Enjoy White Water Rafting Trips in Free State, South Africa


Enjoy Rafting Trips in Free State, South Africa! A DAY OF FUN IN THE SUN! RIVER & RAPIDS: Parys is the centre of white-water activities for Gauteng and surrounding provinces. The Vaal River in this area winds through many bush-clad islands, cascading down a series of beautiful rapids. The rapids are not large by world standards but are challenging enough to provide a navigational challenge, thrills and great fun - as well as the odd capsize. At Gatsien, probably SA's most famous rapid, you can walk up and run the rapid many times, even swim it. The geology of the Vredefort Dome has shaped the river here, and your guide will tell you all about the World Heritage Site and its crater. Famous rapids on the Parys stretch include Big Daddy (or Little Daddy on the alternative route), Claws & Jaws, Paradise, V-trap, Bistro (Look Sharp), Theatre, Gatsien, Choice Assorted, Lovers lane, Knuckle- crusher (or Captain Morgan Rum & Coke on the alternative route. DURATION: The average trip takes about 4/5 hours. Full day trips from Parys, can be arranged, with lunch on the river. When the river is in flood, the trips will be considerably faster. BOATS: In normal river flows we use paddle-yourself 2-seater Crocodile inflatables. If you are experienced and have own kit, you may kayak with us and we provide back-up. At high levels we may use 6-8 seater inflatables with a guide on board. We give a safety talk, provide all equipment including life-jackets and helmets, and you are accompanied and led by experienced and qualified river guides. PERSONAL ITEMS: We supply cold-drinks on route, but you may bring your own refreshments. No alcoholic drinks before the trip or during the trip, please. Wear light clothing and sandals or sneakers that can get wet, and bring a light wind-breaker. Put on suntan lotion and it's advisable to wear a peaked cap under your helmet. PHOTOGRAPHY: Cameras can be carried in our water-resistant bags but we take no responsibility for loss or damage. We generally shoot action photos on the trip and make them available on a CD that you can buy at camp. END OF TRIP: Enjoy a cold beer/cold drink back at camp. Lunch will be served if you booked it before hand. We have braai facilities in camp that you may use to prepare your own meal. This river rafting experience can be combined with a quad-bike ride, paint-ball, braai and much more. Corporate groups may do other team building activities. This is also an excellent stretch for fly fishing. and we can take you on a trip during the afternoon! INDEMNITY: You are required to sign the personal indemnity and waiver undertaking the trip at your own risk. The Vaal is a generally safe river with rapids graded 1-3 (1 is easy, 3 exciting). The higher grade rapids 4-6 are not to be found here. But the river is quite shallow, fast and rocky and not for the faint-hearted. CORPORATE TEAM-BUILDING: It is also offered - on request PRICES: - +25 pax: 215 ZAR per person - 10-25 pax: 275 ZAR per person - 2-9 pax: 310 ZAR per person

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We offer Mild to wild rafting, as well as relaxed paddling. The Vaalriver, close to Parys, has some of the best White-water rapids in South Africa. Dimalachite is a very popular white-water rafting destination.

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