Orange River – Fish Eagle Trail

Relax with good birdlife, fishing and nights around the campfire!

Orange River – Fish Eagle Trail


Where: near Kakamas, N Cape
When: All year round
Difficulty: Class 2/3 – Suitable for all skill levels & ages.
Season: All year round
Distance 999km from JHB
1412km from Durban
786km from Bloem
700km from Cape Town
1135km East London
1106km from PE957km from Kynsna

Starting near Pofadder in the Northern Cape, this section of the river offers a mainly flatwater trip, with a few small rapids and an abundance of birdlife. There is no portage and major whitewater, which makes it ideal for families with younger kids, school groups or anyone who wants a relaxed river trip with minimum thrills and spills. We use inflatable two person boats that are easy to paddle and steer. We may also have rafts that are very stable and perfect for less confident paddlers (dependent on water level). We usually cover around 28kms during the trip so there is ample time to relax, read your book or explore the camp surroundings. If we have high water conditions, we use a higher put in point, extending the trip by another 15kms or so. Each trip is run as a self-contained expedition – we carry everything we need and take everything back out again at the end. We make our way down river, choosing a different campsite each night. All you need to provide is your personal gear and drinks of your choice. All meals are included, as are qualified guides, boating and safety equipment and camping accommodation.

Gravity’s base camp, Red Rock, is set on the banks of the river and your guides will meet you here on the evening before your trip begins. There is ample grass to set up your camping spot for the night and this is also where you will leave your vehicle whilst you are on the river with us. There are basic ablutions, including flush loos, a bar service and easy access to the water for a refreshing dip or trying your hand at catching (and releasing) some Yellowfish.

Next morning, after a hearty breakfast, your guides will give you advice on how best to pack your drybags for your trip down river. Unlike our other trips, you will start with a transfer up to the put in point. (This will mean quite an early start as well as a 1.5 hour drive upstream. The advantage to this approach is that the logistics are taken care of at the start and you can then relax on river, paddling into base camp at the end of your third day.) Before getting on the water you’ll also have a thorough safety briefing and some paddling instruction. Then, it’s time to get going for three days of relaxation and fun! The river is mainly flat open water with a few flowing channels and small rapids. The bird life is abundant and the scenery is wild and unspoilt. This trip is not run by many other operators so you shouldn’t see many any other groups on the water. Your trip will end back at Red Rock camp where you will enjoy a final meal around the campfire. The trip can also be run over 4 days but the time spent on the water will be less – usually a half day’s paddle each day. It can also be combined with our Gorge section for a 6 day long adventure. (Above itinerary may change slightly according to trip, season and water level).


2017/18 Web prices subject to change without notice.


Standard Trips – Adults R4950.00 p/p
Standard Trip – Kids under 18 15% off standard price
Upgrade Trip – all inclusive option. Prices vary according to group size and we can tailor make according to you needs – this will give you an idea.

*Trips include, guest house accommodation first and last night, tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, sit down dinners, bedouin tent, adjusted menu with wine at dinner, small groups and extra guides.

4-5 people: R11,950.00 p/p
6-7 people: R10,250.00 p/p
8-9 people: R8,950.00 p/p
10-12 people: R8,250.00 p/p

Prices include camping accommodation, transfers at the river, catering for the duration of the trip, all catering equipment, qualified guides and all boating & safety equipment.

Note: Your trip price includes TWO nights in base camp and ALL meals, unlike most other river operators.