Almost midway between Cape Town and Hermanus lies the Koegelberg Nature Reserve and the tea-coloured water of the Palmiet River. The river flows through a v-shaped gorge and tumbles through rapids and pools to create an action-packed stretch - popular for tubing and whitewater rafting and whitewater kayaking.
A typical Western Cape river, the water level of the Palmiet is low in spring, summer and autumn (perfect for tubing) and high in winter (perfect for rafting and kayaking) after the rains arrive. A trip down the river takes two to three hours.
Gone are the days of using tractor-tyre inner tubes for tubing. Instead, you are kitted out with rugged rafting tubes, which have a floor and handles and were designed to run even the tightest creeks. Wetsuits, PFDs ('lifejackets') and helmets are provided; just remember to leave a towel and dry clothing in your car for afterwards.
The Koegelberg Nature Reserve is located 90 minutes from Cape Town and one hour from Hermanus.