ORANGE RIVER RAFTING

“THE ONLY TRUE MOUNTAIN DESERT IN SOUTH AFRICA”

The Orange River (Gariep) originates from the Lesotho highlands up in the Drakensberg Mountains and meanders through South Africa and the amazing Richtersveld Desert Reserve before it joins the icy Atlantic Ocean. The Richtersveld is a unique desert reserve that shows the signs of old volcanic mountains, the trails of Khoi -San people and the aridness of an unforgiving desert reserve that lives off the Orange River. 50% of the succulent plants are endemic to the region and it is famous for its many semi-precious stones.

Base Camp and Preparations:

Our base camp, Aquacade on the banks of the Orange River provides you with the necessary comforts like safe parking, hot showers, flush toilets, grassy campsites, bar facilities and safe lock-up storage. Under the stars of the Richtersveld, you will meet your fellow paddlers and your friendly guides will brief you on the trip details whilst preparing their famous bush cuisine.

After breakfast the next morning, we organize the final packing of our equipment and after a short safety talk, we launch our inflatable rafts and start our Orange River rafting adventure through this unique desert eco-system. We will be camping on the banks of the Orange River and sleep under the stars (Tents are optional).

Equipment & Guides:

We make use of 2-man inflatable rafts (crocodiles) with cooler box, dry bags, buoyancy aids and 2 paddles included. The inflatable rafts are easy to control and allows for safe guiding through the fast flowing rapids that we occur on our expedition. Two qualified river guides, equipped with the required experience will guide your expedition through the Richtersveld Desert Reserve. No previous experience is needed and only a moderate level of fitness is required.

All remains and rubbish will be carefully transported on the Orange River and brought back to the camp where we recycle and transport the remains to Springbok. No glass allowed on the river. When you bring supplies, please decanter in plastic bottles or use cans.

Expedition:

The next few days are spent rafting on the Orange River where you will explore this magnificent desert eco system. Your guides will take you through some fast flowing water and guide you with knowledge and experience to ensure maximum enjoyment of this magnificent river. You will have the opportunity to experience some wave surfing, rapid floating, hiking and fishing that provides fun for everyone. Stretches of still water will give you ample opportunity to admire the beautiful gorges and scenery. The expedition is not a race and along with our carefully planned route and itinerary, it allows you to have maximum time to complete the expedition.

We have 12 years of experience in adventures in Africa and have designed the best route and itineraries for our clients. Our tours classify you as an adventure traveller and not a tourist.

Scheduled Departures for 2013

Date Trip Code Description Price
January
     
05-09/01 ORA 1 4-day Orange River Rafting R 2 895.00
19-23/01 ORA 2 4-day Orange River Rafting R 2 895.00
26-30/01 ORA 3 4-day Orange River Rafting R 2 895.00
February
 
02-06/02 SPEC 1 4-day Orange Student Special R 2 550.00
09-13/02 SPEC 2 4-day Orange Student Special R 2 550.00
23-28/02 ORA 4 4-day Orange River Rafting R 2 895.00
March
 
02-06/03 ORA 5 4-day Orange River Rafting R 2 895.00
16-21/03 LW 1 4-day Orange River Long weekend R 2 895.00
21-25/03 LW 2 4-day Orange River Long weekend R 2 895.00
22-26/03 FAM 1 4-day Orange River Family Special R 9 995.00
28/03-01/04 LW 3 4-day Orange River Long weekend R 2 895.00
April
 
29/03-02/04 LW 4 4-day Orange River Long weekend R 2 895.00
01-07/04 FAM 2 6-day Orange River Family Special R 11 550.00
27/04-01/05 LW 5 4-day Orange River Long weekend R 2 895.00
May
 
11-16/05 ORA 6 4-day Orange River Rafting R 2 895.00
June
 
15-19/06 LW 6 4-day Orange River Long weekend R 2 895.00
22-26/06 FAM 3 4-day Orange River Family Special R 9 995.00
July
 
 
August
 
07-11/08 LW 7 4-day Orange River Long weekend R 2 895.00
September
 
07-11/09 ORA 7 4-day Orange River Rafting R 2 895.00
21-25/09 LW 8 4-day Orange River Long weekend R 2 895.00
24-28/09 FAM 4 4-day Orange River Family Special R 9 995.00
October
 
12-16/10 ORA 8 4-day Orange River Rafting R 2 895.00
November
 
02-06/11 SPEC 3 4-day Orange Student Special R 2 550.00
09-13/11 SPEC 4 4-day Orange Student Special R 2 550.00
16-20/11 SPEC 5 4-day Orange Student Special R 2 550.00
23-27/11 SPEC 6 4-day Orange Student Special R 2 550.00
December
 
01-05/12 ORA 9 4-day Orange River Rafting R 2 895.00
07-11/12 FAM 5 4-day Orange River Family Special R 9 995.00
14-18/12 LW 9 4-day Orange River Long weekend R 2 895.00
26/12-01/01 NY 1 7-day Orange River New Year’s Bash R 3 650.00
27/12-01/01 NY 2 6-day Orange River New Year’s Bash R 3 450.00
31/12-04/01 NY 3 4-day Orange River New Year’s Bash R 3 250.00

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Encyclopedia Discription:
The Orange River rises in the Drakensberg mountains along the border between South Africa and Lesotho, about 193 km (120 miles) from the Indian Ocean and at an altitude of over 3000m. While in Lesotho, the river is known as the Senqu and parts of it freeze in winter, owing to the altitude there. It then runs 2200 km (1367 mi) westwards, at first along the south-western boundary of the Free State and then through the Northern Cape province and eventually discharges into the Atlantic Ocean in the west where it forms the southern border of Namibia with South Africa's Northern Cape Province

The most notable tributary is the Vaal River, which leads to the Wilge River and also rises in the Drakensberg where a source is known as the Ash River and is situated about 30 km north of Clarens in the Free State (Orange Free State). The Vaal River flows westwards towards Johannesburg and forms the boundary between the Transvaal and the Free State before joining the Orange southwest of Kimberley. Below its confluence with the Vaal River , the Orange River flows through the arid wilderness of the southern Kalahari region and Namaqualand. Here it forms the international border between South Africa and Namibia's Karas Region. The Namib Desert terminates at the river. More

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