Kalahari Wilderness Drift

Kalahari Wilderness Drift

  • July to November
  • 4 Anglers
  • Kalahari, Southern Africa
  • 6 Nights, 5 Fishing Days


Where to fly to: Upington (if not driving to camp)

Where your tour starts: Onseepkans, South Africa

Transfers on arrival in Upington: No, please arrange your own, or ask for assistance if not driving to camp.

Transport to camp: Self-drive or hire car from Upington

Type of accommodation: Semi permanent camp site (2 nights) and wilderness camping (4 nights)

Boats: Yes, each angler is allocated an ark inflatable canoe for the trip.

Communications: Cell communication at the base camp, and limited cell communication when on the river.

Laundry: No

Optional add on Safari to your stay: Yes, Tutwa Game Lodge is nearby and offers an incredible desert experience. For international guests we advise adding on a trip to Cape Town and/or Kruger National Park while in South Africa. AW reservations can assist with this.

Safety: 100% safety record. All groups are accompanied by 2 fly fishing guides and 2 qualified river guides. Our professional team on the water ensures our guests can focus on the fly fishing and wilderness experience, while we take care of the rest.

Our Kalahari Wilderness Drift focus on a pristine 35km section of the lower Orange River, around the Onseepkans Gorge. This stretch of river, bordered by pristine Kalahari desert wilderness, is inaccessible to the general public due to the class 4 rapids and technical portages that are needed to access water from day 3 to 6.

The focus of these trips is targeting the elusive largemouth yellowfish on fly. All fishing is done either off your individual inflatable Ark kayak while on the drift, at anchor, or on foot off the banks.  Although largies are the primary target species, the smallmouth yellowfishing is also excellent, and big fish are often taken on streamers while fishing for largies.

All fly fishing is strictly catch and release, with single de-barbed hooks. All trips are planned over the preferred moon phase in the prime time of the year. Numbers are limited to 4 rods per expedition.

The expeditions are based on a self-sufficient multi-night wilderness camping setup. They are aimed at adventurous anglers, with an appetite for a pristine wilderness experiences and a good level of fitness.

All trips start and finish at Red Rock River Camp, situated on the banks of the Orange River in the tiny village of Onseepkans, 50km north of Pofadder. The camp consists of a grassed area, bomas for shade, shelter and cooking, washing and ablution facilities.


These trips are based on a completely self-sufficient mobile wilderness camping set up. Ark inflatable canoes are used by guides and guests to move from campsite to campsite, and to carry equipment, as the group makes its way down the river fly fishing.
The guides will be setting up camp each day while the guests enjoy the sunset fishing session. All camping gear & catering is supplied.

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