Suicide Gorge Adventure
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Kloofing in South Africa started in the Western Cape province, which is still considered Africa’s kloofing hotspot
When adventure-junkies want to let loose they head for Suicide Gorge in Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, Grabouw, in the Western Cape for a little kloofing.
Like canyoning, kloofing is an adventurous, adrenalin-fuelled journey that entails donning a wetsuit, plunging into a mountain stream and following it along its course. The stream is tusually fast-flowing, but with too little water for kayaking. Even though you’re constrained by the sides of the gorge (so it's hard to get lost), there’s no path, so choose your obstacles and have a blast - boulder-hop, paddle, swim, climb, butt-slide, scramble and leap like a lemming, but remember, everything gets wet.
This challenging, beautiful gorge lives up to its name by providing several huge cliff jumps, 3 metres to 15 metres high, into deep, icy pools below. Some are compulsory and some are just for the sheer insane fun of it. Although the idea might send shivers up your spine, it must be enjoyable since it's more popular than hiking in the region.
Kloofers have a choice of two routes – Riviersonderend Gorge, which stretches over 24km and takes 7 hours to negotiate, and Suicide Gorge, at 17km and 5 hours' duration.
Bear in mind that you need to add a 5km walk from Nuweberg to the start of Suicide Gorge and 3km to Riviersonderend Gorge, plus 3km back to Nuweberg from the end of both trails, so you need to get going by 9am at the latest, since you will be riverbound all day. A full day of strenuous activitiy is only suited to those who are really fit and fearless.
Permits are mandatory for both kloofing routes which are limited to 60 people per day. Beginners must be accompanied by an experienced kloofer.
Wade through tributaries, slither beside waterfalls, dodge potholes, clamber up rock faces for a better view or just stop at a perfect pool for a 3-hour lunch break and absorb the breathtaking scenery.
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