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
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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