Thomas River

This river is not for the claustrophobic. It is tight, with some strainers to avoid. Look out for the trees and branches; there are not many of them, but they should definitely be avoided.

  • Ideal for: Kayak
  • Grade: 2 to 4
  • Length: 24km
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hours
  • Type: Continuous creek, narrow
  • Put-in: Low-level bridge
  • Take-out: Next to river at shop, near Bacela. Leave vehicle at Police Station.
  • Dam controlled: No
  • Permits: None

MAP 22

There are a good couple of steep drops, the highest being about 4m. Expect to find some excellent playspots. The road at the put-in follows the river till about halfway, and it is possible to do only the first part of the trip, taking out where the river turns away from the road.

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