Adventure Kayaking

down the Orange River


Excitement on the Orange River


As we set off on our adventure kayaking tour down the Orange River near Hopetown in South Africa, we were completely immersed in a world of natural beauty.


The river’s gentle current carried us further into the heart of this hidden gem, revealing breathtaking landscapes and untouched wilderness. As we navigated through the meandering bends, we were greeted by the calls of exotic birds and the rustling of wildlife in the surrounding bushes.

Every bend in the river brought a new surprise, a new moment of awe-inspiring beauty. The towering cliffs that lined the riverbanks seemed to whisper stories of ancient civilizations and the resilience of the people who have called this place home for centuries.

We couldn’t help but be humbled by the sheer magnitude of nature’s creation. The towering mountains that framed the river seemed to touch the sky, their peaks kissed by the golden rays of the African sun. The vibrant orange hues of the river mirrored the warmth and energy that radiated from this untouched paradise.

As we continued our journey, we couldn’t help but be captivated by the vibrant culture that flowed through these waters. The Orange River had been a lifeline for generations, providing sustenance and a means of transportation for the communities that thrived along its banks. We imagined the laughter and songs that must have echoed through these waters, the stories and traditions that have been passed down from one generation to the next.

With each stroke of our paddles, we felt a deep connection to the past, present, and future of this remarkable place. We were not merely visitors passing through; we were part of a larger tapestry, woven together by the river’s currents and the spirit of adventure that brought us here.

As the sun began to set, casting a golden glow over the river, we couldn’t help but feel a sense of longing. Our time on this incredible journey was coming to an end, but our hearts were filled with gratitude and anticipation. We knew that one day, we would return to this untouched paradise, to once again immerse ourselves in its beauty and be reminded of the profound connection we felt on the majestic Orange River.

Making camp on the river’s edge, we slept under the stars.

Bushman, foraging plants
Bushman sounds
Bushman Boy with a spear

The weather was ideal. Typically, we would have been sunburned, but thanks to the cloud cover, we managed to escape unscathed.

Bushman, how to start a fire

The stillness of the water’s surface as the gentle breeze subsides during the late afternoons creates captivating reflections that stir a sense of tranquility.

Bushman, San People, old wise woman

As we continued our kayaking journey down the vibrant Orange River, we were greeted by the enchanting melodies of nature. The rhythmic strokes of our paddles echoed through the air, harmonizing with the untouched beauty that surrounded us. As we embraced this extraordinary experience, we couldn’t help but feel humbled and in awe of the untouched paradise that stretched before us.

Bushman, save water in Ostrich shells

I loved this cross-culture photo. Water is the life blood of the Kalahari and the over used iconic heart of modern culture.

The river was extremely full, resulting in a significant number of eddies.

Bushman festivity

More Information


We booked this trip with adventure kayaking, run and owned by Gavin and Lorna.

The experienced guides made us feel safe during the whole journey and their sense of humor was contagious

The food on the trip was outstanding (remember no fridges)

The tent and sleeping bags etc are provided by Adventure Kayaking, as well as the transport to the beginning, and pick up at the end. We will do it again, we made friends for life.


  • Camping gearĀ 
  • Kayaks and lifejackets
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Drum for your personal stuff to stay dry
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