Sundowner over Victoria Falls

The Smoke That Thunders – The Zambezi River, Zambia, Africa

The Zambezi River cuts its way through Zambia and Zimbabwe forming the border between the two countries at Victoria Falls, and is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. At Victoria Falls the Zambezi plunges one hundred meters into the Batoka gorge and offers one of the best single day white water kayaking trips to be found any where in the world. Warm water, big rapids, great paly features and an abundance of culture makes the Zambezi a classic kayaking destination.

The trip will be a combination of day trip paddles in the famous Batoka gorge and an overnight safari to Chobe national park in Botswana. The majority of the trip will be based in Livingstone, Zambia’s adventure capital. Livingstone hosts an abundance of local markets and various sight seeing activities, bars and restaurants.

The Zambezi River below Victoria Falls offers some of the best class III & IV big water kayaking in the world. Warm water, big rapids and great play features are the trademarks of the Zambezi River.

Adventure Programme

Overview & Summary
Adventure Photos
Adventure Itinerary
Group Composition
Experience Required
What the Price Does/Does not Include
Deposit Payment
Booking Info

Adventure Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Livingstone, head to accommodation, Boat trip on Upper Zambezi
Day 2 Outfit boats before, Rapids 10 – 25 a warm up Zambezi
Day 3-5 Explore different sections of the First Day trip, building big water tactics and finding playspots
Day 6-7 Safari to Chobe National Park, Botswana
Day 8-12 Running sections of the Zambezi, developing big water skills set & having the time of your life.
Day 13 Day of departure
NOTE: At any time prior or during the course this programme may be changed to accommodate the range of participates, water levels or river access.

Group Composition

The trip will be led by an experienced Gene17kayaking appointed trip leader. In selecting suitable leaders, we not only look to ensure that they have the relevant qualifications but we also ensure that they have an excellent track record of white water paddling from around the world. Whilst qualifications and experience are essential requirements, we also make sure that our leaders have the right temperament to lead a trip group comprised of individuals who have a range of previous experience and expectations. The leader is a vital contributor to the enjoyment and well-being of the trip members and he or she will be there to deal with any unexpected problems. To that end, we aim to provide a leader who will make the trip both successful and enjoyable throughout.

Our leaders hold current wilderness first aid certificates and have experience of dealing with remote river related medical conditions.

We will take a maximum of 6 paddlers on each trip, although the number may well be less than this. With every 3 paddlers we have on the trip, we’ll have a highly experienced Gene17kayaking Teacher/Guide.

Experience Required

Zambezi Adventure takes place on Class III/IV whitewater.
The Zambezi Adventure is suitable for experienced paddlers who are able to paddle for 4 – 6 hours in a day on Class III/IV. Generally the river is accessible by foot and is far road access, and there will be some exposed terrain. This trip begins on an easier section of whitewater, but will soon reflect conditions expected at the grade. Participants should therefore expect to be in a river environment during for sometimes extended periods of time.

The Zambezi trip is aimed at intermediate and advanced white water paddlers who have a roll, and who are looking for an adventurous kayaking and cultural experience on one of the best white water rivers in the world.

You are welcome to Contact Us, if you would like to discuss the trip in more detail.

What the Price Does/Does not Include


What the price does include

  • Guiding and Instruction
  • Accommodation
  • Catering
  • Two-day safari to Chobe National park in Botswana
  • Professional medical evacuation cover whilst on the Zambezi River for all trip members
  • Sight seeing in Zambia
  • Local Transport & River shuttles*

* The Zambezi Adventure meets in Livingstone. At the end of the Adventure, we’ll arrange your drop off for the airport in Livingstone.
Accommodation & Catering
You don’t need to rough it to get the African experience. We’ll be staying in first rate local accommodation and all the food will be fresh and hygienically prepared.

The Personal Paddling Equipment you should bring:

  • A good semi-drytop or shortie
  • Your paddle
  • Whitewater PFD, spray deck and good helmet
  • Solid footwear for bank support – no river sandals
  • Rescue gear, including a throwbag, knife, sling and karabiner

What the price does not include

  • A white water kayak, we can arrange kayaks to rent from a local outfitter, for a good choice, BOOK early
  • Visa fees
  • Flight
  • Bar bills
  • Travel & Boat insurance
  • Tips

Deposit Payment

Zambezi Adventure
Zambia – 750€



Adventure Date:
16/28 October 2022
Pay Deposit 750€