5 Day Orange River Trip

2 days off river and 3 days on river

Are you ready for your advenTure?

Our river trips work as follows: Arrive in the afternoon and enjoy a braai and short induction on equipment and river rules.

Second day head off from campsite to Hopetown where you will pack your boats with all your camping, clothing and equipment needed. Your trip is 2 full days and 1 half day of paddling +-20k per day which does not require extreme fitness levels as the river is always flowing nicely.

You will spend two nights camping on the banks of the Orange. All meals are catered for you just need to bring daily river snacks (list supplied) and your drinks (list supplied).

You arrive just outside Douglas on the 3rd day at lunch time. We drive you back to our campsite where you enjoy a nice shower and wholesome meal. You leave the following morning after breakfast for home.

Price: R5 000 (equipment and meals included)

Children under 12 less 20%.

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what happens on the beautiful river

Orange river trip gallery

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WhaT to bring

Adventure Kayaking

camping necessities

For camping

Adventure Kayaking


On river

Adventure Kayaking


For Camping


Small containers

OTher goods



DRinks and snacks


not going on river


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RaTings & Reviews

27 Responses

  1. Amazing experience!

    Wonderful experience! Beautiful scenery. Delicious food and friendly guides. Highly recommend trip if you enjoy something different!

  2. Wonderful river adventure

    A totally unique, once in a lifetime experience for adults and kids. Jolly tough but so worth it. Lorna and Gavin make it into an incredible adventure with attention to details, delicious food and such fun! Highly recommended…

  3. This was quite honestly the BEST and most memorable 4 days of our familys’ lives! Paddling the river with 3 families and with 6 children under the age of 12 was the perfect experience. Camp set up, fishing, swimming, game-viewing, stargazing, water gun fights, clean fresh water, amazing food, perfectly manageable rapids and wonderful hosts made our 4 days something we will treasure for a life time. Thank you Adventure Kayaking……we will be back!

  4. Treat yourself - you deserve it!!!!

    What an amazing experience and THE BEST VALUE FOR MONEY.Put this on your bucket list and BOOK NOW. You have to be part of it to understand what wonderful memories you will be making 💋🙏🏼😘
    Thank you Lorna for the yummiest food and Gavin for your guidance, advice and encouragement on this amazing journey ✨✨✨✨

  5. Life Experience recommended!

    Very lekker paddle and life experience- something to treasure, thanks Lorna, Gavin and Steve!
    All equipment supplied and in good order. Food was exceptional and never hungry!

  6. You can choose them with a calm heart!

    Wow! What a great experience! The food was fantastic, we loved the rapids and everything was so well organised! Thank you Gavin an Lorna, it was exceptional!

  7. Incredible Experience

    This was an incredible experience. Lorna has planned the trip exceptionally well that you do not have to worry about anything. All you have to worry about is paddling down the river and admiring the natural beauty. The children also thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were often swimming in the river. This is a great family holiday.

  8. This trip has to be added to your bucket list.......

    This is a real adventure, paddling down the beautiful Orange river with a few exciting rapids, amazing scenery especially through the Lava Gorge where the rock formations are just incredible. Camping on the banks of the Orange is a very special experience, we were lucky enough to be there while the moon was full. Thank you to Steve our guide and to Lorna who provided the tastiest meals for us all! Add this one to your bucket

  9. Fun getaway

    We had a wonderful time on our trip! Adventure Kayaking were so professional and organised. I always felt safe and looked after on the river. The food was such a highlight! The rapids were easy to navigate and fun, while the paddling in between was moderately tough, but very soothing in a way. Camping on the banks on the river and waking up with a stunning sunrise was just incredible

  10. The ultimately river experience

    Thanks to Gavin and Lorna for what was an incredible few days on the Orange River. The hospitality, scenery and professionalism absolutely second to none. We leave with some incredible memories. As a family we have Kayaked the Orange in Namibia, as well as several rivers in Europe and New Zealand. This was up there with the best in the world so if you’re looking for adventure coupled with a big dose of hospitality I’d recommend Adventure Kayaking.

  11. A MUST DO!

    What an amazing trip. We did it as a family and it was worth every minute. Being out on the river and camping on the river bank was a wonderful experience. The organisation from start to finish was perfect. Lorna is very orgnaised and everything went according to plan. Her food preparation is excellent and we all ate well. Gavin and Steve on the river were great. Very organised and a pleasure to travel with. Two great guys. Safety always came first. The two nights in the lodge were a bonus. I would highly recommend the trip. I would easily do it again. Well done Adventure Kayaking. 10/10!

  12. Bucket list worthy adventure

    Amazing experience, group of old varsity friends. Really well organised adventure Gavin and Steve were incredibly guides on the river and Lorna organised and prepared awesome meals. Truly an unforgettable experience recommended for all. 10/10

  13. We are coming back!

    The trip was awesome. We were a group of 10 friends and we had the time of our lives. Thank you Lorna the food was delicious. Hats off to Gavin and Steve that made sure we enjoyed ourselves on the river, through the rapids, and on the banks of the Orange in a safe way. Listen to them and you will have the greatest time you will ever have on the Orange river. SA is a beautiful country and it was awesome to experience God’s creation in a kayak on the orange river. Adventure Kayaking you’ll see us again.


    This was quite honestly the best days of our group’s lives! Paddling with Gavin and Steve on the river was the perfect experience. They are very helpful and proffessional guides, who did everything possible to made it a safe, memorable and wonderful trip. The food on the river was exceptional and the manageable rapids and wonderful hosts made our 5 days something we will treasure for a life time. Thank you Adventure Kayaking……we will be definitely back!

