Quality time, breathtaking scenery, fun-filled adventure…just some of the words that describe River Rafting on the magnificent Orange River!
The Orange River, named after the Dutch Royal House of Orange-Nassau, goes by a number of names - Senqu, Groote and Gariep. Not only is the Orange River South Africa’s longest watercourse, it is also Africa’s largest river system south of the Zambezi. At a rather chilly 3200m, the Orange originates in the Drakensberg Mountains and Lesotho’s highland plateau where it is known as the Senqu River. Flowing 2300km westward, the river forms the Free State and Northern Cape border and a natural international border with Namibia eventually meeting the Atlantic Ocean at Alexander Bay. The final 100km of the river are rich with alluvial diamonds and famed for the discoveries of the ‘Eureka Diamond’ and the ‘Star of South Africa’ in the 1860’s.
Riverside camping, hearty bush cuisine, gorgeous sunsets and crackling bonfires is what Orange River Rafting is all about. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? River Rafting is a popular leisure activity in South Africa and the crocodile-free and hippo-free Orange River with its stunning scenery and magical starlit nights make it a perfect rafting destination.
Dirty Boots’ recommended Orange River Rafting operators offer multi day rafting adventures along a number of different and equally beautiful sections of the river including the Maluti section in the Free State, the impressive Orange River Gorge and the dramatic mountainous desert Richterveld area, Northern Cape. Experienced guides and quality equipment will make your rafting experience both fun and safe. Flat water paddling combined with small but exciting rapids of mostly Grade 1 and 2 rating makes rafting on the Orange a pleasurable experience for the entire family.
So round up your family and friends and bring along a good sense of humour to the Orange River for an unforgettable river rafting adventure.