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Rafting Adventures in Parys

Vaal River Rafting from Parys into the core of the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site

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4 Rapids 2.5 Km

This route is a short and sweet section that takes you through scenic channels on the Vaal river below the popular town of Parys, you will encounter 4 rapids over a stretch of 2.5 kilometres while enjoying a beautiful view of the mountains in the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site.

This section is designed to give you a feel for river rafting without taking up a large chunk of your day. A nice and easy, minimum physical strain river rafting experience for a quick nature fix including adventure therapy.

Details: *(For normal river levels as seen on photos and according to standard operating procedures) *

  • Bookings are essential
  • Price – R200pp
  • Time on the river ± 1h-30min

Itinerary: *(For normal river levels as seen on photos and according to standard operating procedures) *

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  • 8:00 to 8:30 – Arrive at venue and check in.
  • 8:45 to 9:00 – Meet your guides and receive safety equipment
  • 9:00 – Depart to launch site
  • 9:10 – Receive Safety briefing
  • 9:45 – launch onto the river where you will be accompanied by professional guides.
  • 1st Rapid – Dogs leg: An easy rapid to settle the nerves. Left, right and left again.
  • 2nd Rapid – V-Trap: from a calm pool you will have a slight drop-off with the boat changing direction in the current, a nice refreshing splash of Vaal River water will complete the thrill.
  • A short brake to enjoy nature and have a sip of cold water (Supplied)
  • 3rd Rapid – Stepping Stones: A narrow channel where you zig zag your way through the rocks, smiles all around.
  • A quick swim in cable pool to cool down, for those interested.
  • 4th Rapid – Look Sharp: A nice and technical rapid to conclude the trip, in through a wave, bump the rock, keep left and down you go with a sharp left turn at the bottom. WHOOOO HOOOO!!!!!
  • 11:15 – Off the river and ready for a refreshing shower.
  • You are now at the venue where you arrived.

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7 Rapids 8Km

This route starts on the Vaal river just below the popular town of Parys, you will encounter 3 rapids over a stretch of 3 kilometres after which a 3km stretch of flat water awaits, here you can enjoy your supplied water and the company of the guides and your fellow paddlers as you peacefully make your way to the final 2 km stretch where 4 more rapids awaits to conclude your river rafting experience.

This section is designed to give you the chance to conquer the largest rapid on the Vaal river below Parys, namely Big Daddy and to enjoy a peaceful paddle while having the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site as a backdrop.

Details: *(For normal river levels as seen on photos and according to standard operating procedures) *

  • Bookings are essential
  • Price – R275pp
  • Time on the river ± 2h-30min

Itinerary: *(For normal river levels as seen on photos and according to standard operating procedures) *

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  • 8:00 to 8:30 – Arrive at venue and check in.
  • 8:30 to 9:00 – Receive safety equipment
  • 9:00 – Depart to launch site
  • 9:15 – Receive Safety briefing and meet your guides
  • 9:45 – launch onto the river where you will be accompanied by professional guides.
  • 1st Rapid – Friendly: An easy rapid to settle the nerves.
  • 2nd Rapid – Surprize: from a calm pool you will have a slight drop-off with the current assisting in a slight pull to get you through, a nice refreshing splash of Vaal River water will complete the thrill.
  • 3rd Rapid – Big Daddy: After passing underneath an old service bridge you start to hear the deep rumble of big daddy just around the corner, you will receive a short brief on the preferred line through the rapid and then make your way to drop into one of the Vaal river’s signature rapids and enjoy a thrilling fast moving rapid to get the adrenalin pumping. (Fist punching the air is optional on successful completion)
  • A wide open 3km flat water section, alias “suicide-mile” including a swim and drinks break now lie ahead.
  • 4th Rapid – Foreplay: A welcome sight after “suicide-mile” is a rapid that consist of wave after wave with a few rocks to navigate past
  • 5th Rapid – Claws: A short twisty rapid where your line through the rapid is key to staying on the boat, capsizing however is part of the fun.
  • 6th Rapid – Jaws: straight into the rapid you get pushed to the left and will have to work on turning the boat to the right in order to ride out the final drop before twisting and shaking your boat through the rocky finish.
  • 7th Rapid – Paradise: The final rapid of your river rafting adventure starts of with a few waves after which you need to turn right and drop down into a nice open hole, you will be wet after this one.
  • Navigate over a few smaller waves towards the takeout point.
  • 12:15 – Off the river where a shuttle will be waiting to take you on a short 2Km drive to your vehicle.
  • You are now at the venue where you arrived.
  • Rafting Adventure Booking


