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PaddleYak Kayaks during Corona Lockdown (31/3/2020)
PaddleYak and current ZAR-US$ exchange rate (30/3/2020)
Preparing for better times. (28/3/2020)
St Valentine's Day PaddleYak Kayak Deals (13/2/2020)
Use it, or Lose it! (6/2/2020)
PaddleYak Lay-Buy Terms Offer for Feb 2020. (29/1/2020)
Cape Kayak Camino in Plett season opens (28/1/2020)
PaddleYak Kayaks in Cape Town (24/1/2020)
PaddleYak in London, UK. (22/1/2020)
Face-lift for PaddleYak Website (15/1/2020)
Why kayak prices differ so much. (11/12/2019)
Warning - Suppliers closing for 2019 (11/12/2019)
Kayaks for Knysna, Plett, George & Mossel Bay (4/12/2019)
Plett Rage takes over! (2/12/2019)
Kayak to Adventure! (25/11/2019)
Austerity measures not the answer. (21/11/2019)
Cape Kayak Camino Bookings for Jan to June 2020 (19/11/2019)
The storm before the calm! PaddleYak Kayaks. (13/11/2019)
Pedalo paddle boats with glass view port (13/11/2019)
South Africa set for New Dawn (9/11/2019)
Cape Kayak Camino - Plett takes off (4/11/2019)
50 Days to Christmas 2019! (4/11/2019)
On Top of Rugby World 2019! (4/11/2019)
PaddleYak Kayaks for Summer of 2019 (12/10/2019)
Pedalo Paddle Boats (12/10/2019)
Three Months to Christmas - Order Now (24/9/2019)
SA Waveski Champs 2019 - Now and Then. (24/9/2019)
Global Warming and Adventure Tourism? (20/9/2019)
PaddleYak Kayak Range for Summer 2019  (13/9/2019)
PaddleYak Price Adjustments (13/9/2019)
SA Surfski paddlers take six medals at Worlds (12/9/2019)
World Canoe Sprint Championships 2019 (6/9/2019)
Beware the summer rush. Order your PaddleYaks now. (14/8/2019)
ZAR plunges. Import kayaks from SA now (14/8/2019)
Forest Activists target Brazil Embassy (14/8/2019)
Paddle and Kayak the Garden Route’s Best (12/8/2019)
World's ultimate feat achieved by a woman paddler. (8/8/2019)
PaddleYak Kayaks in PE, EL, Durban and Cape Town. (3/8/2019)
Half a Century since Moon Landing? (19/7/2019)
Why fibreglass kayaks are sought-after. (19/7/2019)
Kayak News - Who we are. (19/7/2019)
PaddleYak Kayaks are here for you! (8/7/2019)
Tour Operators' Booking of CAPE KAYAK CAMINO TOUR (8/7/2019)
Book CAPE KAYAK CAMINO Plett 2020 (8/7/2019)
Berg River Canoe Marathon 2019 Results. (8/7/2019)
PaddleYak Kayaks for Adventure. (6/6/2019)
Kayaks in wartime. D-Day 75th Rememberance today.  (6/6/2019)


PaddleYak Kayaks during Corona Lockdown - 31  March 2020

Whilst South Africa and many other countries are in lockdown for the safety of its citizens, life goes on. PaddleYak is using the opportunity to complete its long-awaited PY TravelYak Split Kayak which promises to be the real thing for those paddlers wanting to travel to distant places with their kayak in a bag and Real Cape Adventures is fine-tuning its overnight Real Cape Kayak Camino Tour in Plettenberg Bay, in the Garden Route, South Africa as well as planning other new routes and operations. During the Corona Lockdown in South Africa craft will be discounted by a whopping 10%. Those wishing to order a new PaddleYak Kayak should avail themselves of the opportunity and get their orders in soonest. The discount is applicable to buyers in SA only. Those buying from further afield can avail themselves of the weak ZAR exchange rate which is currently hitting an all time low, meaning you can get a PaddleYak Kayak at a very competitive price indeed. Plan for the time after Corona by making use of the present offer. Ph +27 (0)825562520 or email .

PaddleYak and current ZAR-US$ exchange rate - 30  March 2020

Customers in the USA can avail themselves of the outstanding ZAR - US$ exchange rate currently which is topping above R17. Take the new sought-after PY TravelYak which will be launched after Corona, for instance. Price is R20 000 = US$1200! The closest equivalent of this craft in the US costs US$1750, but it lacks the sit-on advantages of the PY TravelYak. The beauty is you can collect the craft here on a holiday visit and take it home with you as luggage! Dealers in the US can order a container load and get double the number of craft in a container due to the split and nested nature of this craft. In this way they not only get an extraordinary advantage rate-wise, but also the advantage of this split craft when transporting it.
South Africans on the other hand need to take cognizance of the slipping ZAR. Whilst PaddleYak SA has held prices down selling directly to the public, it cannot change the sharp rising costs of materials required to build its craft. Thus far South Africans have been fortunate with prices, but the costs of goods are showing an inexorable rise here and they are well advised to place their orders for PaddleYak Kayaks soonest. All craft ordered and paid for now for when production is recommenced after Corona, will obtain a 10% discount. The latter discount will only apply to SA citizens in SA and only until the official lock-down is declared over. To order, ph +27 (0)825562520 or email . Remember: By ordering a South Africa product you are sustaining a proud SA company and its employees during the Corona Lock-down.

Preparing for better times. - 28  March 2020

The previous News insert wished all a wonderful St Valentine's Day, little knowing what was coming. With hindsight it's ironical that we were celebrating a day of love and romance, perhaps humankind's greatest achievements before the Pandemic. It's now time for love and kindness in action. It's the baby boomers' shot at the action and charity World War 11 brought their parents. Also the Millennials'. For all their gizmo's and high tech, war games and artificial intelligence, this is the real thing and their contributions, or lack of it, will determine the outcome. Already news are coming through worldwide of unselfish health workers giving their all and thousands volunteering to render assistance and to "get in harm's way". With such action we will see better times yet. Dysfunctional nations still in regional conflict and ones junked by warped ideologies and corrupt and incompetent officials will suffer the price of their avarice and neglect of the people. Those nations which have put service and civility first will recover,for that's the nature of honest endeavour in the eye of hardship. In such places citizens can look forward to better times, to the pursuance of their dreams; to being with families and friends again and for those who want, to once again point their kayaks to distant horizons and the exotic lands beyond. PaddleYak Sea Kayaks and Real Cape Adventures and their staff wish you all the very best over these testing times and look forward to your patronage once the coast has cleared. We will be here, ready with our new PY TravelYak Split Kayak for you to travel the world with and our latest sea kayak routes. Watch this space. If you wish to place your order for the PY TravelYak Split and any of our other craft, or make enquiries about our future kayak tours phone +27 (0)825562520 or email PS - We will be launching our new website as soon as it is appropriate to do so, so don't be surprised if this current format looks different. It's still us, but in a kinder and warmer, post-Pandemic world! PS - See the next insert regarding the special discount available during the Lock-down.

