The Tina is one of the major tributaries to the Mzimvubu. The section from the N2 down starts off with relatively easy rapids, mostly in the class 3 range. Don’t under-estimate it, though, there might be a few hidden surprises, especially when the water level is high. At the Tina Falls, about halfway down to the confluence with the Mzimvubu, the character of the Tina changes dramatically. It enters a deep, very isolated gorge, with class 4 to 6 rapids. This section can only be attempted by very experienced class 5 paddlers.
- Ideal for: Kayak
- Grade: 3 to 5
- Length: 80km
- Type: Remote, big volume, highly technical
- Put-in: N2 bridge
- Take-out: Dikela shop, hike up from river
- Levels paddleable: Any
- Dam controlled: No
- Permits: None
At the confluence with the Mzimvubu, expect an increase in volume. One can take out at the Dikela shop, or continue all the way down to the mouth at Port St. Johns.
This river description is taken from my book “Run the Rivers of Southern Africa”.
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