Mkhondvo River

The Assegaai River enters Swaziland – where it becomes the Mkhondvo – through the Mahamba Gorge, which is short and sweet, containing some solid class 3+ to 4 drops. The river then mellows for quite a few kilometres before starting its descent into the Grand Valley. The put-in for this trip is just in time to catch this awesome descent.

  • Ideal for: Kayak
  • Grade: 3 to 4, few 5
  • Length: 54km
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Type: Continuous, technical
  • Put-in: Bridge on road between Gege and Nhlangano
  • Take-out: Where road between Nhlangano and Sidvokodvo comes close to river
  • Dam Controlled: No
  • Permits: None

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The section is non-stop, containing seemingly endless class 3+ to 4 rapids, with even some 5’s thrown in. It can be described as nothing short of a goldmine. The good thing is, it’s all good to go – nothing unrunnable! With exceptionally good water it has been done in an epic single day (nine and a half hours), but it is strongly advisable to do it over two days.

The last 20km or so after it reaches the valley floor is a bit flatter with class 2 to 3 rapids. It doesn’t matter really, because the scenery remains magnificent.

From the take-outpoint to the confluence with the Usutu at Sidvokodvo it is pretty flat.

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