White Water Rodeo

a Rafting Day in the Salzburger Saalachtal

A ride on a thousand wild horses – on a rafting tour on the Saalach you feel like you are in the Wild West. We tried it out, taking our places in a rafting boat.


Safety first: rafting equipment

On our tour we received this equipment:

  • Neoprene trousers
  • Neoprene jacket
  • Neoprene shoes
  • Life jacket
  • White water helmet

Adrenaline in advance!

After the equipment has been adjusted, it is time to travel by minibus to the starting point in Au. My husband and I climb into the boat with slightly trembling knees – laughing, our friends jump in after us so that the boat wobbles. And then the joyful anticipitation of the white water grabs hold of us too. Our guide gives us the last instructions and we are off already! The start is leisurely – we have time to stare at the wonderful, lavish nature around us. While I am still dreamily observing the birds on the bank involved in their daily skirmishes, the boat suddenly jerks and heads into the first rapids. The white water sprays up around us, our guide calls out a couple of commands, sticks his long paddle in and we sail around a rock. Behind the rock we enjoy a short pause for breath – in the so-called eddy, which is formed behind the rock, it is a little calmer because the current slows down for a moment.


A wild ride on the waves

I turn around for a moment and catch sight of five radiant faces. Our friends are grinning from ear to ear; the children are gasping excitedly and my husband is completely in his element – always looking for the next adventure!  Our guide, who is sitting in the stern, also looks satisfied – we seem to making a good job of paddling. And so we continue on into the next rapids. The kids whoop exhuberantly and a moment later splutter and laugh as a surge of water pours into the boat. Yes, you certainly get wet when rafting but that's why you have the neoprene suits! We enjoy the wild ride on the waves to the full.


An intensive sort of  nature experience

And completely aside from the adrenaline kick – the entire experience in the middle of the untouched natural world is simply magnificent! To ride down the wild river in a stable rubber boat: to stem the waves as a team; white water in front, alongside and behind you  – that is an intense experience. And the children get to observe the power of the water and the beauty of the Salzburger Saalachtal again in a completely different and new way.


See you at the white water rodeo

Once we arrive back at the base station of the outdoor provider, we permit ourselves a hot shower first of all, before we set off happily on our way home. As we walk to the car I ask my friend's daughter, a passionate horse-rider, what she thought of the excursion. She laughs and says, “It was really great Like a rodeo ride but on lots of water horses.“ I have to laugh as well and think to myself: that's right! A white water rodeo in the middle of the Salzburger Saalachtal. Yes, why not?

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Christina Knauseder-Csipek
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