From : Dailymail.co.uk

22 May 2012

These daredevil kayakers must be real water-fools – as they stand peering straight down a 350ft drop.

Adventurers Steve Fisher, 37, Dale Jardine, 33, both from South Africa, and Sam Drevo, 33, from the U.S., paddled up to the lip of the mile-wide Victoria Falls – the largest waterfall in the world.

Standing on one of the islands that appear during the dry season, they were able to look over the edge of the massive torrent of water, which flows between the African nations of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

 

 

Daring: Steve Fisher, 37, Dale Jardine, 33, both from South Africa, and Sam Drevo, 33, from the U.S., paddled up to the lip of the mile-wide Victoria Falls – the largest waterfall in the world

One slip would have seen the trio plummet to their deaths – and if that wasn’t enough to worry about, crocodiles lurked metres away.

But incredibly, despite looking like they had taken a wrong turn, the trio planned their hair-raising stunt simply to get a better view of the rapids below.

Staggering: Standing on one of the islands that appear during the dry season, they were able to look over the edge of the massive torrent of water
Stunning: Extreme snapper Desre Tate captured the heart-in-mouth moments from a helicopter hovering just a few hundred feet above

‘It’s always scary to see people pushing the limits and seeing them standing so close to the edge – but thankfully they are three of the world’s best kayakers.’

They then abseiled to the bottom with their kayaking gear on their backs – before successfully navigating the wild waters below.

Desre, 34, who has travelled the world taking extreme kayaking photos for more than 10 years, added: ‘Anything like this should not be attempted unless you are a professional with plenty of safety gear.

‘I have swum to the edge to take a look from above the falls but it was terrifying and despite being told it was ‘fairly safe’ it’s hard to trust it. The wind is so strong it blows mist from the falls hundreds of metres into the air – giving it the local name ‘the smoke that thunders’.

Beautiful: The trio later abseiled to the bottom with their kayaking gear on their backs, before navigating the wild waters below
‘Thankfully during the dry season the falls split around small islands making it easier to paddle up and get out of your kayak to have a look over the edge.

‘The boys used this opportunity to have a look over the edge, work out how to get down to the bottom to the rapids and to plot a good route through the rapids.’

 

 

 

Desre added: ‘Once they got down there, the boys battled their way to the middle of the river to greet a huge monster of a rapid – and it was over in just a few minutes such was the force.’
   
Dream team: Kayakers Steve Fisher, Sam Drevo, Dale Jardine (left) and photographer Desre Tate (right)

Dusk: The sun pictured setting at Victoria Falls