St Valentine's Day PaddleYak Kayak Deals - 13  February 2020

To celebrate the special day of love this coming Friday 14 Feb 2020, PaddleYak SA is cutting the prices of some of its most popular models to make them more accessible to a greater sector of the population. The company produces twenty different models of sea kayaks, all fulfilling particular requirements, which are sold to the public directly. The company has observed lively sales of used PaddleYak Kayaks, but supplies are running low, so it's adjusting some prices of new craft, at a cost to itself, to bridge the gap. If you are in the market for a PaddleYak Kayak, take a look at the prices right now. You may be pleasantly surprised when comparing the prices with bottom of the scale plastic craft available from supermarkets and the like. PaddleYak SA is expecting that paddlers will avail themselves of this rare opportunity and will keep the prices down for as long as it's possible to do so [considering that all other costs iro supplies, transport, etc. are all on the up]. For more, ph 0825562520 or email or see .

Use it, or Lose it! - 6  February 2020

This well-known call to action has been ascribed to many and is used in various spheres of life to inspire people, including in education, health and business. The latter pertains here. As the country reels from the shocking revelations and daily reports of crime,corruption and violence and the consequences of it, currently devastating daily power cuts, manufacturing suffers at the hands of unworkable employment regulations [leading to the highest official unemployment figure in the world], the collapse of the ZAR, cheap imports and buyer confusion. The net result is the closing down of businesses, including local manufacturing plants. The latter is having a devastating effect on the daily lives of citizens as they lose the skilled services, supplies and special products proudly made in South Africa and once taken for granted. To prevent this slide into a third world quagmire, South African consumers are being called upon to Use it or Lose it, to support local industry which supplies them with specialised products. When you are in the market for a special item, be it a vehicle, a boat, or a kayak, make use of local manufacturers. Only by using local products will buyers ensure that the companies which produce them and provide the service to go with them will not be lost to the country, possibly forever. Consumers under pressure tend to spend mostly only on food, accommodation and transport, but life is more than that. Far more, even in a country under siege by its own administration. The real spice of it is living life to the full, both mentally and physically. Invest in that new product. It will enhance your life. These words of wisdom is brought to you by PaddleYak Sea Kayaks, South Africa's premier sea kayak brand. For more information about PaddleYak Kayaks and Tours, see or email orpohone +27 [0]825562520.

PaddleYak Lay-Buy Terms Offer for Feb 2020. - 29  January 2020

PaddleYak SA is offering a Lay-Buy option for Feb 2020 whereby craft can be ordered, a deposit paid and the balance paid over two or three months, upon which completion, the craft can be obtained. The regular price would apply with no interest added. Cash, card and EFT buyers paying the full price on the other hand, can negotiate a discount upon purchase. With the best months of the year for kayaking approaching, PaddeYak is encouraging paddlers to get their orders in soonest and terms such as these make it possible for those who may delay their orders, to do so too. Ph PaddleYak at 0825562520 or email

Cape Kayak Camino in Plett season opens - 28  January 2020

Real Cape Adventures cc, South Africa's pioneering sea kayak company, established the Cape Kayak Camino Tour in Plettenberg Bay in 2018 to celebrate its contribution to the finding of the first official sea kayak tour started on the famous Camino de Compostella in Spain. Now into its fifth season the tour has gone from strength to strength under the ownership and management of Retha and Carlos Lopez Blanco in Galithea. The Cape Kayak Camino in South Africa kicks in again in Plettenberg Bay at the end of January 2020 and runs till the end of June. it comprises a two day/one night tour with camping and meals included. It's run on the magnificent Plett, Bitou and Keurboom Lagoon system covering approximately 40 kms over two days, a feat which all ordinarily healthy persons can manage. Overland tour companies, backpackers, independent travelers and more are availing themselves of this special tour which includes the Keurbooms Gorge, the region's most stunning natural location. Run personally by the experienced Johan & Teresa Loots, doyens of sea kayaking in Africa, the eco-friendly tour gives participants the best possible experience in the fabled Garden Route of South Africa. If you wish to experience the real thing, book your tour now. Email or phone +27 (0)825562520ur

PaddleYak Kayaks in Cape Town - 24  January 2020

The PaddleYak Sea Kayak Company started production in Cape Town in the mid-nineties and is currently in its 25th year. It has provided paddlers in Cape Town with a variety of sea-worthy kayaks and has shipped craft around the world. It has won two national design awards and its hybrid configuration used on some craft has been described as a unique South Africa innovation. The brand is sought-after and has been associated with a variety of world first kayak expeditions, including Riaan Manser's circumnavigation of Madagascar and his and Dan Skinstad's circumnavigation of Iceland. The company has set up various sea kayak routes and operations through its touring company, Real Kayak Adventures cc, the latest being the overnight Cape Kayak Camino tour run in Plettenberg Bay, celebrating its role in the setting up of a successful operation on the Camino de Compostella in Spain. Cape Town paddlers can avail themselves of the craft and services provided by PaddleYak SA. The company is known for its helpfulness and resourcefulness in accommodating paddlers' needs. When thinking of kayaks in Cape Town, think PaddleYak. Try PaddleYak for all your kayaking needs. Ph 0825562520 or email PaddleYak and Real Cape Adventures' website is currently being upgraded to make it more secure, but you can still access it at or .

PaddleYak in London, UK. - 22  January 2020

A PaddleYak representative, from South Africa, the World Rugby Champions, will be visiting London from 27 Jan to mid February 2020 to meet prospective PaddleYak Sea Kayak buyers. Whether interested as an individual, importer, distributor, or retailer, this is a great opportunity to meet face to face. PaddleYak Kayaks have distinguished itself with its innovative hybrid sit-in/sit-on sea kayak design as well as the sponsorship of Riaan Manser who circumnavigated both Madagascar as well as Iceland in these craft, proving their versatility. The latest craft due out soon will be the world's first sectional sit-on sea kayak where the parts nest into each other, effectively reducing the volume for traveling and storing. The PY TavelYak Split is set to become the choice of many looking for craft giving them the freedom and ease they need. It will come in hand-laminated fibreglass, as well as composites like carbon and kevlar, making it virtually bullet-proof.Use the opportunity to meet. For inquiries, ph + 27[0[825562520 or email

Face-lift for PaddleYak Website - 15  January 2020

The PaddleYak, Real Cape Adventures, The African Sea Kayak Society (TASKS) and Seakayak website is currently being upgraded to give users an easier experience of one of South Africa's most iconic brand's websites. One of the original sites it offered online shopping when the latter was still in its infancy as a marketing device. The upgrade will be secure and Cookie-free and make communicating and ordering your new craft and other innovative products offered a seamless experience. Now you will be able to book your kayak trip and tour from the comfort of your mobile phone, even whilst sitting on your kayak! Suppliers worldwide can link to the site too at no cost. Thanks must go out to John Botton and Doorway who patiently built the original site which to this very moment has served us and the sea kayak community so well, to the team at Mweb which has stood by with technical support whenever we needed it and to Enya and Louis who took on the daunting task of revamping the site. To you all, we are forever grateful. We look forward to a new decade of paddlers ordering their PaddleYak craft and joining the ranks of paddlers worldwide who have enjoyed our craft for over two decades now.

