Multi Day Rafting


Multi day rafting trips offer thrills, camping on sparkling white beaches, varied scenery and hearty meals under starlight.

Multi Day Rafting Trip

Victoria Falls is the adrenalin capital of Southern Africa. There are a range of exciting and scenic activities on offer and the most famed of the adrenaline activities is Zambezi white water rafting. The Zambezi River offers what many consider the best one day white water rafting run in the world.
Even better than the one day rafting, are multi-day rafting trips, which offer not only thrills and spills but also the chance  to see incredible scenery, camp on sparkling white beaches and enjoy hearty meals under starlight with friends.

Our team of world-class guides will safely guide you through the rapids on our self supported expedition and explain the geology and fascinating history of this area. Between September and November rafting is at its best with lots of grade 4 and 5 rapids. These adventures are between two and five days long. The journey snakes through the Songwe and Batoka gorges. Sheer rock walls arise hundreds of meters above the river. On longer journeys basalt rocks give way to grassy banks and the grunts of vocal hippopotamus carry across the water. Rapids are interceded by calm stretches of crystal clear water where you can take a relaxing swim and watch the spectacular gorges, thick with vegetation.

If you want to escape on a “real holiday” where there are no phones, computers or stress, this is the perfect vacation for you.

Multi-day Rafting Set Itineraries in 2017.

In 2017 Wild Horizons has added set departures to our multi-day rafting trips- perfect for solo travellers and small groups.

* These trips will remain on a provisional basis until we have 6 confirmed guests per departure.

Set Departure dates for 2017

2-day, 2-night trails – $572.00 per person

2 – 4 October 2017
16 – 18 October 2017
23 -25 October 2017

*excludes river usage fees


• Depart Day 1: 08:00
• Return Day 2: 10:00

DAY ONE

You will be collected from your accommodation to meet at The Lookout Cafe situated on the edge of the Batoka gorge at 08:00 am. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served, your guide will give a pre-departure briefing, and you will be asked to sign an indemnity form. We shall then drive to rapid #1 and begin the steep walk into the gorges below.
Within minutes we are a world away from the buzz of Victoria Falls town. At the base of the trail, our rafts await us in a large pool on the Zambezi, and it is here that you will be given a safety talk. The first part of any rafting experience is very much a learning exercise and after a few practice runs we nudge our boats into the current and drift down-stream to challenge the legendary rapids of the Zambezi. There is no gradual build up! The 23 km you will raft today includes renowned rapids such as ‘Stairway to Heaven’, ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ and ‘Oblivion’. This is the wildest section of the Zambezi river.
A cold buffet lunch will be served on the banks of the river in the gorge on our way downstream. We will reach our beach campsite at rapid #21 at about 15:30 pm. Camp is set up on the white sandy beach overlooking the river.

DAY TWO

We rise as the sun illuminates the towering walls above, to the smell of bacon and eggs on the fire. You will burn off any calories you consume on the steep hike out of the gorge where refreshing drinks will await you. A short drive back and you will arrive in town between 09:00 and 10:00.

• Depart Day 1: 08:00
• Return Day 2: 12:00

DAY ONE

You will be collected from your accommodation to meet at The Lookout Cafe situated on the edge of the Batoka gorge at 08:00 am. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served, your guide will give a pre-departure briefing, and you will be asked to sign an indemnity form. We shall then drive to rapid #1 and begin the steep walk into the gorges below.
Within minutes we are a world away from the buzz of Victoria Falls town. At the base of the trail, our rafts await us in a large pool on the Zambezi, and it is here that you will be given a safety talk.
The first part of any rafting experience is very much a learning exercise and after a few practice runs we nudge our boats into the current and drift down-stream to challenge the legendary rapids of the Zambezi. There is no gradual build up! The 23 km you will raft today includes renowned rapids such as ‘Stairway to Heaven’, ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ and ‘Oblivion’. This is the wildest section of the Zambezi river.
A cold buffet lunch will be served on the banks of the river in the gorge on our way downstream. We will reach our beach campsite at rapid #21 at about 15:30 pm. Camp is set up on the white sandy beach overlooking the river.

DAY TWO

We rise as the sun illuminates the towering walls above, to the smell of bacon and eggs on the fire. Camp is packed up and all the equipment is harnessed down tightly for the voyage downstream; a long day lies ahead. Our world will become one of exhilarating action and scenes of remarkable beauty. The Songwe gorges, home to the threatened Taita falcons, are spectacular.
There is now more time between major rapids than on day one, a chance to relax in the sun as we drift down calmer stretches. On day two we shall negotiate rapids such as ‘The Narrows’ and ‘Let’s make a Deal’ to arrive at ‘Upper Moemba’ rapids.
‘Upper Moemba’ rapids are one of the most spectacular on the river and as with so many of these rapids it has a perfect platform for photographers who can stand within meters of the action. Our rafts slide over the lip and drop into several huge crashing waves that appear to swallow them completely. The entire Zambezi is squeezed into a narrow cataract at this point. We run the ‘Upper Moemba’ rapids and portage ‘Lower Moemba’ Falls arriving at the beach camp for the second night.

