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ORANGE RIVER
 
OVERVIEW
 
The proud, ever-constant magnificence of Africa is overwhelming as you reach this oasis between desert mountains. This Orange River Rafting trip offers a relaxing and educational journey through time and beauty, with a few rousing rapids along the way to bring you back to the present.

We chose the Richtersveld section of the Orange River for our rafting, for its sheer magnificent natural wealth. Our journey begins from Noordoewer towards the Fish River confluence. We are situated 680km’s due north from Cape Town and 1300km’s from Johannesburg, and definitely worth every km!!

The Richtersveld National Park semi desert, through which the river runs, is one of the largest mountain deserts in the world. Over 50% of the plants here are endemic and support  a wide variety fascinating of animal and insect life. The banks are lined with Willow and Ebony trees which provide shade and shelter to river rafting clients; forming an oasis green band of life through the orange splendor of this semi-desert.

The Fish Eagle shows its majesty as it soars high above the rolling waters the sound of its call heard from a distance, whilst the Goliath Heron with its 6-7 foot wingspan eases its way

from the river’s edge. Not to mention the green brilliance of the Malachite Kingfisher as he dives between the river and the trees.

But perhaps the most unique aspect of all is the ability to drift through two million years of earth time. The arid, mountainous landscape is composed of many varied rock types, which illustrate some of the major geological events which occurred in the Southern Hemisphere over the last two million years.

We at The River Rafters believe strongly in maintaining this unspoilt and delicate environment. We also believe in educating our clientele on environmental issues through a practical understanding of this magnificent and wonderful area.

Sleeping on the river banks under millions of stars, and enjoying our delicious cuisine, has only ever brought compliments. It is a relaxing, yet an awesome trip with a few challenging rapids ... an amazing experience on a famous African River.

We offer different packages from 1 – 5 days. Tailor-made trips to suit your needs  can be easily arranged. Fitness and paddling experience are not essential as full paddling instruction are given by our friendly guides.

Distances covered on each trip can vary; depending on each group's paddling strength. Short, relaxed 3 day trips usually cover 45km, whilst longer trips range between 63 and 86 km. Each day we aim to cover around 15 km (river flow average about 4km/h), stopping regularly for refreshments, lunch and to share in the excitement of the Grade 1-2 rapids.