What is Rafting?
Rafting is a specific activity on a water using a special infatible boat. In modern world practice, the raft is a boat with inflatable boards with a special sectional design which allows to stay afloat, even after getting damage to one part of the boat.
Many people thinks that rafting is a precisely extreme activity associated with an increased risk for life, adenaline, thrill. They are kind of right, but the same time rafting could be an interesting boat trip to beautiful places having new experience and emotions without extrathrill and safe.
The history of white water rafting is a thing of the far away past, when our ancestors have to travel by the river trying to find some food or moving new lands, they bilt raft and canoes from wood. Modern rafts are inflatible. For example during the Vietnam War rafts were used to transportate provisions and weapon to american soldiers.
Only in the end of XX century rafting became a sport and adventure. The man who exerted a big influece on rafting as an extremal activity on white water rivers was M. Jones. Thanks to him the first expeditions were carried out to Blue Nile (Africa), Dudh-Cosi (Nepal) and Orinoco river (South America).
Today we have several types of rafts:
-rafts with rowing oars can be used on different category rivers;
-rafts without frames and rowlocks which is used for white water rivers and rapids and suggests a canoe way of paddling;
-rafts with stiff frame and rowlocks using for long travels;
-catamarans, rafts and bobble-raft using by tourists CIS countries for travels.
All river are classificated by 6 categories: 1 category is easiest without rapids, only flow. And the most difficult is 6 category with noumerous of rapids, rocks, complex water structures and is extremely dangerous.
In Georgia we organize, routes of different levels of complexity, you can read about them in the sections of our site dedicated to rafting.