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River Rafting on the Umko

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Liquid Adventures offers several exciting, exhilarating adventures… one of which is River Rafting. This is offered to individuals, groups as well as corporates and it all begins at the Hella Hella Outdoor Adventure Centre, situated just outside Richmond (only 1 ½ hrs from Durban, and 30 mins from Pmb).

The Mkomazi River boasts Grade 3 rapids, which step-up to Grade 4 if there’s been sufficient rain. The section from Hella Hella to Number 8 is regarded as the biggest traversable Whitewater south of the Zambezi.

Rafting in an inflatable 2 man canoe, can prove to be more adventurous and fun than ever imagined!

The challenge is not only negotiating the twist and turns, but also mastering the rapids, whilst enjoying the astonishing views along the quieter sections of the river. Be prepared for a bit of work-out as you will be paddling your own boats…

A typical Half day would be as follows :

  • Meet at Highover (22kms from Richmond) at around 9am.
  • Safety briefing, paddling demo and get kitted up.
  • Travel 6 kms upstream of Highover and begin with some paddling exercises to ensure you know how to steer and control your craft.
  • Get on the river by 10am in your very own inflatable self-paddling 2-man Crocs.
  • You will then start the trip downstream back towards Highover where you will encounter no less than 10 class 2 and 3 rapids.
  • You will also be given the opportunity to do some Zip-lining and rock jumping during the trip (at Highover).
  • After your snack break, we will then continue on for another 3 kms encountering the notorious No.1 rapid.
  • After No.1 rapid you will end the half-day trip, giving you approx. 3 hours on the river and end up covering about 9 kms.
  • Once completed, you will get driven back to Highover where your cars were left (phew!)
  • Grab a warm shower and some liquid refreshments of the amber colour…

On the full day trip, you will continue on for another 5 kms covering the well-known No.2 and No.3 rapids – a total of 14 kms.

What to bring :

–      River shoes or takkies (not slops)

–      Baggies / costume

–      Long sleeve rash vest (if you have) for the sun

–      Towel and sun screen

–      Sense of humour

Cost:

R450 per person (half day)

R550 per person (full day)

This covers  :

–      all equipment hire (like Helmets, paddles, crocs)

–      liquid refreshments and snacks on the river

–      transport to and from the river from the base at Highover

–      river guide fees

Please note there is a R100 Deposit required to book your place – banking details as follows :

Liquid Adv :

Std Bank, Umhlanga Ridge

Branch code : 05-78-29

Account : 332 375 269

Ref : you name

Paintball can also be arranged as an additional activity which is great fun especially for staff team buildings or groups of friends and if required, a full sit-down lunch at Highover can be organized for an additional R85pp. If you don’t feel like driving back home after your adventures you can stay over at the Highover Eco Centre where they offer camping, bunkhouse, or chalets. They also provide fantastic meals. To find our more, click here: www.highover.co.za

At all times the trip and paddlers will adopt a safety first, safety always and NO compromise mindset, with a when in doubt, get out rule and NO alcohol on river. This adventure is fine for complete novices who have NEVER even paddled before.

Trips can be arranged for any day – weekdays or weekends, as long as there is sufficient water in the river, and that you have at least 4 people for that trip.

FACT VS FICTION

• Fact- you will get wet.

• Fiction- the rafts are engine propelled.

• Fact- guides can walk on water. (?)

• Fiction- the last sighting of a crocodile is the one on which you will be rafting on.

For more info. please contact Graeme Johnston at Liquid Adventures, his details as follows:

Cell : 082 494 5660  / Fax : 086 604 5660

Email : graeme@liquidadventures.info

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Liquid-Adventures-353134388126853/?fref=ts

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Review: Goldfish Live in Durban

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Durban has a history of attracting rain when big live events happen, and thankfully on Friday night at Botanic Gardens, this did not deter the few thousand people that turned up to see Goldfish in the slightest.

Knowing it was going to be a bigger event they made the smart move of having the concert on the field next to the actual gardens, and thankfully so because of the wet conditions. It is lovely seeing bands perform amongst the trees next to the lake, but when you know you are going to have a huge crowd that Goldfish pull it’s an all round better experience that means everybody who comes gets a great view of the performance.

