Kayaking is a little different to canoeing. The boats used are much smaller, made of plastic and steered by your paddle strokes rather than a rudder system. The boat are able to handle much bigger rapids, including some waterfalls, than a fibreglass boat could. The smaller boats, called playboats are also able to surf standing waves in the river, and skilled paddlers can do tricks and spins on the wave. An essential skill for kayaking is the ability to "eskimo" roll your kayak, as you don't want to take a swim down some of the bigger rapids. We have a small group of Umzinyathi Paddlers who have started kayaking and if anyone is interested we would be very happy to share what we know. Speak to Jeff, Josh, Jordy or Dave.