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WATER SPORTS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Canoeing in South Africa
Canoe trips in South Africa vary from the challenging to the relaxing. It is an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors whilst appreciating some of South Africa’s superb rivers.

Some of the canoeing highlights in South include:
The rivers, lakes, dams of KwaZulu Natal. The lakes of Maputaland, Lake St Lucia, Lake Sibaya and the Kosi system offer the opportunity to observe wildlife such as crocodile and hippo whilst enjoying the tranquility of this unique setting.

Several operators offer multi day canoe trips on the awesome Orange and Breede Rivers in the Western Cape.

The Sunday’s River in the Eastern Cape is a special place for a canoe holiday combining magnificent scenery with South African wildlife.

Whilst not in South Africa, a canoe trip worth a special mention is Mana Pools in Zimbabwe. This remote wilderness destination is possibly one of the most exciting and memorable holidays you will ever take.

White Water Rafting in South Africa
White water rafting in South Africa is a thrilling and unique experience, with its many mighty rivers promising true adventure for both the novice and the experienced.

The Orange River, traverses the mountainous desert area known as the Richtersveld. Although the river is mostly tranquil and scenic it does have some fun rapids which can be enjoyed in a one-day rafting trip above Augrabies Falls.

The Doring River in the Western Cape is a challenge for slightly more advanced white water rafting enthusiasts.

Blyde River in Mpumalanga is arguably one of the most spectacular rivers in the country and with somewhat steep gradients, presents some exhilarating South African white water rafting.

The Buffalo River in Zululand was ranked one of the top ten best in Africa by Getaway magazine and meanders for 19km through private game farms on the one side of the river. It therefore not only offers some thrilling rapids but also magnificent flora, fauna and birdlife.

Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Livingstone in Zambia offers probably the ultimate in white water rafting adventures and if you are planning on visiting this part of the world and are looking for an adrenaline rush without equal, this is a must.

Sea Kayaking in South Africa
Sea kayaking along the spectacularly beautiful coastline of South Africa is a wonderful way to observe the abundant marine life. Seals, whales, dolphins, penguins and numerous types of fish are just some of the creatures you may encounter.

There is a variety of sea kayaking trips along the coastline off the Cape. Apart from dramatically beautiful mountains, towering over the ocean, once can observe Cape Fur Seals and African Jackass penguins. Between July and November Southern Right whales can be seen mating, calving and cavorting all along the coast..

Sea kayaking around Plettenberg Bay in the Garden Route enables you to explore the indigenous forests, lakes, estuaries and lagoons of the area.

The Dolphin Trail along the West Coast varies in length from several to 5 days and visits seal colonies and schools of dolphins.

The warm marine rich waters of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kwa Zulu Natal are a popular playground for seakayakers.

 

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