The River Dranse flows from the Alpine mountains of the Portes du Soleil to Lake Geneva and is one of the most beautiful rivers in France. In the heart of the Haute-Savoie region, the Dranse winds past mountains, through jagged gorges and past beautiful landscapes all the way down. The river is ideal for rafting, it isn’t without a reason that the French kayak championships have been held on this river in the past.
Rafting while on holiday in France
Are you adventurous and looking for excitement? Then rafting might really be something for you. Rafting is very different from canoeing and kayaking. It gives a burst of energy, excitement and sensation! Rafting is a fun group activity where you sit in a rubber boat with 4, 6, 8 or 10 people and brave the wild rivers and rapids together. This is why rafting is also called white water rafting. Before you get on to the raft you will be given a complete outfit which includes a helmet, life jacket, wetsuit, shoes and paddle. You will then be given a detailed explanation regarding how rafting works and what you can expect before you step aboard with a qualified guide and start the 20km long descent. The river is very varied and intensive, parts of the river are fairly calm whilst other sections have strong currents. Make sure to avoid rocks in the river, otherwise there is a good chance that your raft will turn over and you will all end up in the water.
Experience rafting on the beautiful Dranse
In most cases, there is a minimum age for children to go rafting and everyone must, of course, be able to swim. There are various rafting packages:
- There is a Family rafting package which is perfect for families, a relaxed journey without too strong currents.
- There is also a Classic Rafting package where everything is slightly more intense. There are a few more rapids resulting in a bit more sensation.
- There is also Rodeo Rafting for which children must be at least 13 years old. This package also requires good health and fitness.
- Finally, there is the Longo Rafting, which is the longest descent of the river Dranse.
At the end of the trail, a shuttle is ready to take you back to the starting point.
Rebel Rock Rafting
Do you want to make rafting even more spectacular? Go Rebel Rock Rafting in the Dranse. With this type of rafting you go in a small raft as a couple. The trick here is perfect collaboration. A two-person raft is much easy to maneuver which also means that one wrong movement results in the raft tipping over.