The Boma Restaurant in Victoria Falls provides a unique cultural experience that bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa – together with the warmth and hospitality of Zimbabwe and its people. It is open for dinner 365 days of the year.
Adjacent to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge complex. The Boma nestles in a “gusu” forest and is partly open to the spectacular African night skies.
Guests staying at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge enjoy a courtesy shuttle to/from The Boma whilst those from other hotels may be transported for a nominal charge.
Dinner is served daily from 19:00 to 22:00 – book in advance and get there on time!
The Boma is adjacent to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge complex and transport to and from the restaurant is provided from all hotels in Victoria Falls at a reasonable rate
The decor places an emphasis on traditional Ndebele colours and style, while subtle lighting enhances natural trees, rocks and grasses
Reservations and Seating Capacity
Advance reservations are necessary and we advise that you book for The Boma when booking your Victoria Falls itinerary. The restaurant seats 300 in the dry season (April to October) and 230 in the rainy season (November to March). Exclusive use of The Boma can be arranged, based on a minimum of 230 guests.
The Menu Boma Restaurant
Specialising in a superb selection of traditional Zimbabwean dishes, The Boma offers a four-course meal combining a mouth watering choice of starters from the kitchen, soup from the campfire and a substantial barbeque buffet served on cast iron plates. We offer a wide variety of salads from our salad bar, and to follow, a choice of delicious desserts. Everyone’s tastes are catered for, and whilst the adventurous are enticed with local delicacies such as Mopani worms and game stews, those wishing to enjoy beef, pork, fish and chicken or a variety of vegetarian meals are welcome to do so. The Boma is renowned for its warthog fillet.
Sample Menu Don’t forget to collect a stamp for all your experiences Swallowed Mopani Worm I had my Future read by the Sangoma I Played the djembedrum I had my tribal Face painted
From the buffet and campfire we have ……………..
Starters home smoked baby crocodile tail a rough Impala knuckle terrine Peppered Bream Zambezi river bream fillet with rough black peppercorns Smoked Guinea Fowl home smoked guinea fowl goat’s cheese and mushrooms in a pastry case garden vegetable, cheese and garlic bake Salad selection with a variety of breads, dressings and traditional accompaniments
Chef’s freshly made soup of the day
From the Braai Cook House & Campfire a selection of grilled game meats including our famous Warthog ‘pumba’ steak, Beef, Pork and marinated Chicken, and our spit Roast of the day
try one of our ‘Potjies: Traditional ‘Umzingeli’ Hunters’ Stews
Fish: Zambezi Bream and Kapenta (whitebait)
Peanut Butter Rice, Sadza – thick maize meal served as a starch, Potato wedges, home baked Garlic and Herb Bread and a variety of Sauces
a choice of freshly prepared Vegetarian Dishes
including Vegetable Stir-fry, Chef’s Daily Pasta Dish and Bush Vegetables
your choice of Desserts from the buffet
Boma Restaurant Entertainment
The Boma is open for dinner from 19h00.
We highly recommend that you are seated by 19h15 for an evening filled with entertainment. Guests are welcomed with a traditional greeting in the local languages, Shona and Ndebele.
The guests are then dressed in ‘chitenges’ (traditional robes) and prepared to enter the main enclosure.
They are invited to take part in a hand washing ceremony before sampling traditional beer and snacks, as a prelude to dinner.
A feast of nightly entertainment incorporates Amakwezi traditional dancers, a local story teller and a witchdoctor.
After dinner, guests are invited to join in the drumming extravaganza from 21h00. This is the highlight of the evening and all are invited to participate in the drumming and dancing show with our renowned drummers – Amazulu.
Dress casually in light clothing in the summer months from September to April and warm clothing during the winter months from May to August.
The Boma Shop An on-site shop sells some of the frequently requested accessories such as The Boma cruet sets, potjies, polo shirts and caps. In addition, tapes of our traditional entertainment are a favourite memento.
Group Size Minimum Group Size = 2 (unless paying single supplement) Maximum Group Size = 8 Maximum number of groups at one time = 2 (i.e. 16 clients)
In the case of 2 groups walking at the same time, they would start and finish together but walk as 2 separate groups.
Maximum number of groups per day = 3 (i.e. 24 clients)
Minimum Age : 14. No Maximum age but must be physically fit
All groups are accompanied by a professional Walk Safari Guide and an armed ZAWA Escort Scout
Collection Times Pick up times : A.M. Between 06:30 & 07:00 PM – Between 13:30 & 14:00
Clothing –It is important clients wear: 1. Suitable Walking shoes – closed with thick soles – no sandals 2. Long Trousers are best but shorts are OK. 3. Again long sleeved shirts are best but sleeveless is OK 4. Most important is colour – no white or bright colours 5. A hat is advisable 6. Sunscreen &/or Repellent as per clients needs
Refreshments 1. The Walk starts with a cup of Tea/Coffee and a Muffin (Morning walks only) 2. Each client is supplied with a 500ml bottle of cold Mineral Water 3. Approx half way through the Walk the Guide will stop for Fresh Lemon Juice with Homemade Cake & Biscuits 4. At the end of the Walk the Clients are met with a choice of Cold Soft Drinks and/or Cold Water.
