Roche Schoeman, of Fearless Adventures, says his business was not affected too badly as he operates mostly in the upper reaches of the Kaaimans River where the temperatures are very cold.
GEORGE NEWS FLASH & VIDEO - Local adventure companies who operate in the Kaaimans River say it is business as usual. In general, it appears as if their businesses were not affected by the possible presence of the bacteria Vibrio vulnificus in the warmer inter-tidal area of the Kaaimans River.
They feel that too much is being made of the whole issue.
The bacteria, which occurs naturally in rivers, was recently identified by the local environmental authorities as being harmful under extreme warm conditions (20°C upwards). An initial water sample taken in the Kaaimans picnic area did not show up any harmful bacteria.
George super athlete Marthinus Esmeyer, of Paradise Adventures, said this week, "I am quite busy, most of my business - about 93% of my clients - are from overseas. They visit my website and then book directly by phoning me."
Georgian, Roché Schoeman, director of Fearless Adventures, is famous for being the first person to swim the entire length of the Orange River (2 460km) in flood water in close on five months. He said this week he was upset about the impression being created that the Kaaimans River is a place to avoid.
"My business was not affected too much by the news reports. Most of the activities that my company offers, including abseiling, canyoning, river boarding, rock climbing, stand up paddle boarding, take place in the upper sections of Kaaimans River, where the temperatures are very cool," he said.
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In the Kaaimans kloof section the environment is virtually untouched. It is here where adventure activity firms offer abseiling and all types of water sports. Image: Paradise Adventures.