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Kayaking & Canoeing: 31 listings
Tranquility Lodge
Garden Route, WC
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Midmar Boating and Hire
Midlands, KZN
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Simonstown Sea Kayak Tours
Cape Peninsula, WC
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Strandloper Trails
Kei Mouth, EC
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West Coast Kayak Trails
West Coast, WC
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Gravity Adventure Group
Cape Town, WC
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Untouched Adventures
Stormsriver, EC
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Pennington Edu-Adventure Centre
South Coast, KZN
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Nukakamma PPC Canoe Trail
Sunday's River, EC
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Amangwane Kosi Bay
Northern KwaZulu-Natal, KZN
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Hlakula Lake Resort
Mopani, LIM
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Aloha Cape Outrigger Canoe Adventures
Cape Town, WC
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St Lucia Kayak Safaris
Northern KwaZulu-Natal, KZN
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uShaka Surf & Adventures
Durban, KZN
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Dolphin Adventures
Garden Route, WC
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Walker Bay adventures
Overberg, WC
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Cape Sports Centre
West Coast, WC
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Ocean Blue Adventures
Garden Route, WC
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Infinity Marine Enterprises
Dolphin Coast, KZN
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Eden Adventures
Garden Route, WC
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Tourette Fishing
Pietermaritzburg, KZN
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Lightleys River Runners
Garden Route, WC
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Strandloper Canoe Trail
Kei Mouth, EC
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Kosi Forest Lodge
Northern KwaZulu-Natal, KZN
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Addo River Safari
Addo, EC
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Fishingski Adventures
Durban, KZN
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Experiencethis.co.za
Durban, KZN
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Kromme River Expeditions
Kouga, EC
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Wildthing Adventures
Cape Town, WC
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Whitewater Training
Northern Free State, FS
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The Heads Diving Centre
Garden Route, WC
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: Enjoying the Sea Breeze
Kayaking Adventure:
Enjoying the Sea Breeze
Paddling can be broken down into the following disciplines:
  • Swiftwater (flowing water with rapids in rivers)
  • Flatwater (lakes, estuaries with no rapids or tidal currents)
  • Sea kayaking (coastal paddling including river & estuary mouths).

With a well developed administrative infrastructure and a multitude of dams, rivers and two oceans to choose from, South Africa can offer the aspirant canoeist a wide range of canoeing experiences, from canoe marathons like the Dusi Canoe Marathon to slalom and canoe polo and everything in between.

Alternatively, if you are not competition minded, you could partake in a canoe safari or simply just head off across a dam for a spot of fishing or quality time communing with nature.

A word on Kayaking & Canoeing:
  “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Andre Gide  


Equipment:

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.
: Boulders near Simonstown
Kayaking Adventure:
Boulders near Simonstown


Safety:

Kayaking and Canoeing are governed by the African Paddling association (APA). The following information comes from their website and summarizes their safety oversight role:

APA is a voluntary, not for profit association that was formed to represent the interests of the commercial paddling industry in Southern Africa. Initially, the industry consisted mostly of river operators and so the emphasis was largely on the swiftwater sector at the start. Since then, the commercial paddling industry has grown to include flatwater (trips offered on dams, lakes, estuaries etc.) and sea kayaking (coastal waters). APA has expanded its efforts to include these disciplines as well.

Our main focus has been on developing industry recognised standards regarding safety and best practice with regard to the running of commercial paddling trips. To this end, a system of guide training and qualifications has been developed and accredited training centres have been appointed to offer this training. APA oversee's the guide assessments through the National Office in Cape Town. Guide qualification systems currently exist for:
  • Swiftwater (flowing water with rapids in rivers)
  • Flatwater (lakes, estuaries with no rapids or tidal currents)
  • Sea kayaking (coastal paddling including river & estuary mouths).


In addition, there are APA accredited courses aimed at canoeists and adventure racers. Click here for more information on training and certification. We have also sought to gain international recognition for our training and qualification where possible and our swiftwater qualifications are internationally recognised through the International Rafting Federation.

In addition, we have developed various safety recommendations and guidelines aimed at operators to advise them on best practice within the industry.

Interesting Facts:

  • The Dusi Canoe Marathon and the Berg River Canoe Marathon are two classic South African canoe races that take place over several days and involve both canoeing and portaging (carrying the canoe between exit and entry points on the river).
  • The International Canoe Federation (ICF) is the international governing body for canoe and kayak sport and covers the following disciplines: Flatwater, Slalom, Wildwater, Marathon, Canoe Polo, Canoe Sailing, Dragonboat and Freestyle
: A leasurely paddle
Kayaking Adventure:
A leasurely paddle


History:

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 superceded by other more efficient means of transport, canoeing in all its forms continues to grow as a recreational and sporting pastime.


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