After weeks of ultra-low water, at last the river came up. It had rained just a few days before the Saspine crew arrived to run the Vaal rapids. The river wasn't high but at least it wasn't just "wet rocks"! Saspine really know how to pick their time. In January 2011 they pitched up to see the Vaal in super-flood mode, and their trip was cancelled. So they were back! The day turned out to be a lot of fun with low but steep rapids making for some excitement... Let's hope it'll be third time lucky if they come again, with the river at its summer best! - Graeme 0842452490