  15. For me the best way to relax is in nature,so this is absolute the best ,paddling along a clean river , staring above to the cloud formation,then left and right at the magnificent rock shapes and sizes,the way they stack so perfectly,there colours and melted wax appearance.
    Then the sightings of fish eagles and hearing them calling , also seeing water monitor basking upon their splendid rock beds.
    Thanks to all at adventure kayaking for this relaxing experience

  16. Beste Avontuur ooit.

    Wat ‘n ongelooflike avontuurlike ondervindig! Was die beste wegbreek wat ek in jare gehad het.
    Lorna , Gavin, Steve you were just the best hosts ever. Your confidence made us all so relaxed. Our food was just brilliant. As was every thing else.
    Ons groep was wonderlik, dankie almal.
    Die Trippie beveel ek aan vir enige iemand met ‘n lekker avontuurlustige Streep in hom.
    Weereens baie dankie en God Speed🤗🤩😅
    Ps. Ek kan swem en dryf.🏊‍♂️😁

  17. What an adventure!

    Dear Gavin, Steve and Lorna, thank you for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Thank you for being so patient with the endless questions before the time and on the trip itself. Everything was superbly organised, making us comfortable that we are in capable hands. Lorna, thank you for the attention to detail, from the little chocolate on the pillows, to the incredible meals and desserts. I will definitely recommend you to anyone who is looking for an adventure.

  18. Beter as beter! Sommer beste

    Too much awesome to mention!!! We were 10 crazy, life-loving, adventure seeking girls and had plenty of fun. The company was good, the food great, the guides knowledgeable and the scenery better than we could dream for. Thanks to the Adventure Kayaking team!

  19. Post COVID Bliss.... you only live once!!!

    Thank you Gavin & Steve for teaching, guiding & keeping us safe on this amazing 5 day Adventure down the mighty Orange river🚣‍♀️ Fish eagles calling at sunrise to the croaking bullfrogs at sunset…Africas beauty🙏 not to forget to mention Lorna’s food… to die for!!! Blessed to have made Friends of a lifetime…through the wind, sunshine, rain & hail. You only live once…. tomorrow is not promised… so “just do it” & enjoy the RIDE paddling down the river tackling the Radids🤗


    Thank you Gavin & Steve for teaching, guiding & keeping us safe on this amazing Adventure down the mighty Orange river🚣‍♀️ Fish eagles calling at sunrise to the croaking bullfrogs at sunset…Africas beauty🙏 not to forget to mention Lorna’s food… to die for!!! Blessed to have made Friends for a lifetime…through the wind, sunshine, rain & hail. You only live once…. so enjoy the RIDE🤗

  21. Magical!!

    What an incredible experience.
    The food was delicious and our guides were knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

    The river and the Karoo that surrounds it is breath taking, photos and words don’t do the landscape justice.

    We will be back, hopefully when the river is not in flood!! haha

  22. Highly recommend!

    Such a special experience! Superbly organised. Excellent guides who knew the river so well and shared great stories and pearls of wisdom along the way. Excellent catering… thanks Lorna for rising to the vegan challenge… we loved all that you made for us so full of care. Equipment great. Felt totally safe all the time and just able to enjoy river and companionship along the way.
    Highly recommended!

  23. AMAZING!

    It was amazingly planned and organised with guides who knew the river like the back of their hand, the river was magical, and the food planned by Lorna was delicious! Lorna made sure to make food for vegans and vegetarians. An awesome experience will be back soon!

  24. March kayak adventure!

    When four ladies, all in our fifties, and two of my daughters, in their twenties, decided to go on a kayak adventure on the orange river we had no idea what we were letting ourselves in for. We planned our trip for the March school break. The weather was a 50 -50% chance of rain at any given time, yet we never had rain, not on the river or while tenting – that was a blessing. Poor Gideon, Gavin and Lorna had to answer all our questions about the what if’s and maybe’s and find space for an additional sleeping bag or two. The weather ended up being so nice that we never did use our sleeping bags as the blankie provided was more than enough to keep us warm at night.
    The lodge provided a wonderful ambiance close to the river with bedrooms for two and an on-suite bathroom with a shower. The first night we were treated with a lamb curry potjie that immediately set the standard for the meals for the rest of the strip – thank you Lorna for a well-planned menu with pleasant surprises as we travelled on the river. With demo’s done for setting up your own tent and how to use the PFG’s as well as how to stay in your kayak during rapids together with what to do when you end up in the river we set off with great excitement the next morning. The next three days on the river was everything and more than what we expected – the scenery and ambiance on the river cannot be described in word – you have to be there yourself! And of course, the trip is any rock-lover’s dream with agate and crystals found all along the route.
    The last night we were treated with a braai back at the lodge. Thank you to Gideon and Micheal who were our tour guides for patience and help whenever we needed it, and for taking our kayaks through hubbly-bubbly – it was fun to watch the professionals in action! What a special adventure indeed!

  25. Memories for life

    I am not exactly an adventurous person. I did this with my husband and two sons, but I have to say, I am so glad that we did it! The scenery is absolutely beautiful, the evenings were so calm and relaxing and the river was exiting. Gavin, Gideon and Mike made sure that we were prepared for each rapid/obstacle. I didn’t feel unsafe once. The food was delicious. Everything was well planned and organised. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for an adventure. It surely is an unforgettable experience. New friends were made and we will definitely do it again.

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