Why kayak prices differ so much. - 11  December 2019

Just as you find a huge spread in auto vehicle prices because of the varying qualities of the vehicles, so you find huge differences in prices of boats, kayaks and other watercraft. In respect of kayaks, the top of the range craft are manufactured by hand in fibreglass and other composite materials. These give you the best quality and performances. All Olympic craft for instance are manufactured in composite fibreglass materials, including carbon and Kevlar. At the bottom of the range you will get budget roto-molded plastic play craft. These are usually for novices and recreational use and whilst providing lots of fun to many, are limited in respect of portability and versatility. If you are in the market for better performing craft to optimize your paddling time, be prepared to pay for the quality. South Africans are fortunate to be able to still obtain composite craft at reasonable prices. Overseas you will pay up to four times more, which demonstrates the desirability of such craft, prices ranging from R30 000.00 to R80 000.00. Make your paddling experience special; dig a bit deeper and invest in handmade kayaks like PaddleYak Sea Kayaks produced in South Africa for the world. For more, ph 0825562520 or email or see

Warning - Suppliers closing for 2019 - 11  December 2019

Suppliers of raw products are generally closing by Friday 13 December 2019 for the festive season. Manufacturers like PaddleYak SEA KAYAK PRODUCTIONS cc in Knynsa will continue till Christmas, but are dependent on supplies for orders placed so customers wishing to be paddling any of PaddleYak's select craft are urged to confirm their orders soonest. Orders for 2020 are also invited now. Better to be an early bird! Ph 0825562520 or emaill or see

Kayaks for Knysna, Plett, George & Mossel Bay - 4  December 2019

PaddleYak Sea Kayak Productions cc has been producing award-winning recreational, adventure and expedition level sea kayaks since the mid-1990's. It's attributed with a SA innovation in respect of the hybrid sit-in/sit-on kayak concept as well as the development of SA's top adventure racing craft and is a leader in expedition-level craft. All state-of-the-art PaddleYak Kayaks are produced by hand in sought-after fibreglass composites, providing for the best designs and performances. Residents in and visitors to South Africa's Garden Route are fortunate to be able to obtain these craft directly from the factory in Knysna. With the summer festive season a week away, the company is extending itself to meet demand. All craft have to be pre-ordered, so a last chance this week to get your orders in if you still wish to have your PaddeYak Kayaks by Christmas. Support South African manufacturers and local producers. Buy proudly-made in South Africa today. Help yourself. Help the country. Ph or Whatsup 0825562520 or email or see There are twenty different PaddleYak Kayak Models to choose from. The long-awaited PY TravelYak Split for adventure travelers will be available early in 2020 so get your name on the waiting list so you can travel to those distant shores with your world-leading sectional PaddleYak Kayak in a bag. Don't delay your orders and your purchases. Use the opportunity, or lose it.

Plett Rage takes over! - 2  December 2019

The annual influx of matriculants into Plett is happening this week and the town is already abuzz with energy. Any bursting with adrenaline interested in kayaking, or other activities in Plett? Not likely! The focus is strictly on themselves and each other. Dancing the night away and sleeping it off in the day is the order of the day. Oh for the sweet innocent pleasures of youth. Long may it last. To share in the fun, wherever you are, invest in a proper sea kayak and go discover the waterways of the world. PaddleYak Kayaks are open to service your orders this festive season. Order now. Ph or Whatsup 0825562520. Email .

Kayak to Adventure! - 25  November 2019

With the month of December upon us buyers are pushing to obtain the best products available locally. PaddleYak Kayaks, South Africa's premier brand for handmade recreational and expedition level kayaks are right up there and is rallying to service orders during the festive season. The distinctive craft cater for all levels of paddling, from recreational to touring and beyond. In short,for all who wish to obtain craft to enjoy some exciting adventures with, whether in their own backyard, or locally in such locations as False Bay, Langebaan, Still Bay, Mossel Bay, Knysna, Plett, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Balito or further afield in neighboring countries such as Mozambique, Namibia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Gabon and the Congo and in offshore islands such as Mauritius, Madagascar, the Seychelles and the Comores. PaddleYak Kayaks are also shipped offshore, the last batch headed for Muscat in Oman. South Africans are indeed fortunate to be able to obtain hand-laminated fibreglass craft at the prices they are available at here from PaddleYak. It makes the upgrading from plastic play craft to the real thing, genuine sea kayaks, a no-brainer. To discuss and order your PaddleYak Kayak, ph 0825562520 or email info@seakayak, today.

Austerity measures not the answer. - 21  November 2019

Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize winning economist has warned that austerity measures when the economic outlook is grey is a backward step, pointing out the differences in approach between Greece and Portugal, the latter recovering its economy by a more robust approach. The fact is, capitalism depends entirely on spend for funds to go round, for projects to be launched and for wealth to grow. It's important therefore to spend, not only on essentials such as food, fuel and accommodation, but also on lifestyle which promotes health and most importantly, morale. So, if you are in the market for that locally produced kayak, now is the time to take the bull by the horns and invest in it! Help yourself. Help the country's economy. To order your PaddleYak Sea Kayak, ph 0825562520 or email today.

Cape Kayak Camino Bookings for Jan to June 2020 - 19  November 2019

REAL CAPE ADVENTURES' CAPE KAYAK CAMINO season runs from mid-Jan to end of June, but tours are also run on special request. T Costs are R1950 pp for two days of paddling and camping on the magnificent Plettenberg Bay Waterway, including the Bitou and Keurbooms Estuary and Gorge. It's also possible to do only one day of the tour at R750 pp. Book now on 0825562520 or email soonest. The tour has been set up by Johan and Teresa Loots of REAL CAPE ADVENTURES, South Africa's pioneering sea kayak company. Tour Operators are invited to add this tour to their itineraries too, giving their guests the best activity tour in the Garden Route and scoring environmental points whilst doing so. Ph 0825562520, email and see

The storm before the calm! PaddleYak Kayaks. - 13  November 2019

The unseasonal poor weather which has hit much of the South African coast this week may be a harbinger of good tidings in respect of good weather for the summer season ahead. Whilst the weather may hark back to winter and thoughts of hibernating a bit longer may surface, the likelihood is that South Africa's beaches and coast will be blossoming with good weather this season and that the demand for top notch paddling craft will exceed the supply. Whilst imported budget plastic paddling play craft may be available from supermarkets and large retail stores, the real thing, hand-laminated adventure kayaks, like the PaddleYak Kayak range, will be difficult to obtain in time for the holiday season if you have not ordered your craft already. PaddleYak Sea Kayak Productions cc, based in Knysna [but which supplies country- and worldwide], is urging customers to avoid disappointment by placing their orders now. Suppliers of fittings and raw materials are closing early in December and are already hard-pressed to deliver back orders, meaning that craft ordered too late will only be completed in the New Year. To get your order in in time, ph 0825562520, or email or see soonest.

