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.

Summer rains open Vaal season

A family braves the Vaal

Its time to hit the summer rivers (October-April) in the eastern part of South Africa.

On the Vaal River near Johannesburg, our rafting involves small-group. Come and enjoy the riverine environment and thrill to the rapids. We take families, oldies and anyone who never thought they would go rafting. It’s a quality experience.

Not for us the bums-in-boats philosophy of cut-price discounters who pack in 100 people on 50 boats at a time. Imagine the queues at rapids! Come with the real pros who will show you the ropes, get to know you, and guide you on your 4-6 seater raft. Oor you can choose to paddle your own inflatable. Plus, you can try going it alone on a tube down easier rapids.

On the Tugela in KwaZulu/Natal we have access to one of the most beautiful lodges in all of Southern Africa – and river itself is the best there is in terms of big whitewater.Book your trip with The RIVERMAN, pioneer of whitewater trails in South Africa.

  • All our trips are designed to be informative. Learn about the amazing Vredefort Dome: the world’s oldest and largest asteroid impact crater. The Vaal flows right through it and is the River of the Crater. Find out about the history of Zululand and the colonial wars that were fought over the Tugela. And see wildlife as we drift downriver.

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