Mpumalanga more than makes up for the lack of ocean through the whitewater rafting and kayak experiences on offer. And where else do you stand a chance of being crocodile dinner while sleeping off a hard days rafting? This is wild frontier country!
The Sabie River is a pristine, very clean river, and a number of operators run half and full-day packages on a section of the lower sections.The 20 rapids on this 8km stretch are generally Grade 2-3 (kid-friendly), but can increase depending on rainfall.The trips are generally interspersed with 'bum-sliding', swimming and wave surfing at a spot called Lions Rock.
BLYDE RIVER CANYON
The Blyde River is an awesome experience and can be extreme, depending on water levels. Rafting the Blyderiver will earn you the distinction of having rafted one of the most spectacular rivers in the world. The canyon is one of the most unspoilt wilderness areas in the country. While the paddling is demanding, you get the chance to enjoy breathtaking scenery, including the famous Three Rondavels. 1 and 2 day trips are offered, with an overnight stop at a rustic camp (no kidding, but it is iconic) at the foot of the iconic Three Sisters. The only way out is a boat trip across the Blydepoort Dam at the end - try and get a detour to the Tufa Waterfall.
This is big-water territory, and 6-man rafts are generally used. Trips from 1-3 days are run from December to May from Steelpoort to the Strydom Tunnel. The Olifants is a strong-flowing river with exceptional rapids. Expect anything from wild big water to the absolute peacefulness of Africa - and spectacular scenery along the way.