Trip Duration Many factors are involved in starting the Walking Safari, which can add to the overall duration of this activity. The actual walking time is 3 Hours + transfer both ways + organizing the Escort Scout + driving to and from the starting/pickup point.
Sometimes it is also difficult to locate the Rhino. Normally the duration is 4 to 4 1⁄2 hours but could be a bit longer. It would not be advisable to book other activities in the same morning.
If the client has a flight that day, we can make sure they are back in time, if we are warned in advance.
The first major rapid offering varying lines with an almost river wide hole at the top, followed by a few diagonals off the right hand wall and finally a big hole at the bottom
# 5: “Stairway to Heaven” Class 5:
Best in the early part of the season, with an 8m drop over 10m, very steep and powerful with a heap of massive waves and holes. Although it isn’t too technical, it’s size and volume make for an amazing spectacle and an even more amazing ride.
Avoid the waterfalls and a hole on the left called the “catcher’s mitt” plus a large pourover on the right.
# 6: “Devil’s Toilet Bowl” Class 4:
A Short rapid with a deceptively steep and powerful hole on entry followed by some nasty boils and whirlpools.
# 7: “Gullivers Travels” Class 5:
700m of class 5 high volume white water at certain levels. This is the longest and most technical rapid on the one day whitewater trip. The run consists of a main channel with smaller channels feeding into it – includes the “Temple of Doom”, “The Crease”, “Patella Gap” and “Land of the Giants”.
# 8: “Midnight Diner” Class 3/5:
This rapid has 3 runs. On the left is “Star Trek” with a hole of up to 5m reserved for the brave. The “Muncher Run” in the centre takes you through a window of “Star Trek”. On the right is the “Chicken Run”.
# 9: “Commercial Suicide” Class 5/6:
The Zambezi’s most infamous. This is a river-wide pour-over with a very narrow slot of less than a metre on the right –commercial portage!
#10: “Gnashing Jaws of Death” Class 4:
An easy run before lunch
this is the first rapid on the “high water” run.
# 11: “Overland Truck Eater” Class 5:
A big barrel for about two weeks in the year during the transition between high and low water in mid January and early July. Watch out for the hole, eddy line and whirlpool.
#12 A,B,C: “Three Sisters” Class 3/4:
12B is the famous Zambezi surfing wave for kayakers – surfs best between August and December with two windows and a massive green shoulder and a big eddy.
Rafters prefer the term “three little pigs”
# 13: “The Mother” Class 4/5:
A massive wave train at its best, first 3 waves super fast.
# 14: Rapid # 14: Class 3:
Big S-bend in the river. Center chute to be avoided at lower water levels.
# 15: “Washing Machine” Class 5:
Simple wave train but unrunnable in the middle because of a huge crashing hole – go left or right into the eddy.
# 16: ” The Terminators I and II ” Class 4:
A massive wave train and trough at higher water levels, not much when low.
# 17: “Double Trouble” Class 5:
A simple wave train but unrunnable because of 2 large holes – also known as “The Bitch”.
# 18: “Oblivion” Class 5:
Three waves make up THE rapid on the Zambezi.. The 3rd crashing wave is responsible for more raft flips than any other in the world – only about 1 in 4 attempts succeed!
This rapid marks the end of the “low water” one-day run
#19 to #25 Rapids: Class 2/3:
Easy runs at the end of the day.
Rapid #23 is the last rapid on the “high water” one-day run
Then there is a 200 metre climb out of the gorge with refreshments along the way and beers waiting at the top. The record climb out is 6 minutes
Class I– Very easy. Waves small, regular. Passages clear, sandbanks, artificial difficulties like bridge piers. Riffles.
Class II– Easy. Rapids of medium difficulty, with passages clear and wide. Low ledges.
Class III– Medium. Waves numerous, high, irregular. Rocks, eddies. Rapids with passages that are clear though narrow, requiring expertise in maneuvering. Inspection usually needed.
Class IV– Difficult. Long rapids. Waves powerful, irregular. Dangerous rocks, boiling eddies. Passages difficult to reconnoiter. Inspection mandatory first time. Powerful and precise maneuvering required.
Class V– Very difficult. Extremely tough, long and very violent rapids, following each other almost without interruption. River bed extremely obstructed. Big drops, violent current, very steep gradient. Reconnoitering essential but difficult.
Class VI– Extraordinarily difficult. Difficulties of class V carried to extremes of navigability. Nearly impossible and very dangerous. For teams of experts only, at favorable water levels and after close study with all precautions
Perfect for solo travellers and couples/small groups.
Even better than the one-day rafting, are multi-day rafting trips, which offer not only thrills and spills but also the chance to camp on sparkling white beaches, see varied scenery and enjoy hearty meals under starlight.
