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4-Day Orange River Rafting

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Join our 4-Day Orange River Rafting trail through the Richtersveld. This trail is a more relaxed river rafting adventure suitable for people without prior experience. Our 4-Day Orange River Rafting will start at our base camp, The Growcery Camp, 22 km from Vioolsdrift. We paddle down the river and get picked up near Aussenkehr farm at the trail’s end.

What to Expect on Our 4-Day Orange River Rafting Adventure

We will sleep on the banks of the Orange River, explore the Richtersveld Mountains, and enjoy the great outdoors! You are welcome to relax outside next to the fire or in your tent. This isolated part of the Richtersveld makes you feel like a real adventurer. We take all the food we need and prepare meals over open fires. There are no designated campsites. We start our day with an early morning paddle. In the afternoons, we will stop for a picnic-style lunch and enjoy the tranquillity of the river.

In the late afternoons we have time to relax and even do some hiking in the mountains. All our camps are natural areas along the river, and we respect the ecosystem by taking all our refuse with us. We will provide you with a complete packing and kit list. It is essential to have the proper preparation guidelines when joining a river rafting adventure on the Orange River. We recommend that you arrive at our base camp no later than 5 pm on the first day when our guides will welcome you upon arrival. We will spend our evening having dinner, preparing for our adventure the following morning, and relaxing around the fire.

The COVID Trail

In the pre-COVID days, we used to go through the border before embarking on this 4 Day Adventure. Due to the closed borders or having complex procedures that most of our guests cannot comply with, we decided to change our route to accommodate the majority on the river trails. The new course is from Henkries farm to The Growcery Camp. Instead of starting at The Growcery Camp on Day 2, we drive 2-3 hours to the starting point after breakfast and end at The Growcery Camp on Day 5.

This route is still just an amazing experience. It is just a different section of the river. On this trail, you are in the middle of nowhere. You will still be in the Richtersveld and experience the area’s farmlands. The birdlife is immensely active, and there will be a lot of opportunities for bird viewing. The trip will end between 10:00 am – and 2:00 pm on Day 5. The last day will depend on the water levels and nature’s variable elements. Any adventure and nature can be unpredictable. The drive to the starting point will be between 2-3 hours, depending on the quality of the road. Please book your accommodation or campsite at The Growcery for day 5, before your departure or when booking online.

4-Day Orange River Rafting Highlights

  • Wild camping on the banks of the river.
  • Excellent mountain views.
  • Endless swimming opportunities.
  • Explore the surroundings.
  • Stargazing.
  • Escape into the wild.
  • No cellphone reception.

We are Protecting the Environment: We do not allow glass or glass containers on the river trail. Would you please decant glass content such as wine and spirits into plastic bottles or use canned products? Our travellers will transport all waste back to our base camp. Be mindful of the mark you leave when camping in nature. We want to conserve the natural feel and help our guests by briefing them about how we do things on the river.

The following dates are available to book.

April 2022 May 2022 June 2022 July 2022
09 – 12 April 02 – 06 May 16 – 20 June 04 -08 July
16 – 20 April 03 – 07 May 25 – 29 June 09 – 13 July
17 – 21 April 29 – 03 July
27 – 01 May
August 2022 September 2022 October 2022 November 2022
On request 17 – 21 September 01 – 05 October Private Trails Only
23 – 27 September 02 – 06 October
24 – 28 September 03 – 07 October
27 – 30 September 05 -09 October
December 2022 January 2023 Feb 2023 Feb 2023
04 – 08 Dec 02 – 06 January – Fam Private trails only Private trails only
10 – 14 Dec 03 – 07 January
12 – 16 December 07 – 11 January – Fam
16 – 20 December – Fam 08 – 12 Jan
18 – 22 December
20 – 24 December – Fam
22 – 26 Dec
27 – 31 December
28 – 31 December
29 – 02 January 23 – Fam

  1. Read through the information provided and decide if this is the kind of adventure you want to join.
  2. Go through the available dates and decide which date will suit you best.
  3. Click on the link below and download a reservation form.
  4. Orange River Reservation Form
  5. Fill in the form and send the form to
  6. You will receive a response with an invoice or a query to adjust the date (space is limited)
  7. A 25% Administration Fee will be needed to secure your booking.
  8. Please pay the final amount no later than 30 days before arrival.
  9. When payment is complete, you will receive a confirmation voucher.

Full Day Rafting Adventure

Namibia Camping Safari

Umkulu Adventures Includes


  • Camping fees on Day 1 at The Growcery Camp
  • Two-man inflatable rafts & paddles
  • Waterproof bags & flotation devices
  • Meals as indicated
  • Cooler box for drinks
  • Park fees, conservation fees
  • Transfer back to The Growcery Camp after trip
Umkulu Adventures Excludes


  • Travel arrangements to starting point
  • Drinks
  • Camping equipment
  • Bedding
  • Camping or Chic Shack accommodation on Day 5
  • Extra snacks
  • Travel insurance
Umkulu Adventures Tour Information


DEPARTS FROM: The Growcery

A non-refundable Administration Fee of  25 % is required to secure your booking.

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4-Day Orange River Rafting Rates

Normal Rafting Trails 2022
Adult R 5 650
Children 16-17 yrs R 4 750
Children 12-15 yrs R 4 350
Children 5-11 yrs R 3 850
Family Rafting Trips on Schedule Family Departures. 2022
Family of Two ( One Adult + 1 u/18) R 8 500
Family of Three (Two Adults +1 u/18) R 12 750
Family of Four(Two adults+2 u/18s) R 17 000
Family of Five (Two adults+3 u/18s) R 20 995
Family of Six (Two adults+4 u/18s) R 24 000
Please enquire about student specials and group discounts. There is an early bird special of a 10% discount for making reservations six months in advance - Only a deposit is required. Book before September for 2023 and receive the 2022 rates.
Umkulu Adventures Tour Schedule


Due to the changes that COVID19 have bought forward, we changed the route to the upper part of the river until further notice. As soon as the borders open and operate normal, we will update the route back to the Original route through the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. *Please note that all transfers are included with the price when booking your rafting adventure. (Transfer is included from The Growcery Camp – Henkries Starting Point) The current route is as follow:

Day 1

The Growcery Camp We meet all our river paddlers at The Growcery Camp no later than 5 pm on day 1. Please notify the camp of any late arrivals. This evening will be an introduction to your river crew and a final briefing on the adventure that awaits us. Our Dinner will be around open fires, and you can expect a freshly cooked meal. Our evening is relaxed, and we can have a great time under the many stars of the Richtersveld. Meals: Dinner Accommodation: Camping

Day 2

The Growcery Camp – Starting Point This morning we’ll have an early start. Breakfast & coffee will be ready on the instruction of your guide the previous night. After breakfast, we will pack our journey into the truck and drive towards the starting point. The journey will take about 2-3 hrs, so please pack a light snack for the road. You will embark on a short paddle after arriving at the starting point, and this will allow the group to get into the rhythm of packing a boat and get used to the paddling of the boat. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Accommodation: Camping on the banks of the Orange River

Day 3,4

The Growcery Camp – Orange River Our River adventure starts with a scrumptious breakfast this morning. The next few days will be along the banks of the Orange River. We explore the magnificent views of the Richtersveld desert and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Accommodation: Camping on the banks of the Orange River

Day 5

Orange River – The Growcery Camp Today will be the last day of your river trail. We start the morning and have between 3-4 hours of paddling before ending our adventure at our chosen take out point. Meals: Breakfast

DISCLAIMER: We reserve the right to cancel any activity due to weather or unsafe conditions. An alternative activity will be provided wherever possible.

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