Pedalo paddle boats with glass view port - 13  November 2019

A pedalo paddle boat with a glass view port is a rarity even though pedal-type paddle boats have been around since the first paddle boat steamers took to water. PaddleYak Sea Kayak Productions cc, the innovative South Africa kayak company which introduced the hybrid kayak concept and produces the leadin g PaddleYak range of sea kayaks, is setting up to provide pedalos with a view port for use in locations where underwater landscapes and sea conditions permit. Hotels, resorts and other outlets can now acquire self-propelled paddle boats which allow users to enjoy the underwater landscapes at their leisure. Manufactured in South Africa's Western Cape, the company, which has been in production for 25 years and have been awarded two national design awards, produces craft in top quality hand-laminated fibreglass for best performance, robustness and longevity. Whilst various manufacturers have produced budget pedalos in plastic, resin-impregnated fibreglass laminates have stood the test of time. Pedalos are large craft and tend to be left in the open where they become weather-beaten. Only laminated fibreglass craft can withstand the combined rigors of sun, heat and sea. For more information, Whatsup or Ph +27 (0)825562520, or email Johan at

South Africa set for New Dawn - 9  November 2019

With the winning of the World Rugby Championships in Japan in Oct 2019 South Africa has been given the necessary boost to overhaul its economy which over the least two decades has been devastated by corruption, incompetence and ideology. Pres Cyril Ramaphosa has announced far-reaching law changes to stimulate business and increase employment which currently is at one of the lowest levels in the world. Looking forward to a rosier economy and a new dawn, it's time to invest in an authentic, home-spun product made in South Africa and recognised worldwide; a PaddleYak Sea Kayak which is produced by PaddeYak Sea Kayak Productions CC. The company which is heading for its 25th year in production has not only survived taxing times, but prevailed. Its craft have made it possible for many to enjoy the pleasures of kayaking, both in their own backyards and on distant shores. Its innovative and award-winning designs cater for a variety of needs, skills and applications. Become part of the South African Dream, invest in a genuine South African product. Help yourself. Help the environment. For the best possible guidance on kayaking and kayaks, contact PaddleYak Kayaks at, ph +27(0)825562520, or see

Cape Kayak Camino - Plett takes off - 4  November 2019

The first of REAL CAPE ADVENTURE's Cape Kayak Camino Kayak Tours in Plettenberg Bay for the 2019-2010 summer season kicked off last week. A large group of keen friends celebrating a milestone birthday made the most of the spring conditions to participate in a thoroughly enjoyable kayak tour. Paddlers wishing to enjoy the fabled Garden Route in the best way possible can make their bookings now, either directly or through eco-friendly tour operators who have included this tour in their itineraries. For direct bookings,ph +27 (0)825562520 or email or see .

50 Days to Christmas 2019! - 4  November 2019

Customers are reminded that there are only 50 days to Christmas from the 5th of November 2019. The World Rugby Cup has distracted many from their own plans this summer so this is a reminder to buyers to get their orders for PaddleYak Kayaks in soonest. PaddleYak Sea Kayak Productions is SA's premier sea kayak manufacturer. There are 20 PaddleYak models to choose from, each one having been developed for a special application. PaddleYak Kayaks are hand-laminated in durable fibre-reinforced materials for long-term use. They are proudly South African and have stood the test of time. Contact us now and discuss your needs. Ph +27 (0)825562520 or email or see

On Top of Rugby World 2019! - 4  November 2019

Cheers all round to the Boks for their gutsy performance at the World Rugby Cup 2019 in Japan. Their victory over worthy England in the grand final has cemented the nation and one hopes it is inspired to take the next step towards wholesomeness and future prosperity.PaddleYak Kayaks and REAL CAPE ADVENTURES take pleasure in congratulating all concerned and wishing the team and the nation all the best in going from strength to strength from here on forward.

PaddleYak Kayaks for Summer of 2019 - 12  October 2019

Summer is almost upon us and those who have not been paddling throughout the year will be hauling out their kayaks soon. For those not yet in the know: PaddleYak Kayaks is an original South African brand which has been in production for over twenty years, supplying local paddlers as well as the international paddling fraternity. If you are in the market for a top sea kayak, look no further. Contact PaddleYak Kayaks today for the best advice and the top craft for your needs. Ph 0825562520 or email or see .

Pedalo Paddle Boats - 12  October 2019

Pedalo Pedal Boats were the rage fifty years ago and could be found worldwide at amusement parks and hotels with placid and protected waters. The original fibreglass models were eventually copied in the East and many plastic versions showing a variety of shapes and forms emerged. Whilst the plastic craft were distributed worldwide to hotels and resorts, it soon became apparent that the plastic bodies were not only exceptionally heavy, but could not withstand the ultra-violet rays of the sun and most started deteriorating and cracking up, leading many back to the far more durable and long-lasting original fibreglass versions. If you fancy some fun paddling on placid waters on the pedal boats of yore, consider a Retro Pedalo from PaddleYak SEA KAYAK PRODUCTIONS cc. Ph 27 [0]825562520 or email or

Three Months to Christmas - Order Now - 24  September 2019

With only three months to go to Christmas customers are advised to place their orders for PaddleYak Kayaks now. Avoid the year-end rush and the risk of not getting a craft in time. PaddleYak SA has warned that supply lines are stressed during the holiday season and deliveries on time cannot be guaranteed. The company builds its popular craft on order only, with average waits of 10 working days being the order of the day. To place your order now, email, ph +27 (0)825562520 or see

SA Waveski Champs 2019 - Now and Then. - 24  September 2019

The SA Waveski Champs were held at Jongensfontein, South Africa, over the weekend of the 20th September 2019 and the results are listed below. The first-ever Waveski Champs were held in 1976 in conjunction with the Gunston 500 Surf Contest at Nahoon Reed, East London, in monstrous surf which pounded surfers and waveski surfers alike. The surf side of the event had surfers from around the world participating, with the legendary Thompsons and Jonathan Paarman reaching the finals in the Men's. The Waveski final had Robbie Henstra, Jack James and Johan Loots take the top three positions in giant surf. Notable about the final were the differences in craft being used, with James in a surfyak, a sit-in ski which required supreme rolling skills and Loots on a modern sit-on waveski, the Skiwee, from the famous Corner Surfshop in Muizenberg where Peter Wright was at the helm of things [and still is]. This contest set the stage for future events where legendary waveski surfers like Kola le Roux, Paddy Smith, Sean McGuire and the MacCleods on the Men's side and Tracey Sassen on the Women's side featured and from whose ranks came the first World Champions in the sport. It also contributed to waveski and kayak designs to come. The most recent results are as follows:-


1st Mike Wessels WP

2nd Bruce Viaene Border

3rd Ryan Griffith KZN

4th Steph LeRoux WP

Senior Men:

1st Bruce Viaene Border

2nd Duran Martin KZN

3rd Mike Wessels WP

4th Ryan Griffith KZN

Ladies Final:

1st Heleen Rossouw WP

2nd Sandra Pienaar EC

3rd Natalie Newman WP


1st Marcus Esterhuyse WP

2nd Francois Roesstorff Border


1st Neal Stephenson WP

2nd Schalk Van Wyk WP

3rd Sheldon Schroeder KZN

4th Timothy Redelinghuys Border

Grand Masters:

1st Rory Taylor WP

2nd Steph LeRoux WP

3rd Doug Copeland Border

4th Darren Bunker WP


1st Ken Clements WP

2nd Jeremy Pienaar EC

3rd Dave Griffith KZN

4th Darryl Moodie KZN

PaddleYak Kayaks SA salute the participants and the original pathfinders who contributed so much to the development of this fine outdoor and eco-friendly sport. For more about PaddleYak Kayaks, email, see or phone +27 (0)825562520.