These unique trips let you experience roaring rapids in the midst of narrow canyons and broad valleys with white sandy beaches. Camp is set up on these untouched beaches and hearty dinners are enjoyed around roaring campfires with new friends. A team of world class guides will safely guide you through the rapids on a self supported expedition and explain the geology and fascinating history of this area.
Between September and December rafting is at its best with lots of grade 4 and 5 rapids.
These adventures are between two and five days long. The journey snakes through the Songwe and Batoka gorges. Sheer rock walls arise hundreds of meters above the river. It is here where one may catch a glimpse of the threatened Taita falcon as its soars above you. On the longer journeys basalt rocks give way to grassy banks and the grunts of vocal hippopotamus carry across the water. Rapids are interceded by calm stretches of crystal clear water where you can take a relaxing swim and watch the spectacular gorges, thick with vegetation.
If you want to escape on a “real holiday” where there are no phones, computers or stress, this is the perfect vacation!
PHYSICAL FEATURES OF ZAMBEZI RIVER
The Zambezi 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 Gorge itself is approximately 400ft deep at the put-in point and 750ft at the take out point. The river drops about 400ft over the 24km covered in the one-day raft trip and the depth of the river can reach 200ft.
Commercial rafting first commenced on the Zambezi River in 1981 and since then this activity has grown in popularity to the point where a rafting trip on the Zambezi is now a regular feature in most tourists’ itineraries.
Approximately 50 000 people per year enjoy white water rafting on the Zambezi on a stretch of water that is nowinternationally acclaimed as the best white water rafting trip available in the world
Batoka gorge is classified as Grade 5 “extremely difficult, long and violent rapids, steep gradients, big drops and pressure areas”. The distance between rapids varies from 100 metres to 2 kms.
Due to the steepness of the Gorge, wildlife is not abundant. However, the birdlife is far more spectacular. Black eagle, augur buzzard, black stork, pied and giant kingfisher and red winged starling are some of the birds normally seen
There are crocodile in the river, but they are small due to the unsuitability of the area for their habitation
RAFTING CAMPING TRIPS AVAILABLE
FULL DAY / OVERNIGHT:
¨ Day ONE: Full day of rafting as per the usual one day low water rafting trip ending just above rapid no 23. Clients will overnight at our campsite situated on the banks of the river. Clients will be supplied with tents, bedrolls and sleeping bags from the operations company. It is possible to bring your own sleeping bags, if required. Clients will enjoy a delicious dinner under the big African night sky warmed by a big bonfire. We will supply beers (Castle), red and white wine as well as gin and tonic. Should clients wish to have other alcoholic beverages they can be purchased by clients prior to the start of the trip.
¨ Day TWO:After enjoying a full English breakfast, clients walk out of the gorge where a vehicle will be waiting to transfer them back to town. The drive back from the gorge is approximately 25kms. Clients should return to town by around 10h00
2.5 DAY TRIP:
(The camp sites may change due to movement of beaches/camp sites):
¨ DAY ONE: Full day of rafting as usual one day low water rafting trip and camping below rapid 23, at our overnight camp.
¨ DAY TWO: From hereafter the flat stretches between rapids becomes longer. Your first rapid is ‘Open Season’. We then continue through ‘The Narrows’ after which we have lunch. After lunch we head on down the river through ‘Chimamba’ and “Upper Mowemba” to our overnight campsite just below “Upper Mowemba”.
DAY THREE: After enjoying a full English breakfast, we portage “Lower Mowemba” and continue along to the Dam site where we are met by our porters to guide us to the vehicle at the top of the gorge. Once all the equipment is up, we board the vehicle and head for home. The drive back to town is 62km, with the first 12km being very slow, thereafter it is a secondary road all the way home and will take about 2 hours maximum
¨ If clients need to arrive back in town earlier, we can change the overnight stop to be at the Dam site at top of the gorge overlooking the “Ghost Rider” rapids. After breakfast, clients board the vehicle and will go directly back to town.
5 DAY TRIP:
(The trip varies from day 3 onwards depending on water levels, but covers the same section of the river. The campsites may change due to movement of beaches/camp sites):
¨ DAY ONE: Full day of rafting as per the usual one day low water rafting trip and camping at our overnight camp just below rapid 23.
¨ DAY TWO: From hereafter the flat stretches between rapids becomes longer. Your first rapid is ‘Open Season’. We then continue through ‘The Narrows’ after which we stop for lunch. After lunch we head on down the river through ‘Chimamba’ and “Upper Mowemba” to our overnight campsite just beyond “Upper Mowemba”.
¨ DAY THREE: After portaging “Lower Mowemba” we continue along to the Dam site where we do our third and final portage. After this we continue downstream to “Ghost Rider” then “Deep Throat” where we ghost the rafts through while having lunch. We raft through another section of narrows with short sharp drops, very exciting! We then conclude the day with “Asleep at the Wheel” which is the last major rapid of the trip. We camp downstream of “Asleep at the Wheel”.
¨ DAY FOUR: After breakfast, continue downstream through Grade 2 and Grade 3 rapids up to Hippo’s camp where you will spend the night on the banks of the river.
