Kalahari Drift

a smiling freshwater fly fisherman shows the head of a largemouth yellowfish cuaght at Red Rock River Camp, Kalahari

Largemouth Yellowfish – Smallmouth Yellowfish

SEASON: July – October
DURATION: 6 Nights – 5 Days Fishing

Kalahari Drift tours are completely self-sufficient mobile wilderness camping adventures. Arc inflatable canoes are used by guides and guests to move from campsite to campsite, to carry equipment and a base from which to fish as you drift your way down the river. This trip is aimed at the adventurous angler, with an appetite for a wilderness experience, and a good level of fitness. Due to the white water sections, we only recommend this adventure for those anglers who are comfortable in the water. The pristine wilderness camping experience, adrenaline-charged white water sections, and stark beauty of the Kalahari Desert will have you spilling stories of beers & BBQ’s for years to come.

Fishing the Kalahari Drift

This package is aimed at targeting the very elusive & prized Largemouth Yellowfish over a remote 35km section of the lower Orange River, known as the Onseepkans Gorge, in the Kalahari Desert. Fishing is done in one of two ways: either from an Ark inflatable canoe or on foot, stalking the banks.

With four anglers max per trip this tour is ideally suited for adventurous and like-minded mates who love to chase fish and enjoy roughing it in the wild. The two professional fly fishing guides assigned to each party will rotate amongst the guests, in their own Ark canoes. Also, where necessary, professional white water guides will ensure safe navigation through the tumbling rapids… just adding to the adventure.

Although Largemouth Yellowfish (Largies) are the focus of this trip, the Smallmouth Yellowfish fishing is excellent, and big fish are taken on streamers regularly while fishing for Largies.

Accommodation the Kalahari Drift

2 nights camping at Red River Rock Camp – Onseepkans

4 nights wilderness camping on the river

  • Red Rock camping consists of grassed areas with trees and bomas providing shade, shelter and washing up facilities. There are two ablution blocks, both with flush loos and showers

Getting to the Kalahari Drift

Situated on the banks of the Orange in the tiny village of Onseepkans, 50 km north of Pofadder, Red Red Rock River Camp Kalahari is the base camp for Gravity Adventures, where your Red Rock Kalahari drift will begin. The self-drive access adds the tour of magnificent countryside & is accessible from all major cities in South Africa.

  • 220km from Upington
  • 999km from JHB
  • 1412km from Durban
  • 786km from Bloem
  • 700km from Cape Town
  • 1135km East London
  • 1106km from PE
  • 957km from Kynsna


6 nights – 5 days fishing

2 nights camping at the River Camp Kalahari – Onseepkans

4 nights wilderness camping on the river

  • Arrival Day (night 1) – River Camp:
    • Guests arrival time should be between15:00 and 16:00 at Red Rock
  • River Camp – Onseepkans.
  • Trip briefing and gear check at 18:00
  • Dinner at 20:00


Fishing Rates/person sharing



6 nights – 5 days fishing

2 nights camping at the River Camp – Onseepkans

4 nights wilderness camping on the river

Price Includes

  • 1 x White Water Rafting Guide
  • 2 x Fly Fishing Guides
  • Ark Inflatable Canoes – 1 per guests
  • All camping equipment and accommodation for 6 nights – 1 angler per tent
  • All meals starting dinner on day of arrival and ending with breakfast on day of departure
  • Water, tea and coffee
  • Safety Gear

Price Excludes

  • Transport to base Camp – the River Camp
  • Tackle
  • Drinks – Soft and alcoholic
  • Guides Gratuities
  • Sleeping bags – please bring your own

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Extra Info

No cell connection on the river.


Flights to-and-from Upington and Johannesburg daily.

All guests will be sent a thorough breakdown of the tackle set up in their pre-trip information. This will include all flies, flyline, technical gear requirements, etc.

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