Jono Greenway Photography

The rain was always going to be a feature of the event, but thankfully it only rained as Goldfish started and then stayed dry for most of their performance, with most people happily dancing in the rain barely even noticing it. Some of my most memorable concerts I have been to are actually the ones where it has rained, maybe the performers put in a bit extra effort knowing that the people really want to be there and see them, even if it is raining.

And a performance it was. Goldfish never disappoint. They are masters of getting a crowd going, even if it is a cold rainy night in Durban. Despite being at it for many years now they thrive on the crowd interaction and still do such a great job of ensuring everybody who comes to watch them has a great time.

Jono Greenway Photography

Their second song “We Come Together” really summed up the night, the lyrics really rang true:
Oh, oh, when we come together
No matter the weather
We gonna love each other till the end of time (whoa, oh, oh)

If we all went through life with this attitude we might always have a good time, rain or shine.

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Photo Credit: Jono Greenway

Want to get to know the duo better? Check out the short Q&A sesh we did with Goldfish a few years ago.

Jono Greenway Photography

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TOURIST IN OUR OWN CITY: HILTON DURBAN

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Durbanite recently had the pleasure of staying at the Hilton Durban. We submersed ourselves in the thought of being a tourist in our own city for the weekend.

The Hilton Durban welcomed ‘the hubster’ and I with warm lighting, open spaces, charming ocean-inspired décor and welcoming smiles! The staff were fantastic and after a quick check-in it was up to the 14th floor we went.

We had arrived at our room – our weekend of rest and relaxation had officially begun!

Presidential Suite Terrace

Presidential Suite Terrace

Things Get Cosier

Let’s be honest, sometimes what you see isn’t always what you get but I can happily confirm that in the case of the Hilton Durban, this certainly is the case and the expected level of luxury and comfort was met. We were booked into the King Executive Suite with Business Lounge Access.

Three things that stood out:

  1. The linen was lush! Soft and crisp to the touch.
  2. The USB ports built into each of the bedside tables were awesome! I am hinting to the hubster to get them installed at home – one day, when we’re ‘big’
  3. The luxurious bath!

The Executive Suite has everything you need for a weekend away. Coffee and tea station for a morning cuppa while you wake-up and soak-up the city or sea views. A comfy lounge with TV which is separate from the main room and en-suite bathroom. This room is only missing the kitchen… but with two fantastic restaurants a stone’s throw away, who needs to cook!

The room was clean, spacious, comfortable and homey with the ocean theme continuing in the gorgeous wall art.

Executive Suite - Hilton Durban

The Business Lounge

With complimentary continental breakfast, refreshments, snacks and fresh fruit available throughout the day – it is a wonder anyone would ever want or need to leave the Hilton Durban!

We popped into the lounge for breakfast and found the intimate buffet setting to be a delight! If you are able to upgrade to Business Lounge access during your stay at the Hilton Durban, you wont be disappointed.

The Business Lounge - Hilton Durban

High Tea – The Coral Lounge in the Lobby

Set in the center of the lobby, seated on comfy lounge-style chairs (with coral inspired room dividers) the girls and I were able to relax, enjoy and indulge over some much needed QT.

The chocolate fountain with strawberries for dipping was exciting and went down like a treat!

I find that often the savory is overlooked but not in the case of the Hilton Durban. Each delight was carefully thought out and prepared. The overall balance between sweet and savory was fantastic.

 The Hilton Durban offers two exceptional dining experiences, be sure to check out our reviews of Vasco’s Restaurant and the Big Easy!

ARE YOU…

Planning a trip to Durban and not sure where to stay?

A Durbanite looking for something new to do?

A foodie or wine lover looking to expand your horizons?

Then look no further and hook yourself up with a stay or visit to the Hilton Durban! 

If you are looking for things to do during your stay at the Hilton Durban in and around KZN, check out this list of 20 things to do!

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Gallery: Nitro Circus Live – Durban 2017

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If you didn’t make it to Nitro Circus this year you really missed out! Here is what you missed out on.
Photos by: Nick Ferreira / Instagram: the.travelling.lens

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