Woodlands Cottages, Kenton on Sea, Eastern Cape ,South Africa
Enjoy our pristine estuary on a kayak. The beautiful experience and silence of the valleys. The secluded space away from it all. Breathe.


Our kayak trips are situated on the Kariega River , in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, east of Port Elizabeth on the R72 and is adjacent to coastal towns such as Alexandria, Kenton-on-Sea and Port Alfred, with the latter town being the largest. The trail head starts at Woodlands Cottages, just off the R72 via the R343 en route to Grahamstown/Mkhanda. The scenic Kariega River, from Port Alfred’s direction and the Bushman’s River from Port Elizabeth side wedge this pristine environment in. Beautiful, open stretched beaches, estuaries and coastal vegetation give further environmental clout to where this trip is situated.

The basic route:

Guests arrive from Woodlands cottages or from the beach hike , meeting at the Kariega river slipway. The adventurers change into Kayaking kit to embark on there trip. This trip goes up 6,5 km to the main bush camp. This trip takes 1,5 to 2,5 hours. The river is 18 km navigable. Depending on the program selected due to conditions/fitness and time the route can be extended.

Accommodation at Woodlands Cottages:

Beds Single or Double
Ablutions Gas geysers
Food Self-cater or ala carte ( to select)
Setting Bush – rural neighbourhood
Washing - clothes Washing service available
Braai area Boma type
Lighting Good
Heating None
TV In Main Lounge
Cell phone & Wi-Fi Excellent
Bar & Refreshments Licenced Bar
Room service None
Seating Comfortable in Lounge
Privacy Separate cottages or Dorm facilities

Landscape. Fauna and Flora:

Mainly mid-altitude lush grasslands with steep and deep river gorges, densely covered with prickly “valley bushveld “(thorn trees and shrubs, aloes and euphorbias). Where conditions permit, the bushveld component morphs into forest: temperate where higher or colder, and thorny to subtropical forest at lower, warmer altitudes. It is a summer rainfall area but largely defined by a mist belt. Being an area rich for agriculture, little of it remains naturally intact. The Kariega estuary ( 20 km from) borders on the Greater Addo Elephant National Park’s Woody Cape Section on the southwest and comprise of a combination of vegetation types of which the coastal thicket biome and coastal forest amass with species such as Outeniqua Yellowwood (Podocarpus falcatus), Cape Ash (Ekebergia capensis), Cape Beech (Rapanea melanophleos). Bird species which can be found comprises of both coastal and terrestrial species, i.e. African black Oystercatcher (Haematopus moquini), Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia) as well as estuarine species such as Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea), Red-knobbed coot (Fulica cristata). Larger mammals which can frequent the area is Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus), Blue Duiker (Philantomba monticola) and the more nocturnal Bushpig (Potamochoerus larvatus

Packages options:

  1. Full day Hike and Paddle (7 hrs)

    Transfer to Kasouga, walk to Kariega river ( 6 km)
    Or Walk between Rivers Bushmans to Kareiga (1.5 hrs)
    Paddle 2 hours ( 6,5km) to Base camp for transfer back to Woodlands
  2. Full Day Paddle with bush walk (7 hrs hrs)

    Transfer to Kariega slipway from Woodlands. Paddle up river for 2 hours to Bush Camp. Picnic lunch on the banks of the river. A short walk in a game reserve for 1 hour amongst indigenous animals, then kayak back to slipway.
  3. Full day kayak trip (8 hrs)

    Transfer to the slipway at the Kariega river mouth, and embark on the trip up the Kariega river. A picnic lunch is packed for the trip. Guests paddle into Sibuya game reserve, so the awareness of dangerous game is important. This trip could reach 18 km up the river.
  4. Half day Kayak trip ( 4-5 hrs)

    Transfer to Kariega slipway from Woodlands. Paddle up river for 2 hours to Main Camp up river, and back

Equipment and Support:

Own support:

Contact details : Woodlands cottages : 0828085976

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