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11 Rapids 7Km

This route starts at the end of the infamous “suicide-mile” on the Vaal river 4km downstream from the popular town of Parys, you will encounter 11 exiting rapids while passing through some beautiful scenery with a mixture of narrow channels and wide-open pools forming part of this awesome stretch of river.

This section is designed for the adventure seeker, where the need to explore and the love of nature combined forms an existing yet beautiful memory.

Details: *(For normal river levels as seen on photos and according to standard operating procedures) *

  • Bookings are essential
  • Price – R375pp
  • Time on the river ± 3Hours
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Itinerary: *(For normal river levels as seen on photos and according to standard operating procedures) *

  • 8:00 to 8:30 – Arrive at venue and check in.
  • 8:30 to 9:00 – Receive safety equipment
  • 9:00 – Depart to launch site
  • 9:15 – Receive Safety briefing and meet your guides
  • 9:45 – launch onto the river where you will be accompanied by professional guides.
  • 1st Rapid – Foreplay: A welcome sight after “suicide-mile” is a rapid that consist of wave after wave with a few rocks to navigate past
  • 2nd Rapid – Claws: A short twisty rapid where your line through the rapid is key to staying on the boat, capsizing however is part of the fun.
  • 3rd Rapid – Jaws: straight into the rapid you get pushed to the left and will have to work on turning the boat to the right in order to ride out the final drop before twisting and shaking your boat through the rocky finish.
  • 4th Rapid – Paradise: The final rapid of your river rafting adventure starts of with a few waves after which you need to turn right and drop down into a nice open hole, you will be wet after this one.
  • 5th Rapid – Dogs leg: An easy rapid to settle the nerves. Left, right and left again.
  • 6th Rapid – V-Trap: from a calm pool you will have a slight drop-off with the boat changing direction in the current, a nice refreshing splash of Vaal River water will complete the thrill.
  • Break time, enjoy a refreshing cold drink (supplied) on the banks of the river and enjoy the beauty of the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site that on the horizon
  • 7th Rapid – Stepping Stones: A narrow channel where you zig zag your way through the rocks, smiles all around.
  • A quick swim in cable pool to cool down, for those interested.
  • 8th Rapid – Look Sharp: A nice and technical rapid, in through a wave, bump the rock, keep left and down you go with a sharp left turn at the bottom. WHOOOO HOOOO!!!!!
  • 9th Rapid – Theatre: This, the longest rapid on the Vaal River takes you through all the varieties of white water in just under 200 metres, from waves to diagonal currents, then technical twisty sections with drops and turns through the rocks and to finish, a nice variety of waves ending in a shallow pool, what a rush.
  • 10th Rapid – Gatsien: With Theatre still fresh in the memory you now regroup for a quick briefing on the correct line through one of the Vaal River’s signature rapids, approaching a steep drop into a hole created by a fast flowing current you will aim your craft towards the foaming white water and power through the splash launching the front of the boat into the air, this is fun at its best. If conditions allow you will also have the opportunity to swim through the rapid floating on your back, now this is as close to roaring nature you will safely get.
  • 11th Rapid – Baby Knuckle Crusher: A narrow shallow channel with “roller coaster” like effects and tuff navigation takes you to a beautiful pool before making your way to the end of the trip.
  • 12:45 – Off the river.
  • You are now at the venue where you arrived and are welcome to use the facilities for the rest of the day.

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14 Rapids 12Km

This route starts on the Vaal river in the popular town of Parys, you will encounter 3 rapids over a stretch of 3 kilometres after which a 3km stretch of flat water awaits, here you can enjoy a supplied water and the company of the guides and your fellow paddlers as you peacefully advance (with a break or two along the way) to the end of “suicide mile” where you will settle down for something to eat and drink. You will then encounter 11 more exiting rapids while passing through some beautiful scenery with a mixture of narrow channels and wide-open pools forming part of this awesome stretch of river.

