In fact, the first commercial rafting trips in Swaziland were run during Easter 1991, and believe it or not, the operation is still under the same management 25 years later!
The Great Usutu River has been the home to this river rafting activity for most of the time, however on occasion trips are run on both the Komati and Mkhondvo rivers, when conditions are suitable.
Swazi Trails have stuck to a tried and tested formula which involves offering both half and full-day trips departing from their offices in Ezulwini. Ezulwini is still the main tourism hub of Swaziland, and home to many hotels, lodges, backpacker hostels and camp grounds. The trip to the river is approximately 50 minutes with a one hour return journey. Transport is provided by the company as well as a picnic lunch, refreshments and a few cold beers for reminiscing over the day’s fun.
Whilst river conditions vary greatly on this rain-fed river, trips are available throughout the year, with low-water trips in winter and full-water adrenaline in mid-summer when the river is full, brown and challenging.
Swazi Trails have a well-settled local guide team, who provide an entertaining and humorous approach to the day, to allay any fears, but whose record in safety is second to none.
Departures are guaranteed for a minimum of only two persons, whilst discounts kick in for booking parties of 4+, 8+ and 14+.
Swazi Trails welcome participants of all levels of experience and are able to vary the trip to suit individual capacity and confidence. No prior experience is needed and even non-swimmers are welcome. Children from 7 or 8 years of age often participate in the company of parents.