Guide to Eersterivier

The Eersterivier, First River in English, runs through Stellenbosch parallel to Dorp Street. The river originates from the mountains of Jonkershoek and after flowing through the Jonkershoek valley descends into the town of Stellenbosch. In winter, between the months of June and September, the river can become a very fast flowing torrent if high amounts of rain are experienced in the mountains and Stellenbosch area. This can make it suitable for canoeing and inner-tube rafting down the river, however, experienced paddlers and rafters should be hired or contacted to do so. Being winter, the water will also be cold so the use of a wetsuit is strongly recommended if not absolutely necessary! Eersterivier