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Nukakamma canoe trail - One night only

Sundays River, Colchester, next to the Addo Park

Activity Description

Nukakamma meaning “grassy water”, is the Khoisan name for Sundays River because of its verdant grassy banks. Nukakamma Canoe Trail is a much sought after two day flat-water trail along the Sundays River, which is situated some 40kms from Port Elizabeth (a mere half hour’s drive). The Nukakamma Canoe Trail is the only Green Flag Status Canoe Trail in South Africa.

The journey begins aboard our 4 metre double canoes with a 13km trip along the Sundays River from our premises to your overnight accommodation and a 13km canoe trip back the following day. We can accommodate a maximum of 21 people on a trail and the trails can be extended to 2 nights at a discounted rate. For safety reasons we do not allow less than 6 people on the trail at any one time.

Arrive at our A Taste of Africa Restaurant to sign in and our guide will direct you to our premises. Once there you will off load your luggage into our trailer and we will help set you up on the canoes.

While you are canoeing to the cabin we will take all your luggage and our provided bedding to the cabin and all will be ready for your arrival.

The river is on average about 2m deep at high tide except at the mouth where it is much shallower. Depending on weather conditions, the journey can take anything from 3 to 5 hours, according to the tide and the wind.

The accommodation is an overnight two cabins with two or three-tiered wooden bunk-beds, fitted with foam rubber mattresses. It also has a covered barbecue area and is equipped with two picnic tables and some braai utensils.

Experience the thrill and excitement of the area with the bird life ranging to approximately 210 recorded species and watching out for Mullet fish actively jumping into or over the canoes. Keep your eyes peeled for Kudu, Bushbuck, Porcupine, Cape Otter, Vervet Monkeys and other wildlife in the bush across the river. Finally, finish your day off by enjoying a barbeque with the view of a spectacular sunset.

Trails on offer:

Trail 1 : Start at our premise and travel 13 km to the overnight accommodation and 13 km back the following day. Total of 26 km’s.
Trail 2 : Start at our premises and head towards the sea for 3,5 km’s and see the beautiful Alexandria dune fields, then back the 3,5kms
to your starting point. From there head towards the overnight accommodation. Total of 33 km’s.
Trail 3 : If you arrive early at your overnight accommodation and would still like to continue rowing then carry on another 7 km’s to the Barkley
Bridge and back another 7 km’s to the overnight accommodation. Total over 47 km’s.

PLEASE NOTE*** Extra costs will occur if guests do not want to canoe back the following day and would prefer to be driven back to our premises.

6 – 21 guests – R100 per person extra
Extra trips to the cabin requested by the guest – R400 per trip (includes drop-offs of food, wood, etc.)


Duration16 hours
WhenAll year round, 7 days a week
WhereMeeting Point: A Taste of Africa Restaurant (33°41'28.1"S 25°49'35.0"E) Meeting Time: At least 45 minutes before the starting time of your activity Requirements: Sign our indemnity form. Please take note our location is about 40 km outside of Port Elizabeth on the N2 towards Grahamstown. We are situated about 5km from the South Entrance of the Addo Elephant National Park. If you need help with locating us please give us a call on +27 (41) 492 2355 / +27 (67) 412 9992
WeatherThis service is not available in strong wind or rain conditions. Please see our Terms & Conditions for cancellation policy.
What to WearComfortable clothing to canoe in and warm clothing for when you are finished canoeing.
Things to BringSunscreen, towels, warm clothes, food and drinks in cooler boxes, mosquito repellent, wood, blitz, charcoal, 5litre waters, and anything you may usually need for camping :)
Guests or SpectatorsWe charge for a minimum of 6 people so if you are less than 6 guests, you will be charged for 6 people.


Minimum Age4 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsCanoes, life jackets, overnight accommodation with bedding, self catering facilities, such as crockery and cutlery, and delivery of your luggage to and from the accommodation.

No food or drinks are provided.
The cabin is on a private land so only our vehicle is allowed to enter the cabin from the raod.
Your vehicle will be left overnight at our premises behind our locked gates.


Extra costs will occur if you would like extra trips to the cabin to be made.


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Customer Reviews

We had a lovely paddle up the river, lots of birdlife and were lucky with the wind and the tide. I very enjoyable trip. - Michelle

One small wrinkle was the hole in the bottom of our canoe. But that was corrected soon after discovery.... All around our party of 10 were extremely happy with the adventure, facilities and service. Thank you.. - Tracy

We were very happy with the overall experience. Thank you - Susan

The canoeing was really fun, staff were friendly and overall a good experience. The speedboats and skiers was a bit of a nuisance but after the N2 bridge it got better. The cabin is really peaceful and the bedding was clean. It does however feel as if the cabin is a little neglected and needs some TLC. - Pieter

Very welcoming and helpful staff, the experience was fun however a little bit more strenuous than we thought (as we went against the tide and wind both times). I would suggest informing the guests of the tide table or printing a valid copy for the cabin (as there is no cell reception to google it). If we knew the tides in advance it would have been easier to do the trip; if we were going with the current, versus against it. A place to stop between Mckay's Bridge and the private jetty would also be helpful as it is about 8km of just reeds which means nowhere to stop or pull off for a break/picnic. However, all in all, it was a great experience, the cabin had a lot more than what we had expected and it didn't lack/wasn't missing anything that we needed. Overall it was a lovely weekend and we would do it again :) - Micaela

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