Zambezi River, Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls is one of the world’s largest waterfalls, and it produces rapids that live up to its reputation.
Get closer than you can imagine with a whitewater rafting trip that starts in the basin of Victoria Falls and features many Class 5 rapids. These trips are available from August to December, when waters are lower and calmer, and start in both Zambia and Zimbabwe.
As waters rise and become faster, Victoria Falls whitewater rafting trips start about 6 miles downriver. High water rafting is usually available to January–February and June–July, depending on the intensity of the rain. All whitewater rafting stops from around early March to early June for safety.
Just 35 miles downstream from the Victoria Falls at Batoka Gorge, whitewater rafting can be enjoyed year-round. Batoka Gorge is among the world’s top whitewater rafting destinations. It features Class 3 to 5 rapids. The low water season runs from July to January, and the high water season from February to June.
Most travelers opt for a short rafting trip of a couple hours to half a day. But multiday trips from Batoka Gorge to Lake Kariba are also an option.