¨ DAY FIVE: After breakfast, we navigate ‘Fish Eagle’s Delight’ and onto our take out point at Matetsi where we are transported back to town. The transfer is a 3 hour drive along the road from Milibizi to Hwange through to Victoria Falls. Set Departure dates
Clients should bring:
Sleeping bag (we do have these but people usually prefer to use their own),
Shorts (quick drying type is best)
T-shirts (quick drying type is best)
swimming costume (or board shorts)
shoes which you do not mind getting wet,
towel and tracksuit for the evenings,
cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent and toiletries.
RAFT – CAMPING TRIPS INCLUDE:
¨ All meals, soft drinks, orange juice (cordial), water as well as small amount of beers, gin & tonics and wines. However due to the longevity of the trip these are not bottomless supplies. Should clients have a preferred alcohol, they may supply these themselves.
¨ Guides and Safety Kayakers.
¨ All rafting equipment.
¨ All camping equipment.
¨ Sleeping bags (if required, however we recommend clients bring their own).
¨ First aid kit
¨ Satellite phone (for safety)
Full English breakfast including eggs, bacon, tomatoes, sausage, baked beans, toast, jam with tea and coffee
Lunches may change slightly but they will be similar to the below
Chicken pieces, potato salad and green salad plus bread or rolls
Cold meat, rolls and salad. Bread or rolls
Mini Meatballs in sauce, pasta and green salad. Bread or rolls
Steak, potato salad and green salad. Bread or rolls
Cottage pie with coleslaw salad. Bread or rolls
Beef lasagna with green salad. Bread or rolls
Dinners may vary but will be similar to the below options
Rice, chicken curry and green salad with bread or rolls and dessert of ice cream
SpaghettiBolognesewith cheese, green salad and dessert of pancakes & cinnamon sugar
Steak/Chops and chips with green salad or vegetables. Dessert of trifle
Fish (bream or hake fillet) with mashed potato and green salad plus tartar sauce. Dessert of fruit crepes with syrup
Braai over the fire including boerwors, steak or chicken (two meats), baked potatoes, green salad, garlic bread. Dessert of Fruit Salad
Beef kebabs, potato salad, coleslaw. Bread or Rolls. Dessert of Chocolate Bananas
FOOD AND DRINKS SUPPLIED
On overnights we supply dinner and a full English cooked breakfast.
On the overnight, 2.5 and 5 day trips we supply all meals. The camps are stocked with beers, wines (SA), soft drinks and gin & tonics (obviously not copious quantities). Clients may bring their own spirits or drinks, if they wish.
DEPARTURE TIMES AND MEETING PLACES
Raft – Camping trips run from Mid August to late December. Please note that these trips are water level dependant and only operate in the low water season.
All trips depart from Victoria Falls returning on the last day of the trip days, so on day 3 of the 2.5 day and on day 5 of the 5 day.
We now have set departure dates for our 2.5 day and 5 day trips.
Overnightcamping trips can be done on any day.
VIDEOS AND PHOTOGRAPHS
2.5 day and 5 day trip videos can be organised on request.
EXPERIENCE AND FITNESS
No previous rafting experience is required and clients need not be proficient swimmers. At the beginning and at the end of the 2.5 day raft trip clients have to negotiate a steep path in and a long (1.6km) walk out of the Gorge. The walkout is 750 vertical feet up at a reasonable gradient, and a person of average fitness can manage this in about 30 minutes.
RAFTS AND EQUIPMENT
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 the tried and tested river rafts required for the Zambezi River. Extreme high flotation life jackets and safety helmets are issued to clients for the rafting trips. We supply all camping equipment, tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, dry bags, etc. on our overnight, 2.5 day and 5 day trips.
Clients need to bring shorts, T-shirts, costume, shoes, towel and tracksuit for the evenings, cap, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellant and toiletries.
GUIDES AND SAFETY
Guides are fully trained professionals and all 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 operations company White Water Rafting indemnity form prior to departure. Each trip leader is in radio and Satellite phone contact with our base in Victoria Falls and direct with M.A.R.S. (Medical Air Rescue Service).
Our activities are all covered by a US$ 2 000 000 Public Liability Insurance Policy with SATIB and this is underwritten by Lloyds of London.
Commercial rafting first commenced on the Zambezi River in 1981 and since then this activity has grown in popularity to the point where a rafting trip on the Zambezi is now a regular feature in most tourists’ itineraries. In 1997, approximately 50 000 people enjoyed white water rafting on the Zambezi on a stretch of water that is now internationally acclaimed as the best white water rafting trip available anywhere in the world. There are 3 major operators on the Zimbabwe side and 2 in Zambia
TheKaza Univisameans that activities can be done from either Livingstone or Victoria Falls side with a minimum of border post hassle. The KAZA UNIVISA is valid for 30 days as long as you remain in Zimbabwe and Zambia.Visitors can cross into Zimbabwe / Zambia as frequently as they likewithin the 30 day period. It costs US$ 50, is applicable to 40 countries and available at major local airports and most road border posts
Physical Features of the River
The Zambezi 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 varies from 100 metres to 2 kms. The Gorge itself is approximately 120m (400ft) deep at the put-in point and 200m (750ft) at the take out point. The river drops about 120m over the 24km covered in the one-day raft trip and the depth of the river can reach 60m (200ft).
