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3-Day Orange River Rafting for Students

The 3-Day Orange River Rafting trail is an adventure suitable for those with a need for adrenalin and those who crave to escape the city. This is perfect for students and those who don’t have a lot of time.

Join us and experience the Richtersveld on an inflatable raft and use the Orange River as a mode of transport. Bring along any inflatable devices you have and let’s make our adventure a fun and colourful one! Explore the only mountain desert in South Africa and let our experienced guides lead you through one of the most striking landscapes South Africa has to offer.

This is the perfect outdoor getaway with fun-filled rapids, hiking, star gazing and discovering the stark beauty of the Richtersveld desert. Sleep under the star-studded skies of the Richtersveld and enjoy fire-cooked meals made by your guide.

The 3-Day Orange River Rafting is the perfect adventure for those who enjoy a bit of rugged bush living!


Route Plan

Day 1 Arrive at base camp at 18:00 for the briefing Dinner included
Day 2, 3 Orange River Rafting + Camping on the banks of the Orange River Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Day 4 Rafting and transfer back to base camp. Camping back at base camp included Breakfast included


You will be taken from our base camp, The Growcery, through the Nababeep Community and Richtersveld Community Reserve. Over the next three days, you can expect to have spectacular mountain views, fast-flowing channels and excellent birdlife. The River has rapids 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.

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 an excellent combination of rafting, relaxing, hiking and exploring. It is not a race, but rather an outdoor expedition suitable for all with no experience.


How to find us?

Our Basecamp, The Growcery, is 22km from the border post inside South Africa. Our Adventure will start in South Africa and end in Namibia. We will then be transported back through Namibia and over the Border back to the Growcery Camp.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need any experience to join this trip? – No knowledge required.
  • Is there malaria in this region? – This is a disease-free zone.
  • How far is this trip? – 45km depending on the water levels.
  • When is High water? – Dec – April.
  • When is low water? – May – Nov.
  • How big are the groups? – a maximum of 24 people per group.
  • Can I book a private trip? – Yes, you can, permitting it is a group of minimum of 18 people in low season and 24 pax in peak season.
  • What is a scheduled Departure?– These are confirmed departures with open groups and anyone can join. 
  • What must I pack? – You will receive a packing list with every reservation.
  • Will my car be safe while I am on the trip? – We offer safe and secure parking at The Growcery Camp.
  • What about a medical kit? We suggest that you bring your equipment.
  • What about special dietary requirements? We cater for vegetarians and vegans. If you are on a special diet, we suggest that you bring the needed ingredients and our guides will assist in the preparations.

Valid Passports are required, and no client will be accommodated without their passport.


Orange River Rafting Includes


  • Park fees, entrance fees
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, as indicated
  • Qualified river guides
  • Two man inflatable rafts
  • Paddles & flotation devices
  • 60L Dry bag for personal belongings
  • 45L Cooler Box per boat - ice can be purchased at base camp
  • Transfer back to The Growcery
Orange River Rafting Excludes


  • Camping equipment, tent, cutlery, crockery etc.
  • Water, 2l per person per day, juice & alcoholic beverages, snacks for in between meals
  • Camping / Accommodation on the last night
  • Lunch & dinner on the last day
Orange River Rafting Tour Information


DEPARTS FROM: The Growcery Camp

Minimum 30% deposit secures your spot.

Orange River Rafting Product Pricing


Number of people 2020
Adult R3 850
Family of 2 - One Adult & One under 18 R6 350
Family of 3 - Two Adults & One under 18 R10 000
Family of 4 - Two Adults & Two under 18's R12 950
Family of 5 - Two Adults & Three under 18's R15 500
Family of 6 - Two Adults & Four under 18's R17 850
Orange River Rafting Tour Schedule

Adventure SCHEDULE

Day 1

 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

Day 2,3

Orange River Rafting – Orange River Our River adventure starts after a filling breakfast this morning. Our guides will brief all our paddlers on how to pack their two-man inflatable rafts for the next 3 days of river rafting. We leave all our vehicles and mobile devices safely at base camp and start our adventure anything from 9:30 – 10: 30 this morning. The next few days will be along the banks of the Orange River. We explore the magnificent Richtersveld Desert and embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Accommodation: Camping

Day 4

Orange River – Growcery Camp An early wake-up call we enjoy our last breakfast on the banks of the Orange River, before making our way to our collection point. All depends on the water levels on how long we will paddle before the take out. Please don’t make any fixed arrangements to depart earlier than 2 pm from our base camp. Take out times will vary from 08: 30 am – 12: 30 pm, this all depends on the water levels. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Please book camping/Chic Shacks prior to trip departure

DISCLAIMER: We reserve the right to cancel any activity due to weather or unsafe conditions. An alternative activity will be provided wherever possible.

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