Ngudwini River

The Ngudwini is a small tributary to the Umkomaas and only runs after good rains. When it does, it is a very steep confined river.

  • Ideal for: Kayak
  • Grade: 3 to 4, maybe 5 at high water
  • Length: 10km
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Type: Narrow creek
  • Put-in: Lowlevel bridge. Take turnoff going to Nature Reserve on right, approximately 2km from Hella-Hella bridge.
  • Take-out: Hella-Hella bridge
  • Dam controlled: No
  • Permits: None

Map Umkomaas Deepdale

The section on the Ngudwini is only about 5km long before it runs into the Umkomaas, with another 5km to paddle before reaching the Hella-Hella bridge. Soon after the confluence comes the natural weir, which should be scouted, as it has a wide keeper hole at the bottom. When the Ngudwini is running, the Umkomaas is likely to be at a reasonably high level as well.

Look out for siphons and undercuts, everything happens fast on this ride. There is a slide/waterfall that has a strong suckback at high levels, when it should be portaged.

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