In Limpopo River Rafting on the Olifants River provides rafters with a range of conditions depending on water levels. As you pick your way through the rapids, don’t forget to enjoy the sightings of baobab trees and spectacular bird life.
The Olifants River has its origin in Bethal in Mpumalanga. From here it flows north and then east to join with the Letaba River, before it becomes a tributary of the Limpopo River. Another tributary is the Blyde (or Motlatse) River in Mpumalanga. River Rafters on the Blyde River can enjoy a section of rapids, but generally this river is suited to the whole family.
As you enjoy your paddle down the Blyde, you can regale fellow paddlers with the story behind the names of the rivers in this area: The Rivers of Joy and Sorrow.
The Treur River – or River of sorrow – was named when, in 1844, Hendrik Potgieter and his party of trekkers set out on a journey to the east. The party that were left behind waited until the agreed upon date, but when Potgieter did not return they packed up their camp and when leaving named the river where they had camped, the Treur River.
Later, as they crossed another river, they heard shouts. Potgieter and his party of trekkers had returned safely from their expedition. This second river then became the Blyde River - River of joy.