Have just spent an amazing ten days with Elias and Franzi, owner-operators of Franklin River Rafting. Franzi and Elias have guided rafting trips down the Franklin for more than 14 years between them, and they have a passion for this river that is evident in all they do. Last year they started up their own business, drawing on their extensive previous experiences to provide the best tour possible - and I believe they have succeeded! Their professionalism, attention to detail and safety considerations were second to none. All equipment was of the highest quality (excellent dry bags, New Zealand made rafts etc) and the food provided along the way was amazing! It is almost impossible to imagine how they provided such a gourmet selection (eg eye fillet with mushroom sauce & vegies, curry, pizza, cheesecake, tiramisu) when all rations used had to be packed and stowed aboard rafts for the ten days of travel.
Most days saw us on the river by 9, and into camp by 4 at the latest, giving us plenty of time to set up camp and then relax with a book, swim or chat (or all three) before enjoying pre-dinner nibbles and drinks.
The river itself is absolutely beautiful. Calm and peaceful one minute, then an angry torrent the next. Scenery was superb, and the pristine surrounds made you feel lucky to be alive!
A day hike up Frenchmans Cap was another highlight with stunning scenery around every bend, and an awesome 360 degree view from the top. A reasonable level of fitness and a positive mental attitude will get you to the top, however if planning on doing this trip, a little pre-training may go a long way! A camel back (drinker) and a small day pack for extra clothes (chilly up top) are also handy.
A big thank you once to again to Elias and Franzi of Franklin River Rafting for their hospitality and care. This has been one of the best experiences of my life and I cannot recommend this trip and this company highly enough. Cheers guys, will be back once my kids turn 18!
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