Orange River Rafting Safari Richtersveld National Park border of Namibia. The only true mountain desert in South Africa - A World Heritage Site. No previous experience necessary - moderate level of fitness.
The Richtersveld is a unique Desert Reserve with signs of old volcanic mountains, the trails of the Khoisan people and the aridness of an unforgiving desert reserve that lives off the mighty 2092 km long Orange River.
Your adventures begins from the Base Camp on the banks of the Orange River 13 kms down stream from the Vioolsdrift (South African) Noordoewer (Namibian) borders if you are driving yourself. Transfers from Cape Town are also available. Safe Parking, hot showers, flush toilets, grassy campsites, swimming pool, bar facilities and safe lock-up storage.
8) Valid Passport - no one will be allowed without a valid passport 9) Insect repellent (Mosquitoes at Base camp) 10) Big sun umbrella (optional) 11) Sense of Humour!!!
COST 4 days/4 nights - R2795per person. Minimum of 6 persons. 6 days/6 nights - R3295 per person. Minimum of 6 persons.
Transfers from Cape Town R800 per person
Bookings of less than 6 persons can be accommodated with other groups.
Meet your fellow paddlers, river trip briefing by experienced guides and famous bush cuisine.
After breakfast you launch the 2-man inflatable rafts (crocodiles) with cooler box, dry bags and buoyancy aids down the mighty Orange River.
.Inflatable rafts are easy to control and allow for safe guiding by two qualified river guides through the fast flowing rapids that occur on the expedition.
The next few days are spent on the Orange River where you will explore this magnificent desert eco system. Your guides will take you through some fast flowing water and guide you with knowledge and experience to ensure maximum enjoyment of this magnificent river. You will have the opportunity to experience some wave surfing, rapid floating, hiking and fishing that provides fun for everyone. Stretches of still water will give you ample opportunity to admire the beautiful gorges and scenery. The expedition is not a race and along with our carefully planned route and itinerary, it allows you to have maximum time to complete the expedition.
ROCK FORMATION:Granite Rock, Metamorphic Rock and Sedimentary Rock. Suggested Kit list: 1) Sleeping bag & sleeping mat (roll mat or blow up mat) 2) Torch, batteries, matches, toilet paper, bio - degradable soap 3) Camera, film (Watertight container, or disposable splash proof camera) 4) Sunglasses with string & cork, t-shirts, sarong, shorts, khikhoi, anorak, sweater, strops, pants, tracksuit 5) Sun cream, lip balm, sun hat, cap, re - hydrate satchels, 6 disposable bags 6) Own cutlery & crockery (plastic or enamel), cups 7) Own drinks, cans and plastic containers only, No Glass.
PLANTS: Wild Raisin Tree, Tamarisk, Wild Tobacco, False Ebony, Shepard’s Tree, Camel Thorn Tree, Sweet Thorn, Quiver Tree, Bastard Quiver Tree (Endemic to the Richtersveld), Halfmens.
BIRDS:African Darter, Fish Eagle, Black Eagle, Hammerkop, Goliath, Grey and Black Headed Herons, White Breasted Cormorant, Little Egret, Great White Egret, Cattle Egret, Black Stork, White Stork, Yellow billed Stork, Egyptian goose, Black smith plover; Malachite, pied, pygmy, giant - kingfishers.
REPTILES/ INSECTS: Red Roman, Scorpions, Horned Adder, Mountain Adder, Dwarf adder, Puff Adder, Cape Spitting Cobra, Water Monitor Lizard, Fog Basking Beetle.