Rafting Buzău: Rafting, Kayaking and SUP on the Buzău River - Adventure & Fun
Rafting Buzau is an adventure activity that involves descending a swollen river in inflatable boats for 4 to 10 people. Rafting Buzau means almost three hours of breaking waves, skirting rocks and islands, surfing and eventually swimming, voluntary or... not! Our guides each have dozens or hundreds of descents on Buzau and on rivers on several continents, plus they are trained to take families with children in boats.
The most intense sector is the one we called 13 years ago "The Washing Machine" and it gets everyone's adrenaline pumping for a good few minutes!
For more information we recommend you to browse questions & answers section.
For accommodation, the Valea Lupului Pension offers 24 places in double, matrimonial or twin rooms.
The price is 160 lei/double room and includes breakfast for two people.
The guesthouse that hosts our rafting base offers adjacent sauna and massage services as well as the best restaurant in the area.
Make your reservations directly here: http://www.valealupului.com/ro/
CORNELIA FISCHER from Switzerland, the initiator and owner of the pension Valea Lupului, came to Romania in 1991 and through the Amurtel Romania Aid Association they built a children's home - "Familia Amurtel" - for abandoned children.
The house has been run for twenty years by Cornelia Fischer.
When the children of the first generation came of age, Cornelia Fischer looked for a way to integrate these young people into social and professional life and decided to set up a boarding house in Valea Lupului, seven kilometres from the children's home.
So the aim of setting up the guesthouse is not only a tourist one, but also to help disadvantaged young people take their first steps in their professional life.
Don't compare us to others. Compare us to the standard of comfort you want!
Especially since it doesn't cost you anything extra, on the contrary!
It's not normal to dress in neoprene by the river, nor to go home sweaty and smelling of rubber.
You change in civilized locker rooms, separated by gender. You have hot showers at the end of your shift.
Park your car safely. You can store valuables at reception (papers, money, etc).
You'll be hungry after your shift! The restaurant awaits you with a la carte international menus.
You can stay the night before or after to enjoy the whole weekend. The area really is worth it! We can suggest trails and activities or we can walk them together.
The Swiss guesthouse that hosts the rafting base is part of a large social programme dedicated to homeless children in the area. The money spent in the hostel goes where it is really needed!
It is not advisable to have only one boat on the water for safety reasons. We try to put a minimum of two boats, or one boat and one support kayak on the water each time.
Yes, every boat has a guide. You don't need experience to come rafting!
There are big differences between rafting operators!
The operators offer tours between 5.3 and 9 km at prices of 150-250 lei, Outdoor-Events.ro 12.9 km/210 lei (180 lei during the discount period).
Rafting on the most spectacular section of the Buzau River requires a working hydropower plant.
Its schedule is dictated by factors we cannot influence - priorities in the energy market, consumption in the national energy system, etc.
Every evening the National Energy Dispatch decides on the next day's operating schedule, which is why neither we, nor any other rafting operator, nor even Pope Benedict can give you a firm rafting schedule until the evening of the day before the trip. And even then with 100% as a safety title.
Except on days with high water due to rain or snowmelt when we don't depend on the hydropower plant and we are happy!
Statistically speaking, however, except during very dry periods, the hydropower station's schedule is consistent enough to raft in good conditions.
Please note that there is also a small possibility of complete cancellation of the tour for the above reasons.
We are a "DRY" company, which means that alcohol is prohibited during rafting trips and in general during all adventure activities we do.
You are putting yourself and us in undue danger in undesirable situations. By internal regulation and international legislation the rafting guide has the right to refuse boarding to any person under the influence of alcoholic beverages or other substances that may affect their physical and mental capacities.
It's preferable. This gives you mental comfort in the boat and if you do end up in the water, better chances of getting away with just a shot of adrenaline. Let your boat guide know if you don't know how to swim and he'll recommend a suitable route. You'll also get a specific seat in the boat.
