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.
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.
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.
|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|
|DEPARTS FROM:||The Growcery|
A non-refundable Administration Fee of 25 % is required to secure your booking.
|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|
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:
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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.