Elands River – Gorge

This is a short but fun trip with great scenery. The spectacular Dante Falls is also on this section, which has been run a couple of times by very experienced kayakers.

  • Ideal for: Kayak
  • Grade: 2 to 3
  • Length: 5km
  • Duration: 1 to 3 hours
  • Type: Gorge, pool-drop rapids
  • Put-in: Closest bridge to Montrose where N4 crosses Elands River
  • Take-out: Montrose
  • Dam controlled: No
  • Permits: None

MAP 47

After the start there are a couple of interesting rapids, followed by a weir and, directly after that, the spectacular waterfall that should be portaged on the left bank by most kayakers. It is a broken waterfall, about 25m high in total. After this, the deep gorge starts. There are some nice rapids, all in the class 2 to 3 range. The Elands enters the Crocodile about 1km below Montrose. One has to paddle upstream to Montrose, negotiating flat pools with hippos and portaging two small waterfalls.

A really short, but enjoyable trip can be done from the put-in at the bridge to the weir. One can hike the 300m to the N4 on a small track going up from the weir.

This river description is taken from my book “Run the Rivers of Southern Africa”.
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