Natural Energy Rafting

With its geographical features and wide choice of rivers, Turkey is an ideal country for rafting. And spring is the perfect time for engaging in this high-adrenaline nature sport.

Rafting could be defined as a cross-country water sport done in specially designed inflatable boats on rivers of sufficient flow. If you want to experience thrill-packed moments in the heart of nature, this sport is just for you. Here are a few tips about the fine points of the sport and the best rivers for rafting.
Rafting could be defined as a cross-country water sport done in specially designed inflatable boats on rivers of sufficient flow. If you want to experience thrill-packed moments in the heart of nature, this sport is just for you. Here are a few tips about the fine points of the sport and the best rivers for rafting.

THE URGE FOR ADVENTURE
As you navigate white waters in a raft, you will glide through valleys and canyons and encounter the occasional sharp turn. You will commune with nature in every moment and experience an adrenaline rush. As the white water races by beneath you at top speed, the only thing you have to do is keep your raft upright and enjoy to the hilt this fun sport that will fill your body with energy. Every healthy person who can take the excitement can participate in rafting, a sport that requires no special expertise or physical conditioning. Provided, of course, that you have the requisite experience when rafting on the more difficult white water rivers. Turkey offers a large number of alternatives for rafting, one of adventure tourism’s most rapidly developing nature sports in recent years. And spring is the best time for this exciting sport on the country’s rivers, which are suitable for rafting 12 months of the year due to their ideal currents and flow.

THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR!
Since there is always a possibility of tumbling into icy river waters, it’s a good idea to wear waterproof shoes and clothing. On difficult rivers, a helmet and other gear are a must to keep out wind and water and keep you warm even when wet. Remember that you will be out in the open air all day long, so you should also use sun screen and wear a hat for protection against the sun’s harmful rays. It’s always advisable to have an extra T-shirt or two in your bag as well. Even though the chance of a rafting boat capsizing is very small, the first thing to do if you do fall into the water is not panic. Next is to stay afloat and try to indicate your location by holding your arms or your paddle in the air. If your boat is nearby, you can reach out with your paddle and help your team leader pull you back in. If you have drifted away from the boat, extend your legs in the direction of the current and try to maintain your balance with your arms. That way you will be able to see in front of you while at the same time protecting your head against possible rocks. Team leaders and guides are responsible for every phase of the rafting trip from organizing transportation and supplying gear to river safety and division of labor. Rafting operators are people who have been specially trained in skills such as leading boats and groups, making and implementing decisions, rescue, first aid, maintenance, repair and river readings and who have experience under all kinds of river conditions. The briefing rafters are given before a trip include such things as paddling techniques, assessing river risk, commands, principles of swimming and the importance of team spirit.

KÖPRÜLÜ CANYON
Located at Beşkonak in Antalya province, the Köprüçay Rafting Center is a favorite with celebrities. The river, which flows through Köprülü Canyon National Park, has little current and waves of maximum 30 cm. The occasional sharp turns on this river, which has two separate routes totaling 12 km, ratchet up the excitement. Jeep safaris and overnighting in a mountain cabin are some other Köprülüçay attractions.

ÇORUH RIVER
There are routes of varying difficulty on this river near the town of Artvin, which is cited as one of the world’s best rafting sites. International competitions are held on the section between Bayburt and Yusufeli. Camping programs spread over a week are recommended for completing the routes, which total 160 km in length.

MELEN RIVER
This route, at Düzce midway between Istanbul and Ankara at two and a half hours from each, is ideal for a weekend adventure. The 15km-long route, which starts from the village of Dokuzdeğirmen and ends at the village of Beyler, is of three different levels of difficulty. The occasional tortuous turns and exuberant cascades give rafters an adrenaline rush.

FIRTINA VALLEY
Rize’s natural wonder, the valley of the Fırtına River boasts a close to 200km-long route of varying degrees of difficulty. Some of the eastern Black Sea’s most beautiful highlands surround this valley, which is on the World Wildlife Fund’s protected list. With routes in the medium to difficult category, the valley is also the starting point for ascents into the Kaçkar Mountains.

