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.

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.

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