Largemouth bass fishing
The region is well known for its freshwater fishing. In fact, the Palmiet River flows through the Elgin Valley, directly past the Elgin River Lodge. The middle reaches on which the Elgin River Lodge is situated contains various aquatic life including smallmouth bass. Our resident guests are welcome to enjoy the fishing.
Do some quiet-water pristine river paddling in the early morning in one of our kayaks. You may well be the only person around. The Elgin River Lodge fringes a beautiful stretch of the river with almost half of the entire river catchment area containing indigenous fynbos and striking trees. Look out for some of the aquatic on and under water life including the African clawless otter and water mongoose. Twitchers will easily identify common birdlife such as the giant kingfisher, duck, heron, red bishop and waders.
Take a gentle river waft navigated by one of our friendly staff on our custom-crafted Elgin barge. We take bookings for a minimum of six and a maximum of 15 guests. Even though there isn’t a prescribed time, we recommend late afternoon to watch the sun set over unobstructed mountain, river, orchard and forest views. You might even get to see the first twinkling stars of the night. Best to reserve a spot in advance. This activity is dependant on the water levels of the Palmiet river, so please check before your arrival if this option is available. We have a selection of drinks on board or you can pre-order.
By seasoned hiker standards, Gerald’s Trail is relatively easy and includes eyefuls of natural wonder. That said it does require decent footwear, a sunhat, and plenty of water. The trail follows several kilometres up the Palmiet River to the Arrieskraal Dam. It climbs and dips between valleys and narrow gorges, which in winter carry a proliferation of gurgling streams down to the river. If you’re heading off in summer, early morning and later afternoon are recommended when the shadows are long and the light is soft.
The full walk takes approximately two hours at a steady pace but you can stroll at your own pace and turn back whenever you feel like it.
You can enjoy the beautiful views the Elgin valley has to offer by booking a quad bike tour. This 45 minute ride takes you to breathtaking lookout points and can be enjoyed by beginners, intermediate and advanced riders. Not to be missed if you like a little adventure.