Whitewater rafting on the Vaal river near Johannesburg
Whitewater rafting on the Vaal river near Johannesburg
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Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level
  • Spoken languages
    Afrikaans, English
  • Duration
    from 3 hrs to 5 hrs
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Ready to take on the raging whitewater rapids of the mighty Vaal? Head down to the banks of Parys for an all or nothing trip down one of South Africa's fastest flowing rivers.

Head into the heart of one of the world's most amazing UNESCO World Heritage sites and tackle the 3 billion-year-old waterways of the Vaal river - the only major river on the planet to flow across an asteroid impact crater... Considered ground zero for life on earth, the Vaal river and the Vredefort Dome are where the world began - navigate the source of one of the most exciting metrological landscapes on half day and full day whitewater rafting excursions on the 'golden river'.

Situated on the banks of Parys - only one hour from Johannesburg, the Vaal river winds across the Vredefort Dome UNESCO World Heritage site - the largest verified impact crater on Earth, more than 300 km (186 mi). Considered the world's oldest river, the Vaal runs for 1,120 km and its rapids are so strong that the Vaal Dam accounts for 80% of Johannesburg's energy usage. River rafting is the most popular activity and includes "Big Daddy" and the world renowned "Gatsien" rapid. There are also hiking trails to the Bushman rock paintings and Iron age remains inside the Vredefort Dome region.

Offering both half-day and full-day whitewater rafting excursions from Parys, after a short safety briefing and warm-up exercises,  groups will set off in two-man rafts on a 6km or 12km guided tour - try grade 2/3 rapids like Big Daddy, Jaws & Claws and Gat Sein - plus plays lots of team-building games on the flat water in between. Suited for beginners and non-swimmers alike, each excursion includes transport from the base to and from the river sites at Rocky Ridge, Kabuki and the Vredefort Heritage Site.

Grade 1 - Moving water with few rocks and small waves. 
Grade 2 - Easy Rapids with small stoppers and small drops 
Grade 3 - High irregular waves with numerous obstructions. 
Grade 4 - Rapids are long and difficult, and required difficult manoeuvring. 
Grade 5 - The rapids are extremely difficult, long and very violent, with large drops, narrow passages and complex boulder fields. 

Cancellation policy: 
1) Cancellation 30 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically reimbursed the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 30 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% reimbursement

3) 10 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, are considered last-minute cancellations
→ No reimbursements will be effected


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Meeting point
72 Bree St, Parys, 9585, South Africa Get directions

All reviews

Overall review
4 / 5
Very good
  • 4 / 5

More rafting then "white water" as there was only one real rapid. But a few smaller ones and it was good fun from that sense :)

Great value for money
  • 4 / 5

Everyone wanted to go back again!

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