River Rafting

Orange River (Groot Garieb)
General Information

The Orange River is the longest river (1367km) in South Africa, starting as the Senqu in Lesotho and running to the West coast in the Atlantic Ocean at Alexander Bay. Three dams were built in the Orange River for producing hydro electricity and to help control floods downstream. These are the Katse in Lesotho, Garieb and Van der Kloof dams. The river was named after the Dutch Prince of Orange.

The Orange River meanders through a wide variety of eco systems starting with the Drakensberg in the east, through semi Karoo (Hopetown), Kalahari and desert mountains in the West. Regarding water levels for rafting this is one of the most consistent rivers in SA and is also one of the lesser polluted rivers. The Orange River forms the border between South Africa and Namibië and several provinces and features the largest waterfall in this country , i.e. the Augrabies Falls. One can sleep over at either the Augrabies falls, Witsand, or visit the Kgalagadi National park as part of the vacation. Namaqualand is always worth a visit in the flower season. We run tours on at least four stretches on the Orange river but most frequently in the Pella and Hopetown regions.

Relative distances by Garmin maps.

Hopetown from Sandton: 694km via Bloemfontein/Kimberley
611km via Christiana /Kimberley
Pella from Sandton: 1074km via Kuruman/Upington
Onseepkans from Sandton: 940 km via Kuruman/Upington
Richtersveld from Sandton: 1232km via Kuruman/Upington

Information and rates for both Richtersveldt and Onseepkans on request.

Tailor-made and budget packages available.
Discounts for groups bigger than 15 persons as well as for children.
Special rates for school groups of 40 and more.

We supply:

Guides
Inflatable rafts, lifejackets, helmets.
Dry bag (30L) for all your “stuff”.
Tents @ additional cost of R200.00/ tent
Ice for drinks
A mobile toilet facility.
All meals on the river starting with lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day.
Drinking water.
Transport from exit point back to base camp.

River Rafting Packages
What to bring

Rafting: Clothing: Cap, quick drying shirt (with long sleeves and collar) and/or swimsuit, Sarong or pants that cover your legs, water type shoes or “tekkies”, Gloves (gym or rugby) if you are prone to blistering. Lots of sun block. A plastic cup for easy drinking purposes and a water bottle. You also need tie-backs for sunglasses. Also bring snacks for those moments in between meals and/or powdered cold drink to mix with drinking water.

Camping: Sleeping bag and pillow, beanie and socks if it is cold.

Suggestion: I like to put on layers of clothing (light track suit, also good for cool evenings) depending on the temperatures. Sleeping is important to most people, that is why you need to prepare your bedding. A pair of light hiking shoes if you want to explore some of the mountains and for the evenings around camp fires. Anti -bug for “mossies” and gnats (citronella), torch and additional batteries. Torch: the type you put on your head works best. Personal medication and toiletries. Please make use of bio-degradable soaps and shampoos (for sale at most outdoor stores) since we are mostly bathing in the river. Make sure that you bring your own medication if you have any special medical condition.

Mealtimes and drinks: Bring your own crockery as well as your own drinks. Please refrain from using glass or other breakable materials since it could be hazardous.
A fishing rod and bait as well as camera are optional.

Terms and conditions:

Prices may change without prior notice except when a booking was made by paying a deposit.
To book an event, we need a 50% deposit within 7 days after booking and the remainder, 2 weeks
before the event or a faxed quotation signed by an authorized person. Please confirm final numbers attending 2 weeks prior to the event and if there are any special dietary requirements. This will be used for calculating the final payment.

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