Skip to content

Hike and canoe with wildlife

Rated 4.92 out of 5 from 25 reviews.Dassenhoek, South Africa

Check local COVID-19 related recommendations or restrictions before booking.

In-person Airbnb Experiences are available in this region. Please review and follow local COVID-19 related recommendations or restrictions. Learn More

Experience hosted by Sara

2.5 hours
Includes drinks, equipment
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English, Italian

What you'll do

Adventure conservation Tourism: canoe and hike
Your journey starts with a paddle across the dam. On a stable indian kayak, with a paddle in hand and a life jacket donned, an experienced paddler will guide you across the dam where you can view the reserve from a different perspective. Wildlife is often seen from this vantage point and our resident fish eagle are always seen sitting on their favourite branch. Giraffe sightings are another highlight. Disembarking from the kayak and completing a wild walk completes this experience. Being on foot and walking in the reserve is especially exciting.

The duration of the experience varies between 2 to 4 hours depending on where the wildlife is and on the level of fitness of the group.
Adventure conservation Tourism: canoe and hike
Your journey starts with a paddle across the dam. On a stable indian kayak, with a paddle in hand and a life jacket donned, an experienced paddler will guide you across the dam where you can view the reserve from a different perspective. Wildlife is often seen from this vantage point and our resident fish eagle are always seen sitting on their favourite branch. Giraffe sightings are another hig…

Sara's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
Learn more

What's included

  • Drinks
    Water
  • Equipment
    Indian kayak, life jacket and paddle are provided
From $16
/ person
Thu, Oct 29
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
$16 per person
$16 per person
Fri, Oct 30
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
$16 per person
$16 per person
Sat, Oct 31
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
$16 per person
$16 per person

Meet your host, Sara

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 25 Reviews
  • Identity verified
We are Conservation Guardians! Established in 2008 with a perfect mix of 20+ yrs of experience in Tourism and Destination management, adventure travel, marketing and biodiversity conservation, since July 2018 we have been managing Shongweni Dam and Nature Reserve: 1700Ha of pristine nature.
Greg, previous CEO of Knysna Tourism and a child of the African bush with a natural instict for sustainability and biodiversity conservation met Sara, an Italian girl with a background in languages, marketing and international relations and a pure love for nature. We are THE Conservation Guardians, join us!
We are Conservation Guardians! Established in 2008 with a perfect mix of 20+ yrs of experience in Tourism and Destination management, adventure travel, marketing and biodiversity conservation, since July 2018 we have been managing Shongweni Dam and Nature Reserve: 1700Ha of pristine nature.
Greg, previous CEO of Knysna Tourism and a child of the African bush with a natural instict for sustainability and biodiversity conservation met Sara, an Italian girl with a background in languages, mark…
To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app. Learn more

Where you'll be

Driving down to the reserve you will admire the dam from the top. The journey starts from the shore with a relaxing paddle across the dam enjoying birds, wildlife and the sound of nature. Leaving the canoe on the shore your journey will continue towards some wildlife sighting. You will be walking the paths to find wildlife and indigenous plants.

Rated 4.92 out of 5 from 25 reviews.

Motlotleng
October 2020
Wonderful experience, bongani and Freedom were our hosts. I can honestly say we made new friends. They know the plants and their uses in both Zulu and english. Definitely a great experience.
Lazola
February 2020
It was a beautiful experience. The dam is a tucked away gem full of different animal lifestyle. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to track the giraffes
Francisco Guillermo
February 2020
A wonderful experience A beautiful project carried out by Sara and the residents of the nearby communities. I didn't want to leave the place, but I will definitely return.
Patric
January 2020
Sara was a great host she was friendly and caring , she had three people with her who also helped us with Canoeing and walking through the wilderness spotting few animals. Overall it was a unique experience to canoe across a dam and walk on foot to find some animals . Definitely recommend for urbanites.
Sara was a great host she was friendly and caring , she had three people with her who also helped us with Canoeing and walking through the wilderness spotting few animals. Overall…
Katie
January 2020
Let the locals take you out for a wilderness trek - stop and listen to what they’re studying about the land and it’s inhabitants. Be the audience this land needs so it doesn’t go unnoticed!
Tim
January 2020
Great experience and interaction with people from the local villages as well as with nature (both hiking and canoeing). The canoeing allowed for Sara to share some interesting background info on the projects she's been running, and the hiking was great for getting up close with animals (zebra, giraffes).
Great experience and interaction with people from the local villages as well as with nature (both hiking and canoeing). The canoeing allowed for Sara to share some interesting back…

Choose from available dates

29 available
1 / 2
  • Thu, Oct 29
    8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    $16 per person
  • Fri, Oct 30
    8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    $16 per person
  • Sat, Oct 31
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    $16 per person
  • Sun, Nov 1
    8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    $16 per person
  • Mon, Nov 2
    8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    $16 per person
  • Tue, Nov 3
    8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    $16 per person
  • Wed, Nov 4
    8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    $16 per person
  • Thu, Nov 5
    8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    $16 per person

Activity advisory

Expert industry partners
Every adventure follows industry guidelines. We partnered with the Adventure Travel Trade Association, expert leaders in adventure travel, to define best practices and standards for safety.
Know your comfort level
Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 4 and up can attend.

More tips

During summer (Dec-Feb) is hot and humid with thunderstorms late in the afternoon. Winter months are warm and pleasant.

What to bring

sunglasses

cap