Global Warming and Adventure Tourism? - 20  September 2019

Today is Global Warming Strike Day and millions are striking to inspire the world and its citizens to take responsibility for global warming through the choices they make every day [see ]. It raises the question in every sphere of life, including in tourism, just how much one is contributing to global warming through one's pursuits. Tourism is a main culprit, inspiring million to travel in the pursuit of fun. Tour companies are presumably addressing the issues, reducing carbon footprints wherever possible. Perhaps they should become graded in respect of their carbon output. Gradings would have to distinguish between getting to destinations and the actual activities engaged in when there. If the latter was the criterion, nature-orientated companies eschewing the use of fossil-burning vehicles, like hiking and kayaking companies, would be on top of the list of eco-friendly operations. Bus companies and companies depending on vehicles for their activities would be on the bottom of the list [for as long as they do not switch to electric power, and even that may be an issue]. Eco-conscious travelers should consider their traveling plans and choose companies which produce less or zero emissions in the pursuit of what they offer. It seems to be the ethical thing to do, yet very few tourists would make any concessions in their travel plans iro the amount of fossil fuel they will be using in the pursuit of it. One way to do it is to include kayak tours in your itinerary. Choose kayak tours above any activities requiring vessels which burn up fuel and thereby contribute to global warming and eventually to the suffocation of life on earth, which is what the strikes are about today. Wherever you are or when visiting South Africa and the Garden Route, choose kayaking above all to explore the unspoilt nature areas about. Be responsible. Consider future generations. Demonstrate to others what the right thing is to do. Book your trips and tours with REAL CAPE ADVENTURES, the country's premier sea and lagoon kayak company. See , email or phone +27 (0)825562520. REAL CAPE ADVENTURES SA salute all youth standing up for their futures today. The future is yours. Demand it.

PaddleYak Kayak Range for Summer 2019 - 13  September 2019

PY SINGLES [PY = PaddleYak]. Request prices or see website.
S1. PY Darter Tripper Sit-on [3,6m,19kgs].Compact/Portable. No rudder.
S2. PY Darter Tourer Sit-on [3,6m, 19kgs]. Compact with rudder.
S4. PY Solo Sit-on [4,5 m, 25kgs]. All-rounder with rudder.
S5. PY Gypsy Sit-on [4.7m,20kgs]. Streamlined all-rounder w rudder.
S6. PY Gypsy Hybrid [4.7m, 20kgs]. With coaming.
S7. PY Swift Sit-on [5.2m, 23kgs]. Award-winning all-rounder.
S8. PY Swift Hybrid [5.2m, 24kgs]. With coaming.
S9. PY Fusion Sit-on [5.4m, 24 kgs]. Sleek sit-on.
S10. PY Fusion Hybrid [5.4 m, 25kgs]. With coaming.
S11. PY Kingfisher[4.6m, 26kg]. Basic fishing kayak.
S12. PY Kingfisher Pro [4.6m, 30kg]. With double liner and special hatch.
S13. PY Explorer Sit-In [5.5, 24kg]. High volume, traditional touring sea kayak.
S14. PY TravelYak Split Sit-on. Sectional split kayak with nested parts.
D1.PY Gypsy Duo Sit-on[5m, 28kg]. Compact double.
D2. PY Gypsy Duo Hybrid[5m, 28kg]. Hybrid double.
D3.PY Tango Sit-on[5.5m, 32kg].All-round family/commercial double.
D4.PY Swift Sit-on [6m,28kg]. Streamlined Adventure Double.
D5.PY Swift Hybrid [6m, 34kg]. Streamlined Adventure Hybrid Double.
PY SURFSKIS [singles only].
SF1. PY Elegance; Fast, competitive surfski for -90kgs.
SF2. PY Pro-X: Fast, competitive/touring surfski for paddlers 90+.
Cobra Alu.Plastic. General all-round use.
Orka Carbon/fg. Standard Blade. Lightweight.
Orka Carbon/fg. Wing Blade. Lightweight.
PY Sprayskirt. Special skirt in neoprene to fit hybrid kayaks.
PY Kayak Trolley. Stainless frame with wide wheels.
Holdfast Phoenix. Prices from, depending on model of vehicle.
Lalizas. Imported/registered life jacket/pfd [flotation device] for paddlers.
PY Paddler Utility Jacket.
A sleeveless jacket with a useful pocket worn by itself or over or under a PFD.
PY Twist & Lock type only.
PY Twist & Lock type with uphaul, cables, crimps, pulley and bungee.
Adjustable Hinged Foot Pedals.
Screw Hatches: L/M/S. Also Neoprene Hatch Covers. Imported Rubber rims.

World first kayak platform step for launching from jetties.

PaddleYak Price Adjustments - 13  September 2019

SA PaddleYak has made overdue adjustments to prices of a number of its craft and accessories. The prices are immediately effective and replace all previous prices. PaddleYak Kayaks has been in production for over twenty years now and is a leading innovator and supplier in the country of recreational and expedition level sea kayaks. Its craft have been winners of two national design awards and the company has shipped craft to end-users in over thirty companies worldwide. Paddlers in South Africa are fortunate indeed to be able to still get quality, hand-laminated fibreglass craft at the prices being offered by PaddleYak. Overseas paddlers, who regard fibreglass craft as superior, have to pay double to triple the price for hand-laminated fibreglass craft, which account for a large share of PaddleYak Kayaks being shipped offshore. For more about PaddleYak Sea Kayaks, contact PaddleYak at +27 (0)825562520, email or see ..

SA Surfski paddlers take six medals at Worlds - 12  September 2019

SA Men took all the Men’s honours at the ICF World Surfski Championships just held at the beautiful Saint de Quiberon in France. The full results were:-

1. RICE Sean (RSA) 1.34.15
2. RICE Kenneth (RSA) +38
3. HILL Cory (AUS) +52
1. MCKENZIE Danielle (NZL) 1:43:48
2. NIXON Hayley (RSA) +1.20
3. HATTON Teneale (NZL) +2.42
U23 – MEN
1. FENN Joshua (RSA) 1:39.05
2. HENOT Hector (FRA) +1.16
3. HAVARD Noah (AUS) +3.00
1. SMITH Jemma (AUS) 1:46.59
2. MASSIE Brianna (AUS) +3.22
3. PURCHASE Kyeta (RSA) +5.23
1. HART Ulvard (RSA) 1:40.36
2. GUTIERREZ Jorge (ESP) +4.18
3. FENN Matthew (RSA) + 4.35
1. SWETISH Katriana (USA) 1:57.13
2. SHIPWAY-CARR Jazmin (AUS) +5.09
3. DEWASTE Claire (FRA) +5.35
If you want to learn more about surfski paddling or if you want to look into a suitable surfski, contact PaddleYak at +27 (0)825562520, emal or see .

