Orange River Kayaking

Orange River Kayaking

orange river kayaking
kayak fluid
umkulu set up
open fire cooking

Orange River Kayaking

Orange River Kayaking is one of the best expedition trails on offer in the Richtersveld.

The Kayaking Trail is suitable for paddlers with a minimum level of experience and a sense of an adventure.   Expedition style trip under the guidance of Umkulu Safari & Canoe Trails’ Guides.  The Kayaking Trail will start and end at our Base Camp the Growcery.

This 6 Day Kayaking Trail will take us through the whole stretch of the Richtersveld community and Transfrontier reserves.  We divide our equipment amongst all the paddlers, and this trail will have early morning departures.  We cannot exit once we commit to our expedition challenge.  Kayaking down the Richtersveld will take us to our destination at Sendlingsdrift in the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.  One of the more adventurous paddles on the Orange River and Rapids will vary from grade 1,2,3,4 depending on the water level.

Orange River Kayaking Route Plan:

Day Place Meals
Day 1 Growcery Camp D
Day 2,3,4,5,6 Orange River Kayaking B.L.D
Day 7 Transfer back to Growcery Camp B

B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner

N.B: Valid Passport Compulsory

Orange River Kayaking Details.

Tour Price:  Adults: R 9250.00 per person  U/18: R 7500.00
Time Frame:  5 nights and a half day on the river
Distance: 215 km (depending on the water levels)

Tour Starts 8:30 / 9:00 am on the morning of day two on route plan
Starts: The Growcery Camp.
Ends: The Growcery Camp (Transfer back to Base Camp at Take out Point at Sendelingsdrift)
Min 4 people, Max 10 people per kayaking Trail.

Own Kayaks: You are allowed to bring your Kayaks on this trail (no extra cost) 

Please consult your packing list on these Kayaking expedition trails. 

N.B.: Families travelling with children younger than 18 y/o will need an unabridged birth certificate to be allowed to depart and enter South Africa.  Furthermore, minors travelling with only one parent, or another party need additional documentation.  Please familiarise yourself with the necessary documents as children cannot go without it.

You can book your stay at the Growcery Camp once your trip has been completed and return to our base camp.
The Growcery Base Camp

Orange River Rafting Includes


  • Kayaking Equipment
  • Expedition Leader
  • Meals as indicated
  • Park fees, conservation fees
  • Transfer back to starting point
Orange River Rafting Excludes


  • Own transfers to and from Base camp
  • Own sleeping bags, tents, mattresses
  • Own Drinks
  • Own Extra Snacks
Orange River Rafting Adventure Information


DURATION: 7 days
DEPART FROM: The Growcery Camp
Orange River Rafting Product Pricing


  2019 & 2020 Rates
Adults  R 9 250.00
Children 15-17 yrs  R 7 500.00
Orange River Rafting Tour Schedule


Day 1

Growcery Camp

We all start at the Growcery Camp on day 1 of our expedition. The check in times are no later than 5 pm, so we advise that you make the needed arrangements to our check in times.

This evening is our introduction and the final safety briefing. We will allocate all our supplies and brief our paddlers on the equipment and the expedition that awaits us. We will enjoy a hearty meal around the campfire this evening.

Day 2,3,4,5,6

Orange River Kayaking – Orange River – Richtersveld

We start our expedition early on the second day. After a final safety briefing and gear and equipment check, our expedition leader will start our journey towards the Transfrontier Richtersveld National Park. The Transfrontier park will be our home for the next 5 nights. The orange river banks and open fires will be our resting place in the evenings. The journey is not a race and we need to pace ourselves and be sure to take our energy foods and water supply serious.

This is the ultimate desert adventure expedition and the perfect escape into the wild. The journey is close to 215 km and pure paddling, rapids, and endless mountain views. Our team leader will be guiding us through this rugged desert environment.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Orange River Kayaking – Orange River – The Growcery camp

This is our final morning of our Kayaking Adventure. Our backup crew will be fetching us at the end destinations of Sendelingsdrift. After loading our equipment the journey back to camp starts.

This will take between 3- 4 hours and a hearty lunch on the way will be well appreciated. The final evening is at base camp The Growcery and this evening is at leisure for all the enjoy with some cold ones and expedition tales around the campfire.
Breakfast, Lunch * Own Dinner

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