You can bungi jump from the Victoria Falls bridge on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
It is the highest commercial bridge jump in the world, the fall being something in the order of 111 m.
Equipment: Your nerve, spare set underwear.Related to:
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Rafting at the Zambezi
A great experience you should really try when you are close to the Vic Falls, is to go rafting at the Zambezi River. This area is one of the best places in the world to raft, so it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try it here.
You will be picked up by a little bus and brought to the river banks. After a long and exciting climb down the cliffs, you will get a short introduction by your guide. You can choose between two types of boats: one of them is the normal one, where 6 or 8 people sit at the sides of the boat and peddle all. A second possibility is a boat where only the guide peddles and the rest just keeps hold of the boat: a boring option I think...
As soon as you are on your way the rapids are numerous. There are 25 of them in total, but depending in the season you take either the beginning or the end. Some of the rapid are quite friendly, but some of them are hell. During my descent I fell out the boat twice, and I didn't see a single boat that didn't capsize.
If you are not afraid of water, speed and roughness, you should really think about rafting down the "Mighty Zambezi". One important thing: It is not cheap. I paid US $ 90,- for my trip. That is with the transportation by bus and a few beers on your way back, but without the available Photo-CD and DVD that cost you $ 10,- and $ 40,-. Tip: if you are with a group, share the costs of these CD's and copy them as soon as you get home.
Equipment: - Dry clothes and a towel for when you get out of the water.
- Good shoes for the climb down and up the valley.
- A well filled wallet.Related to:
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Zambian Softball Champions
In the Copperbelt area of Zambia, softball was a big sport in the early 1970s. Teams competed from the various mining towns (Kitwe, Ndola, Chingola, Mufilira, Chililibomwe, Chibuluma and, of course, Luanshya with even a distant team from Lusaka taking a stab at it!). The sport was played over the Oct-Feb period with once per week matches being played by each team. I was a member of Luanshya's Roan Antelope Pirates made up of a strange mix of players from all over. We would practise twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and then have the big game on Sunday. It was quite an event, with the various families tagging along on the road trips and then afterward the Home team would put on a great braii (BBQ) with plenty of beer. We happened to have the best pitcher in the league (this was "fast-pitch" softball and Brent really knew how to wing them in with his underhand delivery)! I had never really played any serious ball until I came to Zambia but, when the locals heard that there was another Canadian in town, they figured that they were onto something. Whatever happened, we ended up winning the national championship two years running while I was there with the team (73-74 and 74-75) and, I believe, another one after I left for Canada. Photo of the happy 73-74 winning team with (front, left to right) Don Arsenault (Canada), Brent Parks (Canada), John Moseley (Canada), John Kanukula (Zambia), Ed Crookshank (USA) and (back) Jim Lonergan (USA), Terry Green (UK), Barry Lee (UK), Boniface Mbao (Zambia) and Glenn Brown (Canada). Sadly, big Boniface was killed in a car accident on Zambia's dangerous highways a few years after I left.
The second photo shows me swinging for a hit in a September, 1973 pre-season warm-up game in Luanshya. Final score: Luanshya Pirates 19 and Chibuluma Lions 18 !Related to:
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Swimming in Lusaka
Not much of a beach in Lusaka, and had there been one, bilharzia would have reigned supreme.
Better hit a swimming pool. The Taj Pamodzi Hotel has a good one open for non-guest visitors for a USD 5 fee. Ask in the reception. There are gym, massage, sauna and other services, too, linked to the pool complex.
Not exactly Olympic size pool, but ok for a swim. Darn cold during May-August as it is not heated.
Equipment: SwimwearRelated to:
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Bungee Jump at Victoria Falls Bridge
Although you typically book your adventure in Zimbabwe, you will be jumping off a bridge that lies in Zambia. The company that runs the jumps is very professional and safety is closely monitored. The view from the jump is spectacular and a video (very nicely made from different angles) and a floppy disk with several photos are available for purchase.
Equipment: Wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. If you have long hair, tie it back. Don't forget your passport as you will cross the Zimbabwe border patrol station. There is a box at the jumpsite where you can leave your valuables. Bring your own camera too so your friends can get pictures of you before (and during) your plunge into the Zambezi River gorge.Related to:
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NOT FOR THE WEAK
Rafting in the Zambezi river is beutiful but treaturously dangerous.
This is how it works: You walk down a steep path to the bottom of a rivervalley. There guys fill the rubber boat, ie, the raft and you jump in it. You get some instructions how to do things and then you go down the river, rapids are the places in the river where the current is strong, and the river is "wild", the levels go from 1-10 I think. I know 6 is very dangerous. This river's rapids go from level 3-7 I think. Between the rapids thwe river is calm and you can look at the scenery. But as soon as you get to a rapid its all about paddling like a maniac. You go through the rapids in groups of boats, we were 9 boats in our group, and on the sides you have kayakers that are there to pic you up When, not if, you fall.
Then your boat flips over. Your lifejacket proabaly isn't the best standard or its too small, your helmet wont help *** if you smash into a rock so it is very important you keep your cool and that you are a good swimmer.
I almost drowned and I'm a diver and used to compete in swimming.
Eventually you'll get picked up either by a rescuekayak or another boat.
It is alot of fun, don't get me wrong, but just be aware that it is dangerous, although the instructors give you a snece of "it won't happen to me" feeling.
People have died in that river during rafting, I asked a local.
But it will get your adrenaline pumping, and if you die, the last thing you'll see is gorgeous high mountains, green trees and a treaturous river.
After the rafting you climb up, 1000m in a very steep slope, so you need to have energy for that too.
THIS IS NOT FOR ASTHMATICS, EPILEPTICS OR ANY ONE THAT HAS ANY MEDICAL CONDITIONS THAT AFFECT THEIR PHYSICAL STAMINA OR HEALTH!
Equipment: You will be equipped by a paddle, life jacket and helmet. The helmet is okay, just make shore it can't come off. The lifejacket is trickier, but try and find one who fits, and hopefully there will be weight recommendations. Mine fit okay, but couldn't hold my weight so I couldn't stay on the surface. So check it carefully.
Wear a collarshirt, because you have your head bent down alot and although you have your life jacket on you'll burn fast, and semi long or long pants, good shoes, like runningshoes, and lots of sunscreen.
Canoeing trip on Zambesi
If you are not afraid of hippoes you should do a day trip canoeing on the Zambesi. The senery is beautiful and you will be able to see quite some wildlife.
You will be able to book those trips in all the big hotels.
Equipment: Bring lots of sun screen.Related to:
5, 4, 3, 2, 1.......bungi!!!!!!!!!!!
Bungi jump of the rail bridge at Victoria falls is a must do if you go to Zambia. The ultimate thrill. The video is good value for money but be there when they edit it so you can choose the soundtrack. Don't bother buying the photos, just get friends or family to take loads.
Equipment: All equipment is provided for you but I recommend sensible shoes coz you get a ankle harness and it feels like you're about to fall out your shoes.
White water rafter's heaven. Rushing down one of Africa's greatest river on nothing but a rubber boat is the experience of a life time. Not for the faint hearted or those scared of water. Be prepared for a long walk up a steep gorge at the end.
Equipment: All equipment is provided. Comfortable clothes...shorts and t-shirt. Shoes that are easy to swim and walk in are a good idea. You'd really appreciate a waterproof camera but use one that you can tie to yourself or the boat easily so you can use your hands to hang on for dear life and if you do (which you will) flip over it won't get lost.
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