• Gods finger print rock formation in Richtersveld National Park
    Spectacular scenery in the rugged wilderness of the Richtersveld National Park
  • Adventure of rafting and camping on the banks of the Orange River
    Adventure of rafting and camping on the banks of the Orange River

    Rafts or kayaks are provided. For part of the fishing trip you will be camping under the stars on the banks of the river. Delicious home cooked meals are prepared by the staff. Put your feet up and enjoy an ice cold refreshment as you unwind.

Richtersveld Orange River Sport and Flyfishing Adventure

Sundowner Flyfishing Adventures has partnered with Umkulu Adventures and The Growcery Camp to offer a bucket list sport fishing adventure on the Orange River through the Richtersveld in Northern Cape. Experience a combination of wholesome tasty meals, warm hospitality, desert wildlife, world class fishing and adrenaline activities on the Orange River. Explore the beauty and tranquility of the Richtersveld as you share the hidden treasures of this arid landscape, which is a breath- taking wilderness of desert, mountains and ribbon of life where the Orange River flows. Rafting takes place on over 20 km of the Orange River with mild rapids and pools. This beautiful stretch offers some of the best waters in South Africa for sport & fly fishing (catch & release). Our main quarry includes large mouth yellows (bucket list) and small mouth yellows, catfish and mud fish. Accommodation is a combination of The Chic Shacks (basic but comfortable) with shared ablutions and camping on the river. We all pitch in for the camping portion to help with loading/unloading rafts and setting up sleeping stretchers while meals are prepared by the Growcery/SFA team. Non fishing partners are welcome to join the fishing guests on the trips.

Experience a combination of wholesome tasty meals, warm hospitality, desert wildlife, world class fishing and adrenaline activities on the Orange River. Explore the beauty and tranquillity of the Richtersveld as you share the hidden treasures of this arid landscape, which is a breath- taking wilderness of desert, mountains and ribbon of life where the Orange River flows. Rafting takes place on over 20 km of the Orange River with mild rapids and pools. This beautiful stretch offers some of the best waters in South Africa for sport & fly fishing (catch & release). Our main quarry includes large mouth yellows (bucket list) and small mouth yellows, catfish and mud fish. Accommodation is a combination of The Chic Shacks (basic but comfortable) with shared ablutions and camping on the river.  We all pitch in for the camping portion to help with loading/unloading rafts and setting up sleeping stretchers while meals are prepared by the Growcery/SFA team. Non fishing partners are welcome to join the fishing guests on the trips. If you are travelling down to the Vioolsdrif area and you only have limited time available then you may like to opt for a half day, full day or overnight guided fishing activity.

Duration: 5 nights / 6 days (Tuesday to Sunday)

Prices: Fishers @ R11995 pp & Non fishers @ R7500 pp

Best time:  Summer - September to April

Guides: 

  • You will be hosted on the river by experienced canoeing and fly-fishing guides from Umkulu Safaris and Sundowner Fly fishing Adventures.

Where:

  • The Growcery is located in the Northern Cape, near the border of RSA/Namiba (Vioolsdrif, South Africa). 1255 km from Johannesburg and 697 km from Cape Town.  

 

Itinerary:

  • Day 1- Own transport to The Growcery Camp. Dinner and prepare for fishing the following day.  Shared accommodation with clean communal ablutions.
  • Day 2 - Depart after early breakfast with lodge transport for 45 min drive up-river to the Vioolsdrif weir. Day spent fishing the channels in the this highly productive area. Light lunch included. Head back to The Growcery to spend the night and enjoy a well-deserved dinner.
  • Day 3 - Depart Growcery after early breakfast. 10 km drift through rapid and pools , stopping to fish for Large mouth and small mouth Yellow fish, muddies and cat fish. Midday siesta and light lunch. At the end of the day we set camp on the side of the river. Bush dinner and soak in the canopy of stars. Option of targeting some monster cat fish on a night line
  • Day 4 - Depart river camp after early breakfast. Drift through rapid and pools , stopping to fish for Large mouth and small mouth Yellow fish, muddies and cat fish.. Midday siesta and light lunch. At the end of the day we set camp on the side of the river. Bush dinner and soak in the canopy of stars. Option of targeting some monster cat fish on a night line
  • Day 5 - Depart river camp for early morning start. Drift through rapids and pools while targeting Large mouth and small mouth Yellow fish, muddies and cat fish. Midday siesta and light lunch. At the end of the day we take out the rafts. Drive back to Growcery for the nights accommodation. Dinner and a chat around the fire.
  • Day 6 - Get up early for breakfast before the drive back home.

 

Includes:

  • 3 nights at The Growcery Camp on a Dinner, bed, breakfast basis
  • 1 x full day fishing at Vioolsdrif Weir with light lunch + Return transport from The Growcery Camp
  • 3 x full day raft (croc ducks) and fishing on the orange river (mineral water)
  • 2 night camping on the river with cooler boxes, stretchers, camping mattresses and meals
  • Qualified river canoe guide
  • Experienced fly fishing guides
  • Public Liability Insurance

 

Excludes:

  • Transport to The Growcery Camp
  • Additional optional fly-fishing guides
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks not specified
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, gratuities and items of a personal nature
  • Fly fishing equipment and flies (Can be arranged on request)
  • Ice for cooler boxes

Other details: We recommended a reasonable fitness level for the rowing during the canoeing.

What to bring:

Fishing Equipment & flies

Small mouth yellow fish, mud fish and carp

  • 3-5 weight 9-10 ft fly rod small mouth yellows and mud fish
  • Fly reel with matching weight floating line and floating fly line
  • 12 pound mono leader
  • 3-5X tippet
  • #14 – 18 Orange hot spot nymph with brass bead or rose gold tungsten bead
  • #8 Green rock worm with orange tungsten bead
  • #14-18 Gold ribbed Hares Ayre with rose gold tungsten bead
  • #14-20 Black PTN with black tungsten bead
  • #14-20 GUN with and without tungsten bead
  • #8 Mustard caddis with orange tungsten bead
  • #14 & #8 Copper John
  • #16 Red Brassie
  • #14 – 16 Red San Juan or atomic worm
  • Chest Pack
  • Landing net

 

Large mouth yellow fish, barbel and carp

  • 7-8 weight 9 ft fly rod for large mouth yellows, carp and catfish
  • Large arbour fly reel with a floating, floating with fast sinking tip and fast sinking line
  • 15  pound leader (fluoro carbon)
  • #4 Muis hond (Tan & Black)
  • #1 Go To Minnow (Tan, Black/Tan)
  • #2 or #4 MSP (Olive/Charteuse)
  • # 4 Zonker black
  • # 8 Mrs Simpson special
  • # 4 Zonker (black & olive)
  • # 4 Brush fly (kurper/green with black stripes)
  • # 8 Carp tugger
  • #4 Alflexo crab (Green/olive or tan)
  • #6 White shrimp
  • # 8 Black & blue woolly bugger with brass bead or orange tungsten bead
  • # 8 Olive Woolly Bugger with brass bead or orange tungsten bead

 

  • Clothes
  • Quick dry UV protect long sleeve shirts
  • Board shorts or long technical pants UV protect
  • Hat
  • Buff
  • Fishing gloves

 

Other

  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tabard
  • Sun block
  • Camera
  • Power bank to charge phones etc
  • Drinks
  • Energy bars etc
  • Binoculars (smaller, rubber coated options recommended
  • Head lamp

Option of accommodation and transport from Upington available.