Geckoing / White Water Tubing
Geckoing or White Water Tubing is one of Induna Adventure’s most popular Adventure activities. With this unique adventure you get the chance to descend the Sabie River Gorge with a “Gecko”. A Gecko is a white water tube that is oval (makes steering easier) shaped and it has a floor (so you don’t hit your bum on the rocks). The rapids are Class 2 (Grade 2) rapids and half way down the section you get the chance to jump off a 8 m waterfall.
Geckoing in Pictures
When you arrive at Induna Adventure Centre you will be introduced to your guides (APA qualified and well experienced) and you will be kitted out with a PFD (Personal Foltation Device of “Life Jacket”). Then you will get into a 4×4 vehicle and depart for the Gecko Section of the Sabie River which is about 15 minutes drive away.
Once you get to the river you will be briefed by the trip leader on safety aspects as well as how to handle your Gecko. You will be demonstarted how to steer the Gecko, how to prevent from falling out, what to do when you fall out and what not to do. Now you are ready to tackle the river, firts float through some calm pools, then the forst small rapids and the “One Time Rapid”. here is where the action starts. After “One Time Rapid” it is time for the jumps. First a 2m jump and then the 8 m jump.
At the end of the trip you will have to walk out of the gorge back to the vehicle that will take you back the the Adventure Centre.
On this 2 1/2 hour adventure you will get the chance to navigate class 2 rapids, jump off an 8 m waterfall and explore the Sabie River Gorge in a way that is only possible in a Gecko.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be able to swim to do Geckoing?
Because there is a good chance of falling out of the Tube, it helps to be able to swim, as you often have to help yourself back into the Tube. We however allow non swimmer to join the trips and then the guides have a special eye on these clients.
Can I take a camera with?
No, unless you have a cheap disposable water proof camera. We however take a camera with and take pictures of all the clients who can buy the pictures right after the trips fro the office. This way can can focus on having fun and not worry about you camera. After the trip the photos are shown on the big screen from where you can decide if you want to buy them or not.
Can children do geckoing?
The general rule is that they must be big enough to steer the Gecko, so their arms must be long enough to reach the water to be able to steer the Gecko. This differs from child to child but is normally at about 12 years. They must also be comfortable with swimming.
Can you do Geckoing all year round?
It depends on the water levels. Often in January February the water levels gets too high for Geckoing. But if the water is too high for Geckoing then the White Water Rafting is GREAT!
Can you do Geckoing in Winter?
Yes. In Winter the water levels are great and you can rent a long sleeve wetsuit if you need one.