South Africa has several outstanding whitewater rafting runs, from mellow one-day stretches to overnight trips. The scenery is interesting and the wildlife plentiful on all South Africa whitewater rafting trips. Several rivers are located within a day’s drive of Johannesburg, Cape Town, and other major South African cities.
Blyde River Rafting Trips (Class IV):
A steep, narrow run through the Drakensberg Mountains, the Blyde River cuts through the third deepest canyon in the world.
Breede River Rafting Trips (Class II):
A quiet float trip through South African farmlands.
Doring River Rafting Trips (Class III):
Running only during South Africa’s winter months, this is an excellent 2-4 day trip for adventurous rafters.
Molenaars River Rafting Trips (Class IV):
This is a rain-dependent river that runs during the winter. Cascading waterfalls line the deep, lush river gorge.
Orange River Rafting Trips (Class II):
Outstanding wildlife and scenery is to be expected on this easy multi-day river trip.
Palmiet River Rafting Trips (Class III):
The perfect trip for botanists, the Palmiet River, which flows through the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, has over 1600 different plant species.
Umkomaas River Rafting Trips (Class III):
The highest-volume river in Africa south of the Zambezi, the Umkomaas River (also known as the Mkomazi) flows through bush country and the Duma Manzi Reserve and boasts frequent sightings of exotic game animals.
Vaal River Rafting Trips (Class III):
Flowing through South Africa’s Highveld, the Vaal is a great introduction to whitewater rafting.
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With abundant exotic wildlife and rapids ranging from Class II to Class IV, South Africa whitewater rafting trips offer something for all vacationers and adventurers. The country even boasts a rafting adventure on the Blyde River through the third deepest canyon in the world.