The beauty of Richtersveld - Why we call it home
The section of the Orange River we raft on was chosen because of its sheer magnificent natural wealth. This section that we raft is called the Richtersveld, which begins in Noordoewer and stretches towards the Fish River confluence. Our base camp is 680km’s due north from Cape Town and 1300km’s from Johannesburg, worth every km! To find out more about the driving directions to our base camp, click here.
Richtersveld National Park
Richtersveld National Park semi desert, through which the river runs, is one of the largest mountain deserts in the world. Over 50% of the plants here are endemic and support a wide variety of fascinating animal and insect life. Willow trees and ebony trees line the riverbanks, providing shade and shelter to river rafting clients; forming an oasis green band of life through the orange splendour of this semi-desert.
Birds Found On the Orange River
The Fish Eagle shows its majesty as it soars high above the rolling waters with the sound of its call heard from a distance, whilst the Goliath Heron with its 6-7 foot wingspan eases its way from the river’s edge. Not to mention the green brilliance of the Malachite Kingfisher as he dives between the river and the trees.
We at Bundi we are deeply committed to protecting and maintaining this unspoiled and delicate environment, so we educate our clients about environmental issues through a practical understanding of this area.
Sleeping on the river banks under the stars, and enjoying our scrumptious bush cuisine, has only ever brought compliments. It is a relaxing, yet awesome trip with a few challenging rapids … an amazing experience on a famous African River.
We offer different packages from ½ – 5 days. Our trips are family-friendly and are available all year round. Fitness and paddling experience is not necessary as our friendly guides offer full paddling instruction.
Distances covered on each trip can vary, depending on each group’s paddling strength. Short, relaxed 3 day trips usually cover 45km, whilst longer trips range between 63 and 86 km. Each day we aim to cover around 15 km (river flow average about 4km/h), stopping regularly for refreshments, lunch and to share in the excitement of the Grade 1-2 rapids.
If you are interested in exploring this beautiful section with us, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to receiving your customized message.