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White Water Rafting

The development of white water rafting as a leisure activity has become popular since the 1980s and it’s now common to see inflatable boats tearing down most fast moving navigable rivers.

Different rivers provide different degrees of difficulty for those in chase of a serious adrenalin rush, and rapids are classed from 1 to 6, with Class 6 being the strongest.

Whitewater rafting can be a dangerous sport, especially if the usual safety precautions are not observed. It’s recommended to discuss the safety measures of the rafting operator before reserving your rafting trip. Type and scope of the equipment and the qualifications of the raft leader are the essential information to be considered.

Fish River Canyon, Windhoek, Namibia
Arriving at Fish River Canyon can be something of a shock, as it drops vertically by half a kilometer out of a flat arid plateau without any warning. The 161km stretch of river is made up of rock strata of purples, greys and pinks formed over hundreds of millions of years, and is absolutely magnificent and breathtaking in its immensity.
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The Yangtze, Kunming, China
The Yangtze, Asia's longest river, rises in the mountains on the Tibetan Plateau and makes a 5,500km sweep across China. The Great Bend has some of the best whitewater rafting in the world and offers fascinating cultural encounters with the Naxi people, descendents of Tibetan traders, as a bonus.
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Franklin River, Devonport, Australia
A huge river formed over millions of years by natural causes, the Franklin River is one of the most beautiful in Australia. A 10 day rafting adventure can take you the full navigable length of the river, and deep into the heart of Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area.
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The Inn River, St Moritz, Switzerland
The Inn is a 510km tributary of the Danube, running through Switzerland, Austria and Germany. At St Moritz you can enjoy some of the best white water rafter in Western Europe, based in a gorgeous village surrounded by beautiful forested mountains.
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Colorado River, Salt Lake City , USA
A trip white water rafting down the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon offers some truly unforgettable experiences. Areas of Grand Canyon National Park are accessible only by river, where you can ride rapids, star gaze and find hidden waterfalls, ancient Indian ruins and lush hanging gardens.
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Ahansal River, Marrakech, Morocco
A short drive from Marrakech - stopping at Cascade D'Ouzoud – yet hidden deep in the Atlas mountains is the scenic and action packed Ahansal River. The river gushes through gorges, over rapids and around bends down the Atlas Mountains, where the scenery is matched by the rich cultural experiences available whenever you pull over to shore for a break.
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Cherry Creek, San Francisco, USA
Snapshots of Cherry Creek rafters usually show the boat at a 90-degree pitch - as if everyone is paddling straight to hell! But survivors of this 14km Class V river, comprising 2km of Cherry Creek and 12km of the Upper Tuolumne, get both a slice of heaven and hell on this run. Be prepared for holes, falls, and ledges, all surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery.
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Upper Navua River, Suva, Fiji
In the remote highlands of Viti Levu lies one of the most unique river trips on earth. Slicing a deep chasm through the island's tropical interior, the Upper Navua River is a hidden pathway to a pristine tropical wilderness. Shrouded in lush rain forest, fed by countless waterfalls and protected by challenging rapids, the Upper Navua River is Fiji rafting at its best.
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Zambezi River, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Acclaimed as the wildest one-day white water rafting in the World, the Zambezi River below the Victoria Falls has been classified by the British Canoe Union as Grade 5 Rapids. This translates as "extremely difficult, long and violent rapids, steep gradients, big drops and pressure areas," just what you’re after!
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