WHITE WATER RAFTING FAQ’s
Zambezi River Rafting Frequently Asked Questions
Zambezi River Rafting Frequently Asked Questions
Q – ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL COSTS?
A – A National Heritage fee for ‘River Usage’ of $10pp is not included in the rafting price – note that these
costs are outside of our control and subject to change without notice. These fees are payable if you are starting at rapid #1. If you are doing a half day PM trip or high water trip starting at rapid #10, these fees do not apply. Any additional costs for merchandise you may wish to buy i.e. t-shirts, caps etc., plus drinks/food when back at The Victoria Falls Waterfront is excluded.
Q – WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM NUMBER OF CLIENTS?
A – 4 Clients minimum, large groups on request
Q – DO YOU HAVE AN AGE RESTRICTION?
A – The minimum age is 15 years old. The maximum age limit is dependent on the individual’s general state of health and physical fitness.
Q – WHAT LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE AND FITNESS DO I NEED?
A – No previous rafting experience is required, the ability to swim is necessary. At the beginning and at the end of the half day raft trip clients have to negotiate a steep path in and out of the gorge. The walk out is 750 vertical feet up a gradient of 1 in 3, and a person of average fitness can manage this in approximately 20 minutes.
Q- WHAT DO I NEED TO WEAR FOR WHITE WATER RAFTING?
A -Recommended dress for the day’s rafting is light outdoor sandals or trainers, shorts and T Shirt. A cap can also be worthwhile beneath the helmet. Clients should not take any valuables with them on the river. Valuables may be placed in a secure container and will be looked after by Safari Par Excellence for the duration of the day’s activity. On your return your valuables can be reclaimed.
Q – DO WE NEED TO TAKE WATER ON THE RAFTS?
A – Drinking water is provided on all rafts.
Q – WILL THERE BE VIDEOS AND PHOTOGRAPHS?
A – Whilst on the river, videos and photographs will be taken by Zambezi Memories. Rafting videos and photographs will be shown immediately after the trip arrives back at the Zambezi Waterfront. Copies of all video shown are provided free in digital format and can be downloaded from the cloud within a day of your trip.
Q – CAN I TAKE MY CAMERA ON THE RAFT?
A – We recommend against this, it’s highly possible that the camera will get wet and damaged, or dropped in the river! There are professional photographers and videographers who will record your day on the river.
Q – DO I NEED TO TAKE MY PASSPORT?
A – Once in Zambia passports are best left at your hotel.
Q – WHAT ABOUT THE RAFTS AND EQUIPMENT?
A – The company uses some of the finest equipment on the market to ensure that the trip is a safe and enjoyable one. Rafts are purchased from Ark in South Africa and are tried and tested river rafts required for the Zambezi River. Safari Par Excellence only uses ‘high flotation life jackets’ and Protec designed safety helmets which are issued to clients before the day’s rafting. Wet suit tops are provided during the colder months (June / July).
Q – GUIDES AND SAFETY?
A – Safari Par Excellence is currently the only company on the Zambezi with a 100% guide certification under the International Rafting Federation. All guides are fully trained professionals and hold valid advanced first aid certificates. Whilst every precaution is taken, it is essential that agents make clients aware that there is a risk of injury associated with the activity of rafting on the Zambezi. A comprehensive first aid kit and skid stretcher is carried on each trip. Each client is required to sign the Safari Par Excellence White Water Rafting indemnity form prior to departure. Each trip leader carries a Sat phone and is in radio contact with our bases in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Livingstone, Zambia and covered by S.E.S (Specialty Emergency Services) based in Livingstone Zambia
Q- WHAT INSURANCE DO I NEED?
A – All clients are covered by Specialty Emergency Services (S.E.S) through Safari Par Excellence; however this only covers them for emergency evacuation in life threatening situations. It does not cover hospitalizationand medication. As such travel and medical insurance is compulsory for all clients. Please ensure all clients bring the details of their insurance policy with them. Safari Par Excellence will not cover clients should they not have insurance.
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