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An All-Gay White River Rafting adventure on the mighty Thunder Alley, Orange River.

Perfect for all you boys, girls and those of you somewhere in between.

You decide who you take with… is it a group of gays? Or a group of lesbians? Or a mixture of any and all?

 

It starts  just outside Hopetown in the Northern Cape. This section of the river flows through an historic area which was first settled in 1850 when Sir Harry Smith extended the northern frontier of the Cape Colony to the Orange River. Hopetown was a quiet farming area until several large diamonds, most notable the Eureka Diamond and the Star of South Africa, were discovered there between 1867 and 1869. Once the diamond rush had passed, the region returned to agriculture – today, there are several game farms in the area along the river, which makes for great game viewing!

The river is fast flowing and fairly constant as it is below the Vanderkloof Dam which releases water for electricity. It offers many class 1, 2 and Class 3 rapids and we portage around the only class 4/5 rapid, the infamous Hells Gate!

We use two-person inflatable boats that are easy to paddle and steer. We also have a raft which is very stable and perfect for less confident paddlers (dependent on water level – medium to high level only). The trips is four days and five nights long – with the first and last nights spent at a local guest house and then wilderness camp for three nights along the river banks.

We cover around 55kms during the trip, so we spend a large portion of the day on the river, but we like to get to camp early to allow time for fishing, hikes and some downtime (or is that funtime in Gayle? Drinks all around!

The trip is run as a self-contained wilderness expedition – we carry everything we need with us and take everything back out again at the end. This trip will provide you with a complete break from reality – no electricity, cell phones, computers and no stress. It is truly an opportunity to recharge your batteries and reconnect with yourself, your friends and nature.

Everything you need is included – meals, camping equipment, qualified guides, boating and safety equipment.

We cover around 55kms during the trip and we aim to have plenty of time to relax, take photographs, read your book, explore the camp surroundings and have some fun. We make our way down river, choosing a different campsite each night.

We will provide you with a tent, inflatable mattress, pillow and sleeping bag (2 people per tent). Our guides will set up camp for you each night and prepare delicious sundowner snacks, served with a drink. They’ll also prepare your dinner, served at a table, with a glass of South African wine. During the day, you will have a choice of soft drinks as well as drink mix whilst on river. We will find out what drinks you want and make sure they are all readily available for you, on ice.

Your first evening will be spent at Klok Inn near Hopetown. You’ll enjoy a light supper under the starry night sky around the campfire and the next morning, after breakfast, your guides will give you advice on how best to pack your dry bags for your trip down river. Before getting on the water you’ll also have a thorough safety briefing and some paddling instruction.

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival

You can choose to self-drive to Hopetown, to fly to Kimberley. We will arrange a transfer from the airport to Hopetown for you. Night 1 is an early night, with dinner around a camp fire.

Day 2

First day on the water

Paddling consists mainly of flowing channels, small rapids and flat water which takes you under the ‘old Hopetown bridge’, dated back to 1871. This is a steel cast bridge, the first built over the Orange river. We camp under trees on a grassy bank where the fishing is good.

Day 3

Second day on the water

Todaybrings bigger rapids and we enter the ‘Lava Gorge’ through ‘Hell’s gate’, a short compulsory portage. We camp on a black beach named ‘Full Moon’ beach.

Day 4

Third day on the water

Today is a big adventure with lots of class 2 – 3 rapids which are loads of fun. You spend most of the day in the shallow Lava Gorge. We camp above the gorge with a beautiful pool.

Day 5

Last day on the water

Today opens up with fast flowing sections and ends off with fun rapids before take-out. We head to the accommodation for the final night, ending off with an amazing meal around a camp fire.

Day 6

Departure

We will take you back to the airport for your flight, or you can depart at anytime if you drove yourself.

The package includes:

  • All meals from the evening of arrival, to a light breakfast on the morning of your departure.
  • Snacks and a sundowner drink each evening
  • Fruit juice at breakfast
  • Wine and soft drinks at dinner
  • Accommodation on your first and last nights, 4 full days and 3 nights on river
  • Qualified and experienced guides
  • Boating and safety equipment
  • Tent with mattress and bedding
  • Gift pack including a personalised kikoi – the iconic Orange River multi-use sarong.

The package does not include:

  • Return airfare to Kimberley
  • Airport transfers
  • Drinks not mentioned above
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Insurance

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