‪Wild Horizons‬
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Nelia L
بريتوريا, جنوب أفريقيا57 مساهمة
‪يناير 2023‬
‪We were picked up in the afternoon and dropped off at our accommodation after the cruise. The staff were professional and the boat were full but not crowded. We all had lovely seating. The food was excellent - especially the fish! Overall a very nice experience recommended to everyone.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 3 فبراير 2023
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Lee-Ann
‪Alberton‬, جنوب أفريقيامساهمة
‪Fantastic friendly and helpful guides. Beautiful scenery. Well organized and very professionally run. We will be back, Thank you.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 29 يناير 2023
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Dougfam
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‪I wish I could give them a 5 star as the actual activity and staff were amazing!
However we paid for our video and photos and were promised them by email. To this day we have never received them and have emailed on numerous occasions and requested a refund with no success.
They are happy to take your money but not to send what you have paid for , really disappointing and put a damper on the whole experience.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 15 يناير 2023
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ATC_95
غلوستر, UK134 مساهمة
‪ديسمبر 2022‬
‪We were collected from the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge by shuttle bus, taken directly to the Malachite berth area on the Zambezi River.
The Malachite had been repainted; it was no longer a crisp white but a blue & white livery.
Upon boarding, you choose where you would like to sit on the upper deck, where you'll be served with nibbles including amuse-bouche and copious amount of premium braded drinks of your choosing, they are not tight with the measures.
The weather changed and all the crafts on the river made it back to shore where we were taken downstairs to our dinner tables to enjoy the sumptuous 3 course sit down meal by candlelight.
All the side curtains were lowered in situ to keep us all dry from the heavy rain, thunder & lighting.
We booked via Victoria Falls Guide instead of directly with Wild Horizons.
You will need to pay a park fee of $10 per person on arrival.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 15 يناير 2023
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Gillian M
‪Beitbridge‬, زيمبابوي4 مساهمات
‪The whole affair on the boat was seamless, from the minute we were picked up (Mopane Lodge), to the docking spot, to the moment we were dropped off post-cruise.
We were offered a 3-course sit-down dinner – comprising of a salad, main platter, and dessert. The dishes were well worth the wait, though. The salad was suitably light and refreshing, and prepared our palates well for the generous, meaty dish. The drinks kept on poring, and i tried more than 4 types of the local ones which tatsted surprisingly good.

The experience along the Zambezi river was nice. Saw some hippos, elephants and a crocodile at a pretty close view.

The driver of the mini bus who picked us up, SHE had excellent driving skills, loved the way she shifted up and down the gears on curvy road to the dock.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 13 يناير 2023
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Kabange K
لوساكا, زامبيا7 مساهمات
‪Great time all around! Guides were great and added fun to the experience. Perfect for those who want to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area while having a bit of adventure. ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 6 يناير 2023
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Peter R
‪Upper Largo‬, UK70 مساهمة
‪We had an exhilarating ride on the Zambezi under the expert guidance of Sugar - definitely more of a "rush" than "free" experience. He did a brilliant job of explaining what we needed to do and when.

The highlight was definitely when Sugar had is wave to the videographer only for a surprise wave to flip the boat and all of us took a dip.

I went with my 3 university aged kids - none of whom had been rafting before. The rafting requires a modicum of strength - but a fair degree of coordination otherwise paddling is at 6s & 7s. The walk in and out is another matter - going down requires a real head for heights while the hike out takes 15 minutes or so of strenuous activity, esp in the heat of the day and after hours on the river.

We went on the same day as the California family who posted a 3* review and I mention this because it was obvious from the start they were going to be in difficulty: they turned up an hour late (missing the briefings on safety and the hike in/out) with the other 25 or so having to wait for them and the man of the party joked he was out of breath just climbing into the vehicle.

That delay was compounded by the walk round: 3 disembarked from other boats and did it in 10-20 minutes the family took much longer with the other boats waiting in very hot sunshine while the other guides debated what to do - including walking back up or reorganising who was on which boat (everyone else did the full day so could get back with friends from 11-19). In the end they emerged. They didn't spoil our day but they certainly delayed all the other rafters with some having to cancel sundowner cruises because of the 2 hour delay.

Overall this is great fun and well organised but participants should be mindful of their physical limitations - for their own safety and others enjoyment.

