Guided Paddle Tubing
The tour begins at Charlesford Farm, where you hop onto the back of our 4×4 vehicle for a short drive to the forest edge. We then take an easy walk through the indigenous forest to reach the river entry point with our gear. From there, our easy-to-manoeuvre rafting tubes provide a fun trip down the spectacular Knysna River gorge. Flanked by indigenous forest, the river transports us through a scenic wonderland of unspoiled wilderness. You can expect serene, glass-like pools, high cliffs, narrow flowing channels, and the occasional small fun rapids.
We start the adventure trip on the banks of the Knysna river at the head of the Knysna estuary. The first section is a tidal section of the estuary where make our way past high sandstone cliffs and large banks of river boulders. On our path we will cross a weir which pools the river into a large impressive dam area. From here we make our way up the river through narrow sections and winding paths to discover large hidden pools surrounded by indigenous forests and high river gorges. We paddle up stream from pool to pool separated by very small rapid sections.
This river above the weir is off the beaten path with very few visitors except the occasional, vervet monkeys, baboons, mongoose or a possible shy bushbuck. There many birds species which you may catch a glimpse of including the Knysna Loerie, the Fish Eagle, Narina Trogen, kingfishers, comorants and many more. Experience a tranquil peaceful feeling whilst we edge further and further up the river into the forest.
The Knysna River is a magical river system which feeds the 24km long Knysna Estuary. The Knysna River catchment area drains off the Knysna forest and Sandstone rock. This water is fresh and clean and even drinkable but is stained a dark cola colour by the tanins from the decomposing matter on the forest floor.
The Knysna forest is a ancient magical growth consisting of many indigenous trees including the massive Outeniqua Yellowwood trees which pierce through canopies. The Kayak trip is an excellent way to get a good view of what these forests have to offer
Inclusions and Exclusions
How to get there:
The Paddle Tubing is situated in a convenient location to be accessed from Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Sedgefield and Wilderness.
From knysna take the N2 to cape town.
- Turn right on to the phantom pass road after the lagoon
- Do NOT go round and under bridge to Brenton on sea.
- Take the left fork for 4.3km which becomes a gravel road.
- Turn right into Charlesford Farm and head straight on left fork.
Park at the butchery parking.