Fancy two nights of luxury adventure on the Orange River? A new kayak trip covers an exclusive stretch of the river not accessible to other commercial operators. By Fiona McIntosh
The leisurely pace of this kayak trip offers a singular perspective on the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park from the Orange River. You will overnight at the gorgeously located and well-equipped Tatasberg Wilderness Camp. Desert Kayak Trails, a transfrontier venture, is the latest in the array of adventures on offer in the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.
This is not a high adrenalin trip. Most of the time the river is flat and meandering so you can lie back and enjoy the views, the quiver trees adorning the mountain flanks and the river life. Few of the rapids (which are never more than grade one or two) have names and most are just entertaining wave trains rather than big drops or scary runs through rocks. But they’re enough to add an edge, particularly in the two-person Fluid Synergy sit-on-top kayaks, which tip, as we discovered when one of our party unexpectedly fell out of his boat on the aptly named Surprise rapid, if you get broadside to the wave! Easily accessible from both the South African and Namibian sides, it’s a perfect add-on to a trip to the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park or a self-drive holiday in Namibia.