So today the rains have arrived in the Cape and soon the Breede will be flowing strongly again. This is the time of year to plan your river rafting trip, especially with the school holidays just around the corner. So looking for something to do with the family book now as these trips quickly fill-up during the July holidays.
I have just returned from three days on the Breede River and the amazing thing of these three days rafting was that we did not see another person. This is extremely surprising considering that this beautiful stretch of water is only 2 hours from Cape Town and Mossel Bay. So you would expect to see a raft around every corner, well not so.
Another great thing about the trip was the amount of wildlife I spotted from duikers to Fish eagles. The birdlife was abundant with sightings such as Cape eagle Owls, Thick Knees (dikkop), Blue Cranes, plenty of ducks, teals and geese. I didn’t have time for fishing but saw some big ones in the clear pools.
Sleeping on the banks of the river with the owls hooting and the nightjars calling (good lord deliver us) for a moment or two I thought I was in the middle of the Okavango swamps just waiting for a lion to walk through the campsite. Basically what I am trying to say is you don’t need to drive a thousand miles for a great outdoor experience, it is right here on your doorstep in the Southern Cape.
If you are looking for a short weekend getaway this is a perfect outdoor adventure activity for family and friends. The rafting is relaxing with a few exciting rapids thrown in, for those of you who need a little thrill during the day. This is certainly one of Dirty Boots’s top activities close to Cape Town for the budget conscience adventurer.
Choose one of the Breede River rafting companies above to take you on a fun and unforgettable weekend away. Don’t forget to stop of in the Winelands for some wine tasting and great food on the way home.