The Tugela River in KwaZulu-
Pretty much South Africa’s Zambezi River. Runnable all year, high class and fast, gorge like, clean and action guaranteed! Only difference is, it is icy cold and of course, much smaller in volume. The town of Clarens adds to the experience a great big deal too. In the morning you will be out there in the freshness of the Free State. In the afternoon you will be back in town for any combination of pizzerias, burger experts, coffee shops, pubs and whatever else this hip town has to offer. A ten out ten day out on the river!
Bergville to Spioenkop Dam / Nature Reserve
This is our comfortable and classic one-day white water rafting session. Where else, than the Tugela River? This is truly one of South Africa’s best white water destinations. The trip starts in the town of Bergville and finishes where the river flows into the Spioenkop Dam. You are looking at a trip of about 5-
6 hours. This piece of the Tugela River is surprisingly big, fast, continuous and very friendly towards the person who is not the everyday rafter. Rapids up to Class 3+ can be expected. Depending on group composition we run this section with either 2- man inflatable rafts (or Crocs) and/or 6- 8 man inflatable rafts. The first half is mellow and very easy! Half way we stop for lunch and immediately afterwards the real action starts and keeps going until we reach the dam.
Dalton Bridge to Moor Park
If this is your thinking, this stretch is for you: I am keen for some white water today, but not that rough and tough type stuff. I want to be out there with the family, with the kids and all. The thrills and spills I am not interested in, the small bumps the beginner paddler would experience as exciting is what I am after. I don’t want to sit out there for hours either, just an hour or two will do. Bottom line, anyone can do it.
Riversdale to Bushmans River Camp
This section of the Bushmans River is one of those highly featuristic sections. There is a lot happening on the water, all runnable! Waterfalls, waterslides, weirs, technical rapids, you name it! And it is remote, with some really nice bush all around. There is no chance that you will be seeing anyone else on the river. When this river gets going it becomes very exciting. The rapids becomes quite long with some really nice play waves in between. Yeah!
Skietdrift to Little Tugela Confluence
Our second regular one-
day white water paddle. A bit shorter but equally as good. Action packed from start to finish. When the Tugela River really gets going there is some enormous white water to be encountered. Rapids ranging from class 1- 5, no sweat. Depending on group composition we run this section with either 2- man inflatable rafts (or Crocs) and/or 6- 8 man inflatable rafts! And when you’re done you will be pulling in at the Pig and Plough farm shop for a burger, pizza or a pie!
The Legendary Tugela River Canyon
This is a three-
day and two- night paddle down one of South Africa’s best stretches of white water. Great for rafting and kayaking. This paddle, we approach as a multi- day hike where only the necessary will be taken along. This all makes your descent down the river easier and efficient. All equipment, guiding and transport back to your vehicles are included. Rapids you can expect along the way are Rocky Horror, Klip Rapid, Off the Wall, Frog’s Playground, Washing Machine, Liquidizer, Finger Rock, Ledges and of course Keisha! This is not a river where you will be floating along in luxury, it is action from the word ‘go’!
The Mellow Tugela
Don’t expect any white water, because there is none. This outing is for those nature lovers who couldn’t be bothered about the thrills and spills of white water rafting. If you’re one of those preferring to head down river with a pair of binoculars around your neck and birding book on you lap, this is for you. One-
day and multi- day outings are available.
White Water Kayaking
Every stretch of of the Tugela River we raft we also take on with white water kayaks. If you’re a keen kayaker already and looking for some action in our area, the Tugela River is an absolute must. Some of the best anywhere! Outings can be organised along this river’s whole upper section. Expect anything from the easy and naturistic to the rugged, high class and isolated type stuff. One-
day to multi- day, it is totally up to you!