Orange River Rafting
Amanzi Trails offers Orange River rafting / canoeing trips that you will talk about for many years to come! The route is a family-friendly section of the river for which no previous paddling experience is required. Children as young as 5 years and adults over 70 years have enjoyed the experience with us as the river meanders through the rugged landscape of the Richtersveld with its fascinating rock formations. An activity for everyone, there is no better way to spend quality time with family and friends. Not only are existing relationships cemented, but new friendships are formed.
If it’s one of your life’s ambitions to complete a canoeing trip in South Africa, an Orange River rafting / canoeing trip is a life-changing experience that will leave you feeling restored and revitalised and with a sense of achievement. It is a rafting experience wherein one minute your adrenaline will be pumping as the white water surges around your canoe and in the next moment you feel peace and tranquillity as the huge, shimmering river becomes placid and still again. Feel work stress fade almost immediately as your only concerns becomes negotiating rapids, finding a comfortable spot for the night and catching that big fish!
Drifting with the flow in a 5-metre Indian Mohawk canoe or an inflatable craft (“croc”), gliding alongside the river banks with their abundant bird life, conquering rapids, hearing the call of the fish eagle, letting the sun soak tensions away, sleeping under the stars near a crackling fire……… this and more will be your experience with us.
The rapids are only Grade 1 and sound more daunting than they actually are. They are, however, still exciting and contrast the hours of floating down-river with the current. Names like Deadman’s, Sambok, Witches and Snotklap rapids add to the anticipation. All waters must be treated with respect so safety during your Orange River rafting adventure is a high priority. Amanzi’s guides are highly experienced and safety procedures are set up at all rapids.
The region is malaria-free and the river water is free of bilharzia. There are no crocodiles or hippopotami which eliminates an additional safety concern.
This section of the Orange River is known for its abundance of yellowfish, mudfish and catfish. If you are keen on fishing, please remember to bring your rod or hand line along.
All meals from dinner on the night of arrival until breakfast on the day of departure are provided. Our meals are delicious and wholesome and cooked by our guides on an open fire. Special dietary requirements can be catered for provided they are discussed with us in advance.
Your Orange River rafting adventure begins at our beautiful Amanzi Trails base camp, an oasis in the Richtersveld desert overlooking the river and the rugged Geelkrans cliffs. The camp boasts hot showers, flush toilets, sheltered lapas and lovely green lawns. While rafting sun-drenched kilometres downstream, your vehicles are safe at this rustic thatch-and-reed complex. At the end point, a vehicle awaits to transport you back to the base camp.
You will depart for home with a sense of achievement and well-being. New friendships will have been established and existing friendships and family relationships will have been renewed.
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