riverboarding

Riverboarding originated in Queenstown , New Zealand in 1989 and was introduced to the Zambezi Gorge in 1996 by Adventure Zone.

Adventure Zone’s dedication to Riverboarding is part of their commitment to being the White Water Specialists of the Zambezi .

PHYS­ICAL FEA­TURES OF THE RIVER
The Zam­bezi River is to ri­ver­board­ing as Hawaii is to surf­ing. The river is clas­si­fied as a high volume; pool drop river i.e. there is little ex­posed rock either in the rap­ids or the pools below the rap­ids. The dis­tance between rap­ids al­lows time to relax and pre­pare for the next chal­lenge. The gorge it­self var­ies between ap­prox­im­ately 140m to 250m deep mak­ing for spec­tac­u­lar scenery.

DE­PAR­TURE TIMES AND MEET­ING PLACES
07h00 – Ad­ven­ture Zone town of­fice, Vic­toria Falls

THE TRIP
The Combo con­sists of two of the most ex­cit­ing activ­it­ies on the river, ri­ver­board­ing and raft­ing.

We use shorter sec­tions of the river, as we tend to stop at “play spots” along the way to surf, ride whirlies and “squirt” (best de­scribed as “fly­ing un­der­wa­ter”). First of all, you must have basic swim­ming abil­it­ies and a reas­on­able state of fit­ness as a min­imum pre­requis­ite. Basic skills are taught in still water and then we pro­gress into mov­ing water. At any time you may opt out of the trip and ride in the sup­port raft. Also, the trip leader may re­move you from the water and into the raft at any time if, in the trip leader’s opin­ion, you do not pos­sess the ne­ces­sary skills, fit­ness or men­tal state to safely con­tinue the trip.

The length of the trip (e.g. half day and full day) and the num­ber of rap­ids run de­pends on the level of the water in the gorge.

AGE RE­STRIC­TION
The min­imum age is 15 years. Chil­dren under 15 years may par­ti­cip­ate sub­ject to con­sulta­tion between par­ents and trip leader. The max­imum age limit is de­pend­ent on the in­di­vidual’s gen­eral state of health, phys­ical fit­ness and con­sulta­tion with trip leader.

EX­PER­I­ENCE AND FIT­NESS
No pre­vi­ous body board­ing ex­per­i­ence is ne­ces­sary if good swim­ming skills are com­bined with a “GO FOR IT” at­ti­tude. A reas­on­able level of fit­ness is also re­quired.

EQUIP­MENT SUP­PLIED
Ex­pert guides, wet suits, booties, hel­mets, life jack­ets, fins, body board with wrist leash.

DRINKS SUP­PLIED
On the river our safety raft car­ries water and juice. At the top of the gorge, at the end of the trip – com­pli­ment­ary soft drinks and beers are en­joyed.

GUIDES AND SAFETY
Guides are fully trained pro­fes­sion­als and hold a valid first aid cer­ti­fic­ate.

You must be aware that any water activ­ity con­tains an ele­ment of risk. A com­pre­hens­ive first aid kit is car­ried on each trip. You are re­quired to sign the Zam­bezi Ri­ver­board In­dem­nity form prior to de­par­ture. Our sup­port raft also car­ries a radio for com­mu­nic­a­tion with our bases in Vic­toria Falls and Liv­ing­stone and dir­ect with M.A.R.S. (Med­ical Air Res­cue Ser­vices). 

Rates 2016

Ri­ver­board & Raft­ing  – USD$  193

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