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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 beginners to 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)
  • 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 the Waterfront accommodation 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:

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, so we'll do our best to keep you happy.

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