The British Canoe Union has classified the river Grade 5 “extremely difficult, long and violent rapids, steep gradients, big drops and pressure areas”. Nearly half of the rapids negotiated are Grade 5. (Grade 6 is unrunnable – rapid number 9, “Commercial Suicide” is a Grade 6 rapid and we porter around this rapid)
Due to the steepness of the Gorge, wildlife is not abundant. On occasion klipspringer, rock hyrax, vervet monkeys and baboon are spotted. However, the birdlife is far more spectacular. Black eagle, augur buzzard, black stork, pied and giant kingfisher and red winged starling are some of the birds normally seen during the trips and sightings of the very rare Taita Falcon are not uncommon. There are crocodile in the river, but they are small due to the unsuitability of the area for their habitation.
Rafting Options :The ONE-DAY trip runs year round subject to river levels
High Water– approx 26 December to 12 August (stopping altogether in between if river too high).
Low Water– approx 12 August to 26 December (2.5 & 5 day trips only operate in this season)
During the Low Water season, the following rafting trips are offered
Full and Half Day Raft Trips. These run daily.
Full/Half Day trips and then camp overnight in the Gorge. Available every day.
2.5 day Raft trips which end at the Batoka Dam site (approximately 56kms downstream from the Victoria Falls). We have set departure dates for these trips.
5 day Raft trips ending at the Matetsi River Mouth. We have set departure dates for these trips. Pick up Times Low Water (full day) 07h30 (Rapids 1 – 23)
Low Water (am half day) 07h30 (Rapids 1 – 10)
Low Water (pm half day) 10h30 (Rapids 11 – 23)
High Water – 07h30 (Rapids 11-23)
Clients are requested to reconfirm pick up times and hotels with our Victoria Falls office 24 hours before departure. Clients can otherwise meet at our office located at Shop 4, Phumula Centre, Vic Falls at 07h30 Minimum and Maximum Guests– Half & Full day
Minimum for some operators to run a trip is 1 client others 4.
We accept any booking and will liaise with clients to ensure they get to go down the river with us or another reputable operator.
Maximum – 120 clients, so Large groups can be catered for on request.
FULL DAY (LOW WATER)
Pick up at your hotel and transfer to Adventure Lodge for check in. You are served tea or coffee while you receive a safety briefing and sign the indemnity form. After check in, transfer to the top of the gorge where you will receive your life jacket, helmet and paddle.
You will then walk into the gorge. The walk is quite steep. It is advisable to wear sneakers or rafters to walk down the gorge, and to take your time. Upon arrival at the river’s edge, you will get into a raft and practice your paddling skills You will then begin your rafting trip. You will raft through rapids #1 to rapid #8. These rapids are classed from Grade 2 to Grade 5. At rapid #9 you will walk and carry your raft round the rapid as it is Grade 6 and cannot be rafted by clients. You will then raft rapid #10 before stopping for lunch. Lunch is provided on the banks of the river above rapid #11. After lunch, you will continue through rapid #11 to rapid #23. These rapids are Grade 3 and 4 with the exception of rapid #18 which is a Grade 5 rapid at the low water level.
At rapid #23 you will walk out of the gorge. The walk is fairly long and steep. The walk will take approximately 30 minutes for a person of average fitness. At the top of the gorge, a truck will be waiting for you, with cold drinks and beers, to take you back to town You will return to town at approximately 16h30 / 17h00 where you will watch a dvd and photos of your days rafting. You will return to your hotel by 18h00/30.
FULL DAY (HIGH WATER)
Pick Up at your hotel and transfer to Lodge for check in. At check in you will receive a safety briefing and sign the indemnity form After check in, transfer to the top of the gorge where you will receive your life jacket, helmet and paddle You will then walk into the gorge. The walk is fairly long and quite steep. It is advisable to wear sneakers or rafters to walk down the gorge Upon arrival at the rivers edge, you will get into your raft and practice your paddling and rafting instructions from your guide
After which, you will begin your rafting trip. You will raft through rapids #11 to #23. These rapids are grade 3 and 4 including rapid #18 which is a grade 4 at this water level. At rapid #23 you will walk out of the gorge. The walk is fairly long and steep. The walk will take approximately 30 minutes for a person of average fitness. At the top of the gorge, a truck will be waiting for you, with cold drinks and beers, to take you back to town You will transfer back to town where you will have your lunch and watch a dvd and photos of your days rafting. After lunch, you will be transferred back to your hotel by approximately 15h00
Age Restriction:The minimum age is 15 years. The maximum age limit is dependent on the individual’s general state of health and physical fitness.
