Join the Peninsula Paddlers on Sunday 2 June as they paddle the City of Cape Town’s waterways from Zandvlei to Milnerton. For more information about who, what and why go to:
To take part in the paddle either as a spectator or as paddler have a look at the programme below.
Peninsula Paddle 2012 – Route Details with recommended Spectator Points
ZONE 1: GRAND ARMADA ZANDVLEI
Coffee and briefing 06:30 with launch at 06:40 from Muizenberg Beach. Meet at car park alongside Muizenberg water slide. Suitable for any craft that floats! Expect a big flotilla.
6.40 am: Early risers can watch the send off at in the car park alongside Muizenberg water slide. The group will then be visible as they paddle up Zandvlei.
ZONE 2: PORTAGE SECTION ‐ 07:45 to 09:00 Marina da Gama/Steenberg Canal to Princess Vlei.
Approximately 8.15 am: The group will be visible in the canal at Steenberg alongside Prince George Drive (in the vicinity of the traffic lights that intersects Prince George Drive, Vrygrond and Steenberg) – some of the poorest urban areas along the route.
ZONE 3: PRINCESS VLEI – 09:00 to 09:30
Environmental activities at this site. Full distance paddles will be on the western shore at 09:00. If you join in here,you can bring any suitable floating craft.
9.30am: Princess Vlei, spectators should access the vlei from the Prince George Drive side.
ZONE 4: PORTAGE SECTION ‐ 09:30 to 11:00
Plumstead canal. This is the transition from kayak to bike at the end of canal. Meet at the cul de sac, Prince Georges Drive (service road). This is off the M5 (turn into in Dick Burton, then immediately left, drive to the end of the service road and meet at the Railway bridge).
11am: Plumstead (west side of railway bridge in the service road off Dick Burton Road, below the M5 bridge) transition from paddling to biking.
ZONE 5: BICYCLE RIDE – M5 to ACCESS PARK ‐ 11:00 to 11:30
Load crafts onto trailers and cars, and ride on bicycles. Seconders will need to support the long distance paddlers at this point.
Between 11.30am and 12pm: At the back of Access Park behind the car wash, adjacent to the canal that runs parallel with the M5 – transition from biking to paddling.
ZONE 6: PORTAGE SECTION – ACCESS PARK VIA THE KROM RIVER TO THE BLACK RIVER ALONGSIDE RONDEBOSCH GOLF COURSE 12:00 to 13:15
ZONE 7: BLACK RIVER ARMADA to WOODSTOCK BEACH VIA LISEBEEK RIVER 13:30 to 15:30
We will do a short section to the bridge over the Liesbeek River (alongside the River Club in Observatory and Valkenburg Hospital) then return to the Black River and on to Woodstock Beach. If you wish to join the paddle at the start of the Black River zone, then enter at the Sybrand Park Black River, off Klipfontein Road, just before the canal enters the Rondebosch Golf course. Paddlers will pass this point at around 1.30pm. This is an excellent zone for paddling and we hope to have a number of paddlers join in at this point for the final leg of the journey.
Between 2pm – 3pm: On the Black River after the paddlers exit the Rondebosch Golf Course – good visibility of the paddlers from the Pinelands/Mowbray bridge (on Raapenberg Road). The foot bridge that precedes the vehicular bridge is also a good vantage point, accessible from the slip road parallel to the river, next to the Water Works. Additional points include where the M5 bridge crosses the Black River east of Valkenberg, and on the grass verges of the river adjacent to the M5 before the Koeberg Interchange.
ZONE 8: WOODSTOCK BEACH SURF ZONE ‐ 15:30 to 16:00
Paddlers will exit the Salt River and paddle beyond the surf zone toward Milnerton lagoon estuary. To join this leg, it is best to launch crafts at the beach and to paddle to the Salt River. There is no easy access via the canal in the Paarden Eiland area.
3pm: Salt River mouth at Woodstock Beach – good opportunity to engage with the kayaks and stand up paddlers in the surf zone as they come out of the river, before entering the sea to make their way to the Milnerton Lagoon.
ZONE 9: MILNERTON ESTUARY & LAGOON ‐ 16:00 to 16:30
Finish at car park Milnerton lighthouse alongside Milnerton Lagoon (Woodbridge Island). Soup, rolls, coffee and hot showers available.
Please note – all times given are approximate.