Wet and wild in the Kogelberg
Kogelberg is world famous among botanists and flower lovers, because of its diversity of plant species. But it is also the home of the Palmiet River, one of the finest white-water rafting rivers in South Africa.
During the winter months, when close to 2 000 mm of rain falls on the high mountain peaks, the Palmiet turns into a snorting monster, with plenty of big rapids to get the adrenaline pumping. While I was at Kogelberg, I watched a kayaking competition in the reserve, and managed to get some decent photos of the action. It was inspirational to watch!
If you’re interested in kayaking on the river, get hold of either Gravity Adventures (www.gravity.co.za) or Forest and River Adventures (www.hfadventures.co.za). Both companies offer guided tours of the river, either with rafts or kayaks. And you’ll need an expert with you – the Palmiet is a narrow, but fierce river, filled with rocks that don’t tend to give way easily. Plus the water is icy in winter, so remember a wetsuit.
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