While it may not be the largest river in Africa, the Zambezi, which carves through six countries including Zambia, is one of the continent’s most powerful and most scenic. As a result, this rushing river attracts visitors from across the globe—including travelers with a love of extreme water sports looking for adventure. The fourth-largest river in Africa is divided into three main parts, and Victoria Falls is typically considered the boundary between the upper and middle Zambezi. Here, the thundering river flows over falls, into the Boiling Point and through the narrow Batoka Gorge, where it provides some of the most exhilarating white water rafting, kayaking and river boating on earth. Non-adrenaline junkies can still enjoy the beauty of the Zambezi by floating along on a sunset river cruise.
The Zambezi River Festival, now in its third year, takes place the last week of October, and includes plenty of races, competitions and adventures perfect for water sport lovers. Visitors looking to raft the Zambezi should be prepared to swim, and also be fit enough to hike the 750 feet vertical climb out of the gorge.