Orange River Adventures

Orange River Adventures - River rafting, white-water kayaking and white-water rafting.

In the early 80’s river rafting in South Africa began to emerge as a commercial venture and the Orange River was where it all began to evolve. Seriously adventurous river men and women explored this mighty 2200 km river from its birthplace in the Lesotho Highlands to its termination at the Atlantic Ocean and pioneered a river-based adventure industry that now takes a huge wedge of the South African…

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Orange River Adventures - River rafting, white-water kayaking and white-water rafting.

In the early 80’s river rafting in South Africa began to emerge as a commercial venture and the Orange River was where it all began to evolve. Seriously adventurous river men and women explored this mighty 2200 km river from its birthplace in the Lesotho Highlands to its termination at the Atlantic Ocean and pioneered a river-based adventure industry that now takes a huge wedge of the South African adventure tourism sector. With this long history of guiding guests safely down the Orange River, many of them returning year after year, its not surprising that these river guides have the reputation for being some of the best and most passionate adventure guides in the country.

The Orange River is a thin green ribbon carving its way through spectacular topography and forming the border between South Africa and Namibia.  It is a river with many myths and legends and a history of important water schemes and diamond mining but for those who love the outdoors it is a river perfectly made for rafting adventures; for nights around a roaring fire under a star-studded sky, for floating languidly one minute and charging through white water the next. For up to 6 days you can float through the baked but beautiful landscape with the chance of spotting game along the riverbanks and only the occasional mournful cry of a fish eagle and your paddle hitting the water to disturb you. And with all this remote wildness you don’t have to worry about giving up all your comforts. Orange River rafting operators have a reputation for excellent wilderness catering so after a good day of paddling you can look forward to an excellent fire-cooked meal.

River rafting companies operate in various locations along the river that are chosen for their scenic beauty, mix of white water and tranquil stretches and accessibility. River trips are available in the Orange Free State and the Northern Cape, each area offering its own special quality and features. On its upper reaches the river is fast flowing and surrounded by high mountain peaks. Further down a dramatic 30km stretch of river called Thunder Alley also offers exciting rapids and spectacular rocky scenery. Towards the end of its journey the Orange River winds through the Richtersveld National Park, an area known for its mountainous moonscapes. 

In safe inflatable boats with skilled guides, this multi-day adventure is suitable for the intrepid traveller as well as the whole family.

Orange River Adventures

Boat Trips

Boat Trips on the Orange River, South Africa is a fun, family activity and should be on your list of things to do when you visit the Northern Cape. See our adventure operators below...

River Rafting

River Rafting Trips on the Orange River, South Africa. From its birth place in the Lesotho Highlands, the Orange River makes its 2200km journey through spectacular topography towards the Atlantic Ocean forming the border between South Africa and Namibia.  It is a river with a history of important...

White Water Kayaking

A White Water Kayaking Adventure on South Africa’s longest river is an unforgettable experience that you will have to try at least once in your lifetime!  Glide through breathtaking scenery, maneuvre though rapids and cool off in the warm water – a day on the Orange is a day made in heaven!...

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting on the Orange River in the Northern Cape is a fantastic adventure, just ask the many paddling enthusiasts who return to this life-giving river, year after year. The Orange is the longest river in South Africa and there is plenty of space for all kinds of paddlers. Daredevils and...

4x4 Tours

4x4 Tours in Orange River. If you are looking for the most fun that you can have on four wheels try a 4x4 Off-Road Adventure! These tours will see you traverse...