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3 Day Wet and Wild Adventure.

Our 3 Day Wet and Wild adventure is the perfect safari and river rafting combination. It is a full day of activity, experience, and safari. We will start our day at 09:00 am to transfer to our rafting starting point. We will either make use of sit-on-top kayaks or inflatable two-person rafts. The selection all depends on the water levels of the Orange river on the day. The morning on the orange river will offer some fast-flowing water with beautiful scenery. The magnificent birdlife adds to the surroundings. The Richtersveld is well known for rock formations and semi-precious minerals.

The first part of our trail starts meandering down the ‘Great Orange’ river. During which you will be viewing an array of birdlife, paddling and negotiating rapids while primarily being amazed at the setting, relaxing in the sun, and cooling off with a swim in the river. After enjoying lunch on the side of the river, we make our way back to camp. At camp, you can relax while your guides are preparing dinner.

What to expect on a 3 Day Wet and Wild

Day two of the trial is into two parts. First, we will go for a full day of rafting and then make our way to a wild camp for the night. An evening around the campfire and under the stars of the Richtersveld, see striking rock formations and get to see what the Richtersveld has to offer up close and personal.

The following day we will have a sunrise hike with spectacular views over the Orange River. After a hearty breakfast, we will return to base camp. The second leg of the day will take us on a thrilling 4×4 trail into the Nababeep Conservancy. Explore the geological wonders and diverse collection of fauna and flora, many of whom have adapted in different and unique ways to survive this desert environment.

We leave the mountains again behind and slowly make our way back to camp for a beautiful bush-style dinner under a magnificent star-studded sky, the perfect ending to an exceptional experience.

Experience the wild

The Richtersveld community reserve, namely the Nababeep community reserve, is 3km from our base camp. We will be packing the cooler box and embarking on our customized safari vehicle. The road is rough rocky terrain, and a car with high clearance is best. This part of the Richtersveld is home to some local indigenous succulents and fantastic rock formations. We explore the ‘halfmens’ and quiver trees, along with various plants.

It is an excellent opportunity to experience the only mountainous desert of South Africa. The desolation of this rugged desert will leave you speechless at the best of times.

The ancient petroglyphs are always a great visit and allow for discussion and mythology of the Nama-Khoi people.

3 Day Wet and Wild Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive At Growcery camp, no later than 5 pm Acc Dinner
Day 2 Full-Day River Experience, Sunset Hike, and Wild camping Camping B.L.D
Day 3 Return to base camp before lunch and a 4×4 Richtersveld Safari Acc B.L.D
Day 4 Tour ends after Coffee / Tea and Rusks B

With a minimum of 4 pax, you are welcome to book any date suitable for you.

This package is ideal for:

  • A weekend getaway.
  • An affordable family holiday.
  • Bachelor/Bachelorette weekends.
  • School Groups.
  • Team Building

The Growcery Camp – Base Camp

Orange River Information

Some Frequently Asked Questions about the 3 Day Wet & Wild.

  • Do I need any experience to join this trip? – Experience is not essential.
  • What are the youngest realistic ages for these trips? – We suggest five years and older.
  • Is there malaria in this region? – The Orange River is a disease-free zone.
  • How far is the rafting trip? – Anything between 14 – 22 km, depending on the water levels.
  • When is high water? – December – April.
  • When is low water? – May – November.
  • How big are the groups? – Min 4 people per group.
  • What is a “scheduled departure”?– These are confirmed departures.
  • 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.
  • Travel insurance is the new norm when travelling in 2022.
Orange River Rafting Includes

INCLUDES


  • 2 nights acc at Growcery Camp
  • 1 night wild camping
  • Full day rafting
  • View point hike
  • 3-4 hour 4 x 4 safari
  • 3 Dinners , 2 Lunches , 3 B/fasts
  • two-person inflatables or kayaks, dry bags and coolerboxes
  • Mineral water supplied with every activity.
  • Park fees, conservation fees, entrance fees and transfer fees included.
  • Stretchers Beds
Orange River Rafting Excludes

EXCLUDES


  • Own Transfers to The Growcery Camp
  • Own extra drinks and snacks
  • Torches, cameras
  • Own personal Medical Kit
  • Own towels
  • Own sleeping bag & Pillow
  • Camera & powerbank.
  • Drones are allowed
  • Gratuities
Orange River Rafting Tour Information

Adventure INFORMATION

DURATION: 4 Days
DEPARTS FROM: The Growcery Camp
RATES INFO:

A 25% Non-refundable Administration fee to secure your booking.

Orange River Rafting Product Pricing

RATES

3 Day Wet & Wild Adventure

2022 2023
Adults R 4450 R 4850
Child 15-17 R 3850 R 4250
Child 11-14 R 3150 R 3550
Child 5-10 R 2450 R 2850
Orange River Rafting Tour Schedule

Adventure SCHEDULE

Day 1

The Growcery Camp – Orange River

The Growcery team will meet and greet you upon your arrival at the camp. We suggest that adventurers should not be later than 5 pm on day 1 of your trail.

We start the evening with introductions.

Tonight is the perfect evening of introductions and stargazing. Your Guide will brief you on what to pack and where to park your vehicles safely.

Dinner

Day 2

Orange River – Wild Camp – Viewpoint Hike

Our day starts with some coffee and tea around 07:30 am and a hearty breakfast to follow at 8:00 am. Our transfer towards the starting point of our rafting trail will start at 9:00 – 09:30 am. We will transfer 14 km upstream from our camp and start our day exploring the orange river rock formations, birdlife endless mountain views.

This river trail is a floating paddle and explores experience with a picnic-style lunch. Mid-afternoon, we will pass the Growcery camp and collect our overnight bags before heading off to camp in the wild this evening.

After setting up camp, we will go for a sunset hike overlooking the Richtersveld mountains. Our day will end around an open fire, star-studded night skies, and some wholesome food prepared on an open fire. The evening is an excellent end to an adventurous day in The Richtersveld.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Wild Camp – The Growcery – 4 x 4 Trail

Our morning will start with the sunrise and the sounds of the birds along the Orange River. It is a relaxed morning, and after a cuppa and a hearty breakfast, we will start making our way back to camp with a scenic paddle along the Orange River.

It is a great time to seek the malachite, pied and giant kingfishers. It is not uncommon to find jackal buzzards and Fish Eagles along the way. The Goliath heron also makes an impressive sighting on the Orange River along with the overcrowded sight of the African darters.

Our arrival around lunchtime at The Growcery will be met by a hearty lunch and some leisure time after lunch. Our Richtersveld trail will start at 4 pm. We will depart in our 4 x 4 safari vehicle and explore the fauna and flora of this mountain desert in the Northern Cape. Quiver trees, succulents and the “half-mens plants ” are endemic to this region.

A valley of desolation as we describe this journey. The 4 x 4 trail is the perfect way to explore the surrounding mountains and area with our 4 x 4 safari vehicle. This evening Dinner will be back at The Growcery Camp, and you will have bedded accommodation.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

The Growcery Camp

Our morning will start with a cuppa and rusks before your adventure comes to an end. You depart camp after your cuppa and take home the memories of the Wet & Wild Adventure.

Coffee / Tea and rusks this morning.

Tea / Coffee and Rusks.

 



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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