Orange River Canoeing Experience

Unforgettable 4-night African canoeing adventure passing through breathtaking arid Richtersveld scenery under the guidance of experienced and qualified guides.

Tour Code:
Ora
Depart From:
Vioolsdrift   |   Ending at: Vioolsdrift
Departures: See departure schedule
Duration: 4 Days
Country: South Africa
Type: Adventure |
Children: Allowed - see children policy 

 






Orange River Canoeing Experience

Orange River Canoeing Experience

Orange River Canoeing Experience

Orange River Canoeing Experience

Orange River Canoeing Experience

Orange River Canoeing Experience

Orange River Canoeing Experience

Orange River Canoeing Experience

Orange River Canoeing Experience

 
 

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).

You'll start your adventure from the Base Camp at Vioolsdrift on the banks of the Orange River. Transport from Cape Town can be arranged at an additional cost.

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 13 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.

Please note
1. A valid passport is required and no one will be allowed without a valid passport. Border procedures will be detailed on confirmation of your booking.
2. Return transport ex Cape Town can be arranged @ R 800.00
3. Rate for 4 Day Family Trip includes 2 adults plus 2 children.

Health & Clothing
No inoculations or vaccinations are required at the time of going to print, but we recommend that you check with your doctor or local health department.
People arriving in South Africa from a yellow fever zone must have a valid international yellow fever inoculation certificate. Infants under the age of one year are exempt.
An anti-malaria drug is strongly recommended in certain areas of the far northeastern section of South Africa, please check with us.

Day 1 - Arrival at Base Camp
You start your Orange River Expedition from the base camp at Vioolsdrift on the banks of the Orange River. (Please note transport from Cape Town to the Base Camp can be arranged at an additional fee. Please enquire.)

The base camp provides you with the necessary comforts like safe parking, hot showers, flush toilets, grassy campsites, bar facilities and safe lockup storage for personal belongings.

Your friendly guides will brief you with the expedition details around an open fire whilst preparing a delicious BBQ.

Day 2 - 4 - On the river
We have a final briefing after breakfast and organise the final packing of our equipment and supplies to be prepared for our expedition. Our expedition starts with the launching of our rafts and we say farewell to our base camp for the next few days. We will be camping on the banks of the Orange River under the stars of the southern hemisphere. (Tents are optional.)

The next few days are spent on the Orange River where we will explore this magnificent desert eco system. Our guides will take you through some fast flowing water and guide you with knowledge and experience to ensure our enjoyment of this magnificent River. You will have the opportunity to experience some wave surfing, rapid floating, hiking and even fishing that provides fun for everyone.

We will encounter from fast flowing water to still water where we will relax, swim and have time to admire the beautiful gorges and scenery. The expedition is not a race and along with our carefully planned route and itinerary it allows us to have maximum time to complete our expedition.

The adventure has been designed to be as natural as possible and this tour classify you as an adventure traveller and not a tourist.

On Day 4 you'll be transported back to the Base Camp.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 5 - Depart
Depart early morning after breakfast.

Suggested Kit list:
1. Sleeping bag & sleeping mat (roll mat or blow up mat)
2. Torch, batteries, matches, toilet paper, bio – degradable soap
3. Camera, film (Watertight container, or disposable splash proof camera)
4. Sunglasses with string & cork, t-shirts, sarong, shorts, khikhoi, anorak, sweater, strops, pants, tracksuit
5. Sun cream, lip balm, sun hat, cap, re – hydrate satchels, 6 disposable bags
6. Own cutlery & crockery (plastic or enamel), cups
7. Own drinks, cans and plastic containers only, No Glass.
8. Valid Passport – no one will be allowed without a valid passport
9. Insect repellent (Mosquitoes at Base camp)
10. Big sun umbrella (optional)
11. Sense of Humour!!!

