Transfrontier Rafting

The Transfrontier Rafting adventure is the perfect outdoor adventure suitable for the whole family. Experience the Richtersveld and Ais Ais Transfrontier Park on a guided river rafting adventure. This adventure is on the edge of the ultimate dessert experience.

Rapids are from level 1-4 depending on the water levels of the Orange River. Join our experienced rafting team on an unforgettable outdoor river rafting adventure. Our transfrontier rafting adventure is one of a kind and the only trip paddling through the park.  Escape into the wild and camp along the river banks of the Orange River.

Wild bush camping, star gazing and open pen fires, Richtersveld desert “

  • Arrive at Base Norotshama River Lodge at 17h00 pm on day 1.
  • We will meet and greet all our paddlers and direct the group to our campsite.
  • We will discuss the Richtersveld transfrontier rafting trail around the fire and give our final briefing.
  • Dinner will be freshly-prepared on an open fire this evening.
  • (See directional map of Norotshama)
  • Please book your campsite, accommodation on day 5 of the river trail in advance.
  • Day 5 the evening accommodation and meals will be at your own expense.

Transfrontier Rafting Itinerary

Day 1 Base Camp D
Day 2,3,4,5 Orange River B.L.D
Day 6 Orange River – Base Camp B.L.

B – breakfast, L – lunch, D-dinner

Time Frame: 
 4 nights and a half-day on the river
NB – Valid Passport Compulsory for Non-Namibian Citizens.

Distance: 80 – 110 km (depending on the water levels)
Tour Starts: 8:00 / 8:30 am on the morning of day 2 on the route plan
2 person inflatable rafts, paddles, flotation devices, a cooler box for drinks, dry bags for personals
Starts: Norotshama for Namibians & The Growcery Camp for South Africans
Ends: Norotshama Back at Norotshama after a 3hour transit drive from our finishing point.

Please enquire about group discounts.


  • Do I need any experience to join this trip? – No expertise is required.
  • What are the youngest realistic ages for these trips? – We suggest 5 years and older.
  • Is there malaria in this region? – This is a disease-free zone.
  • How far is this trip? – Anything between 45km – 120km, depending on the water levels.
  • When is the high water season? – Dec – April.
  • When is the low water season? – May – Nov.
  • How big are the groups? – 12 – 24 people per group.
  • Can I book a private trip? – Yes, you can, permitting it is a group of 24 in peak season and 12 in the offseason.
  • What is a scheduled Departure?– These are confirmed departures with open groups and anyone can join.
  • What must I pack? – You will receive a packing list with every reservation.
  • Is there safe parking? – We offer safe and secure parking at The Growcery Camp.
  • What about a medical kit? We suggest that you bring your equipment.
  • 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


  • River rafting equipment, 2 man inflatable rafts, paddles, flotation devices cooler box for drinks & dry bags for personals
  • All park fees, entrance fees, conservation fees
  • Take out and transfer to base camp
  • All meals as indicated
  • Professional and experienced APA registered river guides
The Growcery Excludes


  • Own drinks & snacks
  • Own accommodation, camping, meals at Norotshama river lodge: prior to departure and after your tour
  • Camping and lodge accommodation available
  • Own breakfast on the morning of day 6 at Norotshama River Lodge
The Growcery Tour Information


DEPARTS FROM: Norotshama River Resort
The Growcery Product Pricing


Adult R 6500
Children 15 - 17 yrs R 4650
Children 11 - 14 yrs R 3850
Adult R 7150
Children 15 - 17 yrs R 5115
Children 11 - 14 yrs R 4235
The Growcery Tour Schedule

Adventure SCHEDULE

Day 1

Arrive at Norotshama Lodge – Camping

We will meet all our paddlers on day one at 5 pm at Norotshama River Resort. Our first night includes dinner and a briefing on the adventure that awaits.
 Camping included
( you can upgrade to accommodation on request)

Camping included

Day 2,3,4,5

Transfrontier River Rafting – Camping

Our adventure begins, and we will be staying along the banks of the Orange River over the next four days. This part is the pristine part of the river with
Wild Camping
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 6

Transfrontier River Rafting – Back to Base Camp

Our Tour ends upon arrival at Norotshama Lodge, and we head back to Norotshama for lunch.

Breakfast & Lunch


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

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