Food & Drinks Supplied Tea and coffee is supplied at the meeting point, prior to departure. We do not provide breakfast so please ensure you have breakfast at your hotel prior to pick up. On the river each raft carries water and cordial. Lunch consisting of beef, chicken, rolls / bread, potato salad, green salad and orange juice. At the top of the Gorge, at the end of the trip, complimentary soft drinks, mineral water and beers are available.
Videos & Photographs Whilst on the river, videos and photographs will be taken by “Zambezi Memories”. Rafting videos and photographs will be shown at Adventure Lodge and will be on display at the same place the following day for the overnight clients. Copies of all products shown are available for purchase.
Experience & Fitness No previous rafting experience is required and clients need not be proficient swimmers. At the beginning and at the end of the raft trips, clients have to negotiate a steep path in and out of the gorge. The walkout is 750 vertical feet up a gradient of 1 in 3, and a person of average fitness can manage this in about 30 minutes.
Rafts & Equipment 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 the tried and tested river rafts required for the Zambezi River. X-TREME high flotation life jackets and protective safety helmets are issued to clients for all rafting trips. Wetsuit tops are provided and are usually used by clients during the colder months (June / July). Clients need to wear shorts, T-Shirts, costume, shoes, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Guides & Safety Guides are fully trained professionals and all 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 operations company’s White Water Rafting indemnity form prior to departure. Each trip leader is in radio and Satellite phone contact with our base in Victoria Falls and direct with M.A.R.S. (Medical Air Rescue Service)
Product : AM and PM walks every day Location:Masuwe Estate Availability :365 days a year.
Collection & Drop Off Times Morning Safari :Pick up from Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 06h30-06h45 Drop off at Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 09h30-10h00
Mid-morning Safari :Pick up from Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 09h00-09h30 Drop off at Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 12h00-12h30
Mid – afternoon safar :Pick up from Vic Falls accommodation:Between 13h45-14h00 Drop off at Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 15h30-16h00
Afternoon safari :Pick up from Vic Falls Accommodation: Between 15h30-15h45 Drop off at Vic Falls Accommodation:Between 18h00-18h30 Minimum & Maximum numbers per trip :We have two trips in the morning and two trips in the afternoon, which allows for a maximum number of forty people a day.
In short: AM – Max 20 / Min 01 | PM – Max 20 / Min 01
Lion Cub Interaction –minimum age for lion walks is 15 so for younger crowd children head off with our experienced staff for a nature exploration.
They will discover some of the secrets of the African bush, its trees, plants, animals and insects. Once the cubs are in their closures, the children will have the opportunity to view them. Please note that cub viewing is from outside their enclosure. Only available to children whose parents or guardians are taking part in the lion walk. Should any adult wish to accompany the children, they will be charged the lion walking price.
Trip Information Guests are picked up from their respective hotel/lodge and transferred to the Masuwe estate. Upon arrival, tea, coffee and cordials are served – after which the guide will give a short introductory talk including all safety aspects. Guests are then required to sign an indemnity. Guests are then taken to a designated area to meet both lions and lion handlers.
This is where your Safari begins and will continue for up to one and half hours. The trail leads through the pristine bush and valley of the Masuwe River, which is home to numerous species of wildlife, including, Elephants, Kudu, Buffalo, Impala, Leopard and sometimes even Lions. There is excellent birding with over 50 species to be sighted.
Each lion is under the charge of a Handler – the trips are lead by a professional Guide, who is armed and carries a first aid kit and handheld radio.
The AM Safari ends with a Full English Breakfast on the deck at Masuwe safari Lodge.
The Mid-AM Safari ends with a good choice of snacks and drinks.
The PM safaris will end with a good choice of snacks and drinks.
The guests view their video of their personal Lion Encounter experience, at the reception of Masuwe safari Lodge. Videos are available for purchase and will be delivered to guests’ hotels that evening or the following morning (depending on which Safari is booked).
Age Restrictions :There is an age limit. Children below the age of 14 years will, unfortunately not be able to partake in this particular activity. A Guardian must accompany children under the age of 18 throughout the trip.
Health Requirements There are no specific health requirements for this activity, and physical disabilities will be considered on an individual basis. If a guest has any medical condition such as epilepsy, diabetes or dangerous allergies etc, please ensure that Lion Encounter is informed at the time of booking.
Public Liability –Lion Encounter is covered by a US$ 1 500 000 Public Liability Insurance.
Medical Air Rescue Service –All clients travelling with Lion Encounter are covered by M.A.R.S. in the unlikely event of an emergency.
What to bring / wear Please bear in mind that guests will be responsible for carrying their personal effects while on the walk. It is therefore advisable that belongings are kept to a reasonable limit.
Bottled water and other refreshments will be available, so it is not necessary for guests to bring their own.
We recommend that guests bring the following: Sunblock, Cameras, Personal Medication, Glasses or Sunglasses, Insect Repellent
Guests should wear neutral coloured clothes. Wildlife may be encountered and therefore whites and bright colours should be avoided.
Recommended clothing as follows: Long trousers with closed, comfortable shoes. A wide brimmed hat or a cap will do A sweater is recommended for the months of May to August Sandals or shoes you don’t mind getting wet in the months September to April.
