White water rafting is one of the most thrilling activities you can do. There are rivers in many countries all over the world that have suitable white water to enjoy. Even better are long rafting trips that combine white water with slower running water and camping.
Some examples include:
North Johnstone River, Queensland, Australia
You get dropped off by helicopter as it’s the only way in. The trip takes around four days. There are some grade 4 and 5 rapids so you need to have an idea of what you’re doing or be a quick learner, and brave.
There are some other options in Queensland for the inexperienced rafter. The Tully and Barron rivers near Cairns are great fun for white water rafting and can be completed in a few hours.
Zambezi River, Zimbabwe
Beneath the incredible Victoria Falls runs the magnificent Zambezi. Enjoy a thrilling white water experience.
Deschutes River, Oregan
This river is known for having a lot of falls and is very exciting. The scenery is spectacular as well. Probably the toughest stretch is Benham Falls. A V in medium flows and when the water is high it is not recommended at all.
Colorado River, Colorado and Grand Canyon
What better way to see the mighty Grand Canyon then by rafting on its fast flowing rivers.
American River, California
Good mixture of Class III and IV rafting in a beautiful destination and great weather.
The Amazon is the largest river in the world, and the second longest. Located in South America it runs through Guyena, Ecuador, Venezuala, Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia and Peru. Home to Pirhana, Anaconda and Caiman, it’s a great place to raft.
Mosquito Coast, Honduras
The area is protected rainforest and inaccessible by land. Hire a guide to take you through the class III and IV rapids that wind their way through the jungle.
Class I – mild, small waves
Class II – some rough water
Class III – white water, no major danger
Class IV – whitewater, medium waves, some experience needed
Class V – extreme rapids, large rocks, large drops
Class VI – No go, considered too dangerous by most people.