The PPC Nukakamma Canoe Trail, covers a distance of 12 kms along the Sundays River. The river is on average about 2m deep at high tide except at the mouth where it is much shallower.
A minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 people (two per canoe, as only double canoes are available) can do the trail at any given time. The trail starts at the Cannonville Slipway and meanders through pristine scenery for the duration of the trip.
Depending on weather conditions, the journey can take anything from 2 to 8 hours, according to the tide and the wind. En route, there are over 200 species of birds that may be seen, amongst which, the Goliath Heron and the Fish Eagle provide much pleasure. Also along the banks, at times, Kudu, Springbuck, Impala and other buck may be spotted.
The trail was started as a Nature Conservation project in 1998, to enable the city-slickers to get back to the beauty of Nature. It is totally Rustic with an Overnight facility consisting of a two-roomed log cabin. with an Undercover braai area, ‘Boma’. No luxuries at all with only the bare necessities provided. Paddlers bring their own bedding for the bunk beds in the cabin and of course, their food and liquid refreshments. Portage is provided at a fee to enable the luggage to arrive at the destination DRY and in one piece.
For those not wishing to partake of the two-day paddle, there is also a Daily Canoe Hire option, whereby they can hire the canoes for the day and paddle at leisure.
Canoes, paddles and Life Jackets (compulsory) are provided.
It is the only Green Flag Canoe trail in the Southern Cape.