Swoop in: An Addo Adventure for everyone

BY TAMLYN MCMULLAN - FEBRUARY 9, 2015

A New Year, a clean slate to do all the things you promised yourself you would do last year. Go on more adventures, get healthy, climb Kilimanjaro or even become an Ironman.

For me, my promise, or resolution was to go on more adventures and so, with great excitement, I contacted Crisscross Adventures and enquired about their impressive selection of activities. As the River Safari was unfamiliar territory to me, I had to try it.

Owner, Chris Pickels, has followed his childhood ambition of “living the dream”. Today that is exactly what he and his wife Terri are doing. 

Thrilled with my decision, I made my way along the R335 towards Addo to kick start 2015, my year of exploration. On arrival, myself and a couple from Holland, with the same idea of adventure in mind, were warmly received by Terri. She briefed us on what can be expected and ensured we were comfortable as well as kitted out for what lay ahead of us.

With great enthusiasm we climbed onto the game viewing vehicle, canoes in tow, and made our way down to the river’s edge. Once Terri and Chris had prepared our canoes and we were settled, a slight nudge sent us on our way. We drifted peacefully down the Sundays River into one of the most magical, best kept secrets our country has to offer. From the time the canoe dislodged from the river bank I was captivated by the untouched beauty that unfolded before us.

The Sundays River valley has an amazing variety of birdlife and it seemed to me that they were all concentrated on the banks of the river where we canoed. Chris says that it is possible to see seven different varieties of Kingfishers!  We were even lucky enough to encounter Swoop, the star of the show, the majestic Fish Eagle who has become an intricate part of the Crisscross Adventures family.

That is one more adventure ticked off, although I must say, the canoes were very stable and, with my limited experience, I had no trouble navigating.

Crisscross adventures, encourages visitors to enjoy the many different activities available in the Addo area, and to have a holistic experience of the diversity Addo has to offer, specifically within the Addo Elephant National Park, whilst educating them about the environment and nature conservation.

To book your next adventure contact Chris or Terri on 072 125 9152 / or 083 330 0480 or email [email protected] or visit their website - www.crisscrossadventures.co.za for more information.