Orange River Rafting

 

 

4 Day Trails: 

Route Plan
Day 1:  Arrive at Base Camp 18h00 pm (D) – Briefing
Day 2, 3, 4: Orange River Rafting (B.L.D) – Camping on the banks of the Orange River
Day 5: Orange River / Transfer Back to Base Camp (B.L.D) – Camping and Dinner Included.
B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D-Dinner included

Time Frame: 3 nights and a half day on the river
Distance:45-65 km(depending on the water level)
Tour Starts: 08h30 / 09h00 am on morning of day 2 on route plan
Equipment: 2 man inflatable rafts, paddles, floatation devices, cooler box for drinks and dry bags for personals
Starts: The Growcery Camp
Ends: The Growcery Camp (Transfer back to Base Camp from Take out Point)

Rates:

Adults: R4 095 per person

Children 16 – 17: R3 735 per child

Children 12 – 15: R3 285 per child

Children 5 – 11: R3 015 per child

6 Day Trails:

Route Plan
Day 1: Arrive at Base Camp 18h00 pm (D) – Briefing
Day 2, 3, 4, 5, 6: Orange River Rafting (B.L.D) – Camping on the banks of the Orange River
Day 7: Orange River / Transfer Back to Base Camp (B.L.D) – Camping and Dinner Included.
B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner included

Time Frame:  2 night’s base camp and 5 nights on the river
Distance:  65 – 90 km (depending on the water level)
Tour Starts: 08h30 / 09h00 am on the morning of day 2 on route plan
Equipment: 2 man inflatable rafts, paddles, floatation devices, cooler box for drinks, dry bags for personals
Starts: The Growcery Camp
Ends: The Growcery Camp (transfer back to base camp from take-out point)

Rates:

Adults: R4 500 per person

Children 16 – 17: R3 960 per child

Children 12 – 15: R3 510 per child

Children 5 – 11: R3 150 per child

We offer 4 – 6 day river trails, exploring the many hidden treasures of this remote and almost forgotten desert reserve of Southern Africa. The river is surrounded by semi precious stone, rock formations, and volcanic rock to the abundance of small animals, primates and extraordinary bird life. Departing our base camp head to our adventure with just the bear necessities prepared for days of wild camping to follow. Our camps will be along the river edge and we will follow the ethics of eco tourism along the river.This is truly one of the purest adventure trails in Southern Africa. The Gariep River or “Great River” as it is called by the local Nama people offers a unique outdoor experience to those who seek tranquility and adventure. The Orange River cuts through the Richtersveldt desert reserve and is now part of the Transfrontier transformation parks in Africa.

River & Area Information

The Orange River originates in the Drakensberg mountains and meanders through a great part of South Africa to seek and meet the Atlantic Ocean at Oranjemund. In total the great Gariep is 2092km in length from source to mouth 39th longest river in the world.  An annual rainfall of 5-150 mm and temperatures of between 0-56 degrees along with the vegetation and the rates of evaporation qualifies the Richtersveldt as the superior desert region of South Africa. The river offers a source of life and existence to all life along its banks and bays.

Our base camp is  on the banks of the Orange River from where we conduct all our river trails through the Richtersveldt Reserve. Our base camp acts as the meeting and departure point for all our river trails and offer a level of professionalism and comfort to all our fellow adventure travelers.

Base Camp & Facilities:
Our River Trails start & end at our Base Camp. Base Camp is 22km down the road from Vioolsdrift, on the right hand side – look out for the Grocery signboard (just before Richtersveld Rest Camp).

Facilities at Base Camp include showers, campsites, bar facilities, friendly staff, safe parking, safe keeping of valuables and incredible views of the Orange River. Our guides will meet and greet our clients and inform them of the preparations of the trails that follow.

Preparations for Trails:
All trails are lead by qualified river guides and we do offer a back up system from our Base Camp. You will receive a full briefing on the safety procedures and basic ethics of exploring the trail. Our guides will prepare all meals and assist with your equipment preparations before embarking on your adventure trail. No previous experience is needed and a moderate level of fitness is required.

Equipment:
We make use of the best equipment available in South Africa and all has been SABS approved for rafting and canoe trails. Our two man inflatable rafts are suitable for all terrains and can comfortably handle any river graded 1-3. Every boat has 2 paddles, 2 buoyancy aids, dry bags and a cooler box with ice for drinks.

Eco Trails:
No glass is allowed on the river and all waste will be transported along the trail and returned to base camp.  Please decanter supplies to plastic containers or make use of cans.

Trail:
Our aim is to explore and discover the desert reserve with all its hidden treasures and trails. Our days are spent with early morning paddling, swimming, floating, bird watching and negotiating some rapids and fast flowing water. Our guides will take you through the steps of paddling through rapids, hiking some mountains and in general discover the eco system of the desert. We have 15 years of experience, passion and knowledge gained from the environment.