Today marked the most energy sapping stage of our tour. The group left Storms River at 8 am making the two-hour drive to Kaaimans River where we tried a hand at kloofing.
Kloofing – otherwise known as canyoning – is a hiking/cliff-jumping hybrid, where the hiker spends a large portion of time either submerged in water, or finding spots to jump into it.
Our beautiful six-kilometer hike/swim was dotted with overhanging rock – perfect for jumping from – with some areas standing almost 14 meters high. Though the water was an almost cola-colored shade of brown, it was in fact mineral water, and perfectly drinkable.
In total we spent 5 hours meandering through the gorge until we finally made it back to base. There was just enough time for a cold beer before making the drive over the Outeniqua Mountains, to Oudtshoorn where we’ll attempt to catch some breath before caving tomorrow. Stay tuned…