Tsomo River – Middle

This excellent trip needs a bit of organizing. The put-in is difficult to find, and it is advisable to get a local to help with the driving since you might spend the whole morning trying to find it. It is obviously not safe to leave a vehicle at the put-in, so a shuttle driver is essential. One option is to make contact with the Border Canoe Club in East London, who might be able to help with the arrangements.Ideal for: Kayak

  • Grade: 3 to 4 (5 at high level)
  • Length: 21km
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hours
  • Type: Pool-drop
  • Put-in: Stop at shop, walk down to river
  • Take-out: Bridge on road to Nqancule
  • Dam controlled: No
  • Permits: None

MAP 23

The area through which the river goes is untouched and very remote. There are no man-made obstructions to worry about. The only real obstacle is a 6m waterfall. It is runnable at some levels, but scout properly before attempting it.

Playboaters will find a few waves to have fun on.

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