White Water Rafting on the Umkomaas River
Can prove to be more adventurous & fun than ever imagined - not only negotiating the twist and turns, but also mastering the rapids, whilst enjoying the astonishing views along the quieter sections of the river.
Why not come and White Water River raft in 2-man inflatable’s called Crocs on the Umkomaas River. You’ll cover about 14kms and in between 3 & 4 hours. Perfect for the complete novice or an excellent time at a stag party!
A typical Single day would be as follows:· Meet at Hella Hella (22kms from Richmond) at around 9am · Safety briefing, paddling demo & get kitted up · Get on the river by 10am in our inflatable self-paddling 2-man Crocs. · Then travel 6kms upstream of Hella Hella, and begin with some paddling exercises to ensure you know how to steer & control your craft. · We will then start the trip downstream back towards Hella Hella where you will encounter no less than 10 class 2 & 3 rapids · You will also be given the opportunity to do some Zip-lining & rock jumping during the trip (at Hella Hella) · After our snack break, we will then continue on for another 3kms encountering the notorious No.1 rapid. · After No.1 rapid we will end the half-day trip, giving you approx. 3 hours on the river & covering about 11kms. · Once completed, you will get driven back to Hella Hella where your cars were left · Grab a warm shower & some liquid refreshments of the amber colour…. *On the full day trip, we will continue for another 7kms covering the well-known No.2 and No.3 rapids – a total of 16kms
Activities:· White water rafting · Rock jumping · Zip lining
Vital Information: R100 Deposit required to book your place
From 450 to 550
This adventure is fine for complete novices who have NEVER even paddled before.
For all group booking there will be a discount, so please ask for a quote.
River shoes or takkies, swim suit, long sleeve rash vest (if you have) for the sun, towel, sun screen & a sense of humour
We can basically take trips on any day – weekdays or weekends, as long as there is sufficient water in the river, and we have at least 4 people for that trip.
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We can tailor the River Rafting experience to suits your needs, some popular packages that we have done in the past are:
· Birthday parties
· Bulls / Hens parties
· Corporate events
· Year-end function
· School trips
With all of the above we can add extras on like:
· overnight stays
· paint ball
· mountain biking
For all group booking there will be a discount, so please ask for a quote.
Kayaking & Canoeing
Paddling can be broken down into the following disciplines: Swiftwater (flowing water with rapids in rivers)
Flat-water (lakes, estuaries with no rapids or tidal currents)
Sea kayaking (coastal paddling including river & estuary mouths).
A word on Kayaking & Canoeing:
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Andre Gide
The different types of craft that fall under the broad heading of canoeing is mind boggling. However, a good idea of what you want to do, and a few well directed enquiries should allow you to choose an appropriate type of canoe for your canoeing adventure.
Equipment varies depending on what form of canoeing you are partaking in, but paddles and lifejackets are universal requirements.
Stay bright, stay on top
If you are a recreational kayaker, canoeist or using a low-profile watercraft on New Zealand’s lakes, rivers or seas, you can make yourself safer by ensuring you are visible to other boaties.
A combination of colour, contrast and movement will maximise your visibility – keep the following in mind:
Use your head; your head is your highest point, so make it as bright as is possible. Day glow orange or yellow hats are highly visible.
Blazing paddles Motion is another important visibility tool. Because your blades are in constant motion while paddling, you can increase your visibility by using reflective tape on your paddle’s blades or shafts, combined with strips of day glow tape. This combination will allow your paddle to catch and reflect sunlight, as well as create flashes of day glow.
Dress to impress; Wearing a day-glow orange or yellow paddle jacket or over-shirt offers the highest level of visibility. If your torso is not covered in day glow, consider having a bright coloured paddle jacket that is a different colour to your kayak, personal flotation device (PFD) and paddle blades.
Bright is best Choose a PFD in a bright colour. To maximise your visibility, consider having a PFD that is a different colour to your kayak, paddle blades and paddling jacket. Contrast the colours for maximum affect.
Fly the flag; Day glow orange and yellow chopper flags provide a permanent bright flash at the same height as the rotational arc of your paddle blades. Consider always using a flag if you are fishing from a kayak in a stationary position, as you don’t have the additional visibility of your moving paddle blades.
Choose a colourful craft; choose a kayak in a bright colour that contrasts with the sea and backdrop to give the greatest visibility. Consider adding flashes of day glow or reflective tape to increase your kayak’s visibility. Multi-coloured, bright kayaks provide increased contrast.
Be bright at night; as a minimum maritime rule require you to carry a torch to prevent collision. However, holding a torch may prevent you from paddling effectively.
Wearing a head torch allows your arms to be free to paddle. In addition, mounting an all-round white light (or a red, green and white sector light) on your rear deck above head-height means you will be visible from all directions.
Stick together; if travelling in a group, particularly at night, it is recommended that you carry two light sources, such as a head torch and an all-round white light.
When paddling in a tight pod, if the rear paddler has their all-round light turned on, the group will be visible from behind and other members will not be blinded. The lead kayaker should also have their head torch on and shining forward, which won’t affect others’ night vision. All paddlers should then only need to use their lights when there is approaching traffic. Don’t use flashing strobe lights unless there is an emergency.
Attaching reflective tape or strips to your kayak, paddle and clothing will maximise your visibility at night. Shining your torch across the reflective strips can also help you to be seen.
Remember your radio; if you are paddling in an area and can see other larger boats that may not be able to see you, remember that many of them will have a VHF radio and be listening on Channel 16. A very brief message to all craft in the area stating you are on the water can alert others to your presence.
And don’t forget to… lodge a trip intentions form with a reliable person carry two means of communication, e.g. VHF radio, cellphone, flares ensure that communication devices are carried in waterproof bag or container carry communications on you, in case you are separated from your kayak take a 406 MHz EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) or PLB (Personal Locater Beacon) if you’re going inland to rivers where there is no cellphone or VHF radio coverage dress for the conditions – stay on top, stay warm, and be found in an emergency.
Canoes were initially developed to allow improved transportation of people and goods across and along waterways.
For centuries, canoes were the main source of long distance transport throughout North and South America as well as Polynesia.
Although their original function has been superseded by other more efficient means of transport, canoeing in all its forms continues to grow as a recreational and sporting pastime.