DAY THREE

After a good hot cooked breakfast we raft down to the proposed Batoka Gorge dam site. From here guests take the 45 minute walk out of the Zambezi gorge and are met by our vehicles for the transfer back to Victoria Falls. This is a three-hour journey on a dirt road through the Hwange Communal Lands, and several African villages. We will arrive back in Victoria Falls between 12:00 and 13:00 hrs.

• Depart Day 1: 08:00
• Return Day 5: 14:00 to 15:00

DAY ONE

You will be collected from your accommodation to meet at The Lookout Cafe situated on the edge of the Batoka gorge at 08:00 am. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served, your guide will give a pre-departure briefing, and you will be asked to sign an indemnity form. We shall then drive to rapid #1 and begin the steep walk into the gorges below.
Within minutes we are a world away from the buzz of Victoria Falls town. At the base of the trail, our rafts await us in a large pool on the Zambezi, and it is here that you will be given a safety talk. The first part of any rafting experience is very much a learning exercise and after a few practice runs we nudge our boats into the current and drift down-stream to challenge the legendary rapids of the Zambezi. There is no gradual build up! The 23 km you will raft today includes renowned rapids such as ‘Stairway to Heaven’, ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ and ‘Oblivion’. This is the wildest section of the Zambezi river.
A cold buffet lunch will be served on the banks of the river in the gorge on our way downstream. We will reach our beach campsite at rapid #21 at about 15:30 pm. Camp is set up on the white sandy beach overlooking the river.

DAY TWO

We rise as the sun illuminates the towering walls above, to the smell of bacon and eggs on the fire. Camp is packed up and all the equipment is harnessed down tightly for the voyage downstream; a long day lies ahead. Our world will become one of exhilarating action and scenes of remarkable beauty. The Songwe gorges, home to the threatened Taita falcons, are spectacular.
There is now more time between major rapids than on day one, a chance to relax in the sun as we drift down calmer stretches. On day two we shall negotiate rapids such as ‘The Narrows’ and ‘Let’s make a Deal’ to arrive at ‘Upper Moemba’ rapids.
‘Upper Moemba’ rapids are one of the most spectacular on the river and as with so many of these rapids it has a perfect platform for photographers who can stand within meters of the action. Our rafts slide over the lip and drop into several huge crashing waves that appear to swallow them completely. The entire Zambezi is squeezed into a narrow cataract at this point. We run the ‘Upper Moemba’ rapids and portage ‘Lower Moemba’ Falls arriving at the beach camp for the second night.

DAY THREE

Day three is another hard working day. We paddle 2km of flat water before we arrive at the proposed Batoka Gorge dam site called the ‘Chibonga Falls’ which we will portage.
Downstream awaits the towering waves of ‘Ghost rider’, the biggest commercially run-able roller coaster wave train in the world. In the original exploratory trip on the Zambezi one of the rafters opted not to run the rapid and pushed his empty boat off into the current. The sight of the empty raft successfully running the rapid in the twilight (after two others had flipped) inspired him to name the rapid Ghost rider. An option will be given to portage this rapid.
After a short distance we will arrive at ‘Deep Throat’ where the river is very narrow. We will walk around the rapid and the boats are pushed through. After all this we paddle downstream past a set of small rapids before negotiating a more technical rapid named ‘Asleep At The Wheel’ and then drift into camp exhausted and accomplished!

DAY FOUR

After departing camp we drift past Fish Eagle’s nests, and negotiate ‘Wave Train’, ‘J-Bay’ (similar to Jeffrey’s Bay a popular surfing place) and Bismark’s Territory (home to a particularly large crocodile named Bismark!). We see the biggest fisherman’s village encountered during the 5 day trip and this offers us a glimpse at an astonishingly uncomplicated and simple lifestyle, totally free from the modern, urban world we left behind some days ago. We proceed down the river through class #2 rapids and arrive at our base for the night ‘Hippo camp’.

DAY FIVE

The river really changes character. Basalt rocks give way to grassy banks and the grunts of hippopotamus carry across the water. Our rafts drift past islands in the river, havens for Egyptian Geese and basking crocodiles. A relaxing couple of hours later, we rendezvous with our vehicles near the Matetsi River mouth. After packing up and deflating the rafts we head back to Victoria Falls by road, having lunch en-route. The journey back takes 3 to 3 and a half housr and we will arrive back in Victoria Falls between 14:00 and 15:00 pm.