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SENQU Paddling Stage 1 Ended… Finally

Sorry for not posting yesterday, after collecting Jurie and Devon Signal became scarce.

The guys finally made it to the end of the first paddling stage at 9:30 am Friday the 20th of December.  The conditions in the river were less than conducive to Paddling, with lots of sand bars, and the sometimes navigable channels meandering wildly across the stream bed. The river was very heavily silted up which made discerning the channels and shallow sand bars impossible.  There were also lots of rapids, which in the low water level became rock gardens.

An executive decision was made to move downstream to where water levels were more conducive to paddling, so that the trip could be completed in the allotted time.  Jurie and Devon put in this morning where the Matabeng River meets the Senqu to continue their expedition. The river looks to be wider and more navigable but if that proves to be the case further on is yet to be explored.

Dev And Jurie by the Boat at the end of Stage 1.

Dev And Jurie by the Boat at the end of Stage 1.


About jurie pohl

Life is what you make of it. I spend as much time as humanly possible, off the beaten track. where I do not have a choice though, I stay on the track. most of these tracks are within the Drakensberg World Heritage Site. I have been hiking and leading groups professionally for 6 years and have got well over a thousand hours under the belt. I have done more Passes and solo-expeditions than I can recall, most notably of them, the Grand Traverse. The Senqu expedition was an adventure I could simply not negate. I am sure however, that it will not be the last time I undertake a grand venture and am in fact, already dreaming of the next exploratory challenge! Milk it while you can!

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