Vaal DayTrips Briefing

Please share with those coming on the trip.

  • No experience is required.
  • We equip you with helmets and life jackets
  • We give a safety briefing at the start.
  • You are led by professional, legal river guides.
  • Our equipment is licensed by the SA marine safety authority, SAMSA.
  • We are founder members of the African Paddling Association.

Trips are self catered. We have cool boxes for drinks and halfway snacks like chips and fizzy drinks.
If your trip goes over lunchtime bring a light packed lunch, eg cheese rolls and fruit juices.
Have plenty of fresh bottled water, it gets hot on the water.

Peaked CAP under helmet NOT A HAT.
Sandals or tackies, NOT SLOPS.
Sunscreen, especially on face, neck, arms, and legs.
Seasonal wear:
– long-sleeved shirt and long pants in summer.
– autumn and spring, pullover
On windy or wet days, a light jacket or drimac.
Have a towel for the end.
If wearing glasses, tie them on.
Contact lenses are not advised.

Before the trip everyone can select the type of boat that suits them. Guides will advise you. There are 2 seater paddle yourself Crocs, 4-6 seater guided rafts, passenger rafts, and tubes for fun in small rapids

You are required to sign the Informed Consent and Indemnity before the trip begins. Under 18s must sign and be signed for by a parent or guardian. You must obey the lawful instructions of the guides

Anyone suffering a chronic medical condition must declare it and carry own medication.

Do not take expensive items such as jewelry or cash on river.
Cellphones should be in waterproofing.
Car keys can be left with us.

At the start your driver will shuttle your vehicle to the river take out, where it will be parked. We bring the drivers back.
The parking has always been safe.
At the end you can jump in your car and go.
Please so not be late arriving. We may be forced to leave without you. Phone if you are lost or delayed.

Our is a private lodge not a public resort. We have toilets and changing areas for day visitors.
If wanting to stay afterwards for a braai or picnic, discuss with us when booking. There is a charge for facilities and clean-up.

We can quote for lunches on river or back at base.

No drinking of alcohol before or during the trip.
No rowdy behaviour.
No music is allowed in the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site where we are based.
No litter.
No smoking on our near the rafts.
You may be asked to leave if you break these rules.

Scores of bird species live along the river. There are two species of otters, numerous leguaans (monitor lizards) and varied riverine habitats for porcupines, frogs and small buck.

Our guides are from local communities and will tell you about the folklore of the river. Prof Addison is an expert on the Dome. Don’t hesitate to ask questions.

We normally shoot the action, faces and scenery with two or three cameras. A videographer specially accompanies most trips. The cost of still pictures is R50 a head, applying to each person in your group. The minimum cost of a 10 minute edited video production with music and titling is R950 and stills then come free.  The cost  of the video is calculated according to the number in  your group. We put the production and stills online for you to see, download or share the link with anyone.

Let us know what you want.

Graeme The Riverman
084 245 2490