White Water Rafting: 5 Amazing Locations around the Globe
As we've said before in a round up of the Top 5 U.S. Locations for White Water Rafting, there's nothing like the rush you get when navigating through river rapids -- down every wave, eddy, pillow, and drop of water -- as you're rollin', rollin', rollin' down the river. Unfortunately, it's still winter in many [...]
As we've said before in a round up of the Top 5 U.S. Locations for White Water Rafting, there's nothing like the rush you get when navigating through river rapids - down every wave, eddy, pillow, and drop of water - as you're rollin', rollin', rollin' down the river. Unfortunately, it's still winter in many parts of the U.S.A., so here's a round up of formidable rapids outside of North America - so that you can get your white water-fueled adrenaline rush in the meantime, while waiting for warmer temps roll down the rivers closer to home.
1. Nile River, Uganda
Everyone knows the Nile as that famed river in Egypt, but beyond a sixth-grade history lesson, it flows in other countries too. In fact, its source is three countries away (Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda), where it starts its journey northbound. And it's at the source in Uganda, right where Lake Victoria spills out into it, that the rapids are the most intense. Outfitters based out of Jinja, Uganda are ready, willing, and able to take you there, for a wild Nile ride through Class II-V rapids, and even over some waterfalls.
2. Futaleufú River, Chile
In the local Araucanian language, Futaleufú translates to "Grand Waters" or "Big River." And there's no river as big or full of white water than the Futaleufú in the heart of Patagonia. Glacial lakes power this adrenaline rush in southern Chile, with the wilder rapids rating at Class III to V.
3. Çoruh River, Turkey
Historical ruins of old Byzantine castles may adorn this river in northeastern Turkey, but you're not going to give them much attention when you're floating down one of the world's fastest flowing river currents in an inflatable raft. Flanked by the Kaçkar Mountains, the Çoruh - billed as "Turkey's last remaining wild river" - sends adventure tourists on a wet adventure for part of its way, as it speeds towards the Black Sea.
4. North Johnstone River, Australia
The Great Barrier Reef may be the first thing people thing of for visitors of Queensland - Australia's territory in the northeast - but farther inland, just twenty minutes from Cairns, is the North Johnstone River. With its Class IV and V rapids, this is one river worthy of stereotypical Australian boldness, which can topple you down under (water) while you're down under.
5. Zambezi River, Zimbabwe & Zambia
The mighty Zambezi, which divides the African nations of Zambia and Zimbabwe, may be the fourth longest river in Africa, but it's certainly not the continent's fourth best. Powered by the thunderous roar of Victoria Falls, the Zambezi takes rafters up and down - and many times into - the raging rapids that not only provide a day of excitement, but help you cool off from the beating African sun.