6 Reasons to Raft the Zambezi River with Bio Bio Expeditions

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Follow in the footsteps of Stanley Livingstone and join us at Victoria Falls for a trip down the Zambezi!

Bio Bio Expeditions returns to the Zambezi River almost every year – we love it!

From your first dip into the Devil’s pool overlooking the Victoria Falls through to the huge rapids of the Zambezi, your Africa whitewater adventure is a once in a lifetime adventure you’ll never forget.

The Zambezi is a quintessential African river meandering from Angola to the Indian ocean, flowing between Zambia and Zimbabwe in Southern Africa.

Starting in 1989, Bio Bio Expeditions co-owners Marc and Laurence spent three seasons working as full-time guides on the Zambezi River. Together, they have accrued over 300 descents of the mighty Zambezi.

As members of the competitive rafting team, Team California, returning often to compete on the Zambezi in an international whitewater competition hosted in Africa, they forged lifelong friendships and partnerships with many locals Africans.

Still today, they draw upon those strong, long-standing relationships with local Africans to help make our Zambezi rafting adventure vacations so magical.

6 Reasons You MUST Raft the Zambezi with Bio Bio!

A wonderful Bio Bio Expeditions African adventure awaits! If you’re needing a little extra convincing, here are six great reasons you should consider a Bio Bio adventure down the epic Zambezi:

  1. The highest concentration of Grade Five rapids in a 25 kilometre stretch in the world. A Grade 5 river, the Zambezi is the highest grade a river can be categorized for white water rafting – as wet and wild as it gets!
  2. Rafting between two countries – Zimbabwe and Botswana. We explore the various facets of the Zambezi watershed in the region and enjoy the rich history of game viewing and preservation in this uniquely “veldt” like terrain. Botswana boasts a highly developed and protected national park system allowing the wildlife to thrive. The elephant herds of Botswana and Zimbabwe are among the largest and most protected of Africa. Game viewing in this area is some of the world’s best, as we’ll be off the beaten path and you’ll not be overwhelmed with the many tourists often found in East Africa.
  3. Pool drop river system gives unrivaled action offering breathtaking peace and beauty. An incredible backdrop, the Victoria Falls are considered the boundary between the upper and middle Zambezi. For the next 500 km the river serves as the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Below the Falls the river continues to flow due east for about 200 km (120miles), cutting through gorges of basalt rock between 200 to 250 metres (660 to 820ft) high. The river drops 250m over the next 200 km before entering Lake Kariba. The Kariba Dam which was completed in 1959 is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world and the hydroelectric power generated provides electricity for much of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  4. A Wildlife Canoe Safari where we’ll see elephant, zebra, bushbuck, kudu, Cape buffalo, ubiquitous baboons, impala, and the occasional bush duiker. The bird life is an ornithologist’s dream come true, with the various ibis and Trumpeter Horn Bill as a highlight. In the river, roughly a mile wide at times and often channels around sand banks and reed islands, is the habitat for hippopotami and the patient crocodile. After sundown, we see and hear a range of nocturnal creatures: lions, leopards and the rare wild dog, to name only a few.
  5. Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana, has one of the largest concentrations of game in Africa. Often described the best wildlife-viewing area in Africa today, Chobe boasts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife left on the African continent. A major feature of Chobe National Park is its elephant population currently estimated at around 120,000.
  6. Elegant safari lodges and camps with amazing wildlife! Equipped with luxury tented suites, each with private decks and plunge pools amidst unspoiled wilderness, you’ll rest and relax in unpretentious safari camps, offering a true “African Safari Experience”. No trip to Africa is complete without staying in some of the finest, luxury safari lodges with ample opportunity for incredible game viewing.

We have designed all of our itineraries on the Zambezi so our guests can experience the beauty of all aspects of the Zambezi: the calm Upper section, the wild whitewater of Batoka Gorge, and the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.

Interested in joining us on a unique Whitewater Rafting trip to the Zambezi in Africa? Find out more HERE!

Cotahuasi River Canyon Rafting Adventure: May 17-27, 2019

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An adventure unlike any other, our Cotahuasi River Canyon rafting excursion is the ultimate in river fun, excitement, and history to stay with you for a lifetime.

