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.

River skills & youth courses

Trainees practicing river wading in a strong current.

Trainees practicing river wading in a strong current.

Here’s your chance to get trained in river skills and safety. Join one of our courses taught by experts from Adventure Standards Africa. get the certificate that starts you on the road to freelancing or a career as a river guide. Youth camps are also organised and run for groups. Go here.

Book for the Orange!

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Thunder Alley at sunset. Photo: Paul Marais

FROM R3990pp catered. Discounts for families and groups.

In 2017 we’ve got a full programme of 5-day raft safaris from April to September. Both catered and self-catered (cheaper) trips available.  Ask for dates and details. Float downriver, sleeping under the stars, with family and friends. RIVERMAN established the Orange River whitewater safari trails and we know the river, its history, its peoples and its rapids best! Pro guiding, great campsites, wonderful stories.; Read all about the Orange River here. Don’t miss the experience – quite soon the river will be dammed completely. Send for info here.

Mayaputi Gorge on the Orange

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My favourite picture of the prominent koppie we called Space Shuttle, on the Orange River near the Lesotho border. This part of the river has been virtually dry during the terrible drought of 2014-5-6 but has suddenly recovered following heavy rains. We may be planning a trip to the Mayaputi Gorge if the water continues to run. It’s beautifully mountainous stretch, fairly easy, with a couple of good rapids to spice up the action. Contact us about Orange River trips!

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