Best teambuilding exercise he ever attended – time for yourself in an unknown environment and time with colleagues negotiating a few rapids “… get your feet wet, man! You will learn something about yourself and your work-friends.”
Surprisingly enough, there is various river adventure companies across South –Africa and one may be near you. Do a few hours or day-trip to ensure it is something you would like to do again. These places can put you on the right river (also check this link on the same topic):
The Great Usuthu River in Swaziland could be a bit extreme for a first timer. It has the best white water south of the Zambezi, thundering grade 4 rapids and with starting points near Mbabane and Manzini. Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary has accommodation from a luxury lodge, self-catering or backpackers accommodation. Contact Swazi Trails at +268-528 3943 or +268-416 2180, to find out more about this great adventure.
Go to Parys – in the Free State – for a first time or fun for the whole family. The Malachite Trail on the Vaal River is an easy paddle with many bird species. Otters and monkeys may be seen around the channels and islands. Contact the Riverman for more info at +2756-818 1814.
KwaZulu Natal has excellent canoeing adventures – the Inanda Dam set within the scenic Valley of a Thousand Hills or the premier stretch of water of the Shongweni Dam, just of the N3 taking the Assegaai off-ramp. Get into it on your own time and undisturbed; set a comfortable pace for yourself. For more info on both, phone +2731-765 7724.
More canoeing adventures can be found at:
- Touw-river, all year round. Contact Eden Adventures +2744-877 0179.
- Mkomazi River, all year round. Contact Outrageous Adventures +2783 485 9654.
- Doring River from middle July to September. Bundi Adventures +2721-975 9727.
- Oranje River (Onseepkans), all year round. Gravity Adventure Group +2721-683 3698.