It was such a fun thing to do and hopefully we raised some interest and awareness about the state of Cape Town’s waterways. En route we gathered some fascinating stories: great work being done by Zandvlei Trust; private owners along the canal in Lavender Hill and Cafda trying to improve conditions by creating a park alongside; 35 youngsters meeting us on Princess Vlei all in boats loaned to them by Gravity Adventures; conservation of wetlands at Kenilworth racecourse with funding support from Gold Circle; great turnout of Friends of Liesbeek and public on bridge over Liesbeek; environmental education centre at Zoarvlei; and a glorious paddle down the Black River and into the sea at Woodstock beach. All done in 11 hours. Will I and others do it again…yes of course!!
Please have a look at The Zandvlei Trust website for a more complete pictorial of this paddle.
Also see a podcast of the expedition produced by Rory Williams at http://www.men-about-town.co.za