About Orange River Rafting Lodge
Orange River Rafting Lodge is located on the banks of the Orange River, haven to numerous bird species. The resort is situated in lovely surroundings, 10km from the cross border to Namibia on the N7, on a small Lucerne farm in Vioolsdrift. We offer self-catering chalets, campsites and river rafting at affordable rates in a peaceful atmosphere filled with beautiful river views, sunsets over the mountain ranges of the Richtersveld and silent, starry nights.
You are assured of friendly service and great facilities with every effort made to ensure that our visitors have a pleasant and memorable experience. Activities like fishing, swimming and rafting makes it the ideal family getaway, also a convenient stopover on your way to or from Namibia, situated halfway between Cape Town and Windhoek.
Chalets are fully equipped with en-suite bathroom with shower, private braai area, air-conditioned, accommodate up to four persons and bedding is included. The kitchen area is equipped with a refrigerator with freezer, microwave oven, electronic kettle, cutlery and crockery and tea and coffee are supplied with our compliments.
Caravan and camping sites are private and on grass with a power point, light and a Braai area. Each campsite has an undercover camp kitchen with a table and benches and a sink with running water on a private lawn. Neat and comfortable ablutions blocks with hot water showers are close to all campsites.
Fully licensed bar with DStv
Fishing (baber, carp and yellowfish)
Swimming pool and playground
Safe swimming area in the river
Kiosk (braai wood, ice, braai packs etc)
Enjoy delicious meals served on a wooden deck overlooking the river
"The Only True Mountain Desert in South Africa"
This unique tours starts from Orange River Rafting Lodge at Vioolsdrift on the banks of the Orange River. The 2-man inflatable rafts are easy to control and allows for a safe guiding through a few fast flowing rapids that occur on the expedition. Two qualified river guides, equipped with the necessary experience will guide the trip through the Richtersveld desert Reserve. No previous experience or any level of fitness is required. The rafting trips is not a race - you will relax and have time to admire the beautiful scenery, swim and even do fishing.
We offer half day rafting trips to 4 day rafting trips (contact us for rates). All meals, transport and equipment is included.
HISTORY OF VIOOLSDRIFT
Before Namibia and South Africa were connected by a bridge, it is told that a lone Nama, nicknamed "Jan Viool", who lived on the banks of the Orange River, would guide travelers through the river at the shallowest part called a "drift", hence the name, "Vioolsdrift".
The first of many farmers who came to Vioolsdrift was Hendrik Beets, with only his wife Johanna, their kids and dreams of a better life to keep him company. As farmers came, the face of Vioolsdrift slowly changed. Hard people on hard land, with little to work with and transport problems, because there were no real roads to use and no means of getting water on their land, the farmers finished work on a canal in 1934 with little outside help. Hendrik's wife with her two daughters and three other workers worked on the road. The problem with crossing the river was first solved in 1956 when the bridge, we still use now, was built.