Zambezi White Water Festival 2020.

THE ZAMBEZI’S HOTTEST EVENT IS BACK!

Zambezi White Water Festival 2020 – Are you ready?

Livingstone’s wildest event is back – get your teams together now for another epic weekend of fun, festivities and extreme Zambezi action.
This competition is open to amateur teams.
Individuals are welcome to enter and we will team you up with an epic crew.

What is a festival without festivities?

Festival-goers will enjoy two days of big water, timed events, great food and amazing live music performances with artists from Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa in one of the world’s most unique settings. Be a part of a community of like-minded people for an unforgettable weekend! Teams of six skippered by an International Rafting Federation accredited guide will battle it out for the grand title and some rather grand prizes in a two-day event.

Considered one of the best stretches of commercially run river in the world, Batoka Gorge provides one of the most intense sensory thrills imaginable. Its white-water rapids and striking scenery deep within the sheer black cliffs afford the adrenaline junkie a wild roller-coaster ride along a route carved over millennia by the Great Zambezi.

The Zambezi Whitewater Festival 2020 is proudly brought to you by Safari Par Excellence – Zambezi’s Top Adventure Specialists since 1988.

Zambezi Whitewater Festival

The event takes place over two days and our accommodation packages include three nights accommodation and access to all the events around the river festival.

Registration Wednesday 21st October

Registration opens 10am Victoria Falls Waterfront

PracticeThursday 22nd October

Competition Day 1

RaceFriday 23rd October

Competition Day 2, prize giving and PARTY!

DepartSaturday 24th October

Departure and/or recovery day

TIMINGS – THE ZAMBEZI WHITEWATER CHALLENGE 2020

TIMINGS AT A GLANCE

 Wednesday 21st of October – Welcome!

 13h0016h00      Registration will be open at reception. Please collect your T-shirts, competitor wrist bands, have a few (hundred) beers courtesy of “Mosi” our beer sponsor and collect your other free goodies! Team Captains make sure to get your pizza vouchers for the evening meal, we provide four pizzas per team. You can order more if you are carbo loading. Drinks in the bar for your own account after the briefing.

Briefing – we will have a heap of beer and short briefing on how the event is going to play out. Please note the change this year; we going to do our cruise on Thursday night and not on registration day.

Thursday 22nd of October – Rapids #1 to #13

07h45                        Meet at the auditorium for a bacon and egg roll, raft kit distribution and safety briefing.

08h15                        Zambezi-time!

15h30                        Back to The Waterfront for a cold beer, dinner and cruise

 

CRUISE LEAVES AT 16h30 – please don’t be that team that arrives late for the cruise departure – Pirate Rules apply, the boat will leave you. Dress up option this year by popular demand is “River Wild’ please also wear your festival shirts and caps.

 

Friday 23rd of October – Rapids #13 to #21 (Adam’s Camp).

07h45                        Meet at the auditorium for a bacon and egg roll, raft kit distribution and safety briefing.

08h15                        Zambezi-time!

15h30                        Back to The Waterfront for a cold beer, dinner, judging of the Surf & Turf challenge and prize-giving with host Greg Friend.

 

MOTHER OF ALL PARTIES

Please note we also have live music, and a beer fest/food stalls available on Friday. The Friday night event features a variety of artists. This is when the venue really heaves. By all means enjoy yourselves and the “Mosi” sponsored beer/flying fish on the Wednesday and Thursday night. Though the Friday is the night to let loose. Throw some shapes, flick a hoof on the dance floors and celebrate an incredible time on the slamming Zambezi.

Sunday 27th of October – Pick-up Times for Prize-Winners

WE WILL ADVISE ON THE TIMES CLOSER TO THE EVENT.

Event 1

ZAMBEZI TEST OF THE BEST

Timed race from the Boiling Pot below Victoria Falls to the eddy below rapid #4 “Morning Glory”. Rafts set off at one minute intervals, times are converted into points.
Race water distance: 2300m


ZAMBEZI LE’ MANS SPRINT

Mass start from the pool below Rapid # 5 to the pool above rapid #7. One team member to touch attainment point on river bank at finish. There is a strong element of moving on the rocks here to reach attainment point. Team finishing positions and times accrue points.
Race water distance: 700m

Event 2


Event 3

ZAMBEZI SLALOM

One raft at a time down the course with attainment areas, start at Rapid #12 pool. Finish-jailhouse eddy Rapid #13. A timed race with time penalties for missing attainment targets, team positions and times accrue points.

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Race water distance: 900m with attainments excluded


ZAMBEZI SURF & TURF

Best surf in the iconic rapid #18. To be judged in the Waterfront Bar by the festival goers. Not scored in the overall event.
Separate prizes.

Event 4

REDUCED PARTICIPANT FEE FOR 2020!

  • Participation Rate –  $1500 per team of 6
  • Participation Rate – $250 per person – Book Now
  • EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT $1320 for first teams to book and PAY. Must pay by 30 May 2020 to qualify. You can book with us directly online (Please add your team name as your booking) – Book Now
  • 2020 teams can also register for VIP price of $1320. Must pay by 31st July 2020 to qualify (Please add your team name as your booking) – Book Now
  • FREE CAMPING and other discounted accommodation options are available for all participants at The Waterfront, Livingstone, Zambia.
ACTIVITIES
Makumbi Sunset Cruise 50% off cruise for Teams$27.50 pp
Makumbi Sunset Cruise for local family & Friends$44.00 pp
ACCOMMODATIONPP SHARINGSINGLE
VFWF Adventure Village Tent per Tent$18.75 pps$28.50
Adventure Village Room Rate per Room$52.50 pps$78.75
VFWF Family Room Rate per Room – RATE PER ROOM SLEEPS 4 IN TWIN BEDS$217.52N/A
VFWF Garden Room Rate per Room$84.38 pps$127.50
VFWF Camping per person for Family & Friends$13.00 pp
VFWF Camping per person Free for Participantsfreefree
VFWF Executive Room Rate per Room$110.63 pps$157.50
VFWF River Facing Room Rate per Room$99.38 pps$135.00
DLSL Standard Room Rate per Room$183.75 pps$273.75

A few memories from last year’s event

To read more about last year’s event click here

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