Over the past weekend I tagged along on the intermediate creeking course presented by Brett Pennefather from Umgano Eco Adventures. The course is aimed at those kayakers that are looking to step up to the next challenge and take on their first waterfall.
Our camp was a serene setting on the bank of the Umzinkulu River that flows from the Drakensberg down to the coast at Port Shepstone.
Included in the modest fee is 3 nights camping and the venue has a thatch roof lapa with braai area, fridge and ablution facilities.
Brett grew up in the area and started kayaking from a young age, coming from a family of already accomplished paddlers. After studying a diploma in Nature Conservation in George, he spent a short while working on a private game reserve in the Umkomaas valley, maintaining the ability to combine his passion for nature and adventure. Opportunity arose for international travel and work as white water rafting, kayaking and canyoning guide. He has spent seasons working in Scotland, Morocco, Nepal, Switzerland, Uganda, Sri Lanka and New Zealand as well as some kayaking in Lesotho and Zambia. Brett has tried to bring all this experience back to his home rivers of the area to try and create safe, exciting and informative trips for Umgano Eco adventure clients.
The students were David-John Milne, David Caine, Jonathan Tucker and veteran kayaker Christopher Marland who is making his comeback after a back injury and myself tagging along for the ride. Kandy from Sri-Lanka and John from Australia formed part of the group as th