In the early 2000’s kloofing (canyoning / canyoneering) begun to be recognised as a separate mountaineering discipline.
What is kloofing? Also known as Canyoning or Canyoneering.
This is a mountaineering discipline where you explore a river gorge deep in the mountains, where most people try their best to stay away from the cliff edges, it is here where adrenaline junkies’ ultimate mission is to navigate through the river shallows, jump and swim through sometime icy mountain pools, slide down natural water slides and abseil in and around waterfalls.
Are you looking for something more than hiking in the Gauteng, Hartbeespoort, Rustenburg and Magaliesberg, do you want to add climbing, jumping, sliding, bouldering, abseiling and swimming… all in one day! Then Kloofing is for you!
Are you a first timer or novice? – Under the professional guidance of Impact’s qualified and registered guides, ensures a kloofing adventure you simply cannot get enough of.
Fern Kloof, a 50m wide and 100m deep gorge, in Northern Magaliesberg, near Rustenburg, is situated on the private property of Bergheim Resort. We meet at the parking area at the resort at 07h00 for our famous “naweek koffie” brewed on the fire, served with condensed milk and a yummy homemade rusk. We will complete final administration and kit issue before starting the walk up and around on a well-defined path (this is on one of the hiking trails) this will take about 1 hour.
We will start the kloofing with a short scramble into the gorge via a narrow gully. Or we can start directly with an abseil (all depending on the conditions that day) and follow the river down the gorge, walking, rock hopping, wading, swimming, jumping and abseiling along the way to make our way to the exit point. Along the way we’ll stop for a lunch break (normally quite early) and with a bit of luck we’re back at the cars around 14h30 – in time for a leisurely drive back home or make arrangements with our booking office for an overnight stay.
Prior booking is essential!
The biggest danger in canyoneering (kloofing) is flash flood. We cannot run the trip during heavy rains or when heavy rain is forecast. Our Operational Director and Health and Safety Officer will monitor the forecasts and inform the guides accordingly. Your safety is our first priority.
What to Wear:
• Shoes good for hiking (eg: trainers) must have a good grip in both wet and dry conditions.
• Had and sun block
• Shorts or long pants
• T-shirt or golf shirt
• Wet suits optional
Things to Bring
• Water bottle (at least 1 litre),
• Lunch, snacks
• Critical personal medications
• Pack a light water & wind proof jacket
• Small backpack. Feel free to bring a wetsuit if you get cold easily. Assume that everything that you take with you WILL get wet. Bring a dry change of clothes to leave in the car for when you get back.
What does Impact Adventure Africa Supply?
• Personal Flotation Device (PFD) – Essential for non-swimmers.
• All kloofing equipment including rescue kit
• Qualified and registered guides (Ration 2:10)
Minimum Age: 12 years
Fitness Level: Average
Maximum Weight: 120.0 kg
Experience Level: No Experience Requirement
Areas: North West
Duration: Average of 6 hours
Mean altitude in the North West is 1700m