Defined, ‘kloofing’ involves following a mountain stream by jumping, swimming, scrambling, walking and climbing. An Afrikaans word by origin, it is known as canyoning in other parts of the world. A number of tour guides offer kloofing expeditions in and around Knysna, with both half and full-day options available.
The adrenaline-inducing jumps range from 2m to 17m and require nerves of steel and a spirit for adventure. Not to worry, however, you will be safely in the hands of experienced, qualified guides, who are also trained in first aid and public safety.
The deep gorges near Plettenberg Bay and Knysna are an ideal spot for kloofing. A tour run by GoVertical features a short hike, followed by a day of wading through fresh mountain pools, scrambling over ginormous boulders and swimming in rivers. What’s more, the operators also throw in some abseiling and cliff jumps to get your blood pumping.
To hold back the chill of the water, The Adventure Centre also provide wetsuits for all clients on their full-day Knysna kloofing escapades. Simply arrange for the company to pick you up from your Knysna accommodation option.
The guides slowly introduce you to the sport, beginning with small 2 metre jumps, before allowing you to attempt increasingly higher ones. The adrenalin junkies in the group are welcome to try out a jaw-dropping 18 metre jump later on the day, before the crew stop for a tasty packed lunch.
Besides the literal breath-taking adrenalin adventure, a day of kloofing in Knysna features memorable, awe-inspiring scenery and landscapes. Dense forests, lofty white cliffs and undulating paths, it is an experienced not to be missed.Essential for a kloofing adventure is the ability to swim, and it is also recommended to be considerably fit, and comfortable with heights. Lastly, kloofing in Knysna is seasonal and weather-dependant, so make sure to speak to your tour operators before making a booking.
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