White Water Rafting involves using an inflatable raft to navigate a river. Some rivers are more challenging than others and operators typically use the International Scale of River Difficulty where the navigation of rapids in a river is classified as one of the following six grades:
Very basic skill required, few rough areas that might require slight maneuvering
Basic paddling skill required, some rough water and rocks that require some maneuvering
White water with small waves and drops with no considerable danger that require significant maneuvering
White water with medium waves, rocks and considerable drops that require sharp maneuvers
White water with large waves, rocks and other hazards with large drops that require precise maneuvering
Dangerous rapids, white water, huge rocks and hazards. Note : Our operators do not run rafting activities for this grade.
As the summer rainfall falls in the mighty Drakensberg Mountains, the Umkomaas River in KwaZulu-Natal offers paddlers a rollercoaster ride of rapids ranging from Grade 2 to 4.
The Tugela River, the largest in KwaZulu-Natal is a heaven for adventure seekers with rapids ranging from Grade 1 to 5.
The longest river in South Africa, the ever popular Orange River in the Northern Cape has a grading of between 2 to 4 and runs year around. The remote base camps and the pristine setting makes a rafting adventure here an unforgettable experience.
In Mpumalanga, the Blyde River has challenging Grade 3 to 5 white water sections and near Johannesburg, on the Crocodile and Vaal rivers, paddlers can enjoy Grade 2 to 3 rapids.
The Ash River, outside Clarens in the Free State offers Grade 3 and 4 rapids with descriptive names like Car Wash and Big Surprise.
In the Western Cape, paddlers wait for winter rainfall when the tranquil Breede River becomes more energetic and offers Grade 2 to 3 rapids, perfect for rafting adventures.