Upgrade Orange River Rafting Trip
The upgrade Orange River Rafting Trip Starts near Pofadder in the Northern Cape, this section of the river is arguably the best on the Orange River and offers a variety of conditions, from flat water with flowing channels, lots of exciting small rapids and a few ‘Big Ones’ to get the adrenaline flowing.
The scenery is awesome with highlights being the Orange Gorge and the Richie Falls – the second highest waterfall on the river, after Augrabies. This area has been designated as pristine wilderness and of extreme biodiversity importance and it is our privilege to be able to share it with our clients.
Our upgrade Orange River Rafting Trip is four days and five nights long – we camp for three nights on the river and spend two at the base camp. Three day, four night trips are also available and longer expeditions can be arranged for group bookings.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Strenuous
Group Size Medium Group
At high water it becomes an exciting white water trip. We use inflatable two person boats that are easy to paddle and steer, as well as rafts that are very stable and perfect for less confident paddlers (dependent on water level – medium to high level only).
You will spend the nights before and after your river trip at the Oranjedal Guest House on the Rooipad Grape Farm where your guides will welcome you to Onseepkans and chat with you regarding packing arrangements etc. They will also prepare a delicious dinner which you’ll enjoy under the stars at Wild Paradise Camp. On the morning of your trip, you’ll meet back at Wild Paradise, set on the banks of the river. If you prefer, you also have the option of camping at Wild Paradise.
We cover just over 35kms during the trip so there is ample time to relax, take photographs, read your book or explore the camp surroundings. Each trip is run as a self-contained expedition – we carry everything we need and take everything back out again at the end. We make our way down river,
choosing a different campsite each night. All you need to provide is your personal gear and a sense of adventure!
We will provide you with a tent, inflatable mattress and sleeping bag. Our guides will set up camp for you each night and prepare delicious meals, served at a table, with some South African wine (wine with dinner only). You will provide us with a list of your drinks of choice (for your own account) and we will purchase them on your behalf and make sure they are kept on ice. We will provide a detailed kit list and can purchase any missing or hard to find items of your behalf.
2-5 people: 13.000 Rand pp
6-7 people: 10.200 Rand pp
8-9 people: 9.500 Rand pp
10-12 people: 8.500 Rand pp
* Boating and safety equipment
* All meals
* APA qualified guides
Cape Nature Conservation fee: R 40 per adult if you don’t have a WildCard or stay minimum one night in the reserve
Orange River Standard Trip
On the evening before your trip begins, you will be welcomed to the Imagine Sports base camp by your guides. Relax and enjoy the view over the river or have a drink at the bar. You’ll enjoy a light supper under the starry night sky around the campfire. The Next morning, after a hearty breakfast, your guides will give you advice on how best to pack your dry bags for your trip down river. Before getting on the water you’ll also have a thorough safety briefing and some paddling instruction.
The first day’s paddling consists mainly of flowing channels and flat water ending with Scorpion. Day 2 brings bigger rapids and an evening walk to view the amazing Ritchie Falls. Day 3 is full of excitement with a challenging portage around the Falls, lowering the boats in above ‘42-man hole’, ‘Big Bunny’ and ‘Dolly Parton’ rapids. As you leave the gorge on day 4, things mellow out once again and the last section is just gentle paddle with mountains increasing in size around you. The group will be met at the take-out after lunch and transported back to base camp to enjoy a final meal around the campfire. (Above itinerary may change slightly per trip, season and water level).
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