American style rafting on guided oar boats and paddle rafts

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.

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!

Rafting in the drought


SPLASH! This picture was taken on the Vaal River on 30 December 2015, with the drought in South Africa at its worst. Fortunately for us, the Vaal continues to flow at acceptable levels for rafting. This is thanks to the need for irrigation water downstream. It may be only a matter of time before the Vaal Dam upstream of us has to cut its releases, but we live in hope for late summer rains.

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Rafting Longdrop rapid near Hopetown

We will be running our Orange River season (starting March) on the middle Orange near Hopetown. The remote and scenic route called Thunder Alley beckons. There the rapids are big and bouncy, running as a result of hydro releases from the Vanderkloof Dam.

It’s been the driest season on record. Lawns are dustbowls. Rocks we have never seen have emerged from underwater. Yet, with the blessing of water transfers from the Tugela River basin in KwaZulu/Natal, and from the Lesotho Highlands (Orange River catchment), we carry on rafting.

Many other rivers in SA are now dried up.  The popular Blyde Xfest 2016 (Mpumalanga) has been cancelled – it’s amazing to recall that the same area in the Blyde River Canyon was hit by huge floods in very recent years. So it goes. The El Nino phenomenon in the central Pacific is causing it, but we suspect too that global warming is playing its part.

If you want to kept posted on where the water is best, get onto our Whitewater Watch List.

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