Join our 4-Day Orange River Rafting trail through the Richtersveld. This trail is a more relaxed river rafting adventure and suitable for people without any 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 end of the trail.
We will sleep on the banks of the Orange River, explore the Richtersveld Mountains and just 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 with us 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 full packing and kit list. It is essential to have the right 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. Our evening will be spent having dinner, preparing for our adventure the following morning and relaxing around the fire.
In the pre-COVID days, we used to go through the border before embarking on this 4 Day Adventure. Due to the borders being either closed or having difficult procedures that most of our guests are unable to comply to, we decided to change our route to accommodate the majority on with the river trails.
The new route is from Henkries farm to The Growcery Camp. This means that 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 as an amazing experience as before, 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 also experience the farmlands of the area.
The birdlife is immensely active and there will be a lot of opportunities for bird viewing.
The trip will end between 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Day 5. This will depend on the water levels and nature’s variable elements. This is an 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 making a booking online.
We are Protecting the Environment:
We do not allow glass or glass containers on the river trail. Please decant glass content such as wine and spirits into plastic bottles or make use of 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 untouched feel and help our guests by briefing them about how we do things on the river.
The following dates are available to book.
21 – 25 February 2021 (16 spaces available @ R5000 per adult)
September – October 2021
|DEPARTS FROM:||The Growcery|
Non-refundable Administration fee of 35% is required to secure your booking.
|Children 15-17 yrs||R 4550|
|Children 11-14 yrs||R 4000|
|Children 5-10 yrs||R 3650|
|Family of Four (Two adults+2 u/18's)||R 17545|
|Family of Five (Two adults+3 u/18's)||R 19965|
|Children 16-17 yrs||R 4750|
|Children 12-15 yrs||R 4150|
|Children 5-11 yrs||R 3850|
|Family of Four(Two adults+2 u/18's)||R 19140|
|Family of Five (Two adults+3 u/18's)||R 21780|
|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 a freshly cooked meal can be expected. Our evening is relaxed and a great time can be spent under the many stars of the Richtersveld. Meals: Dinner Accommodation: Camping|
|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, this will allow the group to get into the rhythm of packing a boat and to get used to the paddling of the boat.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Accommodation: Camping on the banks of the Orange River|
|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. This route will take you through farmlands and mountain views and will give you perspective on the small economy of the bottom Orange. If you are from the city, you will paddle past the farms where your local shop’s vegetables are grown. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Accommodation: Camping on the banks of the Orange River|
|Orange River – The Growcery Camp Today will be the last day of your river trail, we will end our trail either at The Bridge or at The Growcery Camp. This will all depend on the water level and the endpoint will be discussed on the first day. 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.