It is an honour to announce that one of the most experienced adventure guiding companies in South Africa, Gravity Adventures, will arrange and escort the Triwaters team through the most technical sections of the Orange River.
The Triwaters expedition will mostly happen on calm water, with predictable calm flow. There are however some sections of the 2,500km journey that will be less predictable.
White water is classified into six levels, with Class VI rapids meaning certain death, and Class I almost suitable for a toddler with a life jacket. Class III rapids require technical skill and fast maneuvers. These rapids have the potential for serious consequences like entrapment underwater and fractures, but a skilled kayaker can avoid these with relative ease. The Triwaters team members are comfortable with running most Class III rapids without additional support.
But downstream from Upington the Orange River passes through gorges, natural channels and technical rapids become commonplace. Augrabies falls, a Class VI rapid is located below Upington and is a forced portage, but there are many other serious rapids in this area that requires knowledge of the river to navi- gate safely.
That is where Gravity Adventures comes to play.
Andrew Kellet of Gravity Adventures explains: “Alex, our camp manager will paddle with you from On- seepkans down to Coboop. It’s a relatively short distance of around 35kms but it’s important to follow the correct channels and there are a couple of significant rapids.
“We are proud of associating with the Triwaters Eco-expedition, in an effort to improve community cus- todianship of South Africa’s rivers.”
Gravity Adventures will also make their campsite at Onseepkans available to the Triwaters Team as an overnight stop. For the sections around Upington/Augrabies, Gravity Adventures will link Triwaters up with local kayakers.
Through Gravity Adventures’ guides and networked kayakers Triwaters will have intimate knowledge and skills on hand for the most technical sections of the expedition, ensuring that the team runs as many rapids as possible, making the least amount of portages, and getting out safe on the other side.