Rafting in Cape Town

Rafting, also known as white water rafting is a widely practised activity in the beautiful city of Cape Town. With picturesque sceneries, there are numerous spots that arise from these natural surroundings in the Mother City, where rafting or white-water rafting is practised.

Rafting in Cape Town

Cape Town and its surrounding regions have some great spots for rafting. Trips take place mainly in rapids on the Orange River and the Breede River. Sea rafting is also available in Cape Town. Go for the fun-packed and thrilling rafting and experience Cape Town differently!

Popular Spots for Rafting in Cape Town

Breede River

Breede River

Just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the broad, tranquil, scenic Breede River Valley winds its way towards the sea. In fact, the river meanders its way through the vineyards making for a relaxing day out in the country.

At times, you will come across flat stretches of water and flowing channels through the reed islands - perfect for all ages and skill levels.

You can also raft through other maze of channels into fast-flowing streams under overhanging trees. This is a classic break away where you can enjoy lazy days in the sun and relaxing rafting.

Palmiet River

Palmiet River

The Palmiet River snakes through the fynbo-covered mountains of the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, just outside Kleinmond, about an hour’s drive from Cape Town. This pristine and natural setting forms the backdrop to the Palmiet River rafting experience.

A friendly stream during summer, Palmiet River turns into an exciting white water adventure during the winter months, especially with the rains. Once on the Palmiet river, the scenery is breath-taking as the mountains tower over you, and the lush green nature reserve stretches as far as the eye can see. The smell of fynbos cloaks around the river, as insects buzz and sound of wildlife echo off the gorges.

Since all of the rapids are optional, the trip is suitable for all ages and skill levels.

Doring River

Doring River

The Doring River is situated near Clanwilliam, about 3 hour’s drive from Cape Town. It is set in the foothills of the Cedarberg and offers beautiful scenery and springtime flower displays.


The river itself winds through a pristine canyon and offers a real wilderness experience.


The winter rains swell the river forming exciting white water rapids. You will enjoy a great adventurous time here and you can even set up a camp on the banks of the river.


Bikini Beach

Bikini Beach

Escape from the daily routine life and go on a magical sea rafting trip at the famous Bikini Beach!


Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city, you will stray from the coast and explore the little bays and coves.


You can even go up to Seal Point.


Enjoy the emerald waters of False Bay on your sea rafting trip!


More about Rafting in Cape Town

  • Check the weather forecast before planning your rafting trip.
  • Make sure that you have the correct equipment.
  • Whether it is a solo, family or team building activity, you will find something that suits you with varying prices.