World Canoe Sprint Championships 2019 - 6  September 2019

The ICF’s Kayak Sprint Championships have just been held in Segev, Hungary. Most paddlers were participating to make their National Olympic Teams for the forthcoming 2020 Olympics in Japan. With the exception of two SA Women paddlers [incl Bridgett Hartley who won a Silver at the 2012 Olympics in London], there were no others. SA paddlers are generally recognised as being the best in the world in Canoe Marathon and Open Ocean Surfski competitons, with names like Oscar Chalupsky, Luke McGreogr and Dawid and Jasper Mocke being well-known in the paddling fraternity, but being barred from sprinting competition and the Olympics in the 1960-80 era, paddlers here have not focussed on this discipline. There is reason to believe though that South Africans, and other Africans, will excel in the sprints giving it the focus it requires. PaddleYak SA therefore wishes to encourage clubs, schools and associations to take another look at this discipline with the youth in mind. For more details contact PaddleYak SA at 0825562520 or Also see

Beware the summer rush. Order your PaddleYaks now. - 14  August 2019

Whilst South Africans are still in a state of winter hibernation, local factories and retail outlets are feverishly preparing for the end of year rush. The election and Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidency [as well as the Boks beating the All Blacks, Wallabies and Pumas to clinch the Southern Hemisphere’s Rugby Championship for the first time] have brought an upturn in optimism in the country, despite a great deal still having to be done. If last year’s festive season is something to go by, retail action will be brutal as people wait till the last moments to buy those long-awaited gifts, and rewards, for the year’s efforts. Products like PaddleYak Kayaks which are produced upon order must be ordered well in advance of the season. PaddleYak SA in Knysna has been kept to the wheel the whole year so it has advised customers hoping to obtain PaddleYak Kayaks this year still, to place their orders soon, indeed, right now. It is expected that various suppliers will be closing earlier than usual this year, making it difficult or impossible to obtain the materials and parts needed to manufacture craft suddenly at the end of the year, leading to exasperating waiting lists. Currently PaddleYak SA is offering a Pre-Summer Discount [ending end of August 2019], so all in all a good time to order. For enquiries and orders: Email , ph 0825562520 or see or see on Facebook and Instagram.

ZAR plunges. Import kayaks from SA now - 14  August 2019

The South African Rand [ZAR] has dropped its value to R15 to US$1. Before independence in 1994, the ZAR weighed in at a hefty ZAR1 to US$2 ! It was linked to the gold standard then but has been declining in value to the current weak rate since. The good news for foreign visitors is that holidaying in South Africa is a bargain. It’s also good news for paddlers who wish to purchase hand-laminated fibreglass PaddleYak Kayaks from South Africa. Now it’s possible to import a sought-after hand-laminated fibreglass PaddleYak at the price of a plastic play-boat locally. Whether you are an individual in far-flung Siberia, or a dealer in Manhattan, now’s the chance to obtain your PaddleYak Kayaks. For enquiries and orders, ph +27 (0)825562520, email info@seakayak , or see on Facebook and Instagram.

Forest Activists target Brazil Embassy - 14  August 2019

Amidst various world events, including a nuclear explosion in Russia, pro-democratic demonstrations in Hong Kong, an Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the tragic violence, corruption, theft and maladministration in the fledgling Republic of South Africa, an asteroid hurtling on a crash course towards earth and fires in the Arctic, the exploitation of the Amazon and other indigenous forests round the world rank as the worst. The pro-forest activists targeting Brazil's embassies are striving to bring attention to the latter as the forests, the oceans and the millions of life forms dependent on the health of these natural systems cannot protect themselves against the onslaught of mankind and are dependent on humans who are sensitive enough to recognise their plight and to agitate for their preservation. In South Africa's own Garden Route, the devastating fires of last year have revealed a hitherto hidden fact; that the indigenous and afromontane forests which make up the unique eco-system of the region [and which attract many environmentally-conscious tourists here] is being progressively exploited and replaced by low grade pine plantations. The first pleas for a ceasing of all lumbering in the local forests have, predictably, had no meaningful response from the authorities. Visitors from around the world who come to the area because of its legendary status as an area of breathtaking beauty have to overlook the unprecedented forest operations where small NGO's are fighting to replant indigenous trees. Whilst visiting here those aware enough ensure they participate in eco-sensitive tour activities such as hiking and kayaking to avoid contributing further to the demise of the area with excessive carbon footprints. REAL CAPE ADVENTURES cc has been striving to offer travelers the Real Thing here since 1995, the latter meaning participating in nature the natural way. Their one day and two day/one night overnight kayak tours, the CAPE KAYAK CAMINO in Plettenberg Bay is the culmination of twenty-five years of commercial kayaking in the area. To experience the fabled Garden Route the real and natural way, join them on a tour and experience it yourself, before it is all lost. It may be that you will be inspired to agitate for nature too. For enquiries and bookings email, ph +27(0)825562520 and see Facebook, Instagram and the Internet on .

Paddle and Kayak the Garden Route’s Best - 12  August 2019

Real Cape Adventures cc has been running sea kayak tours in Cape Town and the Garden Route since 1995. Its latest One Day and Two Day/One Night Kayak Tours in the Garden Route reflects its experience and dedication to providing visitors with the best of it. Called the CAPE KAYAK CAMINO in PLETTENBERG BAY, the tours take in the majestic Keurbooms Gorge and the rare Bitou Estuary. Collectively known as the Plett Lagoon, paddlers have a choice of paddling the Gorge in one day, or spending two days and one night experiencing the whole estuarine system. On the tour you can immerse yourself fully in the best of eco-friendly travel. At the start of the tour you skirt the outlet of the system into the Indian Ocean, which stretches to Storms River and the Tsitsikamma Mountains, before tucking into the deep Afro-montane forest and meandering blue lagoon. Not here the brief encounters on plastic play-boats, black tubes, blow-up mattresses[lilos]and groups arriving in tour busses pushed for time to tick off another quick activity, but the real thing, covering from 10 to 40 kilometres over one or two days of paddling on PaddleYak Sea Kayaks, South Africa’s choice adventure kayak range, proudly built in the Garden Route. If you want to paddle the Garden Route’s best, see , email or phone +27 [0]825562520.

World's ultimate feat achieved by a woman paddler. - 8  August 2019

To celebrate Women’s Day it’s only fit to salute Freya Hoffmeister, a woman, and a mother, who has achieved the ultimate feat, the entirely unthinkable in anybody’s terms, by paddling around all of South America, a distance of 37000 kilometres [23000 miles]. This has to go down as the greatest endurance feat of all time. Adventure and expedition paddlers being typically modest about their achievements, word of her utterly staggering performance is only now reaching the public at large and it’s being met with disbelief and incomprehension, as well it should be! Whilst the world is engaged in the trials and chores of daily living, one individual has stepped up to achieve what few will ever contemplate, never-mind doing! Departing 30 August 2011 and returning to her point of departure in Buenos Aires on 3 May 2015, Freya stepped into the history books. Hers is an achievement for all humankind, but particularly for women, proving once and for all, if it was ever in doubt, that the gentler sex has the ability, tenacity and will-power to take on all challenges. Building up to this gargantuan performance, Hoffmeister circumnavigated Iceland in 2007, covering 1400 kms [830 miles], South Island, New Zealand in 2008, doing 2700 kms [1700 miles] and in 2009, Australia, covering 13800 kms [8570 miles]. In total she has covered approximately 55000 kms in 9 years. Spare a thought for Oscar Speck who set off on the Danube in 1932 and arrived in Australia in 1939 having covered a distance of 48000 kms [30000 miles] in an open, wooden-framed canoe. A small exhibit in the National Maritime Museum in Sydney bears testimony to this unheralded achievement in the time of Amelia Earheart’s flying and the adventures of the celebrated Richard Haliburton. On the expedition side Ranulph Fiennes' record speaks for itself [see]. On the fanatical and obsessive side of things one may want to throw in the name too of Mohan Das [Lotan Baba] who rolled, yes rolled, 30000 kms across the whole of India, but Hoffmeister’s sheer endurance in a sleek, but dangerous sit-inside kayak, mostly paddling solo and unassisted along the world's great oceans, including around Cape Horn, takes first prize. PaddleYak SEA KAYAKS and REAL CAPE ADVENTURES salute Freya Hoffmeister whose grace, beauty and commitment personifies womanhood, for her incredible performance in a humble kayak.

