Canyon Adventures was founded in 2014 by Greg Cooper, who has been guiding for 16 years in various mountain activities in South Africa and the United Kingdom. Greg personally leads all trips to ensure high standards of safety and enjoyment. He is a registered tour guide, a Level 3 First Aider and is qualified to lead canyoning trips anywhere in South Africa (TG24/SAQA9287). He has also completed canyon and river training in Scotland.
Canyon Adventures holds Public Liability Insurance with AIRMS Half Day Canyoning
Our route features a 30m abseil/rappel (or easier rope lower) as well as optional cliff-jumping opportunities up to 13m.
Equipment – boots, wetsuit, helmet, harness
(Life vests are available on prior request);
Transport from Wilderness village;
An optional visit to the Map of Africa viewpoint;
Water and a small snack;
(Group discounts are negotiable)
You will need to bring:
A towel and dry clothes for afterward;
Payment in cash, please.
Duration: 4-5 hrs, including travel and an optional visit to the Map of Africa viewpoint.
Trip times: 08.30 and 14.30, Monday to Saturday.
Later starting times can be requested. Trips go ahead in all weather conditions! Our canyon route is safe in the rain.
Meeting Place: outside The Wilderness Hotel Resort & Spa, George Rd, Wilderness.
If you don’t have your own transport, a pick up can be requested in advance.
Long description of the trip:
Our route is circular and includes a 30min hike in each direction to the river. Much of the hike is through the indigenous South African forest and is enjoyable in itself. Participants hike in the neoprene boots provided, but the rest of the gear is carried. We don’t hike in the wetsuits for reasons of hygiene and comfort, so please be prepared to hike both ways in your own clothes. There are no toilets or changing facilities along the trip, but the privacy of the forest is available for both. Once at the river, we gear up and start with the 30m high abseil into the river. Abseiling involves lowering yourself down a rope. There are multiple safety backups in place. Alternatively, you can choose to be lowered down by your guide. A rope lower is more relaxed and allows you to appreciate the view more. Choosing to abseil allows you to learn a new skill and is challenging. Once the group is safely down, the river exploration and jumping opportunities commence. The cliff jumping is presented as a skill to be learned. Your guide will explain and demonstrate a good technique to avoid getting hurt. The jumps progress from 1m to 13m, but they are all optional. You will get the chance to practice and build your confidence as necessary, getting feedback and advice from your guide.
After the Canyoning, the hike back is required. We stop to get changed out of the wetsuits and then tackle the hill at a slow but steady pace. Once back at the car, we drive to the Map of Africa viewpoint to finish the trip with great views over the Kaaimans River and the Indian Ocean.
Environmental responsibility: In order to reduce our impact we provide tap water in sterilized bottles. This is not done to save money, but to help our environment. We also try to improve the forest that we enjoy by uprooting or ‘ring barking’ some of the alien invasive trees we encounter along the route. This will be done by your guide and will only take a few minutes of the trip. Thank you in advance for supporting the environment!