the 10 best rafting trips in the world

The 10 best rivers for rafting in the world

The best rafting descents

What are the 10 best rivers for rafting in the world? The selection was not easy, believe us! Whether you're an intrepid newbie or a seasoned rafter looking for new challenges, these iconic destinations promise moments of pure excitement and connection with nature. Strap on your life jackets, grab your paddles and prepare to dive into an epic adventure on the most exhilarating waters on the planet.

Colorado, United States

THE Colorado River is a legend among Rafting enthusiasts. The Grand Canyon Rapids are the highlight of this adventure, offering evocative names like Lava Falls and Crystal Rapid. With difficulty levels ranging from III to V, this demanding experience attracts the most intrepid rafters. 

The best season for Rafting is generally in the spring and fall, when the water flow is more constant. Nearby you can explore the natural wonders of Grand Canyon National Park and discover the Native American culture in neighboring reserves.

Zambezi, Zambia/Zimbabwe

The rapids of Zambezi offer an extraordinary adventure. Rapids like The Mother, The Washing Machine and Overland Truck Eater promise an unforgettable adrenaline rush. With difficulty levels sometimes reaching VI, this experience is for experts only. 

The best season for rafting is from September to November, when the water level is lower. In the surrounding area, don't miss the famous Victoria Falls and the exciting safaris in the surrounding national parks.

Best rafting descent

The Futaleufú River, Chile

Nestled in the heart of the Chilean Patagonia, the Futaleufú offers crystal clear waters and rapids that defy comparison. Sections like Terminator and Himalayas offer level IV and V challenges, perfect for seasoned adventurers. Names to shake, aren't they? 

The best season for rafting is from December to February, when the water level is higher. Nearby, you can visit the National parks surrounding areas and discover the local culture in the picturesque villages.

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The Pacuare River, Costa Rica

Surrounded by lush tropical forest, the Pacuare offers an immersive rafting experience. Rapids like Dos Montañas and Cimarrones offer difficulty levels from III to IV, suitable for beginners and intermediates.

The best season for rafting is from June to October, during the rainy season. In addition to this activity, you will be able to explore the natural reserves and archaeological sites, or relax on the Caribbean coast beaches. Costa Rica promises you many wonders! 

The Black River, New Zealand

There Black River is renowned for its stunning scenery and exhilarating rapids. Sections like The 50/50 and The Roaring Lion offer difficulty levels from III to IV, perfect for intermediate adventurers. 

The best season for Rafting is from September to April, when the water level is higher. Nearby, you will enjoy strolling through the national parks and vineyards of the region, or go hiking in the surrounding mountains.

The Gauley River, United States

La Gauley is renowned for its technical rapids and dizzying descents. Sections like Pillow Rock and Lost Paddle offer difficulty levels from IV to V, attracting rafting experts. 

The best season for Rafting is from September to October, during water releases from local dams. In the surrounding area, state parks await you for unforgettable hikes in the Appalachians.

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The Franklin River, Tasmania

For a one-of-a-kind adventure, head to Tasmania to go down the Franklin River. Rapids like The Cauldron and The Churn offer difficulty levels from III to IV, perfect for intermediate adventurers. 

The best season for Rafting is from December to February, during the southern summer months. THE National parks and the limestone caves of the region located not far from the river are real natural treasures, ideal for going on excursions and observing wildlife.

Karnali River, Nepal

Dive into the heart of the Nepalese Himalayas with the Karnali river. Rapids like God's House and Juicer offer difficulty levels from IV to V, attracting the most intrepid adventurers. 

The best season for Rafting is from October to November, during the dry season. Along this river, you can admire the Traditional Nepalese temples and villages, or leave trekking in the surrounding mountains.

The Bio-Bio River, Chile

Bio-Bio winds through the spectacular canyons of the Chilean Patagonia, offering exhilarating rapids and wilderness as far as the eye can see. Sections like The Inferno and The Himalayas offer difficulty levels from IV to V, perfect for seasoned adventurers.

The best season for rafting is from November to February, during the austral summer months. The national parks and glaciers of the region will offer you beautiful hikes to observe the condors in flight.

👉 Also read: The difference between canyoning and rafting 

Ubaye in France

How to end this article other than with Ubaye? The Crazy Water team takes you to the heart of French Alps for an exceptional Rafting experience. Rapids like the famous “L’Escalère” and “Le Rabioux” offer difficulty levels from II to IV, suitable for all adventurers. 

The best season for Rafting is generally from May to September, when the water flow is optimal. From our base in Lauzet-Ubaye, you can set off to discover the Serre-Ponçon lake, explore the city of Barcelonnette and its Mexican heritage and take advantage of the numerous hiking trails to observe breathtaking panoramas. All you have to do is ask our guides for advice, they know the region like the back of their hand!

Thus ends this world tour of the best rivers for rafting. Which one will catch your attention? Of course, this list is not exhaustive. Numerous torrents across the globe will give you unforgettable moments.

Caroline Aalbers
Caroline Aalbers
Wat een geweldige ervaring, raften over de Ubaye! Prachtige natuur, mooie afwisselende tocht (inclusief zwemmen en in het water springen!) en geschikt voor elk niveau. Onze kinderen (6 en 9 jaar) hebben een super eerste raft ervaring gehad, mede dankzij onze leuke en goede gids. Ze willen zeker nog een keer :-)
Ziga Budja
Ziga Budja
Wonderfull family rafting experience. Just a little bit too much for my sensitive eight year old, but great overall. The river is beautiful with nice surroundings. The guide was excellent (forgot his name 🙄) and the whole team was very nice. The trip down the river took about one and a half hour with some stops. If you visit this place, your're not gonna be sorry! 👍🏻
Un lieu calme et agréable, accueillit par une équipe sympathique. Mise à disposition du barbecue pour le repas du midi avant le rafting. Tout est là pour votre bonheur.
Jerome Henry
Jerome Henry
Merci @CrazyWaterRafting pour les moments géniaux en famille. Nous avons fait rafting, rando aquatique et kayak avec 2 adultes et 2 ados : génial !! Guides super sympa, très pro, Contrairement à ce que l'on entend a la télé, le niveau d'eau dans cette rivière et plus que suffisant pour s'éclater ! Nb: la rando aquatique n'est pas très connue mais super aussi, descente de la rivière en nageant, dans un secteur plus calme que celui pour le rafting. Explication sur la nature, superbe paysages, surprise à la fin... Encore merci. Jérôme, Caroline, Charlotte et Manon.
Shameer Habibi
Shameer Habibi
Really fun, and a really good guide! Overall amazing
Melanie Macias
Melanie Macias
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Lorenzo Van Loon
Lorenzo Van Loon
We did two descents, one by raft and one by kayak, both with Julien as a guide. He seems totally crazy when you first meet him, but he was a great guide and made our day. Really spectacular river, with a lot of rapids and great views. We got out of the boats to swim a bit in one of the rapids and they took us to a rock where we could jump in to the water. Julien and the crew of Crazy Water are real professionals, but in for a laugh and a joke. A pity we could'n do the 'sport' descent, because of bad weather. But we sure come back. One remark; their 'bar' is quite empty, so make sure to bring your own drinks and food if you're planning to stay for a day.
verriez virginie
verriez virginie