Andrew and I started Gravity Adventures in 1997 after working as river guides whilst we studied (I have a BA (hons) in Environmental Science and he is a qualified graphic designer). Our aim was always to run high-quality wilderness trips for small groups in an environmentally and socially sustainable way, and we have pretty much stuck to this ethos ever since.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"We are based in Cape Town and offer the following products and experiences ourselves: multi-day wilderness rafting trips on the Orange River, border of South Africa and Namibia; whitewater rafting and tubing on the Palmiet River in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve; kayak trips on the Langebaan Lagoon; West Coast National Park and coasteering near Boulders beach, Table Mountain National Park.
We also run training courses and assessments (IRF and APA) for paddling guides and recreational whitewater kayakers and SUP paddlers (we have worked in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Iceland and Austria); multi-activity school camps and swift-water safety consultancy for film shoots (check our RedBull TV's 'The Smoke that Thunders' documentary).
Through our training and voluntary work with industry associations such as APA and SATSA, we have an excellent overview of the adventure sector in southern Africa, safety and operational standards. Andrew is also a well respected exploratory kayaker and photographer. "
How did you get involved in travel?
"One of my specializations in my honours year was EcoTourism, and that combined with our experience as river guides sparked a passion for adventure tourism as the intersection between conservation and commerce. "
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"Just one? In 2011, we took our kids — Summer (aged 7) and Camdyn (aged 11) — out of school, packed up our Land Rover and travelled southern Africa for 5 months. We shared so many experiences and that trip is part of our family conversations to this day. Highlights included numerous spontaneous soccer games with kids along the roadside, free camping in elephant country in the Caprivi panhandle, magical Ibo Island and Ilha in Mozambique, surfing Lago Niassa and too many more to mention."
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This itinerary is sure to satisfy any adventurer looking to explore the best of Southern Africa's natural scenery. From the coast of Cape Town up along the Garden Route and into the deserts of the Great Karoo, you will be able to experience all the defining ecoregions of South Africa and beyond.
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