Sunday, July 27, 2014

Exploring the canyons of Zambezi

The Zambezi river is the fifth largest river in Africa. After the Victoria falls, the quiet river has rapids at the bottom of 100m deep gorge.  This is the number one destination for white water rafting in the world, with fast and turbulent rapids. Having traveled all the way to the heart of Africa and the Zambezi river, it was hard to resist this opportunity to get off the beaten track and experience nature away from the crowds.  And what a great ride through the canyons of the Zambezi it was.  The sheer force of water had created deep gorges through which the Zambezi found its way to the Indian Ocean.

An almost philosophical lesson learnt from white water rafting:  You cannot hide from a rapid or a wave - if you try, you will fail. If you paddle into the middle of a rapid with all your strength, you can go over the wave and you will be able to smile and wave to the camera at the end, no matter what category a rapid is classified as.

Our team paddled fiercely, nobody fell off the boat, the boat was not turned upside down, and we were able to cheer for the camera at the end!  The views were gorgeous and we had a great time close up with nature at its best.




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