Itchyfeet SA

Bergville to Spioenkop Dam

(1 customer review)

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.


Region: Upper Tugela River (around the town of Winterton, KwaZulu-Natal).

Duration: 1 day.

What you will get: All equipment and guiding, lunch and transport back to your vehicle(s) from the take-out.

When to go: Best during high summer (October-March). It could however be done as late as May.  

Itinerary rating: Moderate and friendly. Children younger than eight years of age will not be permitted to take part.

You will need:

  • You will need sun block and extra drinks for on river.
  • Your regular swim wear, the same as what you would wear to the swimming pool.
  • Shoes are recommended. Don’t bring running shoes. Use something like sandals that fasten around you feet.
  • On a rainy or overcast day it can get cold on the river, even in high summer! A light wind breaker or something similar is recommended. Don’t bring heavy and bulky clothing.
  • A t-shirt (preferably not cotton) can be worn underneath your life jacket. It helps keeping sunburn to a minimum.
  • Dry clothing for after the paddle.

1 review for Bergville to Spioenkop Dam

  1. anthea kavallieratos

    Fantastic river run down the Tugela with Itchyfeet SA. Cant recommend this trip and company enough to anyone who loves adventure. We did the Bergville to Spioenkop Dam section. Great section of the river, beautiful views with a mix of action and some chilled paddling.the trip exceeded our expectations with the grade 3+ rapids getting our blood pumping. Our guides Gustav and Godfrey were great, super friendly and very experienced, always ready to help out. Can’t wait to do another trio with these guys.

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