Doring River

3hrs from Cape town. Overnight White Water Rafting through the pristine Cederberg mountains.

Doring River


Grading: 3-4 (moderate to challenging, depending on water level)
Length: 2 days, 2 nights
Season: Winter & early Spring
Length of drive from Cape Town: 3 hours


The Doring River is situated near Clanwilliam, about 3 hour’s drive from Cape Town. Set in the foothills of the Cedarberg, 800 million years old this sandstone mountain range offers visitors beautiful scenery and springtime flower displays. The river itself winds through a pristine canyon, offering a real wilderness experience. Dry in summer, winter rains swell the river forming exciting whitewater rapids such as ‘House’,’ Krantz’ and ‘Island’.

We use inflatable two person ‘crocs’ that are easy to paddle and steer. We also have a couple of rafts that are very stable and perfect for less confident paddlers at higher levels. Each trip is run as a self-contained expedition – we carry everything we need with us and take everything back out again at the end. We make our way down river, camping at night. All you need to provide is your personal camping gear and drinks of your choice. All meals are included from lunch on the first morning to lunch on the 2nd day.  Qualified guides, boating and safety equipment as well as transport to and from the river are also included. Vehicles will stay at the base camp and valuables will be locked in the vehicles.

Standard trip

The standard trip consist of a  two day rafting trip starting on the Friday evening*( see note below), putting in on the river Saturday morning and ending  Sunday late afternoon. Longer trips can be arranged on request starting 40km higher up.

*Due to Covid protocols we will meet on Saturday Morning 9am at the base camp. From here we will kit up, head to the river and brief clients on safety procedures before getting on the water.

The typical two day trip starts at the base camp near the river where your guides will be waiting to meet you. Your guides will give you advice on how best to pack your dry bags for your trip down river. You’ll be transported to the put in point. Before getting on the water you’ll also have a thorough safety briefing and some paddling instruction. Then, it’s time to get going for a two days of excitement! The trip is approximately 28km in length and we camp on the banks of the river.

At the end of the trip, you’ll be transported back to base camp to pack up and head for home. The above itinerary may change slightly according to season, water level and accommodation availability. You also have the option of staying at Oudrif Lodge (subject to availability), overlooking the famous ‘House Rapid’ – let us know if you are keen on this option and we can quote accordingly. This is also a great option for non paddlers who are accompaning the group.


*2021/22 Web prices subject to change without notice.

Rafting trip (2 days, 1 night) R2950.00 pp (Min: 10, Max: 24)
Friday night camping R150.00p/p self catering. Fire and gas will be available.
Wetsuit R200.00 p/ weekend

Dont miss out! Expedition style 3 day 2 night trip covering over 70km of pristine river.

Adults R3950.00p/p

Children 13 – 18 years R3850.00

Trip prices include VAT, all meals from Saturday lunch to Sunday lunch, accommodation, transport to and from the river, equipment, and legendary Gravity guides.

NOTE: Ask about group discounts and save!