Umzimkulu River – Centocow to Stoke’s farm

For K1-paddlers, this is a pleasant section of the Umzimkulu River. The first two and last five kilometers have class 2 to 3 rapids, while the middle section is mostly flat with a few class 1 and 2 rapids. Two kilometers before the take out is a class 4/5 rapid which should be portaged by K1-paddlers. Remember to take out before the small waterfall at the end.

  • Ideal for: K1
  • Grade: 1 to low 3
  • Length: 18km
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Type: Pool-drop
  • Put-in: Centocow Mission bridge
  • Take-out: Stoke’s farm
  • Dam controlled: No
  • Permits: Farmer at Stoke’s farm is very friendly. At least greet him when you put in.

Umzimkulu Polela map

This river description is taken from my book “Run the Rivers of Southern Africa”.
If you have any pictures or recent information on this section of river to share, please contact me:
I appreciate any contributions to keep this content up-to-date.