Orange River Adventure

Experience a combination of authentic Karoo meals, hospitality, desert wildlife and adrenaline activities on the Orange River. Explore the beauty and tranquility of the Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve (established 2015) as you share the hidden treasures of this arid landscape, which is a combination of sheep farming and unique fauna and flora (Bat eared fox, Cape Fox, Aardvark, Striped pole cat and Black footed cat). Canoeing takes place on a 15 km stretch of the Gariep River with no rapids but lots of natural beauty and pools before it flows into Vander Kloof Dam. This beautiful stretch offers some of the best waters in South Africa for birding and spectacular scenery. Guests are welcome to assist with setting up camp on the river.


Day 1

Own transport to Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve. Sundowner drinks followed by dinner and “Shy 5” Night drive.  Shared accommodation with an’ suite bathrooms.

Day 2

Depart after early breakfast with lodge transport for 80km drive to canoeing access point. Board canoes for 5 km row. Disembark and set up camp. Delicious Karoo lamb chops roasted on an open fire washed down with an ice-cold beverage.

Day 3

Break camp and early morning start. 6 km row. The drift ends at the bay close to Doringkloof Nature Reserve. Collected by host and transported to cottage at Doringkloof  Nature Reserve for dinner.

Day 4

Coffee and rusks before early morning drive back to Karoo Gariep Reserve. Breakfast served before you leave to drive home.


From R4850 per person sharing

One qualified guide included in above rate

Second guide optional for: R3650


Dinner, bed, breakfast, Sundowner and Shy 5 night drive at Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve

Return transport from Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve to Orange River

2 x full day canoe (1 man polyprop) on  orange river (soft drinks)

1 night camping on the river with camping mattresses, 2 man tents and meals

1 night accommodation (chalet) and meals at Doringkloof Nature reserve

Qualified river canoe guide

Public Liability Insurance


Transport to Karoo Gariep Reserve (Can be arranged on request)

Additional optional guides