This tour is designed for the, “I want to be on the river for the whole day” kind of group, where the need to “get away from it all” is your mission and to give you the full experience the Vaal River has to offer. It is also an exclusive trip where your experience is the nr.1 priority.

Details: *(For normal river levels as seen on photos and according to standard operating procedures) *

  • Bookings are essential
  • Price – R550pp
  • Single group bookings only – Minimum 6 people and Maximum 12 people
  • Time on the river ± 6Hours
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Itinerary: *(For normal river levels as seen on photos and according to standard operating procedures) *

  • 8:00 to 8:30 – Arrive at venue and check in.
  • 8:30 to 9:00 – Receive safety equipment
  • 9:00 – Depart to launch site
  • 9:25 – Receive Safety briefing and meet your guides
  • 10:00 – launch onto the river where you will be accompanied by professional guides.
  • 1st Rapid – Friendly: An easy rapid to settle the nerves.
  • 2nd Rapid – Surprize: from a calm pool you will have a slight drop-off with the current assisting in a slight pull to get you through, a nice refreshing splash of Vaal River water will complete the thrill.
  • 3rd Rapid – Big Daddy: After passing underneath an old service bridge you start to hear the deep rumble of big daddy just around the corner, you will receive a short brief on the preferred line through the rapid and then make your way to drop into one of the Vaal river’s signature rapids and enjoy a thrilling fast moving rapid to get the adrenalin pumping. (Fist punching the air is optional on successful completion)
  • A wide open 3km flat water section, alias “suicide-mile” including a swim and drinks break now lie ahead.
  • Lunch break on the banks of the river
  • 4th Rapid – Foreplay: A welcome sight after “suicide-mile” is a rapid that consist of wave after wave with a few rocks to navigate past
  • 5th Rapid – Claws: A short twisty rapid where your line through the rapid is key to staying on the boat, capsizing however is part of the fun.
  • 6th Rapid – Jaws: straight into the rapid you get pushed to the left and will have to work on turning the boat to the right in order to ride out the final drop before twisting and shaking your boat through the rocky finish.
  • 7th Rapid – Paradise: This rapid starts off with a few waves after which you need to turn right and drop down into a nice open hole, you will be wet after this one.
  • 8th Rapid – Dogs leg: An easy rapid to settle the nerves. Left, right and left again.
  • 9th Rapid – V-Trap: from a calm pool you will have a slight drop-off with the boat changing direction in the current, a nice refreshing splash of Vaal River water will complete the thrill.
  • Break time, enjoy a refreshing cold drink (supplied) on the banks of the river and enjoy the beauty of the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site on the horizon.
  • 10th Rapid – Stepping Stones: A narrow channel where you zig zag your way through the rocks, smiles all around.
  • A quick swim in cable pool to cool down, for those interested.
  • 11th Rapid – Look Sharp: A nice and technical rapid, in through a wave, bump the rock, keep left and down you go with a sharp left turn at the bottom. WHOOOO HOOOO!!!!!
  • 12th Rapid – Theatre: This, the longest rapid on the Vaal River takes you through all the varieties of white water in just under 200 metres, from waves to diagonal currents, then technical twisty sections with drops and turns through the rocks and to finish, a nice variety of waves ending in a shallow pool, what a rush.
  • 13th Rapid – Gatsien: With Theatre still fresh in the memory you now regroup for a quick briefing on the correct line through one of the Vaal River’s signature rapids, approaching a steep drop into a hole created by a fast flowing current you will aim your craft towards the foaming white water and power through the splash launching the front of the boat into the air, this is fun at its best. If conditions allow you will also have the opportunity to swim through the rapid floating on your back, now this is as close to roaring nature you will safely get.
  • 14th Rapid – Baby Knuckle Crusher: A narrow shallow channel with “roller coaster” like effects and tuff navigation takes you to a beautiful pool before making your way to the end of the trip.
  • 16:00 – Off the river.
  • You are now at the venue where you arrived and are welcome to use the facilities for the rest of the day.

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