Orange River Rafting for Students – 3 Days

The 3-Day Orange River Rafting for Students is an adventure suitable those with a need for adrenaline and those who crave to escape the city – on a student budget of course!

Join us and experience the Richtersveld on an inflatable raft and use the Orange River as a mode of transport. Bring along any inflatable devices you have and let's make our adventure a fun and colorful one!

Explore the only mountain desert in South Africa and let our experienced guides lead you through one of the most striking landscapes South Africa has to offer. The perfect outdoor getaway with fun-filled rapids, hiking, star gazing and discovering the stark beauty of the Richtersveld desert. Sleep under the star-studded skies of the Richtersveld and enjoy fire-cooked meals made by your guide.

The Orange River Rafting for students tour is the perfect adventure for those who enjoy a bit of rugged bush living!


Orange River Rafting for Students Route Plan

Day 1 Arrive at Base Camp 18h00 pm Dinner
Day 2 + 3 Orange River Rafting Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Day 4 Orange River / Transfer Back to Base Camp Breakfast


Over the next three days, you can expect to have spectacular mountain views, fast-flowing channels and excellent bird life. The River has a grade at level 1 – 3 in difficulty and is suitable for beginners. The Orange River is a pool drop river, ‘which means after every rapid, there is always a pool’. The Richtersveld is home to goat herders trekking through the endless desert mountains. We don’t have designated campsites and camp for the day depends on the progress made that day, where we will choose our overnight spot on the banks of the river. This is a great combination of rafting, relaxing, hiking and exploring. It is not a race, but rather an outdoor expedition suitable for all with no experience.


How to find us

Our base camp, The Growcery, is 22km from the border post inside South Africa. Our Adventure will start in South Africa and end in Namibia. We will then be transported back through Namibia and over the Border back to the Growcery Camp.


Valid Passports are required, and no client will be able to join without their passport.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need any experience to join this trip? – No experience needed.
  • Is there malaria in this region? – This is a disease-free zone.
  • How far is this trip? – 45km depending on the water levels.
  • When is High water? – Dec – April.
  • When is low water? – May – Nov.
  • How big are the groups? – maximum of 24 people per group.
  • Can I book a private trip? – Yes, you can, permitting it is a group of a minimum of 18 people
  • What is a scheduled Departure?– These are confirmed departure with open groups and anyone can join. 
  • What must I pack? – You will receive a packing list with every reservation.
  • Will my car be safe while I am on the trip? – We offer safe and secure parking at The Growcery Camp.
  • A medical kit? We suggest that you bring your kit.
  • What about special dietary requirements? We cater for vegetarians and vegans.
  • If you are on a special diet, we suggest that you bring the needed ingredients and our guides will assist in the preparations.


The Growcery Includes


  • All meals as indicated
  • Park fees, entrance fees, conservation fees
  • Guides and transfer fees back to starting point
  • 2-man rafts, paddles, flotation devices, cooler boxes
The Growcery Excludes


  • Own drinks & drinking water
  • Own sleeping bags and mattresses
  • Valid passports and unabridged birth certificates
  • Own camping gear and headlamps
  • Own utensils and extra snacks
The Growcery Tour Information


DEPARTS FROM: The Growcery Camp

Minimum of 30% secures a departure date.

The Growcery Product Pricing


Number of People 2021 Rates
One adult
R 3850
Group of 10 students
R 34500
Group of 20 students
R 65000
Group of 10 students
R 38115
Group of 20 students
R 67760
The Growcery Tour Schedule

Adventure SCHEDULE

Day 1

The Growcery Camp

We meet all our river paddlers at The Growcery Camp, no later than 5 pm on day 1. Please notify the camp of any late arrivals. This evening will be an introduction to your river crew and a final briefing on the adventure that awaits us. Our Dinner will be around open fires and a freshly cooked meal can be expected. Our evening is relaxed and a great time can be spent under the many stars of the Richtersveld.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

Day 2 – 4

The Growcery Camp – Orange River

Our River adventure starts with a scrumptious breakfast this morning. Our guides will brief all our paddlers on how to pack their two man inflatable rafts for the next 5 days of river rafting. We leave all our vehicles and mobile devices safely at base camp and start our adventure anything from 9:30 – 10: 30 this morning. The next few days will be along the banks of the Orange River. We explore the magnificent Richtersveld desert and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

Day 5

Orange River – The Growcery Camp

An early wake-up call we enjoy our last breakfast on the banks of the Orange River, before making our way to our collection point. All depends on the water levels on how long we will paddle before the take out. Please don't make any fixed arrangements to depart earlier than 2 pm from our base camp. Our Take out times will vary from 08: 30 am – 12: 30 pm, this all depends on the water levels.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Camping

DISCLAIMER: We reserve the right to cancel any activity due to weather or unsafe conditions. An alternative activity will be provided wherever possible.

  • Vioolsdrift Accommodation

    Come and stay at The Growcery Camp's Vioolsdrift accommodation next to the Orange River. The Chic Shacks are recycled and upcycled budget accommodation.
  • Vioolsdrift Camping

    Vioolsdrift camping is hosted at The Growcery Camp on the banks of the Orange River and only 22km from Vioolsdrift Border Post.
  • Vioolsdrift Campsites

    Visit our Vioolsdrift Campsites at the Growcery Camp this season. Beautiful grassed campsites with magnificent mountain views.