Overnight Canoe Trails on the Orange River

4 Day Orange River Rafting Trails

Family adventures or business team-building holidays to experience the Richtersveld on inflatable rafts and use the Orange River Rafting Trails as a mode of transport.

Paddling safely and comfortably through the beautiful scenery of the Richtersveld, the only mountain desert in South Africa on our Orange River Rafting trips. This is an adventure suitable for the whole family. Let our experienced guides lead you through one of the most striking landscapes South Africa has to offer.

The perfect outdoor short break adventure with fun-filled rapids, hiking and discovering the stark beauty of the Richtersveld desert. Sleeping under the stars or in a tent remains a unique South African wilderness experience. Our 4-Day Rafting Trail will take you from the base camp through the Nababiep Community & Richtersveld Community and Assenkehr Nature Reserves.

Over the course of the 4-day rafting expedition, you can expect to have spectacular mountain scenery, fast-flowing channels and excellent opportunities for bird viewing. With the rapids graded a 1 - 3 difficulty, makes this section of the Orange River suitable for everyone, whether you are experienced or not. After a day's paddling, there will be plenty of time for some relaxation, exploring, hiking and not to mention the fresh meals prepared by your guides on an open fire.


  • Rafting along the Orange River (on the South Africa/Namibia Border)
  • Sleeping under the stars (or tent)
  • Richtersveld- The only mountain desert in South Africa
  • Family-friendly excursion

*A valid Passport is compulsory
* Families travelling with children younger than 18 will need an unabridged birth certificate to be allowed to depart and enter South Africa.

Time Frame: 1 night base camp & 3 nights camp on the banks of the Orange River.
Distance: 45-65 km (depending on the water level).
Tour Starts: Early morning on Day 2
Equipment: Two-man inflatable rafts, paddles, flotation devices, cooler box for drinks and dry bags for personals.
Starts: The Growcery Camp
Ends: The Growcery Camp (Transfer back to Base Camp at Takeout Point).


All Meals Included

4 Days / 3 Nights
Inflatable Raft

Itinerary Summary

The 4 Day Rafting Trail will take you from our base camp through the Nababeep Community & Richtersveld Community Reserve. Over the next 4 days you can expect to have spectacular mountain views, fast flowing channels and excellent bird life. The River is graded at level 1-3 in difficulty and is suitable for beginners. The Orange River is a pool drop river, ‘which means after every rapid, there is always a pool.4 Day Orange River Rafting Map

The Richtersveld is home to goat herders trekking through the endless desert mountains. We don’t have designated campsites and camp for the day depends on the progress made that day, where we will choose our overnight spot on the banks of the river. This is a truly great combination of rafting, relaxing, hiking and exploring.

It is not a race, but rather an outdoor expedition suitable for all with no experience. Our guides will be preparing meals on open fires and guide you safely down the Orange River.


4-Day Orange River Rafting Trails

In SA Rands Per Adult U/18 yrs Family of 4
02 May - 18 Sep'23 R 5,100 R 4,915 R 17,750
21 Sep - 08 Oct'23 R 5,945 R 5,730 R 20,700
14 Oct - 14 Dec'23 R 5,100 R 4,915 R 17,750
16 - 25 Dec'23 R 5,945 R 5,730 R20,700
26 Dec'23 - 01 Jan'24 R 6,995 R 6,795 -
02 - 12 Jan'24 R 5,795 R 5,595 R 20,185
12 Jan - 14 Mar'24 R 5,100 R 4,915 R 17,750
17 - 26 Mar'24 R 5,945 R 5,730 R 20,700

Easter 2024 27 Mar - 02 Apr'24

R 6,365 R 6,155 -

03 - 24 Apr'24

R5,100 R 4,915 R 17,750

26 Apr - 01 May'24

R 5,945 R 5,730 R 20,700



  • All Crockery and Cutlery
  • Paddling Equipment
  • Meals from arrival to last day Lunch.
  • Parking for your vehicles
  • Experienced and qualified river guides
  • All river and safety equipment incl. first aid kit
  • Watertight containers for personal gear
  • 48 litre cooler boxes of Ice (limited amounts)
  • Braai wood & briquettes
  • Transport back to our base camp


  • Transport to/from base camp
  • Water (minimum 2l per person per day), additional & alcoholic beverages
  • Snacks
  • Car Rental
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping mattress and tent
  • Items of personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
Rates are subject to increases by the supplier

More Info

Protecting the Environment No glass is allowed on the river and all waste will be transported along the trail and returned to base camp. Please decanter supplies to plastic containers or make use of cans.

What to Pack

  • Sleeping bag
  • Roll mat
  • Blow up mattress
  • Torch/ head lamp
  • Matches
  • Camera
  • Small dry bag for camera & snacks
  • Sunglasses (with safety strap), lip balm, hat, sunscreen
  • Water bottle, 6 bin liners
  • T-Shirts, Khikoi, shorts, strops, sweater, long pants, second skin, swimsuit, towel
  • Hiking boots
  • Tent, umbrella, camping chairs, cycling gloves for paddling
  • Own drinks (no glass allowed), Rehydrate sachets
  • Personal medical kit, insect repellent (Stingose), toiletries, bio degradable soap, toilet paper
  • Cash (No card facilities at base camp) and a good sense of adventure

Border crossing procedures prior to arrival at The Growcery

  • At the Vioolsdrift border post stamp out of South Africa
  • Proceed to Namibian Customs and get stamped into Namibia
  • Do not pay any road taxes for Namibia as your vehicles should not enter the country
  • Turn around and go back to South Africa without getting any more stamps in your passport

The last stamp when you get to our base camp must state entry into Namibia

PLEASE NOTE Families traveling with children younger than 18 y/o will need an unbridged birth certificate to be allowed to depart and enter South Africa. Furthermore, minors traveling with only one parent, or another party need additional documentation.


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