Whether you are a beginner, young or old, athletic or not, you can live the unique experience of rafting with safety and ease.
Rafting in Zagorochoria and Tzoumerka
Greece, and specifically Epirus, is an ideal destination for anyone who wants to experience more adventurous travels and see what alternative tourism has to offer. The geographical location of Tzoumerka and Zagorochoria, as well as the ideal weather conditions, allow the perfect rafting routes on all the rivers, regardless the time of year.
Based in Ioannina, Epirus, we will transport you with our very own, Active Nature’s mini buses, to the rivers of your choice. There, under careful guidance from our experienced and certified experts – river athletes, we will live a memorable adventure and experience all that Epirus’s nature has to offer.
A few words about Rafting
Rafting is a team sport, in which a group of people is following the river stream, on an inflatable boat with paddles. The name derives from the word “Raft”.
The river stream dictates the way, while the paddles are used to avoid any obstacles.
The crew consists of a professional river guide and 6-10 paddlers, depending on the size of the raft, which in turn is defined by the difficulty level of the river and the amount of water.
The experienced guide on the raft, directs the crew and gives the appropriate paddling orders to the crew, so that any natural obstacles that may block the river are avoided.
Rafting, connects people with nature while it provides an excellent exercise and fun activity. It’s very beneficial for all ages and fitness levels, no expertise or training is required, you just need to be able to follow the orders given by guide.
Like every other adventure sport, rafting involves a certain level of risk, and as a result very strict rules of safety.
The difficulty levels range from I w.w. to VI w.w. This range is based on the volume of the waters, the incline of the ground and the obstacles (rocks) that exist on the river.
- Class 1: Very small rough areas, might require slight maneuvering.
(Skill level: Very basic)
- Class 2: Some rough water, maybe some rocks, might require some maneuvering.
(Skill level: Basic paddling skill)
- Class 3: Small waves, maybe a small drop, but no considerable danger. May require significant maneuvering.
(Skill level: Some experience in rafting)
- Class 4: Whitewater, medium waves, maybe rocks, maybe a considerable drop, sharp maneuvers may be needed. (Skill level: Exceptional rafting experience)
- Class 5: Whitewater, large waves, large volume, possibility of large rocks and hazards, possibility of a large drop, requires precise maneuvering.
(Skill level: Full mastery of rafting)
- Class 6: Class 6 rapids are considered to be so dangerous that they are effectively unnavigable on a reliably safe basis. Rafters can expect to encounter substantial whitewater, huge waves, huge rocks and hazards, and/or substantial drops that will impart severe impacts beyond the structural capacities and impact ratings of almost all rafting equipment. (Skill level: Full mastery of rafting, and even then, it may not be safe)
1811 is the year that the first attempt to raft along Snake River of Wyoming occurred. In 1840 it is widely believed that the first rubber raft was invented. Since 1970 Rafting began to evolve quite rapidly, and it was part of the Munich Olympic Games, as well as the Olympic Games of Barcelona and Atlanta in 1996.
In Greece, Rafting began around the ‘90s. In 1997 the first National Federation of Rafting was introduced and in 1999 the first National Rafting Championship was organised.