VAAL, ORANGE & TUGELA Why struggle to paddle yourself in rapids when you can bring the family and enjoy an exciting trip with a guide on board the raft with you? Run the river in expert hands, wield a paddle yourself, and show the kids how nature in the raw is fun! Ages 6 to 75. Bring granny too!

Meet Ole Man River

Raft with The Riverman! Graeme "the River Professor" pioneered whitewater rafting in South Africa and wrote the book on it. Meet him and hear all about his adventures worldwide.


passengers 215Relax, hang on and enjoy the ride... our oarsman does the rest. Ideal for families, oldies, the disabled and the laid back.


!gecko tubing webshot vsmall 800 215x81Get really close to nature and have a wild but easy ride on milder rapids, secret channels! Families and couples love it.

Orange River raft-camping

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Between April and September (the cool months) join us on an out-of-this-world rafting trip. Camp under desert skies and follow the mighty Orange River as it winds between sand dunes and granite mountains. Float into a gorge with a waterfall plunging over the edge Orange River Gorge camping & exploringwhile rock hyraxes watch you from the heights. We choose midyear for cooler temperatures, as people suffer sunstroke in midsummer heat exceeding 45 degC.

RIVERMAN established the Oranje Gorge Trail more than 3 decades ago and we continue to run it as our own special route. The gorge contains the famous but little seen !Gariep Falls. This is the most beautiful and impressive section of the Orange but it does require highly professional guiding. On booking you are sent a detailed 8-page TRIP BRIEFING explaining what to bring and how to prepare. Basically you only need own sleeping bag and groundmat, tent, fizzy drinks, booze and snacks, as well as your own car from home to our base camp.

These trips are for families, friends and adventurous souls from 6 to 75. We paddle for no more than 6 hours a day and spend time hiking, fishing and simply relaxing with a sundowner in hand. We are the only operator on the country’s rivers who always use 4-6 seater paddle rafts for the trip and big rapids, and geckos (tubes) for fun on easy water. The rapids are classed 2-3 (very easy to moderate). We Orange river whitewater raftingappeal to groups that want to run whitewater but do not necessarily wish to paddle their own canoes. Our product is more upmarket than that of competitors on the Orange, with catering and equipment to match.

Many of our inquiries online come for the Orange.  Orange River trips are scheduled to coincide with school holidays but you can always book a group trip on dates to suit you. Come to our base camp Raap en Skraap, 100km west of Augrabies Falls, meeting on a Saturday evening and ending Thursday lunchtime. You’ll be amazed how remote and spectacular the area is – an unmissable experience on one of the best rivers in the world. Find out more…

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