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Flat water trips

© Jennifer Stern© Jennifer SternIf you want to paddle on flat water with absolutely no rapids, there are a few choices. But, just because there are no rapids, doesn't mean there's no wind or that you won't perhaps come across a hippo or croc.

There is a short, scenic paddle on the flat Mtata River on the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast. Kosi Bay, in Maputaland in the far north of KwaZulu-Natal also has a lovely scenic flat water trip.

The Keurbooms River, near Plettenberg Bay, and the Kowie River, near Port Alfred are absolutely flat with no rapids whatsoever. Both offer great, self-guided overnight trails with accommodation in hiking-style huts. The Wilderness National Park on the Garden Route offers great day paddling and escorted mulit-day paddling trips with or without interspersed hiking sections. Most of these trips are run in open Canadian-style canoes or sea kayaks.

Also - the paddling safaris on the Lower Zambezi and Kariba have absolutely no rapids whatsoever, but there are hippos and crocs. There are fabulous escorted multi-day trips on Lake Malawi, which is flat but very big.

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