If you’re on the hunt for an adrenaline rush then river rafting is perfect for you! There is nothing like the thrill of paddling down a fast-flowing river, hurtling down rapids, and steering past massive boulders and obstructions. Of course, it doesn’t have to be very hectic, you can choose the level you want to tackle, from the beginner grade 1 level, to the near impossible, extreme levels. Dirty Boots offers a comprehensive listing of river rafting tours in South Africa, Swaziland and Limpopo, so you just have to pick the one that’s right for you! There are so many rivers and companies to choose from, making a decision could be difficult- think about the area you want to be based in, and the level of river rafting you want to take on.
If you’ve never been rafting before, don’t worry, the company you choose will be fully equipped to assist novices, and will provide you with all of the equipment and help you need to make your trip down the river unforgettable. You will be fully briefed on river rafting safety, and given a lesson in rafting techniques. On the water you will be accompanied by an experienced guide, who will assist you, and make your trip down the river pleasant and exhilarating.
Whether you are being carried by the current, or rafting down rapids, by the end of the trip you will feel on top of the world, with a fantastic feeling of accomplishment.
So where should you plan your river rafting trip? The Orange River is the longest river in South Africa and is beautiful and scenic, with a range of river rafting options available. It is one of the most popular places to go rafting, and you can immerse yourself in stunning desert scenery and hop from still, gentle waters to intense, swirling rapids. The river is runnable all year, and flows through the Richtersveld desert, which is known for its diverse flora and fauna, and quiet isolation, which makes it a photographer’s dream. The river sustains an abundance of life, which all collects at its shores so look out for different bird and animal species.
The Ash River is in the Free State and is fed by the Trans Caledon Transfer Tunnel. It has been described as one of South Africa’s best white water rafting areas with grade three and four rapids, and some of the purest water in the country! Glide through crystal clear waters and enjoy being swept along by the bubbling white rapids, while you drink in the magnificent scenery.
The scenery of the Breede Valley will take your breath away. It is one of the most picturesque areas in the southern Cape, and the river is known for its rafting, and for the numerous species of fauna and flora it supports. While you are in the area take the opportunity to explore it, and enjoy all of the little towns which each have something special and unique to offer.
Wherever you decide to go rafting, relax and enjoy the experience. If you ‘go with the flow’ you are in for one of the most exciting adventures of your life! Whether you are an experienced rafter, or a beginner, Dirty Boots has a wide selection of river rafting tours available, meaning that you can find a trip that is tailor made to suit your needs. Rafting is one of the best ways to explore the spectacular scenery of some of the most beautiful parts of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho, and you will come away from the trip with fond memories and an urgent longing to find another river and get back on the water!