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