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Canyoning and Kloofing are described on Google as one and the same. Is this true? Lets take a look…

There is a lot of confusion amongst foreigners when it comes to Canyoning and Kloofing and the difference between these adventure activities. Kloofing is the South African Afrikaans word used to describe what many overseas tourists know as Canyoning, but one of the main differences between the two is the fact that Kloofing is a less extreme version of Canyoning. With Kloofing you will only descend down a river course by swimming through the pools, climbing over boulders and do some optional cliff jumping. The watercourse may be dry or wet.

Canyoning Kaaimans River, Wilderness, South Africa

Canyoning Kaaimans River, Wilderness, SA


Canyoning on the other hand, is known on Google as travelling in canyons using a variety of techniques that may include other outdoor activities such as walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, abseiling (rappelling), and swimming. Descending down waterfalls with ropes is a compulsory activity during Canyoning.

Waterfall Rappelling

Waterfall Rappelling (Roche Schoeman)

So whilst Canyoning and Kloofing is considered to be the same thing, when you choose an operator in the Garden Route or anywhere else in South Africa, make sure to ask your service provider what activities the trip entails in order to avoid disappointment when you are actually looking for a more extreme version of Canyoning that includes waterfall rappelling and compulsory cliff jumping.


Canyoning in the Kaaimans River

At Fearless Adventures we pride ourselves in offering real extreme Canyoning that includes all the activities mentioned above. Please feel free to contact us for any outdoor adventure activities you may be interested in… #seekadventure