Revisiting the Upper Vaal – Part 1

Finally, about a year after the epic low-water-boat-dragging-2500km-Triwaters Tour some proper rain fell in the upper Vaal River catchment.

Late February 2016, with support from Jubba, Sam and Bronwyn we made a two day pilgrimage to a section I am convinced will provide less flat water and more rapids we set off on adventure again to the farm Klipbank between Ermelo and Piet Retief.

The water level was still low, but a million times better than the Triwaters experience. What took us a full day and into the night a year ago, was now accomplished in about six hours!

Significantly better flow got us to actually paddle most of day 1 and all of day 2 of this fun weekend trip.

With even more water this section may even hold the promise of adrenaline!


About Franz Fuls

Adventurer Freelance Journalist Photographer Bunny Hugger Engineer January 2014 I depart on a 2,500km eco-expedition called Triwaters Tour. The website link is in my profile. Go check it out.

3 comments on “Revisiting the Upper Vaal – Part 1

  1. Early feb? What section was that with the little falls? Looks great Franz!

  2. Hey Frank, That section is at the very top of the Vaal river, close to where it crosses the N2 between Ermelo and Piet Retief. You should check out what it looked like a week later! Post coming tomorrow 🙂

  3. […] a week after the previous trip where we had some flow but still some intermittent rock humping I returned to the upper Vaal River […]

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