Adventures in Victoria Falls


Microlight over Victoria Falls - photo by Rob McFarland
Microlight over Victoria Falls – photo by Rob McFarland

Escape travel section, Australia – July 15, 2012

This doesn’t look good. We’re heading towards a towering wall of water that has capsize written all over it.

We paddle hard, digging deep into the swirling river, hoping to power through. We hit the wave square on and the raft is flung skyward.

Suddenly, I’m paddling through thin air. And I’m no longer in the raft. Everyone else has managed to grab the safety rope but I’ve been catapulted into the middle of Terminator 2, a Class 5 rapid.

I surface, wide-eyed with fear, and look for help. Seconds later a support kayak appears and tows me through the churning waters back to the boat.

Tembo, our guide, hauls me in and hands me my paddle. “Next time,” he says, smiling, “grab the rope.”

Read the rest of this story here.

Published by Rob McFarland

Hi! I'm an award-winning travel writer who divides his time between Sydney, the US and Europe. I regularly speak at travel events and have helped hundreds of aspiring travel writers, PR professionals and tourism operators through my writing courses.

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