White water rafting – 7 spots you must visit

29th July 2019

White water rafting, one of the most popular adventure sports in the world and guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping. Not only will the sport quicken your heart beat, it’ll take you to some of the planet’s most scenic locations.

From rocky rapids to lazy rivers, we explore the seven best spots to take your raft this summer.

Colorado River, Arizona
Winding for more than 200 miles, the Colorado River is Sports Insure’s number one must-visit for white water rafting and should be on every adrenaline-junkie’s bucket list!

Some companies will offer one or two day excursions, but for the full effect we recommend a two week trip to allow the chance to explore what the Grand Canyon has to offer.

In between hair-raising rafting, take a hike and chase waterfalls – if you’re lucky you could even combine your trip with a visit to Havasu Falls.

Zambezi River, Zimbabwe/Zambia
As the fourth-longest river in Africa, this is one not to miss. Holding 23 rapids within a 15 mile stretch, the world-famous Zambezi River provides one of the most exhilarating white-water experiences known to the adventure sport. Not to mention eagle-eyed adventurers could spot hippos lurking in the water!

Magpie River, Canada
The Magpie River in Canada pours through the secluded pine forests of eastern Quebec and challenges even the most experienced rafters with its grade V rapids on this eight-day trip.

Not only an opportunity to ride out some of the more aggressive white-waters on our list, but a chance to see the Northern Lights in all their glory, dancing throughout the sky as you camp under the stars.

Noce River, Italy
Situated in the north of Italy, not too far from the city of Venice, the Noce River is fed by the melting glaciers in the Dolomites and is without a doubt Europe’s best white-water destination.

Water cascades down the entire valley, carving through wild landscapes of snow-capped mountains. This adrenaline-fuelled challenge can be completed within a day.

Futaleufú River, Chile
Glacial snow melt unleashes a torrent of water in the ‘Big River’ located in northern Patagonia. It is definitely one of the most majestic white-water river experiences with a dramatic backdrop of the Andes Mountains. The Futaleufú River is suitable for beginners and those more experienced in white-water circles and to add to the fun, you’ll also have the opportunity to go hiking, zip lining, horse riding and abseiling!

North Johnstone River, Australia
This five-day trip begins with a compulsory helicopter ride into the heart of the rainforest. Plummet down river rapids of class IV and V stretching over 40 miles through the volcanic gorges of Palmerston National Park. You’ll take in unique views that are only accessible via raft, and may even spot saltwater crocodiles, eagles or pythons! The reason for these relentless currents? The waterway gets its force from the region’s heavy rainfall.

Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho
Also known as the ‘River of No Return’, these iconic white waters tumble down more than 100 miles and 100 rapids! Witness hot springs and brown bears crossing the river with their cubs in this unforgettable journey. Six-day trips are ideal for ticking off this bucket list experience. Choose between the main Salmon River and Middle Fork for two completely different rides.

At Sports Insure we can provide bespoke cover for a huge range of land and water-based outdoor activities, from orienteering to shooting and canoeing to white water rafting. Cover can be provided to teams, syndicates, clubs and organisations along with advice about which insurances are required and additional services that should be considered.

For insurance advice and quotations please contact a member of the team on 0161 7907000 or email: info@sports-insure.co.uk