START Paarl CC to Lady Loch Bridge:16km
Lady Loch Bridge to Skooltjie: 6.6km
Skooltjie to Grensplaas: 9.4km
Grensplaas to Hermon: 5.4km
Hermon to Zonquasdrift: 16.9km
1 Start at Market Street Bridge (9:00)
Always a big crowd at the start eager to get a good position to watch the batches paddle under the bridge and portage the weir.
2 Dal Josafat Bridge (9:15)
Some spectators forgo the start to get a good position at this point. It is a good vantage point as one can see the leading paddlers shoot the weir and the rapid below.
3 Wellington Bridge (09:45)
The Wellington Bridge is a popular spot. If you travel on the left bank to Wellington, turn right at the four-way stop to access the bridge.
4 Lady Loch Bridge (10:00)
Park on the left bank of the river where there are many viewpoints. Some people prefer the bank above the bridge, others the higher view from the bridge.
5 Below Lady Loch
There are a few interesting spots to watch the paddlers some 200m below Lady Loch on the left-hand bank.
6 Skooltjie (10:30)
Follow the road on the left bank after Lady Loch bridge, take the first turn-off to the right into Haaskraal Road, which is a dirt road. Drive for 4km and you will see the low-level bridge to your right. An ideal spot for seconds to check on their paddler.
7 Grensplaas (11:05)
This is just under halfway for the paddlers. Access only with cars with good ground clearance when it’s dry.
8 Roostuin (11:40)
Keep on the dirt road past Grensplaas until you get to a farm house on the left of the road and walk 40m down to the river. This is a popular spot because one can watch the paddlers negotiating a little weir.
9 Hermon bridge (12:15)
This is one of the traditional vantage points where paddlers can get refreshments from their seconds for the last time before the last tough section. Keep extra juice, and refreshments handy. Du Vlei Farm Stall Stall alongside is a popular stopover for seconds. This is also the cut-off point for late paddlers at 3:00 pm.
10 Zonquasdrif (13:15)
Food, drinks, and toilets will be available.