Horses: Anglo Arab, Thoroughbred, Cleveland Bay and Thoroughbred Tack:
Australian Stock Saddles.
Pace: Moderate with long canters
Riding Ability: Intermediate to strong intermediate. This is a dangerous game area so clients should be confident at all paces able to do a rising trot, capable of riding a horse at a strong canter through rough country if necessary. and happy to canter for longish stretches, game permitting!
Weight limit: 90 kg.
A superb safari for the experienced rider, you will track game through vlei and forest, learning about their feeding and social habits, you will experience the incredible feeling of being ‘part of a herd’ that only a horseback safari can provide, as you move with a herds of kudu, and buffalo. You may encounter elephant as they browse seemingly unaware of your presence. You will explore the secret
channels and islands of the Zambezi, and learn about the flora, fauna and ecology of this magnificent area.
Length of ride – up to 7 hours riding, plus a break for lunch. .
Minimum number of clients: 2 – there is a supplement for 1 client!
Maximum number of clients: 4 per group.
Weight limit – maximum weight 90kg. We reserve the right to not take a client whose physical condition is, in our opinion, a danger to themselves and their horse.
No client may undertake a safari if under the influence of alcohol or any other form of narcotic. We reserve the right to prevent any client from taking the safari if in the opinion of the guide or manager their condition renders them a danger to themselves and other clients
Age limit – 16 years old, unless in a family group.
Clients should be capable of cantering, galloping and must be physically fit and competent riders
Dress – clients are requested to wear neutral colours, no bright or white colours please. They should wear walking shoes, long trousers, a broad brimmed sun hat and sunscreen are essential
Please note that starting times can be altered to suit your clients – but please let us know.
Summer (August to March) 06.0-0– 6.30 (from 5.30 in very hot weather)
The ride will take place in Victoria Falls National Park and surrounding game areas, through the hills
above Victoria Falls along the outer limits of the Zambezi National Park. Clients will explore hidden
game trails along the banks of the Zambezi, the magnificent Batoka Gorge and ancient Teak forests.
The area is extremely scenic running through Teak Forest, Mopani Woodland and riverine habitat
and supports a variety of game and birds. A day ride provides extended opportunities to learn
about the vegetation, habits and habitats of animals in the area as well as its history and ecology.
Clients will explore a wide ranging area extending from the Zambezi River to the Masuwe.
Lunch is a picnic on the banks of the Zambezi, or the Masuwe River, depending on the time of the year.
Tea, coffee fresh fruit and biscuits are served at the start of the ride, lunch is a picnic, and cold drinks and snacks are served at the end. We carry bottled water and fresh fruit.
A broad-brimmed hat in canvas or light felt is essential, ventilated if possible. Plain leather or heavy felt is too hot, straw is too fragile. Peaked caps do not shade your head properly.
If you only feel comfortable wearing a helmet, please make sure it is a ventilated one. The sort of lightweight ventilated helmet used for endurance or western riding is ideal, and it must have a peak (Troxel have some good ones). Polo helmets also provide excellent shade!
However do bring shady hat as well.
Please note that all children under 16 MUST wear a helmet. We advise that children bring their own for the best fit. We do have a selection available, but your own is always best.
Again – no black, no white, and no bright colours.
Avoid tight clothing, and shoes – go one size up if anything.
NEVER wear synthetic boots or shoes, always leather or canvas – actually long boots in any form should be avoided, and if you must wear something on your lower leg go for half- chaps……in cotton or canvas for this climate.
If you usually ride in gloves, bring them, they do not take up much space.
Choose your jodhpurs, jeans or riding trousers carefully –not all cuts of jeans are suitable for riding – and you will be in the saddle for long stretches of time. Avoid anything with lumpy seams.
It is important to remember that even in midwinter it can be very hot in the middle of the day, so coolness is of paramount importance
Always wear cotton. There’s nothing cooler. And please no white or bright colours go for fawns, tans, khakis and greens. Very dark colours, black and navy blue are very hot and very uncomfortable to wear for any stretch of time.
Wear a loose fitting cotton shirt with short sleeves and a collar – this will protect your neck and shoulders from sunburn. You are also protected from thorns. Bring a light weight long sleeved one if you are sensitive to sun
Some clients bring a lightweight fleece seat saver, which can make all the difference!
Dull coloured clothing – no white or bright colours;
bush shirt or t shirt with a short sleeve to protect your shoulders.
trainers or walking shoes.
A peaked cap to wear under your helmet, or a sunhat
Note:We have a limited range of half chaps, jodhpurs trousers and shirts available for loan for those of you who arrive unprepared, or without luggage.
Helmets:We strongly advise you to wear one.They are obligatory for novice riders and children. We have a limited range at the stables but these are for loan to clients on half day rides only. If you are doing a multiday ride, you must bring your own. It’s safer.
Size of Rides: One client on 2-3 hour rides. Minimum of two clients and maximum of eight clients on longer rides at the moment. Larger groups may be split for safety reasons.
