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Elands River Scout

Low water scout of the Elands River, starting just below the waterfall under Waterval Boven, Mpumalanga, South Africa. You saw it first on The Trailblazer Guide.

First descent in about a decade.

The first rapid is definitely class IV. Syphons all around, but I think some people will attempt it. Sheena and I portaged.

Then some Class III-IV fund on higher water followed by a sweet (in our opinion) runnable waterfall that starts with a green V pointing to a roosters tail. After the boof you have to prepare for the big drop. Now it looks like there is space for a clean landing, but there is also a shelf which may be undercut. We decided to rather run it next time with more people around for safety, and portaged.

Running out of battery the last part of the trip was not recorded. There are some fun rapids, but vegetation increased as the creek flattens out. We took out at Five Arches bridge, after playing in the beautiful natural weir below it.

Want to know what the Waterval Boven vibe is like? Check out THIS POST, with the story of the whole weekend, and some more photos of the trip.

Enjoy the movie!

PS: Like the music, go check out the artist Winter. She makes really awesome trippy tunes!



About Franz Fuls

Adventurer Freelance Journalist Photographer Bunny Hugger Engineer January 2014 I depart on a 2,500km eco-expedition called Triwaters Tour. The website link is in my profile. Go check it out.

One comment on “Elands River Scout

  1. […] Now Boven is one of the top international climbing destinations, but steep cliff faces and gorges also result in steep rivers. This is quite high up in the Elands River, so it is quite rain dependant, but on a previous scout session with my mate Sheena we realized that there is definitely some potential for a fun white water section. Read that story here. […]

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