For those of you who have traveled with us before: this is a completely different kind of trip. We will be on the water for at least 8 hours a day, actively paddling. You don't need to be a trained athlete, but you need to like the physical activity. The more you paddle, the more places you will be able to visit and photograph - it's as simple as that. In terms of the weather: we're approaching winter so the days are getting shorter and colder. We have experienced hot t-shirt days as well as freezing days on the same trip, so you have to be prepared for both. We've had rain, sun and fog, sometimes all on the same day. But one thing is for sure: we're gonna go out regardless of the weather, unless it's raining cats and dogs.
This is not a tour where we will move as a group, as we would most likely be in each others way. Because of this, you will very likely be paddling by yourself at times, also in the dark. Therefore it will help if you are a bit adventurous. We have discovered great smartphone apps to help you find your way back to our launch spots, and we will provide you with a map of the area. But we will not always be around to help you. Paddling by yourself (or in a small group) will actually be one of the things that you will appreciate most. Gliding in silence through the magical landscape is something that you will always remember. Even if you do not take a single photograph, just being where you are will leave you speechless.
Also, most of the locations are underdeveloped in terms of tourism, and therefore don't have a lot to offer in terms of accommodation and food. We have put in a lot of effort to get you the best there is or even better, but don't expect anything fancy. You will enjoy this tour most if you have a flexible mindset.
Kayaks and logistics
A kayak is essential for getting around. Most people don't have one, so we will take care of that. We will rent a kayak for you, paddles and a life vest, as well as a kayak carrier. This is all included in the tour fee.
For logistical reasons and for maximum flexibility, we have decided that everyone drives their own car. This means that you can return to base whenever you feel like it, or that you can go to the location earlier. Car rental is not included in the tour fee, so you can choose a car to your liking.
If you travel by yourself, you won't need to get a car with a roof rack, as the kayak carrier provided will be very simple. But if you want to mount two kayaks on top of your roof, you need to make sure your car is fitted with a roof rack, so the provided kayak carriers can be mounted on that. You will receive detailed instructions for this later. A car can have no more than 2 people in it, as the kayak carriers hold a maximum of 2 kayaks.
Another thing to consider is that you have to be able to lift your kayak unto the roof of your car. The average kayak weighs around 66lbs. (30kg), and the higher the roof of your car, the more difficult it will be to lift it up there. Most of the time there will be someone around to help you, but there may not be. For this reason, it's not a bad idea to share a vehicle with someone else and paddle together. Please let us know if you would like to team up with another guest.
Once we're at the location, we will give you detailed instructions on how to get in and out of a kayak, and other do's and don'ts.
All photographs ©Marsel van Oosten and Daniella Sibbing