It is not mandatory. Rafting is a team sport in which the effort is shared between fellow boaters. You'll paddle for as long as you can and enjoy it.
Yes! It's an adventure sport where you may swim in the current, get scratched, hit rocks or drink water. There are also lethal risks on dangerous sections of river. Make sure you're in a boat with guides who know the river well and have proper certifications. Also, unsuitable boats (too unstable or too small/small for certain flows) can turn a spectacular route into an unpleasant or very dangerous experience.
Depends 80% on the guide, 10% on the river, but the other 10% on you! Turns are part of the charm of rafting, but it's important that they happen in places with no follow-through.
On Buzau they are rare.
For the first experience, 1.5-3 hours is absolutely sufficient as more is tiring.
You can come with us on water marathons such as the 5-6 hour Nerei Gorges, the Bâsca-Buzău complex (up to 8 hours) or 3-day expeditions on the Tara River in Montenegro, but this requires a different, more relaxed approach.
It's best to tell us before you book. Some are incompatible with rafting, but many can be managed to get your adrenaline fix.
Yes, ask us for details on the contact page.
Yes, with special precautions (let us know in advance!).
It's a sport also suitable for children, for which we take special precautions: children have equipment appropriate to their size, are given special seats in the boat and bypass the Washing Machine on shore.
Even in the summer months the water is 15-18 degrees.
Bathing suit is mandatory underneath the neoprene suit. On very hot summer days you can bring shorts, Bermuda shorts or shorts and a long-sleeved lycra T-shirt. Avoid cotton, it keeps you cool. We'll fit you with neoprene boots, especially on cool days.
We suggest wearing neoprene suits in summer as well because they offer mechanical (scratches, bumps), thermal and bacteriological protection.
On the contrary! Neoprene isolates you from water, which can be contaminated with various germs (few rivers in Romania are clean and drinkable 100%). After each use the equipment is washed and disinfected with chloramine (the solution that is also used on open wounds). There are people with increased skin sensitivity to whom we recommend a lycra T-shirt worn underneath. You can buy lycra T-shirts from Decathlon, for example.
Just swimsuit, flip flops, a towel, shampoo and sun cream.
Leave all valuables in your personal car. If glasses with glass lenses are dangerous in the boat, it is preferable to leave them in the car as well. Ask us for details on the spot.
You will change in our rafting base in the Valea Lupului guesthouse. Benefit from hot showers and changing rooms, guarded parking, restaurant and rooms if you need them. The tour ends in the immediate vicinity of the pension. Your cars remain in the hostel's car park, under guard.
It's more fun to come with friends! If none of them are brave enough, come alone and join a group. There are groups every summer weekend without exception.
Would you get into a car with a driver without a licence?
Romanian legislation is vague and practically anyone can drive a tourist boat on inland rivers without any experience or qualification.
The risks, like the choice, are yours!
Ask for ID cards of those you are taking on risky adventures!
Accredited guide means that he/she has a minimum number of proven trips on the water, corresponding to the level of difficulty for which he/she is accredited and that he/she has completed a unique training system recognised in over 40 countries.
The certifying authority is the International Rafting Federation (IRF), which lists all its guides (including those in Romania) with valid licenses HERE.
All Mares Outdoor Events guides are accredited by the IRF as either Raft Guide, Trip Leader (Senior Raft Guide) or Instructor and/or Whitewater Rescue Technician. We are continuously training new guides, you can sign up too!
The Buză has been rated by several International Rafting Federation instructors and is WW II-III, with a WW III+ passage (the famous "Washing Machine").
Bâsca Rozilei (a tributary of the Buză river on which we raft at high water) was rated WW III in the lower sector and WW III+ - IV in the upper sector (Bâsca Mare).
Your security is our number one priority. We take the necessary precautions on every tour and in turn we are continuously preparing ourselves to deal with any incident.
Common incidents on the Buzau include falls from boats, swimming and unexpected encounters with rocks in the river; rarely bruises, scratches or superficial cuts.