Family & Other Kayaking / Camping Adventures

Charleston Bird Watching & Kayaking Adventure!


October 10-12, 2014

Trip Brief:

  • Price:                                 $475
  • Deposit:                            $150
  • Single Occupancy Room $250 additional
  • Payment Deadline:         September 1, 2014
  • Capacity:                           12
  • Guides:
    • Jill Peleuses / Owner of Wild Bird & Garden
    • Don Harty / Owner of Mahanaim Adventures


  • Great Bird Watching Location of Charleston SC
  • Visits to The Center for Birds of Prey and Magnolia Gardens
  • Guided Kayaking Adventures
  • Guided Birds Walks on Three Days
  • Enjoy an authentic Dutch Oven Meal cooked over an open fire
  • Evening Camp Fire with Smores
  • Owl Prowl & Evening Bird Watching


  • Air-conditioned cabins
  • Two breakfasts, one lunch & one dinner
  • Entrance to Magnolia Gardens and The Center for Birds of Prey
  • Kayaks, paddles, life jackets


The Adventure:

Grab your binoculars and your walking shoes for this fun filled weekend in the Charleston, South Carolina area for bird watching and kayaking.  Our home base for this weekend is Givhans Ferry State Park, just a short 50 minute drive east of downtown Charleston.  You will enjoy guided birding and kayaking adventures with trip leaders, Jill Peleuses and Don Harty, plus local park rangers and local bird experts.  Activities will include; guided bird walks, guided kayaking adventure, Friday evening campfire and Owl Prowl Bird Walk, prepared meals, and an evening sightseeing in Charleston.


Day 1:  When you arrive at Givhans Ferry State Part at 1:00 pm and get settled in, the guides will start off your afternoon with a guided birding kayaking adventure on the beautiful Edisto River.  Later that same afternoon enjoy a guided bird walk thought the wooded area of the park.  For your evening meal, you will enjoy a Stuffed Cornish Game Hen dinner cooked on an open fire in authentic dutch ovens by your leaders.  After dinner you will enjoy a warm campfire roasting marshmallows and making those gooey but yummy Smores!  You will also enjoy an evening Owl Prowl calling to owls and birds of the night around the area.

Day 2:  After a hearty breakfast of fresh pancakes we are off to Charleston for a day of bird walks, tours, and birding kayaking.   We will head to the Patriots Point and the Pitt Street Causeway area of Charleston where your birding adventure will begin.  Both areas are excellent bird watching locations for the fall migration.  Then we’ll make our way to The Center for Birds of Prey for a special tour and flight show. Bring your camera for some incredible raptor photo ops! We will also enjoy a kayaking adventure in the area’s salt marshes. Take in the beauty of the sunset over Charleston as we watch the birds in the marsh. As the evening closes, we will make a short drive over to historic Charleston where you will enjoy an evening sightseeing and gourmet dining with your new found friends or on your own.

Day 3:  Start the morning with a Continental Breakfast of fresh fruit and Danishes.  After that we are off to Charleston’s historic Magnolia Plantation and Garden for an 8:30 a.m. guided bird walk through the gardens.  Our leader for this 2.5 hour bird walk is Perry Nugent, local bird guide and expert with over 50 years of birding experience. There are 254 migratory and year round bird species found at Magnolia Plantation.  Once the walk is over your adventure will conclude, but we encourage you to enjoy this historic plantation and all of this beauty.  There are a number of things that you can enjoy on your own such as a Nature Train tour, Water Boat tours and the historic plantation homestead.


Getting There:

All participants should drive and meet at Givhans Ferry State Park at 1:00 PM on Friday, October 10th.  We will carpool together to and from Charleston the next day.  On Sunday, each participant will drive their own vehicle to Magnolia Plantation to conclude the trip.

