If you’re a white-water junkie, the rapids in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, just outside Kleinmond, will float your boat.
During winter, heavy rains turn the otherwise-serene Palmiet River in the picturesque Kogelberg Nature Reserve into an adventure zone of white-water rapids.
The drive takes an hour-and-a half from Cape Town and, once there, you’ll be amazed at the beauty of the reserve. Fynbos-dotted mountains line a gushing river, where you can go white-water rafting in two-person inflatable vessels (“crocodiles”) between June and October. (During summer and early autumn, when the water levels are low, the river is best suited to tubing in one-person inflatable tubes (“gekos”).
Registered guides will lead the way, sharing their knowledge of the area, as well as tips on how to steer your raft. The bigger rapids are optional, and can be skipped for those who prefer a more relaxed excursion, making the experience suitable for all ages and skill levels.
The river rundown
During high-water levels, rafting takes place in the longer section of the river, starting in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, while the shorter section is reserved for when water levels are low.
All boating and safety equipment is provided including lifejackets, gloves, paddle jackets and helmets. You’ll also receive all necessary permits, snacks and transport – a packed lunch and riverside braai are available at an extra cost. Please bring a change of clothes, towel and closed shoes with a back strap that can get wet. And bring along your own wetsuit if you have, or hire one for R100.
To keep tours intimate and the environment serene, the excursions are limited to 20 people per day, with a minimum of 10 people. However, two rafting groups can run simultaneously.
Whichever option you choose for your river-soaked adventure, it’s sure to be a thrill.
Good to know
- Your guides will be waiting at Houtema River Cabins in Kogelberg Nature Reserve.
- Rates don’t include the CapeNature conservation fee of R40.
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