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Maties Rafting Fraternity: the Orange River

December saw Xama Adventures taking a group of Stellenbosch University students on a 5 day adventure down the mighty Orange River...and the Maties Rafting Fraternity Team was born.

A good trip was had by all, with water levels being at a good height – a nice balance of rapids and relaxing opportunities. The “W” factor (the wind!) did play a role, giving everyone a great workout.  There was much laughter, water fights and jokes as the group bonded and enjoyed the Richtersveld outdoors.  A walk to the top of the old fluorspar mine gave a great perspective of how this ancient river has carved itself into the earth's crust.

The daunting Shambok rapid was in full flight, yet all managed to pass through relatively unscathed – there were some never-seen-before ways of tackling the rapid!  The rest of the trip was plain sailing with some great sightings of fish eagles, an otter and even a leopard having a late afternoon drink on the river edge. On the whole a great experience, and we look forward to seeing more of the Maties Rafting Fraternity Team in 2014.

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P.O. Box 787
Rondebosch 7701
Cape Town

Telephone : + 27 (021) 685 7305
Fax : + 27 (021) 686 5803
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