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Graeme is the man who started professional river rafting in South Africa, but is also is a well known author of books, a working journalist, and a former Professor of Communication. At the Vaal Cybercentre he runs Editorial Assignments, a publishing house specialising in websites and books on popular science and technology. His passion is astronomy and the story of asteroids. Meanwhile he keeps his adventure edge, being a keen mountain biker, kayaker and, of course, raftmaster. Graeme trains outdoor guides under Adventure Standards Africa.
A former teacher of the deaf and primary school teacher, Karen supervises all facilities and handles all bookings. Once a top SA woman paddler, she remains active as an adventure runner, knocking off challenges like the 260km, five-day run from Hermanus to Paarl over the mountains. Karen is a kayaker and mountain biker. She loves kids and will be happy to show you around the trails and islands in the river. Karen has turned Otters’ Haunt from a run-down holiday cottage into a successful guest house and bush camp business.
We bought this property in the year 2000 after it had been extensively damaged by the huge flood of 1996. The garden was a marshland and the guest house was collapsing and smelly. We named it Otters’ Den after the animals that swim in the river. We renovated, tidied up, and made the property as floodproof as possible – for example, tiling all the floors. The flood of 2011 did virtually no harm. We put everything on bricks.
SCENIC TRAILS: From easy to technical, from 4x4 tracks to cattle paths, mountain biking in the Dome is for anyone. Come with kids, friends or your club. Bring your own bike or hire one from us.
WHITEWATER RAFTING: Or join a rafting trip down the exciting rapids with The RIVERMAN, the original pioneer of our rivers now based at Otters' Haunt. Thrills, spills and even tubing fun, led by top pro guides.
The Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site lies at the centre of the world's oldest and largest meteorite impact site. Join a tour from Otters' Haunt with popular science writer Prof Graeme Addison or keen environmentalist Karen Addison, registered tour guides. We do a map briefing, video and impact demo, and go to viewsites of scientific and cultural interest. Also, there is a battlefields tour and a township tour. Graeme and Karen are great companions as you drive, walk, or mountain bike the trails. Or paddle on the Vaal, River of the Crater!
We have a variety of self-catering facilities for families, groups, and travellers. Stay in the Otters' Den guest houseor the Porcupine garden flat. Enjoy the rustic Full Moon Bush Cabins andCormorant cabin, or stayover in the Guinea Fowl Cottage. Use the comfy Heron's Nest conference centre, for meetings, brainstorms and presentations: seats 20.
Kopjeskraal Road, Parys area, North West Province, SOUTH