There are rafting experiences and then there are rafting adventures. Considered one of the last remaining secrets in the rafting world, a trip down the exhilarating Cotahuasi River Canyon is definitely the latter – one of the most continuous, classic, and technical stretches of whitewater on the planet.Cotahuasi River Canyon rafting adventure

The trip that got us featured in the December 2001 issue of Outside Magazine, it’s fifty miles of non-stop class 4 and 5 whitewater hammering at a gradient of 60 feet per mile as we drop from put-in, downstream of 300-foot Sipia Falls, to the Pacific Ocean.

Cotahausi River Rafting Adventure Peru

Carving the second deepest canyon in the world (the first, the Colca, is a just few hundred miles away), the remote Cotahuasi snakes through an arid yet dramatic landscape on the southern coast of Peru. Run by raft for the first time less than twenty years ago, only a few expeditions have descended into its chasm and braved its mighty river. Revel in the stunning desert scenery and enjoy starry nights the likes of which you’ll be hardpressed to see anywhere else.

While the whitewater alone is reason enough to join us on this memorable adventure, add the historic hike to put-in on an original Inca footpath – a journey back in time as we explore and admire the hundreds of Inca and pre-Inca ruins and artifacts that litter the canyon – and this trip stands apart as an adventure entirely unto itself.Cotahuasi River Canyon rafting excursion

Having hosted the first ever archaeologist to enter the canyon, we were the beneficiaries of his valuable advice and guidance as to how best to admire while also protect these ancient treasures and this unique region steeped in history.

With time to visit magnificent Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a scenic drive in private Land Cruisers to the quaint town of Cotahuasi, and all the technical whitewater you can handle, this is an adventure of a lifetime.Cotahuasi River Canyon rafting adventure

Join us for this trip of a lifetime and be among the very few to experience this incredible discovery. Find out more about this incredible Peruvian adventure, or BOOK NOW!

Bucket List Rafting Adventure BONUS: the Incredible Upper Klamath Rafting Safari

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We recently compiled a Bucket List of rafting must-dos. Once we posted… it just seemed a little incomplete.

Really, any of our excursions could make it on to a bucket list. But, we felt this one deserves special mention – a quickie getaway to outdoor luxury that’s sure to thrill!

Our Upper Klamath Rafting Safari combines the luxury and comfort of glamping with rafting big summer flows down rapids that are over a football field long. Oh, did we mention mountain biking, trail running, inflatable kayaking, and fly fishing?
No? Well, read on:

Get ready for three days of big, infinitely memorable, whitewater!

A guide and guest fave, the Upper Klamath cuts a steep wilderness canyon through the Cascades of Southern Oregon providing one of the finest and most exciting rafting trips in the West.

Glamping Bush Camp

Uniquely scenic Upper Klamath has a high desert, old west character. The area is rich in old, Wild West history where old cabins, mines, and long-deserted Native American settlements dot the run. With rapids named straight out of a western, and a ride along an old stage coach track that winds through remote pine forests and beautiful meadows, this trip is as full of history as it is beautiful.

It’s also a major stop on the Pacific flyway, where sightings of bald eagles, osprey, and blue herons are a regular, yet always striking, occurrence.

The river has three different sections and begins with a fun class-III warm-up. This first stretch makes the Upper Klamath a recommended rafting trip for first-timers and experts alike. This is the opportunity to learn the finer points of river running before dropping into section two where the canyon constricts, and the river drops out of sight – the trip gets crazy! This is one of the most action-packed sections of river anywhere.

Ready for some time relaxing? This trip can be as active or easy-going and relaxed as you want it to be – totally up to you!

fly fishing upper klamath river

Time can be spent mountain biking, hiking or running on nearby trails; fly-fishing for rainbow, brook, and brown trout, bass, kokanee, and more; or simply relaxing in the sun. Enjoy cocktails and great food in the outdoor pub, revelling under the high desert sky.

rafting trip river bar

This is a quick getaway with big returns! Rest and recharge on the perfect wilderness escape – free from wifi, mobile chatter, and hectic daily schedules.