Palmiet River | Rafting and Tubing

Tubing & Rafting in the pristine Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve

Palmiet River Rafting and Tubing


Grading: 1-4 (easy to challenging, depending on water level and activity)
Length: 2-4 hours depending on activity
Season: Rafting: Winter  (June – October)
Tubing: Summer (October – April)
Length of drive from Cape Town: 1 hr 30 mins

The Palmiet River tumbles through the Fynbos covered mountains of the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, just outside Kleinmond, about an hour’s drive from Cape Town. This pristine natural environment forms the backdrop to our Palmiet River Experience. A friendly stream during the summer months, winter rainfall turns the river into an exciting white water adventure. Our trip are designed so that we can offer our clients an exciting experience in both seasons and enables us to run almost all year round.

Gravity Adventures pioneered the Palmiet River and have been running it for over 25 years now. We can truly say that we are ‘the original and the most knowledgable ‘ operator on this river. We are privileged to be an operator in this awesome biosphere reserve.

The Palmiet River Experience is suitable for ages 8(tubing) and 12(rafting) and above and does require a certain level of fitness as it is a physical outdoor activity . Due to the nature of the activity, there is a weight capacity of 100kg for the boats that we use. People above 100kg should contact us to discuss. We provide qualified guides with an intimate knowledge of the river and instruction on how to steer your craft. You can join a mixed group or get your own group together on a specific date.

We start in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve and end just above the bridge on Clarence Driver, before Kleinmond. A distance of about 5 kms.  Wetsuits can be hired if you don’t have your own. Since this excursion takes place in a sensitive natural environment, group size is limited to 24 people per group. The price includes VAT, all boating & safety equipment, and qualified guides.

*Note | Prices exclude the CapeNature Conservation fee (currently R50.00 CASH per adult) – if you have a WildCard or are staying in the reserve, you don’t pay this.

Rafting | June through to September. Min age 12

At medium and high-water levels, we offer thrilling white-water rafting in two-person inflatable ‘crocodiles’ or four-person rafts depending on the level. Rafting is done during winter due to the rainfall so wetsuits are worn for the cold. The inflatable ‘crocodiles’ are self steered and guides will give you a full safety briefing before heading onto the water. There are 5 main rapids with names such as Handstands up, Bubble and Squeek, Itchy and Scratchy, Waterfall and Judgement Day! They vary from grade 3/4 depending on the levels.

Tubing | October through to April( February and March are normally too low to run). Min age 8

At low levels we offer trips on inflatable ‘gekos’. This innovative inflatable craft was specially developed for the Palmiet and is now used countrywide. If used in a reclining position, it provides a comfortable way to drift lazily along the pools and channels of the river. It comprises of a single Tube with a 50mm floor to minimise impact from rocks. The tubing is physical in nature so a certain level of fitness is required. During summer months we drift the pools and walk over the rapids

CapeNature have recently redeveloped their accommodation and of offer state of the art ‘Eco Cabins” in the heart of the Kogelberg. This is an ideal base for a weekend away or a corporate breakaway and we can arrange all catering as well as additional activities such as hiking, abseiling and Mountain biking.

Minimum group size is 4, max is 20 (but we can do more than one group simultaneously) Ask about our discounts for larger groups, schools and corporates.


* 2021/22 Web prices subject to change without notice

Palmiet Tubing | Price List | 3 - 4 hrs 
4-6 peopleR950.00 + R50.00 conservation
7-12 peopleR650.00 + R 50.00 conservation
13 + peopleR550.00pp + R50.00 conservation fee
Wetsuit Hire R150.00p/p