Children river rafting trip on the orange river

Family river rafting trip in South Africa

The kids are all back at school now and normal life and routine are very much back on track. The weather has also cooled just enough that the days are perfect and the sea is still warm enough to swim in (well for me anyway, the rest of the family will swim all year round.)  So, with them out the house, I have had some time to put together some photos of our trip during the break.

We’ve really wanted to go over night river rafting for the longest time but, what with its difficult location and then the lack of rainfall over the past few years, we had to keep pushing it to the back of the holiday activities queue.  With a short 6 day gap during the girls’ Easter holiday we finally managed to do it.  Two flights and 8 driving hours later we arrived at the Orange River starting point.  I know, madness!

Here, South Africa sits alongside Namibia with the Orange River, on its way to the Atlantic Ocean, separating them.  We gently floated and did a little bit of paddling (ok, some of us paddled more than others.)  I don’t remember when I was last that far away from civilisation. Huge, deep blue skies and dramatic landscapes dominated the horizon, just stunning.

A few of these photos were taken with my Gopro but the waterproof housing has been so scratched and battered over the years of mistreatment that there is a “misty, scratched” look to our photos.  Definitely time for an upgrade!

Children river rafting trip on the orange riverChildren river rafting trip on the orange river

Children river rafting trip on the orange river

Children river rafting trip on the orange river

Children river rafting trip on the orange river

Children river rafting trip on the orange river

Children river rafting trip on the orange river

Children river rafting trip on the orange riverChildren river rafting trip on the orange riverChildren river rafting trip on the orange river

Children river rafting trip on the orange river

 

Children river rafting trip on the orange river

family river rafting trip on the orange river

There are loads of river rafting companies along that stretch of the river. We went with The Growcery as friends of ours had highly recommended it, we were not disappointed, the camp and staff were outstanding.

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