White water rafting the Drakensberg region

Drakensberg white water rafting

White water rafting destination

The Tugela River in KwaZulu-Natal is your playground when it comes to white water in the Drakensberg region. That’s because here you will find action, excitement and bush. It’s not surprising the Tugela River is one of the top South African white water rafting destinations with excellent rafting conditions and mammoth rapids. The Tugela River delivers a safe and thrilling rafting experience despite its fearsome reputation.

Safe white water rafting

Hold on tight, because you’re going to get tossed around like a lone sock in a washing machine. The Tugela expeditions are great fun, totally invigorating and, most of all, they’re safe. No rafting experience is necessary as trained and qualified South African Rivers Association guides lead all trips.

White water rafting operators

  • Four rivers rafting offer either a 45 minutes on flat water with only Grade 1 rapids (very small rapids) which enables anyone to learn how to control and steer the boats. And then you get into the gorge where you experience have Grade 3 / 4 and 5 rapids. Otherwise they offer a full day white water rafting trip on the Tugela River.  083 785 1693
  • Zingela Safaris – There is an excellent 20km stretch of rapids and pools on this section of the Tugela Canyon including the intimidating Washing machine and Finger rock rapids. Water levels alter the mood of the river but whether the river rises along with adrenaline levels or whether the water converts to a “smell the roses” experience, these adventure trips are unforgettable. 087 802 0050
  • Itchy Feet operate on a lengthy part of the Tugela river; Outings vary from the short, very accessible and mellow to the long and isolated rough stuff and can either make use of large inflatable rafts (2 to 8-man) or white water kayaks. 072 032 1557

Best time to go White water rafting

white water rafting drakensberg

The best time to enjoy white water rafting in the Drakensberg, is in the warmer summer months, between November and April, as it is then when the rivers are full from the rainy season. And that means exciting white water action!

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