We are so privileged to live in such a beautiful and diverse country. Just 45min from Johannesburg you can escape the craze and rush that JHB city can bring. This past weekend, I went river-rafting on the Crocodile River in Hartbeespoort. I love activities that get my adrenaline rushing, so naturally something like river rafting is very appealing. Nothing like a little nature (hence my name mvelo, which means nature), and some blood pumping fun.
I river-rafted with a company named Mobile Adventures, which provides professionally guided safe tours giving visitors an exciting half day river rafting escapade inside a beautiful nature conservancy in Broederstroom, near Hartbeespoort Dam about 45 min out of Jo’burg. All you need is a good time attitude and the spirit of adventure.
If you are worried about safety and lack of water abilities, fear not, and no previous experience is needed. The trip is safe provided you listen to the guide’s’ sound advice, follow the safety rules and understand that river rafting can be extreme, so some bumpy swims and blue-bums are not out of the question. The first few kilometres had several forgiving rapids, enabling adventurers to hone our paddling skills. Outdoor adventures such as these cater to safety, convenience and affordable activities for first timers – did I mention that you can do this JUST outside Jozi?
My favourite part about the whole experience was obviously the person I chose to share the experience with. The exquisite untouched natural scenery that surrounded us made for the perfect setting. Definitely a memorable experience accompanied by amazing views along the trail with ample areas to stop, rest, capture the moment and even have an ice-lolly to cool down.
I encourage all those looking for something different, fun and outdoorsy to do on the weekend to go river-rafting. The experience not only teaches you things like team work and listening but also being present in a moment and enjoying it for what it is. So what you waiting for, get exploring and Dare to do something different and exciting.