· No previous experience is required for Novice rides. If you wish to book an experienced ride, you must be able to ride unassisted and with confidence. At minimum you should have mastered basic aids, be able to do a rising trot for stretches of at least 10 minutes at a time, be comfortable at all paces and able to gallop out of trouble, even at the end of a long days ride.
If you are booking a full day or a multiday safari you should be riding fit, capable of doing all of the above and be able to gallop out of trouble even at the end of a long days’ ride. The more proficient and fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your trip.
Weight Limit:This applies to all rides.
Maximum weight limit is 90kg (14 1/2 Stones or 200lbs). To avoid embarrassment be warned that you may be required to step on the scales. Allowances may be made, only for very experienced riders, and even then at our discretion. There will be a surcharge.
Insurance: Although we have MARS cover, this only deals with evacuation to the nearest appropriate medical facility. Beyond that full Medical Insurance is required. Clients booking a multiday ride must submit details prior to your arrival. Please check whether your insurance covers you for riding without a helmet, should you wish to do so.
Indemnity: All clients are required to sign an indemnity on arrival at the stables.
Guiding:Qualified, licensed guides lead all rides, and are accompanied by a back up rider. Both are dedicated, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. A keen interest is taken in the environment as well as the flora and fauna of the area. You will also learn many of the traditional uses of plants and trees, basic principles of tracking, and aspects of traditional village life.
All guides and back up riders are well trained – we send extra as necessary. Each ride starts with a safety talk, and you will be reminded of this should circumstances require. Our rides are conducted with the aim of disturbing wildlife as little as possible and the paced of the ride and method of approach is regulated accordingly.
Tack:We use mainly Australian Stock saddles, although English saddles are available. All horses go in snaffle bridles.
Horses:We are very proud of our horses! Mostly thoroughbred, some mixed, some Anglo Arabs. Between 14 – 16.2h. They vary from gentle hacks to my top polocrosse ponies. It depends on you!
Game Viewing: Game is plentiful in the National Park surrounding the stables and the Zambezi River area. Depending on the season you may see elephant, buffalo, kudu, bushbuck, impala, warthog, and waterbuck. Hippo, crocodile and cape clawless otters may also be spotted. There are several resident leopard.
But remember, no game sighting is guaranteed.This is more about riding a good horse in an amazing area,not a checklist safari!
The Victoria Falls Marathon is an an AIMS (Association of International Marathon and Distance Races) registered event.
The marathon is open to both local and international runners. In terms of terrain, you will run through some incredible scenery and the marathon is a great opportunity to see wildlife along the way. It is well supported by regular water points.
A full 42.2km marathon, 21.2km half marathon run and a 7.5km fun run is available. The race starts in the car park by the banks, then crosses over the Vic Falls Bridge, briefly into Zambia offering the social runner some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa and ends at the Victoria Falls primary school.
Besides the breath-taking landscapes you will encounter on the marathon, there is plenty more to do and see. Known as the adventure centre of Africa, for good reason, the Victoria Falls has a wealth of activities available!
Choose one of the standard travel packages, or tailor-make your own by combining the marathon with some rafting, canoeing, boat cruising, game viewing, an elephant back safari or even a bungee jump!
Game Drives (including Night Drives with a Bush Dinner) Game viewing at its best………Dusk and Dawn Wildlife Experience…
Join us for a morning game drive or a night drive. Capture the essence of the African bush at its best, in the age-old tradition of game driving.
Open, well-kitted 4-wheel drive vehicles will take you on a meander along the shores of a scenic lake, through basalt plains to Teak forests and Kalahari sands within Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve.
Let our professional guides impart their immense knowledge of the many species of mammals. With animals such as the African Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard, Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Warthog, Caracal, the majestic Sable, Eland, Waterbuck, Kudu, Bushbuck, Tsessebe, the elusive Grysbok, and the possibility of seeing the endangered Black Rhino. The birds and wilderness elements you encounter will leave you wanting more. All our trips include: Transfers to and from any hotel or lodge in the Victoria Falls vicinity to the Private Game Reserve Morning game drives include an approximate 2-hour game drive and bush breakfast. Evening game drives include an approximate 2 hour game drive and bush dinner beautifully set out beneath a blanket of stars as you enjoy your evening under a true African sky and all its glory. Highly trained professional guides with extensive knowledge in various fields are there to enhance your wildlife knowledge and give you further insight to your game drive experience.
What “TO” bring Long trousers, long sleeved shirt in neutral colours (avoid white). We recommend you bring extra warm garments especially during winter months, May-August. Sunscreen (obviously not necessary on the night drives)! Insect repellent Personal medication Binoculars Camera and video equipment Bird and mammal books, although your guide is extremely knowledgeable Booking voucher
What “NOT” to bring Any important documents or valuables,cell phones
Age Restrictions :the minimum age requirement is 4 years. No maximum age limits.
Booking restrictions:Minimum of 2 clients per trip
Pick up Times Summer 05h00 – 05h30 Winter 05h30 – 06h00 Night Game Drives 16h00 – 16h30 all year