[envira-gallery id="946"]First, as a start, let me tell you something. I’m not a big fan of water. I’m not a great swimmer, it feels like a lot of effort and it doesn’t feel like my natural habitat in general. Now that you know how I feel about water, let me tell you about Africanyon River Adventures.
We had an obscene amount of fun here. Spending a day here is a day more than well spent. After descending via the first abseil, I understood why this area is known as The Crags. The rockfaces rise a couple of meters above and the main event, the river and pools, are below waiting for us to make our first jump. Naturally, I’m the first to jump. Even though I don’t really like water, I’m no stranger to adrenalin. After hitting the cold, dark waters of this adventure, adrenalin is a staple.
Our main guide, a man of herculean stature named Tebzzz, figured me out in less time than it took me to finish the first jump. From then on, I was the first to jump and I had the privilege of doing all the highest jumps, like the second one at a not-to-be-scoffed-at height of 7 meters. That gives you more than enough time to jump, do a pose, return to a falling state, realize you are still falling and impact the water a couple of seconds later. In one word: INSANE!
The rest of the trip included more of these epic jumps, repelling down an actual running waterfall and a zipline into one of the bigger pools. Along the way I got to know these guides. These guides are so experienced, with almost a thousand trips under their belts, that they wanted to do this entire trip at night. AT NIGHT! I mean, it’s a lot of fun and all, but I don’t think I’d go as far trying it at night. They contribute to half the fun we had here. Lots of friendly banter, some playful jabs and an all-round safety conscious and fun-loving group of guides.
Back to my opening statement. Yes, I’m not a big fan of water. But let it be said that this place is great for everyone. Whether or not you like water sports, you’ll enjoy this trip. I mean, my colleague can’t even swim and, by the end, even he enjoyed it. Props to Africanyon. We’ll visit you guys again soon.
- This was an honest review by Rivaldo Ferreira, part of the marketing team of the Mzansi Experience. This is an independent account and in no way directly promoted or paid for by the supplier.