Blyde X Fest
The Blyde X Fest is held annually in March/ April each year and is a festival of extreme fun and adventure. Kayakers from around the country gather to test their skills on the extreme white waters of the Blyde River. Although the Blyde X-Fest 2012 was cancelled due to a massive flood which tore through the canyon, making significant changes to the river, its back again! Hosted by Mohtlatsi Adventures and sponsored by leading action retailers such as Ark Inflatable's, Vibram Five Fingers, White Water Training, Werner Paddles as well as leading local businesses this event is one of the most looked forward to activities on the action adventure calendar.
Organisers say that even if you have never paddled before or dont know what a croc or tube look like, they can almost guarantee that you will have the best fun ever if you enter the croc and tube race. They have kids from the age of 11 years entering and they have a ball of a time in the water. You dont need any experience to participate and enjoy and they provide all the gear you will need. A good way to build team spirit in your company and for some fun rivalry between opposition companies will be to enter the corporate croc and tube races.
If you go to the festival and the white water bug happens to bite you, don't stress because the sponsors as well as Whitewater Training will be exhibiting and selling their products on site. And if you are not quite sure about buying that Gecko croc, you can even have a go on it for free!
But the fun does not stop at the races. Along with the legendary after party on Saturday night, the only festival kayak ramp in SA again promises to be a huge attraction. And a social paddle on the Olifants River on Sunday morning rounds off the festival with fun for the whole family.
Although accidents in some form are inevitable in adventure water sports, Blyde X Fest has in 5 years not had a single incident that went horribly wrong. They have really been fortunate in having Africa Safe-T on standby every year. Organisers say that their service is excellent and they will be keeping an eye on things at the next weekend as well!
The 2013 Blyde X Fest takes place at the Blyde Adventure Camp from 28 February 2013 to 3 March 2013.
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Directions from Johannesburg
Get on the highway and follow the signs towards Witbank (Emalahleni). Then go through the towns in the following order, Witbank (Emalahleni), Middelburg, Belfast, Dullstroom, Lydenburg, Orighstad. Go through Orighstad and through the Abel Erasmus Pass, then through the Strydom Tunnel. Approximately 30 km after you have gone through the Strydom Tunnel you will turn Right into the Driehoek Road. You will turn into the Driehoek Road just before the Blyde One Stop and the bridge over the river. Approximately 10 km after turning into the Driehoek Road you turn left into the Blyde Adventure Camp. There is a sign at the entrance. Keep to the main gravel/ dirt road until you drive into camp (it is about 1km from our entrance to the camp). You can park the in the clearly marked parking area
Directions from Hazyview
Take the R40 out of Hazyview. Go past Klaserie One Stop on your left hand side still on the R40. Pass Kampersrus on your left side, still on the R40. Take a left on the Swadini Road (R 531) approximately 7 km after passing Kampersrus. Take the Jonkmanspruit Road on the right. Blyde Adventure Camp on left side approximately 4 km after the turn off on the Jonkmanspruit Road.
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