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Experience the Zmabezi - Zambia

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What ability is this trip suitable for?

The Zambezi has a fearsome reputation, however the reality is that there are a wide range of lines and all grades of rapids. It is a great place even for complete begginners learn to kayak. This trip is aimed at confident grade three paddlers with a good white water roll. The trip will involve some fairly strenuous walk ins and walk outs of the gorge, as well as some long paddling days, so a reasonable level of fitness is also required. If you have any doubt at all about whether you will be suited to this trip get in touch.

What equipment do I need to bring?

  • All your personal paddling equipment - for an extra cost we can arrange for rental of kayak and paddling equipment
  • Tent, light sleeping bag and other basic camping gear (torch etc)
  • Jolly Boys has a self catering kitchen with cooking equipment and a restaurant
  • First aid kit (no need to carry this on the river)
  • Sun cream and a sun hat
  • Good footwear for hiking in and out of the gorge
  • Personal Clothing and possessions.

If you have any questions at all about whether something is necessary or what equipment to bring just drop us an email and we will be happy to help.

Will my possessions be safe?

At Jolly Boys there is a big safe and also lockers that you can use. There are a lot of people coming through and Zambia is a third world country - we strongly advise locking up all valuables and bringing them on a big trip obviously puts them at risk from damage/loss/theft. Bring a small combination lock with you to secure your locker.

What vaccinations or anti-malarial will I need for the trip?

We are not doctors and do not pretend to be... Please contact your local doctor well in advance of the trip. They will fill you in on everything that you need to know.

Some information about vaccinations and anti-malarial drugs can be found here:

What will the weather be like?

The weather in Zambia has depends very much on the time of year. At the time of the LILI Zambezi trip it will be the beginning of the dry season / very end of the wet season. The weather is likely to be hot and dry, and the water will be warm, though you can occasionally get strong wind that cools things down a bit. Bring clothes to protect you from the sun and a long sleeved thermal or shorty cag for on the river. The temperature is pleasant in the evening and through the night. There is also the possibility that we will encounter some heavy rain - most likely at night. When it rains in Zambia, it doesn’t mess about! Expect heavy tropical rain that normally only lasts a few hours.

Will the trip be flexible?

Absolutely. We believe, to get the perfect trip for each individual, the trip HAS to be flexible.

The LiLi team have coached many hundreds of people with a wide range of abilities and backgrounds on big volume across Africa and specifically on the Zambezi. This local knowledge and broad teaching base will be used to adjust the itinerary to suit the individuals and to maximise progression over the course of the trip.

What is included / excluded in the cost of the trip?

See the trip details on the main 'Experience the Zambezi' page for all the 'includes' and 'excludes'..

What's the deal with accomodation and food?

Camping is included at Jolly Boys Backpackers in Livingstone and at various sandy beaches in the gorge (on the multi-day trip). Jolly boys is based in Livingstone and is the premier backpacking location in Zambia, it has a bar, pool, restaurant and self-catering kitchen. It is also the base for most kayakers who pass through Zambia to paddle the Zambezi. If camping is not your thing, no problem... Jolly Boys has dorms and private rooms available for an extra cost. When on the multi day trip and the sunset cruise, food is also included in the cost. There is a restaraunt as well as a self catering kitchen at Jolly Boys and a supermarket within walking distance. There is also a wide range of restaurants in Livingstone at very reasonable prices. Your guide will be happy to advise on the best places to eat, whatever your taste.

Why should I choose a holiday with Love it Live it?

The LiLi coaches are all highly experience big volume guides and paddlers. They have gained an in depth knowledge of the rapids, waves and alternative lines on the Zambezi that many people will miss. This will help you get the very best out of your paddling time on the Zambezi.

The LiLi coaches are also specifically chosen for their passion for kayaking and coaching. This passion together with general good humour helps make paddling with LiLi a fun all round experience.

Love it live it has an awareness of the surrounding environment and culture. We believe it is important to support local communities and to preserve the places we visit. LiLi donates one penny in every pound towards helping the local culture and community.

Logistics in Africa can be a headache at the best of times; we will make the arrangements, deal with the inevitable haggling and basically make every effort to make it happen in as smooth a way as is possible in Zambia. This includes all the dealings with porters, drivers and park attendants.

Arriving in a new country can be intimidating, particularly in Africa. We will meet you at the airport and arrange for you to be taken directly to our accommodation.

We can also offer travel advice and pointers about what to bring and what you will need while you are out there to further reduce the hassle of African travel and to prevent turning up with inappropriate equipment.


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