The Ash River just outside Clarens in the Free State is basically a man made river. Ok the river was their but us humans just diverted a few million litres of water, needed for drinking water in Gauteng, from Lesotho. This project is known as the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, linking South Africa and Lesotho together by diverting water from the Lesotho dams into the Vaal River hundreds of kilometres away.
The Ash River now has a constant flow of water all year round making it the ideal river for rafting and kayaking. A whole industry of adventure has grown around the river rafting in Clarens, a little like the Vic Falls adventure industry. The rapids on the Ash river are graded 3 to 4 with a fast water flow making it an extremely exciting day of white water rafting.
There are a few adventure operators in Clarens that offer rafting day trips and other outdoor adventures in the vicinity. These include; quad biking, horse riding, archery, abseiling, paragliding and many more. So, if you are looking for some exciting white water rafting not too far from Gauteng then head down to the Ash River.