Orange River Rafting
Who: Old Mutual Management Vaal triangle
Where: Orange River, Hopetown
What: White water rafting/team building for 3 days, meals included
When: 24 November 1915
Why: Its fun, it’s remote and an opportunity for mind reset.
The management team of Old Mutual arrived on the 23rd of November at the “Die Stalle Guesthouse” and departed on the 24th on the Orange River Rafting trip. Luncheon on the run with a watermelon to quench the thirst. “Hubbly Bubbly” was the first major rapid and went without incident.
On approaching “Hellsgate” we had a capsize and rescue 200m above the rapid.We ran “Hellsgate” twice before sunset at a difficult level without no incidents. High adrenaline activity.
Sun downers, a braai and bed was the following priority. Most bedded down on either upturned rafts
or inflatable mattresses, next to the rapid keeping an eye on the water levels. Next morning the sun caught every one in bed. After breakfast and a launch straight into the current, we had some swimmers down the shoot. Quite some excitement.
More swimmers at Sideways Sarel.
We made it early to the next campsite, “Skeleton coast”, with everyone hiding from the sun behind boats.
Charles de Fortier