While most of Cape Town was still asleep a group of about 30 paddlers with sea kayaks, standup paddle boards, white water kayaks and inflatable canoes gathered at the canal where Sandvlei flows onto Muizenberg beach. In 2010, the year of the first Peninsula Paddle only 5 or 6 boats started at Sandvlei. Each year the event has grown interest and in popularity with a number of fun and educational community events taking place at key points such as Princess Vlei along the route. Photo: Sunrise over Sandvlei and proof of an early start!
By 7:00 after a quick welcome and photos by the crew of Carte Blanch the group was on the water and the third Annual Peninsula Paddle to traverse the waterways from False Bay in the South to Table Bay in the North had started. Paddling under the banner ‘Take back the City’s waterways’ the organisers aim to highlight the need for rehabilitation of the City’s rivers, vleis and canals and to encourage communities to treat our water bodies as recreation and environmental assets.
A group of sea kayakers from Paddlers of Simon’s Town escourted the armada on the Sandvlei section of their 11 hour paddle across the Peninsula’s waterways. In 2011, the sea kayakers collected a barge load of plastic refuse from Sandvlei to highlight the amount of plastic in our rivers and wetlands. This year we decided to focus on enjoying the experience of paddling on Cape Town’s best used inland water body.
The extent of the Marina da Gama waterways and the amount of birdlife is really only evident when you take the time to explore the canals by boat. Below on the RHS – Back out on Sandvlei with Constantiaberg as our backdrop !! For info about the Reason for and the Route of the Peninsula Paddle go to: http://scenicsouth.co.za//2012/05/peninsula-paddle-on-3-june-takes-back-city-of-cape-town-waterways/
Interested in reading about Cape Kayaking Classics along our coast go to: http://scenicsouth.co.za//2011/05/kayaking-the-cape-%e2%80%93-hout-bay-to-cape-town/