Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Peninsula Paddle - Sunday 5 June on World Environment Day.

From Kim who is coordinating this paddle:


The grand armada of paddlers braving the dawn in support of the Peninsula Paddle need to meet in Muizenberg at the Waterslide car park by 6:45.  The paddle starts on the beach at 7:00. So for those who are slow in the early morning cold, better get there earlier than 6:45. The armada will then set off along Zandvlei to where the Sandriver canal enters the vlei. The idea is to provide an escort and to collect floating plastic, mainly bottles, which will be taken to a recycler after the paddle. 

Once the Peninsula Paddlers have headed off down the Sandriver canal on their journey to Milnerton, those of us so inclined can explore the Marina Waterways and then stop for a provide your own picnic breakfast on "The Island".       

For people allergic to getting up early or who are not keen on a lake trip, the usual paddle at Bertha's will still take place.  

Anyone tempted to do the entire route or wanting to rejoin the Peninsula Paddlers for the last leg following the Black River out to sea at Woodstock beach and then coming ashore at Milnerton can click here for details.

The Peninsula Paddle aims to draw attention to the need for transformation in our waterways: environmentally, socially and politically and will navigate upstream, following the canalised rivers of the Cape Flats that have their mouth in False Bay. Reaching the apex of the watershed, the organisational team will then paddle downstream, following the Black River as it exits into the Atlantic Ocean. The expedition will follow waterways that flow through the most affected watersheds: those that have been canalised, water quality compromised, and in communities most affected by poverty and a rising water table.
Paddlers are invited to paddle the first section on Zandvlei to enjoy the dawn, see the birdlife and clean up along the way. See this blog closer to the time for details.

It is also Paddle for the Planet Day.
"Uniting paddlers around the world for a one day global relay event in an effort to raise environmental awareness and give something back to our oceans."

See http://www.facebook.com/Paddlefortheplanet?sk=info
There is also a web site but it has no content yet

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Full Moon paddle video

Our full moon paddle last week was simply wonderful. My words certainly can't do it justice so here is a 3 minute video of the trip which perhaps also does not. Watch it anyway if you have time and broadband. Click here.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Kayaking the Cape – Hout Bay to Cape Town

Although False Bay is our `home water’ we have kayaked large stretches of the Greater Cape Town seaboard.  It is not as daring as kayaking around Madagascar etc, but kayaking the Cape is awesome and as accessible as the local beach. We are spoilt for choice with everything from mellow meanders to adrenalin fueled action interspersed with wildlife encounters to remind us that we are the visitors.
We have enjoyed a number of Cape Classics – have had incredible experiences with whales, are often escorted by seals and periodically see sunfish and otter. Sharks you ask!!!  Sorry, not on my eye-spy list. Once I saw a fin, or was it a piece of kelp?....
Read the rest of the article at Scenic South

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Some recent short animal encounter videos while kayaking in the Cape Town area:

Otter eating a squid

Lone seal playing with a kayak

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