Accommodations and Food:

Our lodging consist of semi-private cabins, each person/couple will have their own private room, while sharing the common areas with another person/couple.  Each cabin is completely furnished and has central air, fireplace, semi-private bath, linens and kitchen area.  The following meals will be provided for you on this adventure:

  • Friday  dinner
  • Saturday breakfast
  • Saturday lunch
  • Sunday breakfast

Dinner on Saturday evening will be on your own in Charleston as you explore this historic, beautiful city.

Trip Difficulty:

There will be plenty of bird watching and time to take pictures while walking and kayaking around our birding areas. Paddling will be short and leisurely distances with an emphasis on wildlife viewing, not making miles.  Participants should be in good physical condition to enjoy the walking to and from all the wonderful birding areas of Charleston.


Equipment and Clothing:

We will be staying in fully equipped cabins.  Please bring toiletries, birding gear such as binoculars and bird books, casual clothing, sun protection, bug spray, and a container to carry water to drink while you are out birding during the day.  All kayaks, paddles, PFD’s and safety gear will be provided for you.  Plan on bringing good walking shoes, but having a pair of water shoes for kayaking may be helpful.

Sign Ups

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Call or come by Wild Bird & Garden at Hanover Center 3501 Oleander Drive Wilmington NC 28403 (910) 343 6001 to register and pay for this amazing adventure.


Sunset Kayaking Adventure for 2!









Join Mahanaim Adventures for a romantic sunset kayaking adventures for you and that someone special.  We will meet at 5:00 pm on the evening of your choice, for a leisurely 3 to 4 hour sunset kayaking adventure.  You and your partners will be guided to one of the many islands along the Cape Fear River or Fort Fisher Basin Area on your adventure.  The two of you will enjoy not only a fantastic sunset, but get a chance to view the spectacular wildlife of this area.  You will also enjoy picnic dinner on island where you will be watching a beautiful sunset in the west.

Your adventure will include your kayak, kayak paddle, PFD, all safety gear, picnic dinner while watching a beautiful sunset.  You will also be provided basic kayaking instruction by your professional guide if you have never kayaked before.

Cost:                      $150.00 per couple

Reservations:    Required

Locations:           Fort Fisher Basin and Sharks Tooth Island (destination will be dependent on weather and tide conditions.


  • Tandem Kayaks available upon request
  • Sunset Family Adventures also available upon request


Family Camping Adventures!

How do we have a fun family adventure that creates lasting memories?  Have you ever considered a family camping trip?  That’s right, a family camping adventure.  Think about it, eating your meals around the warmth of a fire in the great outdoors.  Or how about waking up at night and listening to a great horned owl’s lonely call.  What about sitting around the picnic table in the evening playing family board game?  If you have always wanted to do something like this but did not have the gear or experience to ensure a fantastic and safe camping experience, Mahanaim Adventures does.  That is right; Mahanaim Adventures can provide your family a one stop adventure to remember.

Mahanaim Adventures knows how important it is to you to create a lasting and memorable family adventure. How do we know this, because when our kids were young, we wanted to have quality family adventures ourselves; to create moments that our family would treasure for a life time.  That is where we can help.  Mahanaim Adventures provides the tents, tarps, basic camping gear, cooking gear, and we even prepare your meals for you.  We have many possible camping locations in North Carolina for you to choose from, or tell us where you want to go camping at.

Our Family Camping Adventure packages are designed for maximum flexibility allowing us to create for your family an adventure to remember.  Menus are designed with families in mind, yet keeping with the camping environment.  Your menu is approved before your adventure, so if there are special diet requirements, we can accommodate your needs.  Also what you choose to do while at camp is up to you.  However, we suggest activities for your family such as kayaking, day hiking, day at the beach, or white water rafting (depending on the camping location).  The possibilities are endless.

Pricing for your 3 day and 2 night adventure packages starts as low as $475 for a family of 4 or 5 people.  Price may vary depending on your adventure location and the activities you may want to have fun with.  Once you make reservation you will be provided a list of personal that you and your family will be responsible for while on you adventure.   To schedule your family’s camping advneture, contact us at