Trans-Kwazulu Trip

Trip Description

12 days of kayaking the best rivers in the province of Kwazulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape (transkei). The majestical Drakensberg would be the back drop during this trip, paddling in and around this beautiful mountain range. Amazing scenery, friendly people and of course classic kayaking all combined to give you a cultural experience that will leave you wanting more. We don’t want you to just experience our beautiful rivers but our diverse culture too.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Pick up from Durban(King Shaka )airport ,drive 2 hours south to
Port Edword.
Enjoy a relaxed evening braai ( barbecue) and unwind.

Day 2 – Outfit boats and meet the team. A step by step briefing about the
First paddle of the trip down the Umzimkulu river

Day 3/4 – Paddle the Umtamvuna river (overnighter). Drive to Underberg

Day 5 – Paddle the the Thrombosis section

Day 6 – Paddle the Polela river(if water level permits)/ unicorn falls or
another run down the Thrombosis section

Day 7/8 – Paddle the Umkomaas river (overnighter). A quick run down the
waterfall section

Day 9 – Drive to Transkei. Depending on time of arrival we might go for a

Day 10 – Paddle the pot river

Day 11 – Paddle the Inxu River (big waterfall day).

Day 12 – Paddle the Tsitsa river.

Day 13 – Driver back to Port Edward. One last paddle down the Umzimkulu

Day 14 – Drop off at airport. Depending on the time of your flight



We’ll be having fun on 6-7 different rivers. The rivers all differ in character ranging from low volume to big volume. Most of them are quite remote and boast amazing birdlife and wildlife.

Umzimkulu river

This is a classic with a variety of different sections:

The Thrombosis section
Class 3-4

Low volume creeking and offers you a chance to run a really fun and safe 8m waterfall.

The waterfall section
Class 3

This is a short run but is great for practicing your waterfall running skills ,two super fun waterfalls await you on this section (Highest being 5-6 m) both landing in big pools.

Oribi gorge section
Class 3-4

Depending on water levels this section is normally a big volume run.

Umtamvuna river

Class 3-4
40km (Over nighter)

One of the most spectacular gorges in South Africa its like paddling through a scene from Jurassic park ,with spectacular cliff walls and untouched nature.

Polela river

Class 3-4

Super fun low volume run made up of small waterfalls and slides.

Umkomaas river

Class 3-4
30km (Over nighter)

This is another classic big bolder garden run. Ranging from continuous to pool drop , 2 days of pure fun surrounded by spectacular nature.

Pot river

Class 3-4

How much fun can one have in one day? River runs through a breathtaking gorge mostly pool drop but has some continuous parts.

Tsitsa river

Class 3-4

This river a true Transkei classic ,a short but busy run. Walking distance from the backpackers ,this is normally a early morning or late afternoon run. On higher water levels it becomes more demanding.

Inxu river

Class 3-4

This is probably one of the best rivers in the Transkei area. It runs trough a breath taking gorge nice continuous rapids everything is just pure fun and for those of you keen on running bigger waterfalls this section has 2 waterfalls.The first one is about 15-18m supper clean lead in with a big pool at the bottom and the second one is about 12m.

Hawer spriut

Class 3-4

This section is way up in the drakensberg mountains and to get there you drive the highest mountain pass in south Africa 3000m. The run is super short but really fun with about 5 drops in 1 kilometre the last drop is the highest (about 8m).

Experience Required

The trip takes place on Class 4 whitewater.It is suitable for experienced paddlers who are comfortable to paddle for 4 – 6 hours a day on Class 4. This trip begins on easier sections of whitewater, but will become more demanding as the trip progresses.

Trip cost:

Euro: 1350
USD: 1470
A 50% deposit is required to confirm your booking.

What the price includes

A creek boat
Guiding and instruction
Local transport ,river shuttles and airport pickup & drop off

Accommodation & Catering:

Conditions will vary between camping and rooms depending on the location. We will provide Breakfast and dinner, you will have to provide your own lunch.

What is not included in the price:

Visa fees
Bar bills
Travel insurance
Boat insurance

The Personal Paddling Equipment you should bring:

A good semi-drytop or dry top
Spray deck
Good helmet
Solid footwear for bank support
Rescue gear including a throwbag, knife, sling and karabiner
Sleeping bag
Thermal res
Float bags
Any other paddling equipment you generally use e.g. Elbow pads