River Rafting Down The Vaal


The Vaal River is the largest tributary of the Orange River in South Africa. The water is clean and runs at a rapid speed, which makes it the perfect spot to do some white water river rafting. Grab your crew and let’s head down the river together. 

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Otter’s Haunt

There is plenty to do at Otter’s Haunt. From family getaways to bonding the with bros – and everything in between. But the real reason why we’re hanging out here is because of the river rafting down the Vaal, baby. Pack your sunblock, board shorts, and takkies because we’re going down the river in the most extreme style. There is also a lekker guesthouse at Otter’s, so stay over and continue the adventure.

26°54’35.62″S 27°25’43.06″E |+27 84 245 2490

Dimalachite White Water Rafting

The Vaal River has some of the best white-water rapids in the country. Let’s introduce you to Dimalachite, a popular white-water rafting destination for families, corporates & school groups. Dimalachite offers mild to wild rafting as well as relaxed paddling. The venue uses two-seater crocodile inflatables when the river is running at a relaxed pace. When the water picks up speed during the rainy season, they bring out the big guns which can seat 8 eight people including a guide.

Dimalachite Resort, Vaal River, Parys, Free State |+27 56 818 1860

Sunwa River Lodge

For all things team building, conferences and parties along the Vaal, check out Sunwa River Lodge. They offer great accommodation, good food and beautiful rapids down the river. Sunwa River Lodge offers rafting experiences that range from 1.5 hours to 5 hours in length – the longer raftings have lunch breaks in between and are tonnes of fun.

S26 54.049 E27 23.212 | +27 11 431 2040

Vaal River Rafting

If you are in need of adventure then Vaal River Rafting is the one for you. Class one to class four rapids can be experienced on one of their trips. Vaal River Rafting offers a choice of packages in both Parys and the upper Vaal from which to take your pick. They also offer one-day and weekend outings with accommodation.

For more info check out their website.

Hadeda Creek

The beauty of the Vaal area is best experienced from the comfort of a raft. Hadeda Creek offers exactly that. Take an enviro-friendly trip down the river in the safety of a qualified river rafting expert. These guides will ensure that you learn the ropes and master basic rafting techniques even before you hit the water. Hadeda Creek also offers a comfortable stay for those looking to extend their Free State experience.

By Shawn Greyling

Have you gone on any adventures down the Vaal River lately? Let us know all about it in the comments section below. Planning on going for a white water raft? Then share this article with friends and family. 

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