This review is long overdue as I’ve done the kayak towards the Touw river waterfall within my first year working at Acorn Guest House. This turned out to be my highlight of the year!
When I was given the opportunity to start working @ Acorn the owners Colin & Esther convinced me to take one of their canoes & to paddle towards the short hiking trail that leads to a heavenly waterfall..so I decided to pack a picnic backpack, grab my partner and do something different for a change, turns out that different was as overdue as this piece of writing! It was a beautiful sunny day in Wilderness so we started early launching the canoe on the other side of Eden Adventures near the Fairy Knowe Hotel, later realizing that this was much further than the normal paddle distance to the trail. The paddle took us about an hour because we experienced strong headwind…just my luck, I can still hear myself saying this to Andre my partner, at least he had some training growing up in this part of our gorgeous country & knew that we had to put some extra weight in front of the canoe to stop the bow being blown around by the wind. Me being relatively unfit & because of the heat I had some difficulty at first, nothing I couldn’t handle (NOT showing Andre that he was right when he said; “you need to get more exercise, this will be a challenge for you”) soon enough the wind calmed down as well as my soul, we were entering paradise a green lush forest accommodating a great variety of Bird life, we would catch ourselves sitting in the canoe for minutes on end just being astonished by the incredible surrounds, the sounds the smell, the natural beauty that we could enjoy for that moment together. We “parked” the canoe on the right hand side and followed the easy walking trail, me barefoot (I forgot my shoes in the car) to the waterfall. We were very fortunate to have seen the famous Knysna Loerie with its striking colors, my granddad once told me that if you see a Knysna Loerie you should be quiet and make it look that you are hiding, the bird is very curios & would then come up towards you to see what you are doing, we did just that & was awarded with a close encounter of this spectacular Loerie. The short walk to waterfall offers not only a appealing sight but revitalized our drained minds, the water was very cool, bright and inviting after paddling an hour instead of 40min..Yes the 20 minutes makes a difference! After a long swim I eventually got out to enjoy a snack & to soak up the sun. At that moment I can’t describe how relaxed I felt, it was truly uplifting. This experience is highly recommended, it’s a easy DIY activity with huge awards. Maps are available as well as professional guides should you wish to hire a canoe from Eden Adventures. p.s I have sent guests to Eden adventures numerous times , more than I can recall & my guests ALWAYS return with high appraisals towards all the staff, top service and big hearts! Eden Adventures will go out of their way to offer the best possible experience.
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