Jukskei / Highveld Crocodile River – Woodmead School to Lanseria

This section of the Highveld Croc is characterised by flat-water and small rapids.

  • Ideal for: Croc, K1, also kayak at higher levels
  • Grade: 1 to 2
  • Length: 10km
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours in a K1, 3 to 4 hours in a croc
  • Type: Narrow, pool-drop
  • Put-in: Woodmead School or Porcupine Park, 1km upstream of the school
  • Take-out: Lanseria low-level bridge
  • Dam controlled: No
  • Permits: None
  • Commercial operator: Paddle Power

MAP 43

The trip starts off at Woodmead School with a small weir. Following this, the river meanders fairly gently for about 5 km. A low-level bridge offers the only portage at low water and a fairly easy chute a third of the way from the right bank at higher levels. As with all man-made obstacles, the wave formations downstream of the bridge become extremely dangerous at flood levels.

A long flat pool follows, before the river becomes more exciting with an enjoyable series of rapids until the take-out at Lanseria low-level bridge. At high levels, be careful not to miss the bridge, as Lanseria Falls follows shortly.

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