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Rafting the Orange at Hopetown
5 Excellent reasons for rafting at Hopetown (Minimums apply)
Orange River at Hopetown: 3 Days and 2 nights @ R2932.00 per person
4 Days and 3 nights @ R3,450.00 per person
- When: Rafting is best from September to May
- Where: Hopetown (128 km from Kimberley-Northern Cape)
All adventurous souls over 5
Dads & Lads/ Moms & Toms
Private tours, families and friends
- Why: Great rapids, angling, great fun, excellent safety,
relaxing evenings with stargazing and a braai on the banks of the Orange.
- Accommodation is available in Hopetown in Guesthouses or in a rustic camp on the banks of the Orange River or at no cost at the put-in point. Bookings are essential.
Orange River Hopetown
Rafting Program: 3 to 4 days
September 2019—April 2020
- 1: Tour dates: 22 -24 September 2019.
3-day tour at Hopetown
Arrive on the 21st and finish on the 24 September, 12.00 am
- 2: Tour dates: 14-17 December 2019
4-day tour at Hopetown
Arrive on the 13th and finish on the 17 December, 12.00 am
- 3: Tour dates: 21-24 March 2020
4-day tour at Hopetown (Arrive on the 20th and finish on the 24 March, 12 am.
- 4: Tour dates: 10-13 April 2020
4-day tour at Hopetown. Arrive on the 9 of April and finish on the 13th, 12.00 am
T’s & C’s applyA minimum of 12 persons per tour
Discount is available for bigger groups (more than 15) as well as children still dependant .
All payments should be finalised before the tour.
Cancellation: 20% handling fee applicable on cancellations 30 days or more prior to tour.
Cancellations less than 30 days : non refundable. We may suggest another date for the tour.
Welcome to Ingwenya tours
What to bring:
Cap and or buff for sun protection.
Quick drying shirt (with long sleeves and collar)
Swimsuit, sarong or pants that cover legs,
Water type shoes or “cross trainers”
Gloves (gym or rugby) if you are prone to blisters
Lots of sun block.
Sunglasses with tie-backs .
Snacks in between meals
Game (isotonic drink) to mix with water
5 Litres of water for drinking
• Small tent, sleeping bag, small pillow,
• Beanie or buff and socks if it is cold.
• Track suit for sleeping, small towel, Light hiking shoes if you want to explore.
• Anti -bug for “mossies” and gnats (citronella).
• Torch (headlight) and additional batteries.
• Personal toiletries, white gold(toilet paper),
• Personal medication for existing ailments.
Mealtimes and drinks (no glass containers):
• Own crockery (paper plates works well) including cutlery and mug
• Isotonic drinks (Game) for rafting (no alcohol)
• Drinks for the evenings (not more than 2 tins/bottles/person)/day.
• Please refrain from using glass.
• A fishing rod as well as a camera are optional.
• Overloading boats with equipment and other items lead to unstable rafts capsizing too often.
Drybags that are overfull does not close properly and become wet-bags.
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Ingwenya Tours runs the following trips on the Orange river:
- Hopetown (128 km from Kimberley on the N12 NC)
- Pella (50 km from Pofadder NC)
- Richtersveld (120 km from Springbok NC)Relative distances by Garmin maps.
Hopetown from Sandton: 611km via
Pella from Sandton: 1074km via
Onseepkans from Sandton: 940 km via
Richtersveld from Sandton: 1232km via
Optional: Abseiling, fire walking, team building games, conferencing, star gazing, birding, cliff jumping.
Itinerary for a 3- day tour:
(The operator supplies meals from the first to the last lunch).
Day 1: Arrival in Hopetown. Overnight as arranged*.
Day 2: Departure after breakfast from guesthouse (around 7.30 to launch spot). Transport is provided by operator. Cars are left at safe parking spot.
Paddle to “Hubbly Bubbly”, the first formidable rapid and progress to “Hellsgate” the overnight spot. Lunch en route and dinner at “Hellsgate”.
Day 3: Breakfast at 7.30 and play at Hellsgate. Launch rafts and paddle to “Heart stop rock” a 6 m cliff that is safe to jump from. Camping site on day 3 is at a rapid called “Skeleton Coast”.
Day 4: Breakfast at 7.30. Starting with a moderate long rapid . If launched early, finishing time can be around 11.00 to 12.00 or we can continue to the next bridge adding an additional 10 km to the last day. Transport back to vehicles is provided by operator.
Accommodation can be arranged in a guesthouse for the night before and after the tour. Alternatively sleep over at a rustic camp at Disselfontein (small huts and ablution blocks) or sleep at the launching spot (groups to provide own camping equipment).
Pella: Orange River
We offer the following at Pella:
- Orange River rafting 3½ days including 10 meals @ R3383.00 pp
- Orange River rafting 5 days: rates on enquiry
- Orange River River rafting 8 days: rates on enquiry
- Abseiling 12 m, 54 m, 80 m @ R280.00 pp
- Team building
- Conference facilities
- Accommodation at Klein Pella is available
- When: Orange River rafting at Klein Pella is excellent year round but mid- summer it is extremely hot. Mid-winter has warm/mild days and cool/cold nights.
2. Where: Fifty km west from Pofadder, Northern Cape
3. Who: All adventurous souls over 8. This route (Orange River rafting) was classified as one of the ten best family get away by the Getaway magazine in SA.
4. Why: Because it is scenic (desert mountains lining river),provides excellent photographic opportunities and good angling. This route offers the best Orange River rafting with the most rapids of all the Orange River destinations.
The Richtersveld is a panoramic stretch on the Orange River for both rafting or canoeing. This is a family friendly section with medium rapids and good camping areas on the banks. Angling is exceptional and there are plenty of opportunities for the keen amateur photographer.
You will need a passport for this trip. Protection from sunburn is crucial -hats are essential as well as sunscreen.
Information and rates for both Richtersveldt and Onseepkans on request.
Tailor-made and budget packages available.
Discounts for groups bigger than 15 persons as well as for children.
Special rates for school groups of 40 and more.
The Orange River is the longest river in South Africa, rising from the Drakensberg area in Lesotho, 3000 m above sea level. In Lesotho it is called the “Senqu” and it runs into the Atlantic ocean at Alexander Bay – a distance of some 2200 km. Many municipalities in South Africa are dependent on the Orange river for water.
Alluvial deposits of diamonds were carried into the sea by the Orange River at Alexander Bay. Pockets of the gems were left on the banks of the Orange River and is being mined all along its length downstream.
Numerous recreational activities such as rafting, team building and water sports take place on the river. Lodges sprung up and an abundance of accommodation is available from the Garieb Dam to the Richtersveld area.