orange river


The Orange River was named after the dutch Prince william of Orange. The Gariep River or “Great River” as it is called by the local Nama people. The Orange River cuts through the Richtersveld desert reserve and is now part of the Richtersveld Ais-Ais Transfrontier Park.  From its source high in the Drakensberg Mountains, it meanders 2200 km until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean at Alexander Bay/Oranjemund.

The total catchment area of the Orange river system constitutes 77% of the surface area of South Africa. Almost a 40% of the catchment is situated outside South Africa in Lesotho, Namibia and Botswana. Yearly the orange river provide a great source of life to all living in its arid surrounds.

Umkulu Safari & Canoe Trails have been leading orange river rafting tours for the past 19 years. A local company with a local flavour to adventure. Our river operations extends from Vioolsdrift all the way to sendlingsdrift. We pride ourselves on offering value for money river adventures. Our portfolio on the orange river covers from 3 hour river rafting adventures to 6 day trails.

What makes the orange river rafting trails unique is the fact that is surrounded by the Richtersveld Desert. It is a pool drop river and over 300 km the river drops 150 meters in height. It is a gradual slope with entry level and moderate to high level rapids. All the rapids are well guided by our river rafting team. Our two man and four man inflatable rafts have been designed to negotiate these rapids in the safest possible way.

The River rafting adventure trails will lead you to experience the remote and rugged Richtersveld. Camping is wild bush camping on the banks of the river. Sleeping outside under the stars. Escape into the wild and visit the Orange river on a river rafting adventure trail.

River rafting  is one of the purest adventure activities  in Southern Africa.