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  • Writer's pictureGemma Fottles

Near-death experience white water rafting Victoria Falls

Updated: Jul 27, 2020

As any reader of this travel blog will know, I am not an adrenaline junkie. I don't like heights, I don't like speed, I don't like danger. So white water rafting should be off the cards, right? Well, believe it or not, it wasn't. That was until I experienced a near-death experience while white water rafting at Victoria Falls, Zambia...

White water rafting in Zambia is a popular tourist activity. Along with bungee jumping off the bridge, hanging off the side of the Victoria Fall's from the Devil's Bathtub - none of which are particularly appealing activities for the scared cat traveller.

Zambia white water rafting: the experience

It was terrible. It was truly the most terrible thing I have ever done.

white water rafting in ZAMBIA

This picture was taken whilst white water rafting in Zambia, in the Zambezi which forms from Victoria Falls. As can be noted from my facial expression (I’m the girl in the green shirt screaming very open mouth-edly), it was without a doubt, the most terrifying thing I have ever done in my life. A lot of fun… but when the possibility of death is mixed with fun, well, for me, that’s not that fun anymore. Our life raft was slightly broken and not inflated enough, so every rapids – of which there were many – we flipped. No matter how hard I held on, I was going in that water. I survived the most dangerous rapids in the world and I’m glad I did it, but I will not be doing it again. Ever.

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