Orange River Fly Fishing

Experience a combination of authentic Karoo meals, hospitality, desert wildlife and world class fishing 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, and Black footed cat). Canoeing takes place on the last 10 km of the Gariep River with mild rapids and pools before it flows into Vander Kloof Dam. This beautiful stretch offers some of the best waters in South Africa for sport & fly fishing (catch & release) for large and small mouth yellows, birding and spectacular scenery. Guests are welcome to assist with setting up camp on the river. Wind is mostly from the West & strong Late August, Sept, Oct, early November, average Nov, Dec, Jan, then much more gentle Feb, March, April.


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 5km drift with fishing. 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. 5 km drift with fishing. The drift ends at basic river camp were you will be collected by host and transported to the Lodge for dinner.

Day 4

Breakfast served before you leave to drive home.


From R4850 per person sharing

One fly fishing/canoe guide included in above rate

Second fly fishing guide optional for: R3650


Second fly fishing guide included at no cost for 8 guests


Dinner, bed, breakfast, Sundowner and Shy 5 night drive at Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve ( 2 nights )

Return transport from Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve to Orange River

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

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

Experienced fly fishing guides

Public Liability Insurance


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

Additional optional fly fishing guides

Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks not specified

Travel Insurance

Tips, gratuities and items of a personal nature

Fly fishing equipment and flies (Can be arranged on request)

Other details:

We recommended a reasonable fitness level for the rowing during the canoeing.

Driving distance from Johannesburg (679 km/6 ½ hours)