PaddleYak Kayaks in PE, EL, Durban and Cape Town. - 3  August 2019

PaddleYak Kayaks SA has been providing South Africans and many paddlers round the world with hand-laminated kayaks specially built for demanding use for over two decades. Riaan Manser chose PaddleYak Kayaks for his epic cicumnavigation of Madagascar in the Tropics as well as for his and Dan Skinstad's demanding circumnavigation of Iceland, touching on the Arctic Circle in the process. In both extreme challenges the craft brought the paddlers back home safely. PaddleYak craft are found in many parts of the world, including in very remote areas like Papua New Guinea and French Guiana. Johan Loots of PaddleYak has himself used PaddleYak Kayaks to paddles some of the world's most select kayaking destinations, including Galithea in Spain, much of the Croatian Coast, Venice, Queen Charlotte Sound and Abel Tasman in New Zealand, the Whitsundays and Port Jackson in Australia, Tahiti, Moorea and closer to home, Principe, Sao Tome, Mauritius, Madagascar and Mozambique. PaddleYak Kayaks are produced in the beautiful town of Knysna in the heart of the Garden Route. The town is surrounded by lagoon, ocean and an indigenous forest, an ideal location to design and build boats and kayaks for those who love to be on the water with their own eco-friendly craft. PaddleYak Kayaks are delivered country- and world-wide directly to buyers for the best prices and service. PaddleYak began a novel online kayak order website in SA in the the mid-nineties, a model of retail which is becoming the norm now with the likes of Amazon, Takealot and Makro, so, if you are in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London and Durban you can order your kayaks directly from PaddleYak in Knysna. It's easy. Just go to the PaddleYak website and place your order and PRESTO! You have a craft in the making. To see what's available and to order your craft, simply go to and proceed from there. You can also phone 0825562520 or email . We look forward to providing you with our craft. We have over twenty different PaddleYak Kayak models to choose from, including two kayak models we have kep mostly under wraps till their time comeh. Come to the Home of Kayaks: PaddleYak Kayaks. Proudly made in South Africa.

Half a Century since Moon Landing? - 19  July 2019

Asked what they would say if they were to step onto Mars as the first human-beings to land there, a group of young students fresh from a voluntary tree-planting project deliberated and unanimously agreed on saying this when facing the barren landscape: “Wow! A small step for man, a giant backward step for mankind. Let’s go tend the garden back home!”

Whilst the exclamation may fail to acknowledge the wealth of research spawned and the raw courage [and lives] space exploration takes, it highlights the confusion faced by the young in dealing with their futures. Exploring the planet in a time of bewildering exponential scientific discoveries and developments it’s easy to lose sight of the natural wonder about one. Nowhere more so than on a kayak when you glide off in your own world on an eco-friendly craft which burns no fuel, leaves no refuse and disturbs no-one. Away from it all you are faced with you own solitude and silence, but also the magnificence of all that about you and you have to question where science is leading us and where it leaves you. The experience is priceless in every sense of the word and accessible to all with the smallest of investment in funding and effort.

A small kayak can indeed lead to the discovery of a great world just waiting for you to find it! Celebrate humankind’s achievements and join in the spirit of it. Take you first step by investing in a kayak today. PaddleYak Kayaks. Innovative craft just right for you. Contact: or phone +27 (0)825562520.

Why fibreglass kayaks are sought-after. - 19  July 2019

Plastic pollution has become a worldwide concern. The world is currently being swamped by millions of plastic extrusions, including plastic paddling craft. At the rate these craft are being produced there may soon be more plastic craft than persons wishing to paddle! Some plastic craft do a reasonable job, but kayaks produced in composite materials such as fibreglass and carbon are in another league in terms of performance, longevity and range of designs. Hand-laminated, fibreglass craft are sought-after worldwide and come at a premium, but paddlers buying in and from South Africa are able to obtain these craft at very competitive prices. Whilst plastics are “robust”, meaning that if you paddle a plastic craft into a rock it may not crack the first time [later when it gets brittle, it will], it’s a poor measurement of the quality of a craft. You don’t buy a craft because it is robust in the short term; you buy one which will give you the best performance. The lighter weight, the range of specialised models, the speed and the longevity of fibreglass kayaks may make them the right choice. Like a cut-glass goblet, a fibreglass craft can outlast its owner. A plastic mug won’t. Even though fibreglass can be fragile, it has longevity and can last a lifetime. This gives them their status and a positive eco quotient iro manufacturing pollution /duration of the product. If you wish to play, buy plastic. If you want to get more out of your paddling, buy composite fibreglass and carbon kayaks. For a full range of hand-laminated fibreglass kayaks, contact PaddleYak Kayaks at or phone 0825562520. These are legendary hand-laminated kayaks at competitive prices for paddlers who want the real thing.

Kayak News - Who we are. - 19  July 2019

The Kayak News snippets provided here are supplied as a service to the paddling community and is sponsored by PaddleYak Sea Kayak Productions CC and Real Cape Adventures CC. PaddleYak Sea Kayaks are manufactured in Knysna in the Garden Route, South Africa, and are supplied locally and worldwide directly to buyers by phoned orders, as well as emailed and online orders. Real Cape Adventures cc run sea kayak trips and tours throughout Southern Africa and further afield.

PaddleYak Sea Kayak Productions CC is recognised as pioneering and developing a comprehensive hybrid sit-in/sit-on kayak range, the first of which was the PY Swift Hybrid Adventure Kayak which won two national awards for design [ref: Prof M. Bruton: SA Innovations]. The range now includes the PY Swift Double, the PY Fusion, the PY Gypsy, the PY Gypsy Duo Double and the PY TravelYak Split. PaddleYak’s hybrid craft combine features of both sit-in and sit-on craft, making the distinction obsolete. World-renowned adventurer Riaan Manser circumnavigated Madagascar as well as Iceland in these craft, proving their safety, versatility and suitability for all climates in both the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. Many PaddleYak owners regard their personal craft as the best in the world! Laminated in composite materials they not only offer top performances, but also safety, relative lightness and longevity.

Real Cape Adventures CC runs commercial sea kayaking trips and tours in a variety of locations. Their latest offering is the Two Day/One Night Cape Kayak Camino overnighter on the magnificent Plettenberg Bay Estuarine System [ref. Getaway Magazine Nov. 2018]. If there’s one trip you must do when visiting South Africa, it’s this one. Managed by RCA and PY founders Teresa and Johan Loots [author of A Practical Guide to Sea Kayaking in Southern Africa as well as An Essential Guide to Sea Kayaking, available worldwide in five international languages] it offers an opportunity to share their passion for life, kayaking and nature. Over the last number of years commercial sea kayak touring has evolved into a formal mode of travel. In many ways sea kayak touring has been in the vanguard of so-called activity as well as eco-friendly touring. Kayak trips and tours currently on offer from REAL CAPE ADVENTURES and its co-operators includes paddling excursions in South Africa [Cape Town and Plettenbeg Bay], Mozambique, Zanzibar, Mauritius, Madagascar, Malawi and Spain.

