Bodybuilding, working out and sculpting your body and muscles for the next competition is not there is all to life. To maintain a healthy balance between the sometimes obsessive quest to sculpt our bodies into masterpieces of muscular definition, we need to take a break and just enjoy some healthy activities in life. We recommend participating in healthy outdoor activities, adventurous but stimulating, activities that continue to build muscle, stamina but also allow for a welcome break from the rigorous gym training that we all grow so accustomed to. Going on safari in Cape Town or experiencing some of the fantastic adventure tourism options available is a good place to start. This adventure is not for the faint of heart as you will be jumping off high places, hiking and climbing, all for fun. In South Africa many call it Kloofing, but it is also known as Canyoning in the rest of the world. The whole adventure involves hiking along a river following its course in a canyon or gorge/Kloof. You will be jumping off cliffs, swimming in beautiful pools and in some cases you might also be abseiling down the side of a waterfall. You will have to be a bit fit and daring to try this sport adventure out.
To experience this adventure, it is best to look for companies that offer tours. As bodybuilders we are often skeptical about trying out new things that take us out of our comfort zone. Professional guides will be able to show you the best places as well as making sure everybody will get through safely. Kloofing involves jumping into pools of water; the height at which you jump can vary greatly. You can start off with a short easy jump of about 3m or if you are really serious and want to test your nerve, you can try heights up to 24 metres. Nobody is going to push you off the cliff and all jumps are not compulsory, so don’t worry if you feel a bit overwhelmed at the jump points.
Most tours also include breakfast, lunch and dinner in their package so you don’t have to worry about a thing, only enjoy and have fun. Most Kloofing experiences last for a few hours or the entire day. Some may also take you out for a little longer, where you can spend the night under the stars in a ravine or gorge. Ashanti Travel is a Cape Town based travel company that specializes in adventure tourism and has catered for several of our bodybuilding community in placing them in perfectly suited tours.
Specialised equipment will be used for this such as, climbing ropes, rock climbing anchors and belay devices. There have been many cases where “kloofers” needed to be rescued. So as mentioned you do need a professional and experienced guide, somebody who knows how to abseil. Upon arrival before heading out, there is a safety briefing so everybody is aware of what to expect and how to do things correctly. Other equipment needed for kloofing should include:
- Backpack, hat, suntan lotion and sunglasses
- A comfortable pair of hiking shoes
- Extra set of dry clothes
When approaching the edge of the cliff, ready to jump in. The way to position yourself when jumping is to, ‘pin drop’ into the water. This means holding your body straight with your hands held at your sides. Remember to close your mouth, so you don’t get a mouthful of water and this also helps you not to bite on your tongue when you hit the water. Your feet can be pointed if you want, but this is not necessary for a successful jump into the water.
The kloofing tours usually end off with abseiling down a waterfall. The vertical drop can be anything from about 45 metres to 65 meters down the waterfall. This is where the experienced and professional guide comes in handy as this should not be done by inexperienced climbers, as it could be very dangerous. Abseiling involves the use of special ropes and equipment to get you down a cliff face safely.
There are a number of activities that are involved in Kloofing, such as abseiling and rock climbing providing you with new skills to take home with you. The beautiful surroundings can also be full of learning opportunities because of the abundance of fauna and flora.
Adventure and thrill seekers will love these adventure tours. Most people will enjoy this activity as it takes you away from the noise and rush of everyday life, giving you time to enjoy the moment. Let’s not forget it also provides an adrenaline pumping experience that will get you hooked the first time you try it.