Umgeni River – Albert Falls Dam to Wartburg road bridge

This is a popular practise section for K1-paddlers in KwaZulu-Natal.

  • Ideal for: K1
  • Grade: 1 to 2
  • Length: 16km
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Type: Long pools, small rapids
  • Put-in: Below dam wall
  • Take-out: Wartburg road bridge
  • Dam controlled: Albert Falls Dam
  • Permits: None

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Just below the put-in is the Albert Falls weir, which can be shot on the extreme left. 4 km of class 1 rapids and a few channels follow till reaching the Greytown bridge. Below the Greytown bridge the river is even flatter for another 5km, before a section of nice class 2 rapids. The last few kilometres are flat again, called the Gum Trees flats.

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