FAR and WIDE offers four white water rafting trips on the Pungwe River in the Honde Valley in Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands. Each trip is very different in character to the next but all are exceptional experiences. They are all participatory in nature requiring guests to self paddle their raft down river under instruction from a professional river guide. From a fun filled family day out to an adrenalin pumping non stop action decent and everything in between the Pungwe River has it all.
Accommodation options include: Aberfoyle Lodge, Hornbill House, Pamushana Cottage, Mutarazi Cottages, Pungwe Drift Cottages, Mutarazi Falls camp site and FAR and WIDE cabins. It is also a great days outing if staying anywhere in Nyanga or Vumba.
The trips are run on a daily basis and the season begins with the onset of the summer rains normally late November and goes through to April but sometimes as late as August.
The boats we use are inflatable five man rafts which have been specially designed for the technical low volume waters of the Pungwe River.
The alpine type flow regime of the river systems on which we raft means that we rely on the almost nightly orographic rains that fall in the vast catchment areas of the upper slopes of Mt Nyangani to “top up” the river each day. The rivers hold their volume very well from January through to April but the volumes can be erratic at either end of the seasonal timeline. It is also possible that large volumes of rain received in the catchment over several days, or even overnight, make certain sections of the river unsafe to raft on for several days. It is a dynamic river system and our priority is always your safety. For this reason it may be that a decision is made to change the section we raft, on any particular day. However if, for example, Bernie’s Run is closed due to high water levels, then the Family Day or Bridge2Bridge sections become awesome!