كُتب بتاريخ 3 يناير 2023
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John H
3 مساهمات
‪Hard no. Do not go.
Boat barely moved.
No lights, had to use cell phone to see food.
Hot, bugs everywhere.
No background mood music.

Positives: Saw some baboons and a gazelle as we departed. Others saw a crocodile.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 26 ديسمبر 2022
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quartzlynn
لوس أنجلوس, كاليفورنيا21 مساهمة
‪I must begin by saying this because had we known, we would have made a different decision…we booked this in the Wild Horizons office and this fact was never mentioned, which created an extremely difficult and potentially dangerous….

The trip begins with a long descent down into the gorge to the rafts. We did know this so we were somewhat prepared, but didn’t expect the sometimes slippery climb down which also included several metal stairways which had a few steps that were bent or in disrepair. One in our group fell during the descent and hit his head. Fortunately he was wearing his helmet already which provided protection. Unfortunately he dislocated his finger, but since he is a physician he was able to move it back into place. Sadly our guide was too far ahead to see, and didn’t inquire about the bleeding leg.

There is a large group of rafters that go down the steps at the same time and at some points the slower people were passed which was scary on the very narrow paths. Since our raft was just our group, we would have been happy to have been asked to go behind the rest of them.

We finally got down into the boat and our guide gave us a briefing. He explained the commands and paddling and how to “get down”, and we were off.

The first 3 rapids were a lot of fun, but we had trouble hearing our guides commands. 4 people in our group had never rafted before and it was a little frustrating. He didn’t brief us as to what to expect and on the fourth rapid, we were all thrown from the raft when it got stuck on a rock. This was one of the most terrifying experiences of all of our lives. We were send flying out and into an extremely strong rapid that threw us against rocks and send us far down the river. Yes, this is an inherent risk in rafting, but we didn’t know what to expect should we fall of but for we should look for the kayakers. Again, I fully recognize that this is something that happens but none of us expected that ALL of us, including the guide might be thrown out in such a violent way. When I have rafted before one or two people might fall but I have never experienced something like this.

This is where our first interaction with the OUTSTANDING river staff began. They got to us quickly with the kayaks and the other rafts guides that saw people in the water also pulled them in. Once we were all back in our raft we were pretty shaken but since there’s no other way but down the river, on we went.

From the beginning we were told that rapid 7 was particularly difficult as the raft had to be guided between two large rocks. This information was provided to us in writing as was pretty clear about the risk, and we were offered the option of walking around the rapid and meeting our guide and raft on the other side. After our experience on number 4, there was no question as to what we were going to do, until we got to the “walk around point”. This was NOT a walk around. IT was a huge field of rocks that were sometimes slippery and required a great deal of physical fitness and agility to cross. And while locals may walk them barefoot, for people not used to the terrain, the “closed toe” sho requirement was completely inadequate. About half way though, the gentleman in our group who had fallen was in extreme pain and had to stop. I wish I had a photograph of what we had to climb through - as someone who grew up in Colorado and has been hiking in many places and even climbed in the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu I have never seen this with the expectation that a typical person would be able to cross.

One of the river staff finally helped him to the water and had a kayak bring him to the boat, but with the kayaks being very small they had him with his legs wrapped around leaning back in the water which caused him to swallow a great deal. Finally we got him back in the boat, and could tell he was very comfortable and not feeling well, but there was again no option.

At this point I should mention another component of the activity that required a great deal of physical fitness. Our group was 3 teenagers, 2 women in their 50s and the gentleman who is 60. All of us are in decent shape, but the amount of energy and strength required to paddle in these conditions was well beyond what we could offer. Our guide seemed to be frustrated when we couldn’t paddle hard or fast enough, but we were all giving our best and were exhausted from the bouldering we had to do to get around the rapid. When he got back on, having the finger that was injured and then the pain from what had just happened, the guide handed him a paddle.

We were thrilled to be almost done as we had chosen to just do a half day which meant we were done after rapid 10. We used every ounce of energy to row to shore…at this point one of the kayakers joined our boat and neither he nor our guide was rowing so we had more weight and 5 people doing the work (by then about three of us had enough energy to barely move our paddles….

