WATCH: White-water rafting in Africa’s 'adventure capital', would you do it?

2017-04-05 15:50 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - There are some adrenalin activities that are definitely bucket-wishlist inclusions. And as South Africans we certainly have a few epic adventures to choose from, Bloukrans Bungee along the Garden Route, to the white rapids of the Orange River in the Northern Cape being some cool examples.

However, SA as an adventure capital is getting some good competition from our SADC neighbours it seems. 

As one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls – in Livingstone, Zambia is a hub for adventure seekers from all around the world – be it to bungee jump, gorge swing, abseil or do the flying fox over the Zambezi River. 

Even well-known actor Will Smith visited recently and had a blast.

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When it comes to the Zambezi white-water rafting, it's either a case of pulling an excused to live another day or you get over your fears and end up wanting to do it all over again. 

This is the decision you have to take if you want to connect with nature’s playground in Zambia apparently - but be prepared to get soaked and to swallow some river water.  

According to Safari Par Excellence (SAFPAR) white-water rafting is an "adrenalin activity like no other" and also the magnet to the area for adventurous tourists with its 25 rapids on the Zambezi River varying from easy to advanced.

So when is the right time to go?

It is said that these rapids are at their most exciting when the river level is lower - roughly between August and January, with the waves and drops being more pronounced. While it may seem less dramatic when the river level is at its highest around February to July,  due to strong whirlpools and undercurrents it is potentially more dangerous.

It's up to you to decided your level of extremity. SAFPAR says, although the journey down the rapids can vary between an intense adrenalin rush due to the raft swirled along in the white-water – to breathless tranquillity as the craft drift downstream between the soaring cliffs of the Batoka Gorge.

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“Skill, knowledge, passion and fun – that is what our team is all about,” says SAFPAR’s whitewater rafting leader and canoe guide, Andrew “Sven” Bolton. “We only operate on the Zambezi, so we know it best!”

So is it an adrenalin activity like no other? Checkout the video to see why you should consider doing the short and very easy journey to visit one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – Victoria Falls in Zambia.

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