Kayaking Adventure trail
Kayaking Adventure trail
kayaking adventure trail
kayaking adventure trail
Kayaking Adventure trail
Kayaking Adventure trail
Kayaking Adventure trail
Kayaking Adventure trail
Kayaking Adventure trail

Kayaking Adventure Trail

The Ultimate Kayaking Adventure Trail is a result of covid lockdown in South Africa. Discover the ultimate adventure through the Richtersveld while kayaking on the Orange River.
This adventure is synonymous with an expedition—paddle 165km through the most desolated region in South Africa.

Discover the beauty of the Richtersveld and feel the wild free energy of the Orange River. The kayaking Adventure Trail is on sit on top kayaks which is perfect for the Orange River. It is a great boat that can take ample equipment and camping gear inside the kayak.

You will require a moderate fitness level and a great sense of adventure to partake on these Kayaking Adventure trails. Each trail has two guides and takes a maximum of 12 paddlers per expedition. The Trail offers similar preparations to a hiking trail. We make use of small dry bags to divide our equipment and food amongst all the paddlers. Care full planning and logic in packing is essential to stabilise and balance our kayaks.

Our guides will offer some advice and paddling skills and river reading during our trail. It is essential to follow our team's instructions to complete successfully.

The challenges of nature, wind, temperatures, high water, low water and wild camps are part of our journey through the Richtersveld. This is the only mountain desert in South Africa and provides challenges during our visit. Our team comes highly experienced in kayaking and nature skills.

Why join the Kayaking Trail Adventure?

  • Explore the wild and untouched Richtersveld.
  • Paddle through the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.
  • Sleep wild along the banks of the Orange River.
  • Complete the 165km journey through the only desert of South Africa.
  • Learn about serving and living in the desert.
  • Obtain the paddling skills to explore kayaking.
  • Enjoy the freedom of the Wild.
  • Achieve the completion of the Trial.

3 Day Wet and Wild Adventure
Vagabond Kayaks South Africa

Group Sizes are kept small and responsible at a maximum of 12 people per group.
We do have single kayaks and double kayaks. Our team makes use of the Single Kasai and the double Mazowe kayaks.
Single Kasai Kayak : Kasai
Double Mazowe Kayak : Mazowe

Kayaking Adventure Trial

Orange River Kayaking Map

The Growcery Includes


  • Kayaks
  • Meals based on a hiking trail
  • 20 Liter Dry Bag & 4 x 10 L dry bags
  • Guides and Trip Leaders
  • Camping fees on Day 1 and Day 8
  • Transfer back to The Growcery Camp
  • COVID saftey protocols and social distancing
  • Masks to be worn on transfer.
  • Sanitsing at Transfer
  • Trip T-Shirt
  • Fastners on Boat
  • Satelite Phone
The Growcery Excludes


  • Extra drinks and snacks
  • Headlamp, gas cooker
  • Extra Dry Bags
  • Buff, protected clothing
  • Travel and Trip Inusrance
  • Transfers to and from Starting Point
  • Dinner is excluded on Day 8
  • Water and water purification unit.
  • Personal Medical Kit
  • Own sleeping bag and sleeping mat
  • Tents are optional and need to fit inside the kayak.
The Growcery Tour Information


DEPARTS FROM: The Growcery Camp

35% Admin Fee to secure your reservations. Monthly down payments are welcome.

The Growcery Product Pricing


2021 2022 2023
Adults R 12995.00 R 15995.00 R 18995.00
Children 15+ R 9995.00 R 12995.00 R 15995.00
The Growcery Tour Schedule

Adventure SCHEDULE

Day 1

The Growcery Camp – Richtersveld – Orange River.

Our meeting pint is at The Growcery Camp, and it is essential that all paddlers check-in no later than 3 pm at Camp.  Our expedition leaders will offer a two-hour instruction on paddling skills and river safety. All must partake in the instructions before we start our trail. Dinner will be served.
The Growcery Camp

Day 2,3,4,5,6

Orange River / Richtersveld

An early start awaits us, and after a hearty breakfast, we will start our kayaking journey. The next days are early morning starts and somedays late afternoon endings. We break the paddling every 45minutes with 10 – 15 minute rest intervals. This allows us to make sure we have enough energy intake and stretch our legs and relax.

We are passing fast-flowing and slow water. Our pace is relaxed but consistent. We have set goals to achieve daily, and we work together as a group. Safety is our priority, and every paddler will be responsible for maintaining and assisting with our safety. Our days are full of challenges, landscapes, fast-flowing waters, birdlife and night skies. A true Adventure is ahead of all our paddlers.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Orange River / Richtersveld- The Growcery Camp

This is the last morning of our trail, and our back up team will come and collect us at our end destination. The transfer back to our base camp is 5-6 hours, and we provide drinks and snacks for our journey back to Base Camp. Our adventure ends back at camp up[pon arrival and all paddlers are welcome to stay over at camp.
Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks


DISCLAIMER: We reserve the right to cancel any activity due to weather or unsafe conditions. An alternative activity will be provided wherever possible.

  • Vioolsdrift Accommodation

    Come and stay at The Growcery Camp's Vioolsdrift accommodation next to the Orange River. The Chic Shacks are recycled and upcycled budget accommodation.
  • Vioolsdrift Camping

    Vioolsdrift camping is hosted at The Growcery Camp on the banks of the Orange River and only 22km from Vioolsdrift Border Post.
  • Vioolsdrift Campsites

    Visit our Vioolsdrift Campsites at the Growcery Camp this season. Beautiful grassed campsites with magnificent mountain views.