Recreational paddlers can select from a variety of PaddleYak Kayak models to suit their needs and those wishing to participate in kayak trips [daily trips] or kayak tours [multi-day tours], will find a number on offer from REAL CAPE ADVENTURES.

Those wishing to establish their own sea kayak tour operations, wherever in the world, or train as sea kayak guides, are also welcome to contact REAL CAPE ADVENTURES for information about their start-up packages and programmes.

Both companies can be viewed on or emailed at, or phoned at +27[0]825562520. Both are also official sponsors of TASKS: The African Sea Kayak Society, a non-profit, online forum for sea kayakers. All paddlers are welcome to register as friends of TASKS on to swell its numbers and to contribute to its impact on sea kayak-related matters around Africa. News items from those who registered on TASKS are welcome and may be published on this News page. Those who wish to co-sponsor, assist in managing, make recommendations and propose deserving projects for the society, are invited to do so. Paddlers who have explored any regions of the African coast by kayak are welcome to contribute the details of their trips to a growing record of such trips.

PaddleYak Kayaks are here for you! - 8  July 2019

PaddleYak Kayaks SA are looking forward to an exciting summer season ahead with more and more people wishing to experience eco-friendly outdoor activities. It's no secret anymore that pleasure should be derived from activities which are pollution-free. Kayaking is one of the oldest outdoor pursuits on the planet, with ancient skeletons of craft having been dated back to 9 Centuries BC. This year PaddleYak is introducing a new compact family double and the long-awaited PY Split TravelYak, a tried and tested craft which can be split into three nesting pieces, making it portable by backpack and transportable on airlines, ships, trains, taxis and private vehicles with limited space. PaddleYak offers various models to suit most kayaking needs. Plan ahead for the coming season. Contact PaddleYak at 0825562520 or email or see today.

Tour Operators' Booking of CAPE KAYAK CAMINO TOUR - 8  July 2019

TOUR Operators who wish to include eco-friendly activities in their itineraries can now, by popular demand, book one day of lagoonside paddling on the CAPE KAYAK CAMINO - Plettenberg Bay. The exciting TWO DAY/ONE NIGHT Overnight Kayak Tour has proved so popular in its first year of inception that REAL CAPE ADVENTURES cc, which has been pioneering and operating sea kayaking tours in Southern Africa and further afield for 25 years, has decided to open the tour to those who can only fit in one day on their itineraries too. This means that participants on tight schedules and itineraries can now join the Overnight Tour too, but only do half, one day, of the tour. This allows them to use their regular accommodation and only spend one day on kayaking. The kayak tour is run on the magnificent Plettenberg Bay Estuary, including the Keurbooms Gorge, one of the country's prime nature sites. The best way to experience this is on a stable and eco-friendly kayak. The activity is suitable for all from ages 10 to 90. Bookings are open now for the 2020 Jan to June Season. To book ph +27 (0)82 5562520 or email . PS: We also offer daily kayak trips on the sea for those who specifically want to have such an experience, launching from Central beach, Plettenberg Bay, but these trips are for more capable participants and are more weather dependent.

Book CAPE KAYAK CAMINO Plett 2020 - 8  July 2019

REAL CAPE ADVENTURES, South Africa's premier sea kayak operator has opened bookings for its CAPE KAYAK CAMINO Two Day/One Night Overnight Kayak Tour which runs from the middle of January till the middle of June, with four departures per week. The kayak tour is run on the magnificent Plettenberg Bay Estuary and Keurbooms River Gorge and is suitable for all, the 40 km route winding through the heart of South Africa's Garden Route and Tsitsikamma at Plettenberg Bay. Easily fit the tour into you travel itinerary; it is a must, allowing you to experience the best of the Garden Route in an eco-friendly and stable kayak. Camping is on the lagoon's edge at the foot of the majestic gorge. Those on tight schedules can join the tour too for a full day's paddling of half of the two day route. For more details, ph +27 (0)825562520, info@seakayak,co,za or see .

Berg River Canoe Marathon 2019 Results. - 8  July 2019

Hamish Lovemore and Tyron Maher won the 2019 Berg River Marathon, the 58th running of one of the world's most classic and enduring Ultra-Marathon CANOE RACES on the winding Berg River stretching 250kms from Paarl near Cape Town to Velddrift on the remote West Coast of South Africa. Illness prevented Borros and Solomon, the previous winners, from repeating their victory. Top solo man was Maties' Evan Knight and woman, Bianca Beavitt. Special mention goes to veterans Giel van Deventer and Jannie Malherbe,80,finishing in the top ranks in the grueling world-class race. The latter participated in the first race in 1962 and has been a front runner ever since, winning the race twice, which says a great deal about the health benefits of kayaking as a lifetime sport. PaddleYak Sea Kayaks salute all participants who attempted the race, an institution in the Western Cape, in South Africa and the world of kayaking.

PaddleYak Kayaks for Adventure. - 6  June 2019

The award-winning PaddleYak [PY] Swift Hybrid Kayak was originally developed with Adventure Racing in mind and indeed, it was used very successfully by the SA Team at the time. Its unique hybrid feature, mixing sit-in and sit-on elements, offers the best of both worlds. Since its inception the craft has made its mark in various expeditions and adventures worldwide.
PaddleYak Kayaks are in the top range and are produced in fibreglass, Kevlar, or carbon for best performance. PaddleYak kayaks have been shipped worldwide directly to end users. The most recent shipments went to the Congo [for poacher control on the Congo River], Norway [the home of traditional kayaks], Hawaii [where the buyer reports much interest], Spain [used for running week-long tours on the famous Camino Route] and Zanzibar [where they are used on a new four day kayak tour of the islands – see the latest June 2019 Edition of the Getaway Magazine]. Currently PaddleYak is preparing craft for use in the United Arab Emirates [Oman]. It is also assisting preparation for a solo kayak assault on Lake Tanganyika. Why settle for less? Order your PaddleYak Kayak now at 0825562520 or see . Think twice before buying your next kayak. Support your local industry. Use it, or Lose it!

Kayaks in wartime. D-Day 75th Rememberance today. - 6  June 2019

Many commando style operations using kayaks were undertaken during the Second WW, to good effect. The best known being the raid on the U-Boat bunkers in Bordeaux during occupation. Visiting there recently the scale and bravado required for such a raid became apparent. Only two of the original ten paddlers, dropped by submarine off the coast of France, made it back home after the raid. Spare a thought today for those who put themselves in harm's way for the sake of the world's freedom. Relatives of PaddleYak staff were engaged in the Second WW and they are remembered today, particularly our fathers, Francois [Frank]Loots who saw action in North Africa, including at Tobruk, Sidi Rezech and Al Alamein and Richard Angless, who as a 19 year old, flew Spitfires and other fighter planes for the RAF. A near fatal crash on British soil ended his war, after which he emigrated to South Africa and became the Chair of the RAF Association.

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