Taming the Mighty Zambezi

Since I have rafted the Kicking Horse River in British Colombia and the Mountains of Northern Thailand, I thought why not try the Zambezi? Could it be that much harder? The answer is YES.

We are in high water season, so the first ten rapids were closed because they are too dangerous. This should have been an early warning for what was to come.

Our morning started with a quick safety brief, a bumpy off road drive and a treacherous 40 minute descent into the gorge on a ladder made from thin branches and rusty nails. Zambian safety standards have not yet caught up to medieval times, let alone the strict standards us North Americans are used to.

The rapids were definitely stronger than anything I had experienced before. You could see whirlpools forming almost the entire way down the river. Other than the raft flipping over on Rapid 13, a class 5 named “The Mother”, it was a very enjoyable and safe experience.

It was so enjoyable, that I had signed up for a second run down the river the very next day. The guides had told me that it was dangerous to bring my camera so I had left it behind. The promise of fantastic gorge photos also contributed to the decision of signing another waiver form. I would learn that that was probably one of the worst decisions I have ever made…

The Thunder of the Zambezi
The Thunder of the Zambezi

Published by Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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