Adventures on the Orange River

Make a Day of It!

Orange River Rafting tours

For something completely different, this riverside adventure is a healthy combination of action-packed fun and tranquil time spent surrounded by nature. Umkulu Safari & Canoe Trails have been leading Orange River Rafting tours in the rugged beauty of the Richtersveld Desert for nearly twenty years! Whether you choose a half, full or four day adventure, you will be guided through majestic waters, camp on the banks of the river, sleep under a canopy of stars and simply enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

Make a Day of It!

“A relaxing Introduction to the Orange River”

For something completely different, this riverside adventure is a healthy combination of action-packed fun and tranquil time spent surrounded by nature. Umkulu Safari & Canoe Trails have been leading Orange River Rafting tours in the rugged beauty of the Richtersveld Desert for nearly twenty years!

This is a perfect short-stay adventure for those with limited time.  Everyone can do it, even those without any previous experience. Expect introductory rapids, fast flowing channels and weirs along your way. The full day rafting trail is surrounded by working farms, granite rocks, lava deposits and reed beds along the banks of the river.  Extraordinary Birdlife can be expected along this trip.  Most common sightings are the Goliath Heron, Fish eagles, Jackal Buzzards, Gymnogene, Cormorants, Egyptian geese, African black duck, weavers and some migrating birds.  Enjoy a picnic style lunch on the banks or even an island along the Orange River, with ample photographic opportunities.  This relaxing introduction to the Orange River is suitable for all ages.  A highlight is rock jumping underneath the yellow cliffs!

Tour Price: R 695/person

Time:  4-6 Hours
Distance: 14 – 22 Km (depending on the water level)
Equipment: 2 man inflatable rafts, paddles, floatation devices, cooler box for drinks, dry bags for personals
Picnic lunch is provided
Mineral water supplied

One Night into the Wild

“Paddle, Hike and overnight!”

This adventure trail is ideal for travelers passing through, as it’s short and sweet with all the thrills packed in. You depart from base camp and paddle a scenic four kilometre stretch along 120 metre vertical cliffs.  No experience is needed, so take your time. Paddle at a leisurely pace to ensure you don’t miss out on the extraordinary abundance of birdlife. Admire the majestic cliffs, rock formations and spectacular mountain scenery that surround you.  


After a great day out on the water, a guided hike up the mountain takes you to the perfect spot for a scenic sunset. Weary bodies full of the joys of life, will overnight on the banks of the Orange River and sleep under a canopy of stars.

Tour Price: R 650/person. Children under 12: R 450.00
Equipment Provided: 2 man inflatable rafts, paddles, floatation devices, cooler box for drinks, dry bags for personals
Lunch and dinner is provided
Mineral water supplied

 4 Day River Rafting Trail

“An outdoor expedition of the highest standard.”  

Let the experienced guides lead you through one of the most striking landscapes South Africa has to offer.  This adventure is suitable for the whole family and makes for a perfect outdoor adventure. Enjoy fun-filled rapids, hiking and discover the stark beauty of the Richtersveld desert.  Sleep under the stars or in a tent. The Trail will take you from base camp through the Nababeep Community and for four full 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 Richtersveld is home to goat herders trekking through the endless desert mountains.  With no designated campsites, camp for the day depends on progress made and an overnight spot on the riverbank will be decided accordingly.  This is a truly great combination of rafting, relaxing, hiking and exploring.  It is not a race, but rather an outdoor expedition of the highest standard, where guides prepare meals on open fires and guide you safely down the River, imparting invaluable knowledge.

Tour Price: Adults R3550, Under 18: R3250, Under12: R2950

Time Frame:  3 nights and a half day on the river
Distance: 45-65 km (depending on the water level)
Equipment: 2 man inflatable rafts, paddles, floatation devices, cooler box for drinks and dry bags for personals

Meals Provided

 For more tours and information: www.umkuluadventures.com