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: 2-3 hours depending on activity
Season: Rafting: Winter & Spring (June – October)
Tubing: Spring, early Summer(September – Jan 15th) Autumn(April -June)
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 20 years now. We can truly say that we are ‘the original and the most knowledgable ‘ operator on this river. We are privileged to be a CNC licensed operator in this awesome biosphere reserve.

At medium and high water levels we offer thrilling white water rafting in two-person inflatable ‘crocodiles’ or four person rafts and at low levels we offer trips on inflatable ‘gekos’. This innovative inflatable craft was been 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 and if used facing forward, an exciting way of tackling the small rapids.

The Palmiet River Experience is suitable for all ages and skill levels – we provide qualified and registered guides with an intimate knowledge of the river and its environment and instruction on how to steer your craft. Our Tubing trips are suitable for anyone 8 years and older as long, as they are comfortable in the water, and our Rafting trips are available to anyone 13 years and older. You don’t need to be an athlete to participate but you will need to be reasonably fit for both activities.

In the high water months (winter and spring), when we are rafting, we run the longer section, starting in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. At lower water tubing levels, we complete a shorter section of the river. All boating and safety equipment is provided including PFDs (‘lifejackets’), gloves, paddle jackets and helmets. 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 day. We can run two rafting and tubing groups in one day if required. The trip price includes permits, all equipment, snacks, shared shuttle transport and APA qualified guides.

*It doesn’t include the CapeNature Conservation fee (currently R40.00 per adult and payable on entry) – if you have a WildCard or are staying in the reserve, you don’t pay this.

CapeNature have recently redeveloped their accommodation and of offer state of the art ‘Eco accommodation” 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. We can also arrange all other accommodation required (from camping to guesthouses to luxury hotels). Luxury conference facilities can also be arranged.

Minimum group size is 4 and Maximum 24.
Ask about our group discounts.


* 2018/19 Web prices subject to change without notice.

 Standard Trips

Tubing (‘Geko’) trip
Minimum age is 8 years
4- 6 People R695.00 p/p

7 + People R495.00 p/p

Rafting trip

Minimum age is 12

4 -6 People R895.00 p/p

7+ People R550.00 p/p

Family rate: Less 15% for children 12 and under.

Wetsuits are not included in price – R100.00 p wetsuit to hire for the day.

Packed lunch added to above R95.00 pp
Braai or cold buffet lunch added to above R195.00 pp
Conference & School programmes POA
Overnight and multi activity trips POA