DALAMAN RIVER
This river on the border with Muğla province hosts tens of thousands of rafting enthusiasts every year due to its proximity to the touristic centers of Fethiye, Marmaris and Bodrum.  Rafters enjoy matchless landscapes as they glide beneath centuries-old bridges. The degree of difficulty of the 12km-long route is in two stages, the easier one being suitable for first-time rafters.

As you navigate white waters in a raft, you will glide through valleys and canyons and encounter the occasional sharp turn. You will commune with nature in every moment and experience an adrenaline rush. As the white water races by beneath you at top speed, the only thing you have to do is keep your raft upright and enjoy to the hilt this fun sport that will fill your body with energy. Every healthy person who can take the excitement can participate in rafting, a sport that requires no special expertise or physical conditioning. Provided, of course, that you have the requisite experience when rafting on the more difficult white water rivers. Turkey offers a large number of alternatives for rafting, one of adventure tourism’s most rapidly developing nature sports in recent years. And spring is the best time for this exciting sport on the country’s rivers, which are suitable for rafting 12 months of the year due to their ideal currents and flow.

THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR!
Since there is always a possibility of tumbling into icy river waters, it’s a good idea to wear waterproof shoes and clothing. On difficult rivers, a helmet and other gear are a must to keep out wind and water and keep you warm even when wet. Remember that you will be out in the open air all day long, so you should also use sun screen and wear a hat for protection against the sun’s harmful rays. It’s always advisable to have an extra T-shirt or two in your bag as well. Even though the chance of a rafting boat capsizing is very small, the first thing to do if you do fall into the water is not panic. Next is to stay afloat and try to indicate your location by holding your arms or your paddle in the air. If your boat is nearby, you can reach out with your paddle and help your team leader pull you back in. If you have drifted away from the boat, extend your legs in the direction of the current and try to maintain your balance with your arms. That way you will be able to see in front of you while at the same time protecting your head against possible rocks. Team leaders and guides are responsible for every phase of the rafting trip from organizing transportation and supplying gear to river safety and division of labor. Rafting operators are people who have been specially trained in skills such as leading boats and groups, making and implementing decisions, rescue, first aid, maintenance, repair and river readings and who have experience under all kinds of river conditions. The briefing rafters are given before a trip include such things as paddling techniques, assessing river risk, commands, principles of swimming and the importance of team spirit.

KÖPRÜLÜ CANYON
Located at Beşkonak in Antalya province, the Köprüçay Rafting Center is a favorite with celebrities. The river, which flows through Köprülü Canyon National Park, has little current and waves of maximum 30 cm. The occasional sharp turns on this river, which has two separate routes totaling 12 km, ratchet up the excitement. Jeep safaris and overnighting in a mountain cabin are some other Köprülüçay attractions.

ÇORUH RIVER
There are routes of varying difficulty on this river near the town of Artvin, which is cited as one of the world’s best rafting sites. International competitions are held on the section between Bayburt and Yusufeli. Camping programs spread over a week are recommended for completing the routes, which total 160 km in length.

MELEN RIVER
This route, at Düzce midway between Istanbul and Ankara at two and a half hours from each, is ideal for a weekend adventure. The 15km-long route, which starts from the village of Dokuzdeğirmen and ends at the village of Beyler, is of three different levels of difficulty. The occasional tortuous turns and exuberant cascades give rafters an adrenaline rush.

FIRTINA VALLEY
Rize’s natural wonder, the valley of the Fırtına River boasts a close to 200km-long route of varying degrees of difficulty. Some of the eastern Black Sea’s most beautiful highlands surround this valley, which is on the World Wildlife Fund’s protected list. With routes in the medium to difficult category, the valley is also the starting point for ascents into the Kaçkar Mountains.

DALAMAN RIVER
This river on the border with Muğla province hosts tens of thousands of rafting enthusiasts every year due to its proximity to the touristic centers of Fethiye, Marmaris and Bodrum.  Rafters enjoy matchless landscapes as they glide beneath centuries-old bridges. The degree of difficulty of the 12km-long route is in two stages, the easier one being suitable for first-time rafters.