The Pungwe River is in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. For part of its course, it runs through the Nyanga Nature Reserve, where permits are required. Below the reserve there are other sections that can also be paddled.
The river is a typical creek, with mostly class 3 to 4 rapids. Some sections might contain even more difficult rapids and unrunnable drops. Scouting of certain rapids is essential. Bear in mind that the pools are likely to contain crocodiles.
The area is beautiful, making it worthwhile to go there for a longer time to explore the surroundings.
This river description is taken from my book “Run the Rivers of Southern Africa”.
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