Raft the Tugela Gorge

Friend (and Dusi Great) Andre Hawarden started a rafting outfit so we thought, ‘Hey Let’s Bumble Down the Tugela with him!’ Summer of 1990.

I took my kayak and got a discounted self-propelled ticket. Aitch perched on one of his proper oarsman rafts (the best kind – when you have to paddle alongside as crew you miss the scenery in the rapids). Aitch sat behind and admired the oarsmen’s physiques as they toiled.

Lowish water, perfect weather, great grub, good company. Les Keay was also along powering the second raft, so we had good Dusi power all round. Figtree Beach campsite ranks with the best anywhere. Whattapleasure to camp there again.

Tugela Raft Trip (1)Tugela Raft Trip (3) 

I paddled while Aitch cruised:

Tugela Raft Trip (4)

See Aitch’s view of the oarsmen’s straining backs!

Tugela Raft Trip (5) Tugela Raft Trip (9) Tugela Raft Trip (8)  Tugela Raft Trip (10) Tugela Raft Trip above 4man hole Tugela Raft Trip in 4man hole

Amazing riverside campsite – Figtree Beach Camp:

Tugela Fig Tree Camp    

Pirate raiding parties and water fights:

Tugela Raft Trip (7) Tugela Raft Trip (6)

Jamieson’s bridge – the end is always too soon!

Jameson's Bridge TugelaTugela Raft Trip (12)

Mad Dusi (and now Berg) paddler Andre blogs here: andreschirp.wordpress.com

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