Photo: On the river.

On the river

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You can chill out on the waterfalls or rapids, hire kayaks and explore, go bird watching, or take a sunset, starlight and fireflies cruise.

Photo of On the river

We did the latter because everything else seemed too exhausting after our trek. We missed the sunset unfortunately, but the evening’s cruise was gorgeous, not just because of the fireflies, which were, as ever, lovely as they flickered and winked in a tree on the bank of the riverside. But the main joy came from the fact that several of the local women and children chose to take the opportunity to come along too. So six women and two young children chugged down the river in the still, light-aired darkness on a large flat barge-like boat, chatting about everything and nothing, as the women laughed, and one took the time away from their families to indulge in a cheeky cigarette. The journey was a short one; we were out there for maybe an hour. But its impact will last far longer.

The sunset firefly cruise is $12, but subject to a $12 supplement if you’re on your own. Kayaking will cost $7 for up to four hours, $10 for 4 hours +. Two-seat kayaks are $10 for up to four hours, and $12 for 4 hours +.

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