What is the age limit for rafting?
12 years or above for the Mahadei rafting trip.
What Class of rapids are on the Mahadei River?
On the Mhadei River we have class 2 and 3, making it ideal for beginners.
What should i bring and not bring on the river?
You must have footwear. Not slippers. Something that stays secure when you are in water. You will need to bring a towel and a change of clothes for after the trip. Do not carry any valuables like watches, jewelry or anything you cannot afford to loose. Or any eatables and item that will create garbage or should not get wet. This must be left in your car or with a non rafter before leaving the meeting place. Bring along some extra money for photos and food.
What type of clothing should i wear?
Swimwear or swimsuit is fine. Shorts and a t-shirt or tights, but no loose baggy clothing like saris or veils. Salwar Kameez is acceptable but not ideal. The shorter the Kurta the better!
Can i come rafting if i cannot swim or have a fear of water?
It is advisable on our trips to know how to swim, but if you cannot swim but still want to come rafting then a trip on the Mhadei will be usually be possible.
What is the minimum number of people required to run a trip?
4 people needed. But even if you are alone there are usually others joining. But sometimes midweek we have less people than this and we may not run a trip. However we will inform you well in advance.
Will i get wet?
Yes you will, soaking wet, so don't bring a rain jacket it will not help.
How fit do i need to be?
Only moderate fitness is required for our Mahadei trip. Nobody over 120kg will be permitted for safety reasons.
Which health problems or conditions may prevent me from rafting?
We do not allow pregnant ladies or people with severe disabilities, even though we have taken amputees, blind and mentally challenged people in the past, we may turn you down. Heart patients and people with severe back problems also may be refused. However we do want people to experience our rafting trips and most definitely the physically challenged so talk to us first and depending on water conditions and how severe the ailment or disability is we can make a decision. In the interest of safety but being conscious that we would like you to come we deal with it on a case to case basis.
What facilities are at the meeting place?
We have toilet facilities, changing rooms, car park, and reception area to brief the guests in before departure. The earthen Pot restaurant is situated in the same location as our facilities so don't worry about good food before or after your trip.
Can i drink alcohol before rafting?
Alcohol and water only mix well in a glass, so strictly no alcohol or drugs allowed before a rafting trip. You will sign an indemnity bond before departure too, which clearly states that you are "Not under the influence". If you are found to be you will be refused your seat on the trip. This is in the interest of safety and at the guides discretion. They know best.
How safe is rafting with Goa Rafting?
The trip are operated by Southern River Adventures and Sports Pvt Ltd, who have been the pioneering company in South India with this activity. They set up Kali Rafting in Dandeli in 1999 and are run by an Englishman John Pollard who has had 20 years of river rafting experience all over the world. Southern River Adventures have now run trips for more than 50,000 people without having any major accidents. So we can say, Safer Than The Bus!