding area is suitable for active and adventurous participants.

From Livingstone: Victoria Falls Day Trip

10. From Livingstone: Victoria Falls Day Trip

Get picked up from your hotel in Livingstone at 9:00 for a guided tour of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. The transfer takes approximately 45 minutes. Once you reach Victoria Falls, witness one of the greatest shows on earth, the raging waters of the Zambezi River crashing into the Batoka Gorge. Voyage through parts of the Victoria Falls rain forest to the cliffs opposite the massive cascade. From there, you’ll get a fantastic view of the main falls, as your guide reveals interesting facts about the wildlife, geology, and history of this famous African landmark. Get ready to witness the remarkable power of nature and a spectacle that you will remember for a lifetime.  At around 13:00, your local guide will take you to The Lookout Café, where lunch will be provided with a spectacular view. At the restaurant, select your lunch from a tasty à la carte menu as you relax and take in the amazing views. Alcoholic drinks as well as non-alcoholic drinks can be purchased from the well-stocked cash bar. After lunch, make your way to the local craft market. Here, you will be able to view and purchase gifts and souvenirs, such as skillfully carved wooden articles in the form of ornaments, dishes, and bowls, as well as many other attractive and useful objects. See the colorful dyed and painted tablecloths, aprons, cushion covers, and wall hangings. Marvel at life-sized metal sculpted wild animals. There are also smaller painted metal lifelike birds and animals, which are often used as features in gardens. Finally, at about 15:00, make your way back to Livingstone, accompanied by your guide.

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It was an exceptional day with James and the crew making us feel safe and comfortable. Paddling through the Zambezi with everyone was a great day and would recommend this to everyone! We felt looked after and the videographer would go to great lengths to ensure he got the right shots. The effort everyone put into the day was phenomenal. The guides are all locals (being a local company compared to some other places) and were able to provide a lot of information about the area. If you are thinking about going white water rafting - choose manu adventures! If you are staying on the Zimbabwe side please make sure you have the UniVisa.

AMAZING! Whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River with Enoch and his team at Maano was the best rafting experience I have ever had! Heart pumping excitement, beautiful river gorges, class 5 rapids- I could not stop smiling!! I want to do it again and again and again. The team was very professional, safe and respectful. They took great care of my luggage while we were on the activity and saw me safely across the border. The hike down and then up from the river was a great workout- I needed it after many days of traveling.

it was fabulous, there were only three customers in the boat, so they added an experience guy, plus the leader at the back, total 5. Very professional, notable name is James the boss and leader, Clement the spotter Alan additional rower and T Boy the photographer (Who did a fabulous job with a 10 minute video ) and of course most notably Mike the Cook who kept our energy going! A great bunch of guys. We were lucky enough to even spend some time underneath Victoria Falls!!!! it was truly magical

A totally amazing day! The staff was extremely professional and competent, and insured that all of us were totally safe. The rapids were fun and the beauty of the gorge impossible to describe. The water was refreshing and we were able to do some swimming in between the rapids. Lunch was delicious. Good walking shoes are needed to hike down and back up the gorge. For fair skinned people, it is best to wear long sleeves as there is little time to reapply sunscreen. I will be back to do it again!

Amazing experience huge rapids, was a thrilling experience. The guide was great and prevented us falling out a few times!