We got our of the boat and the most harrowing and upsetting part of our day, which we had ZERO warning of, began. We were well aware that we had to go back up and out of the gorge, but what we were not told is that unlike the path down that had stairs and safety railings, this way out was extremely steep and included wooden ladders with rungs made of logs, server of which were loose and very dangerous for heavier people. We were told, in fact, that the path out was similar to the path down, but clearly this was in reference to the full day even though we were clear that we were only doing the half….

I consider myself to be very fit- I work out daily with cardio and weights, and hiking is not something I shy away from. However, this was difficult even for me and my level of fitness. For two of the people in our group, including my 17 year old daughter, this trail out was simply impossible to climb. Long, steep, slippery in places, rocky, and not at all what was expected from the climb down, we were ill prepared to handle this. My daughter and the gentleman with his injuries and pain simply could not do it. We had been rafting for 2.5 hours, hadn’t adequately prepared with the necessary hydration and calories required for such a physical day, and had never been warned when we booked that this was what to expect.

Once again, the INCREDIBLE staff came to our rescue. Two men who had been carrying deflated rafts up the path saw the gentleman struggling less than halfway up. These awesome guys each took one side and taking 10 steps at a time, got him up the hill. At this point his feet - he was wearing closed toed sandals with minimal support because we were not told otherwise - were in extreme pain and his legs were practically numb. He had to focus to take each and every step.

My daughter, on the other hand, was terrified (she is scared of heights but was able to do the walk down the gorge since it had handrails and stairs) and exhausted from the physical exertion. She was completely exhausted and passed out. This scared her even more and she was sobbing. Fortunately, one of the rescue kayakers saw us and helped to calm her down. Next thing I knew, the driver who was waiting for us at the top and knew something must be wrong because two of the teens had been at the top for over 30 minutes, came down with a bag of cold drinks. They told my daughter to sip a coke and stop drinking water because she had gone through a few bottles and they knew she needed some calories and that she shouldn’t have more water after the fainting..After taking drinks down to where the guys were helping a few feet down, the kayaker and the driver got her to stand up and helped her the rest of the way up. They talked to her the whole way and kept her motivated and focused.

All I can say is that if it weren’t for the incredible staff, I do not know what we would have done. Had we been stuck on the trail for longer we would have likely needed stretchers to get the people out. We were, and remain, beyond grateful for the men who took care of us - we didn’t have much cash with us but gave it all to them and would have given more if we could. I wish I knew their names to recognize them here.

That afternoon we were supposed to do the sundowner cruise on the river that we booked though Wild Horizons, but we were all exhausted, sunburnt and emotionally shaken from the experience.

Despite the scary experience being throw from the raft, I would say that that majority of us really loved the rafting. We wished they had explained how difficult paddling these amazing rapids would be and taken into account that most of us were first timers. Had we not had the walk around, and especially the climb up, it would have been one of the scariest, but most exhilarating things I have ever done. And while I didn’t mind the physical aspects, I was beyond upset seeing my daughter and our friend struggle, and how upset and frightened everyone was for his safety.

We were all in the Wild Horizons office when we booked and they saw our group. All they had to do was accurately convey the true nature of the physicality of the of the day and we would have been at least had the information to make the best decision, and for those of us who could handle it, we would have at least brought a snack for before the climb.

By not telling us they put two people in physical jeopardy and created unbelievable stress for the rest of us.

After reading the reviews here - which I generally do before booking but didn’t on this trip - they apparently fail to provide such a warning to anyone. I understand this is their business, and booking the tours is part of it, but this failure to provide full information is, in my opinion, an egregious error in judgement for a company that relies on tourism.

I would likely have given 2 stars if it weren’t for the incredible staff we encountered throughout the day and the fact that they went above and beyond to help us.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 25 ديسمبر 2022
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GuyoftheGlobe
برتش كولومبيا, كندا1,554 مساهمة
‪When we booked through an agency we had no idea they had booked us a luxury cruise on the Zambezy River. The upper deck featured comfortable wicker furniture which was perfect to relax with cocktails and an amuse Bouche. The bonus was having premium brands available for all guests. We ventured downstairs to find dining tables for our main course and dessert as well as an appetizer to begin with. Everything was beyond perfect including the sunset views of Zambia and Botswana in the distance and the bonus of seeing crocodile hippos etc. Another tour that’s highly recommended.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 2 ديسمبر 2022
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