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|Sterkfontein Dam is an awesome weekend paddle-away. With it's crystal clear water, great visibility and stunning mountain panorama, we paddle a round trip from the put-in to our overnight base-camp at the foot of mountain. There we embark on summitting Mt (still to find out the name of it) and seeing the world through the eyes of an eagle |
Tour Type : Guided self-catering, own camping equipment (all to come on the kayaks)
Characteristics : Flat crystal clear dam water
Paddling Distance : 40kms
Paddler Profile : Singles, Couples, Families, Groups
Experience : 1st time paddlers to experienced paddlers
Age Group : 6 years upwards
Fitness Levels : Paddling fitness required, able to swim and being comfortable in water
Closest Town : Harrismith, Free state
Tour Availibility : Summer months - October - April
Min / Max Paddlers : 20 minimum and 30 maximum
Cost : R750 per person with own kayak purchased from Canoe & Kayak World. R 1500 per paddler hiring boat and paddling accessories
After work, late afternoon or early evening we all meet at the Sterkfontein Nature Reserve where we set up our 1st overnight camp and get to know all our fellow paddlers over a braai or takeaway dinner.
Day 2 - 20kms
We wake, make breakfast and pack up the campsite. We then drive down to the waters edge and proceed to pack all our camping kit and food into our kayaks. After a safety briefing and some paddle instruction we slowly make our way to a very pretty “snack spot” where we can get out, stretch legs, fish, snorkel or just relax for a while. We then get back in the kayaks and make our way to our overnight camp at the foot of a very beautiful mountain. We set up camp, have lunch then those looking to enjoy a very scenic hike leave to walk to the saddle of the mountain. The hike is definitely worth the effort as the views are incredible and on a clear day as far as the eyes can see. Those remaining at camp, can relax, swim, snorkel or fish. Cooking at this campsite needs to be done on gas cookers as we aren’t allowed to make bonfires being in the National Park.
Day 3 - 20kms
We normally wake up surrounded by mist, this soon evaporates as we are gettting up and having breakfast and packing all our kit back into the kayaks. We have a leisurely paddle back enjoying the scenery. We stop off at a conical island just over half way back. We climb to the top and have lunch / snacks and those looking for some excitement - there are some rock ledges to jump off. This is also a popular fishing spot. We then make our way back to our cars.