NB please check single entry visas (student study permits)

4 Day Orange River Rafting Valid: 2013-01-01 to 2013-12-31
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 2895.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR 2895.00 Rate Per Child: ZAR 2650.00

4-day Orange River Family Special (2 adults + 2 children) Valid: 2013-01-01 to 2013-12-31
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 9995.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR N/A Rate Per Child: ZAR N/A

7-day Orange River New Year’s Bash Valid: 2013-01-01 to 2013-12-31
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 3650.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR 3650.00 Rate Per Child: ZAR N/A

6-day Orange River Family Special Valid: 2013-01-01 to 2013-12-31
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 11550.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR N/A Rate Per Child: ZAR N/A

4-day Orange River Long weekend (see applicable dates) Valid: 2013-01-01 to 2013-12-31
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 2895.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR 2895.00 Rate Per Child: ZAR 2650.00

4-day Orange Student Special Valid: 2013-01-01 to 2013-12-31
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 2550.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR N/A Rate Per Child: ZAR N/A

4-day Orange River New Year’s Bash Valid: 2013-01-01 to 2013-12-31
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 3250.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR 3250.00 Rate Per Child: ZAR N/A

6-day Orange River New Year’s Bash Valid: 2013-01-01 to 2013-12-31
Rate Per Adult: ZAR 3450.00    
Rate per Single traveller: ZAR 3450.00 Rate Per Child: ZAR N/A

Tour Include
All trips are catered, 3 meals a day with 1st meal on arrival.
Catering done according to special dietary requirements
Alcoholic and soft drinks are excluded
Safe parking for your vehicle
Experienced and qualified river guides
2-man inflatable rafts (crocodiles)
Paddles, life jackets and bailers
Safety equipment and medical kit
Watertight containers for personal gear
Cooler Boxes and ice
All utensils & crockery
Transport back to the basecamp.

Tour Exclude
Transport and travel cost to and from the river.

Terms & Conditions
Deposit of 50% is non-refundable.
Refund of balance if cancelled at least 60 days and more before date of departure.

28/03-01/04 / LW 3 - 4-day Orange River Long weekend
29/03-02/04 / LW 4 - 4-day Orange River Long weekend
01-07/04 / FAM 2 - 6-day Orange River Family Special
27/04-01/05 / LW 5 - 4-day Orange River Long weekend
11-16/05 / ORA 6 - 4-day Orange River Rafting
15-19/06 / LW 6 - 4-day Orange River Long weekend
22-26/06 / FAM 3 - 4-day Orange River Family Special
07-11/08 / LW 7 - 4-day Orange River Long weekend
07-11/09 / ORA 7 - 4-day Orange River Rafting
21-25/09 / LW 8 - 4-day Orange River Long weekend
24-28/09 / FAM 4 - 4-day Orange River Family Special
12-16/10 / ORA 8 - 4-day Orange River Rafting
02-06/11 / SPEC 3 - 4-day Orange Student Special
09-13/11 / SPEC 4 - 4-day Orange Student Special
16-20/11 / SPEC 5 - 4-day Orange Student Special
23-27/11 / SPEC 6 - 4-day Orange Student Special
01-05/12 / ORA 9 - 4-day Orange River Rafting
07-11/12 / FAM 5 - 4-day Orange River Family Special
14-18/12 / LW 9 - 4-day Orange River Long weekend
26/12-01/01 / NY 1 - 7-day Orange River New Year’s Bash
27/12-01/01 / NY 2 - 6-day Orange River New Year’s Bash
31/12-04/01 / NY 3 - 4-day Orange River New Year’s Bash

Accommodation at Starting Point



Orange River Rafting Lodge
Orange River Rafting Lodge is a campsite on the banks of the Orange River. The camp is an excellent stop for holiday makers on their way to Namibia and 4X4 travellers visiting the Richtersveld. The camp has a peaceful atmosphere and silent starry night.
Guest Rating: (10 reviews)
From: R550.00 per unit, Max: 2


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