NEW! ORANGE RIVER 5-DAY TRAILS

Otters' Haunt and The Riverman are offering the wonderful 5-day ORANJE GORGE TRAIL between May and September. Don't miss this best and most exciting of all rafting safaris - Kalahari desert scenery, fun rapids, great hikes, fishing and relaxing. School holiday trips. Contact Graeme 084 245 2490 or Karen 082 475 8767 or info@otters.co.za. Watch the video.

FAMILY RAFTING

American style rafting on guided oar boats and paddle rafts

Bring the family and enjoy an exciting trip with a guide on board the raft with you. Run the river in expert hands, wield a paddle yourself, and show the kids how nature in the raw is fun! Ages 6 to 75. Bring granny too! Read all about us here.
couple-at-river-sept-2016 PEACE & NATURE: The ideal getaway close to Johannesburg. Look no further than our beautiful Otters' Den guest house at the riverside. Or maybe choose the Full Moon Bush Cabins for your group exclusively. Call now +27 82 475 8767 or email info@otters.co.za around-the-fire-at-rotary-function-15sept2015-bushcamp
!SQUARE_mtb domeview 180HIKING & MTB TRAILS: From easy to tough, from gentle river walks to boulder hopping. Single track and gravel routes for MTB. Come with kids, friends or your club. 

Orange route

 

One of the most scenic and awe-inspiring whitewater rafting trails in Southern Africa takes us through a region bypassed by most travellers and still today regarded as a wild and abandoned frontier. The Oranje Gorge is a protected area of near-pristine wilderness.

The trail lies about 150km west of Augrabies Falls, in breathtakingly scenic mountainous country. Below Onseepkans is a moonscape of baked rocks with a roaring river rushing through the gorge below.

The Orange is the river of the desert as it flows through the Kalahari, Bushmanland and finally the Namib. Cactuses and other desert plants survive with a few spiny grasses. In the riverbed, semi-precious stones include jaspers, tigers eye, agates and garnets. Dawn rolls over the desert in displays of brilliant yellow and red skies that soon turn as blue as you can imagine. The night stars are unbelievable: virtually lighting you way as you head from the campfire to a well deserved rest in your tent (or just out on the sand).

The gorge is thought to have formed along a massive fault or shear line similar to the San Andreas Fault in California. Half the river runs in safer channels along the top escarpment, while the other half boils in a deep gorge filled with rapids. Never fear – we know the route well and we avoid the bad stuff while running the exciting but moderate rapids along the top of the gorge. Eventually we portage down into the long pools at the lower end of the gorge and make camp, set against the cliffs.

From camp the next day we hike to see the magnificent !Gariep or Ritchie Falls. Time is spent swimming, relaxing, reading books and chatting about the landscape, wildlife and history of the area.

On the final day we run the exciting rapids known as Big Bunny and Dolly Parton (you’ll find out the reasons for these odd names on the trip!). Finally we wend our way out of the gorge on a long lazy paddle to Coboop where the cars have been safely parked.

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