Come Whitewater Rafting!

Nothing beats rafting for an adrenaline rush with friends.

Come Wilderness Canoeing!

Canoeing on easy water opens up the wonderful environment of rivers.

For the best fun on rivers – trips handled by guides who know their stuff – come with The Riverman. We’re the longest established rafting & canoeing operator in South Africa: we founded the industry.

Pick your trip, from whitewater rafting to  relaxed canoeing on scenic routes.

Our raft guides and river leaders are trained and certified. You’re in capable and experienced hands! Meet the guides.

Discounts for couples, families and groups.. We offer free seats to group convenors, and there are special rates for schools and clubs. Contact us for your discount deal!

River guide training: We offer the chance to gain experience and legal qualifications.  Courses include river proficiency and first aid. Go here.

2023 SPECIAL! Dome Drift 2-day Canoe

Paddling through the magnificent Vredefort Dome Bergland. The mountains mark the first ring of the world’s largest meteorite crater, just south of Johannesburg. Go here.

2023 SPECIAL! Orange River 5-day Canoe

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Touring kayaks on the Orange River, following the Tiger’s Eye trail, Northern Cape. The trail skirts the remains of the oldest continent on earth. Go here.

Family & Schools Whitewater Rafting

Video: Family Rafting

Guided 4-6  or 8 seater family rafts make for a great ride in good, experienced hands. At lower levels you can take a 2-seater in parent/child combination.  More about family rafting.

More about schools Boot & Boat (Educational hiking and rafting)

The Big Stuff

Video: The Big Stuff

Looking for wild excitement in the rapids? In summer the Vaal runs high and for those who love the adrenalin we choose routes that take us through the best rapids.  More about the big stuff.

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Dome Whitewater Rafting

The whitewater rafting trail through the Dome Bergland starts in this pool and includes major rapids, run only in summer when the river is high.

Video: Dome Rafting

There’s no other trip like it, anywhere on earth. The Vaal River runs through the heart of the world’s largest meteorite impact crater. See it from the water in the company of an expert guide who explains it all.

Boat & Braai

Special group deals! Add a braai to your rafting experience. Pick your date and get your group together.  – just ask for quote.

Choose your craft

Tackle the rapids with a guide onboard your 4-8 seater raft. Or you can choose a two-seater Croc to paddle yourselves. There are even passenger rafts where you don’t need to lift a finger. And we roll out the Gekkos (tubes) for fun on smaller rapids.

Best guides, best routes!

Guides with great personalities. The Riverman trains and provides jobs for local guides who go on to careers in adventure.

Raft with the best, the outfit that launched river-running in South Africa in the 1980s and is market leader! We do all major rivers – the Vaal, Orange, Tugela, Doring and more. No experience required. Ages 6-80. Trips are led by our legally qualified professional guides.

Other river trips

Join us on the Orange River (N Cape), Tugela (KZN), Doring (W Cape) or other rivers of your choice. We run public trips, school trips, and special trips (for example film crews).


We have peaceful country getaways including a guest house overlooking the river, a comfy bush camp with lapa and pool, and several chalets.

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