Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah has shared a hilarious account of his Costa Rica holiday scare alongside besties Sizwe Dhlomo and Anele Mdoda.
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‘Ride or die’: Trevor Noah hilariously reflects on vacation scare

South African comedian both praised his pals, and threw shade at them, after their near-death river rafting experience in Costa Rica.

Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah has shared a hilarious account of his Costa Rica holiday scare alongside besties Sizwe Dhlomo and Anele Mdoda.
Images via Instagram

Trevor Noah has finally shared a glimpse from his action-packed vacation – and it’s both nerve-wracking and entertaining.

The South African comedian – based in the US – has just returned from Costa Rica, where he joined pals Anele Mdoda and Sizwe Dlomo, amongst others, for their annual friendcation.

But the group faced the unthinkable when they had a brush with death during one of their activities.

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In true comedic style, Trevor Noah poked fun at the incident – his first time ever white water river rafting.

Sharing a pic of the friends, the Soweto-born star posted: “Have you ever heard people say ‘My friends are ride or die!’? Well, how many people actually get to test that?”.

Of the river rafting, he shared: “The guide told us it had just rained, so the rapids would be class 3 to 4, which really excited us because we didn’t know what that actually meant.

“The first 20 minutes were easy – so easy we started chatting about which countries we’d want to river raft in next. Then the actual rapids began, and most of our conversation turned to sounds that only Africans would understand.

Then things began to take a scary turn.

He continued: “Each drop was steeper and scarier than the previous one, and just when we thought we’d seen it all, our guide told us the next drop coming up was a rapid the locals nicknamed “Terminator.”

“It started like every other rapid, as you can tell from my smile, but soon the boat was almost vertical, and then we were all smashed in the face by Mike Tyson in water form. I don’t really remember much except that one moment; I was sitting in the boat, and the next moment the boat was sitting on me.

Unmistakable fear – and the sound of his ancestors’ voices “calling” him then struck.

He added: “Your life jacket is almost as useless as a seatbelt in a plane crash because the rapid is so powerful it keeps sucking you back underneath like a giant water vacuum recirculating your body over and over.”

Trevor Noah then threw some subtle shade at his besties, Anele and Sizwe.

He continued: “I popped up first and grabbed onto the raft for dear life. Sizwe popped up second and, like any good friend, pulled himself up by pulling me back under the water. After what felt like an eternity Anele and her orange shoes finally resurfaced, and all three of us were pulled to safety”.


Reflecting on the experience, Trevor Noah likened his wild water sport to a “metaphor for life.”

He added: “You can’t always choose how crazy the river of life might get, but what you can always choose is the people in your life who you’ll ride those rapids with. And if you choose wisely, even a capsized boat can turn into the greatest adventure.”