15-17 February 2024

Guinea Fowl portage

Guinea Fowl Portage

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance from start of the stage : 23.1km
Lat-29.606466 Lon 30.540758
Spectators/Seconds: No
Compulsory Portage

GFXGuineaFowlThe portage has an easy take out and starts with a shaded flat section that gradually steepens as you go up the dirt track to the seconding point at the top of the hill.

There is an option of paddling past the popular takeout for a few hundred metres and using a shorter but equally steep part that converges with the rest of the field at the seconding point. From there the route drops back down into the valley.

After a few hundred metres there are a variety of different paths – some offer a chance to get ahead of the congestion as the portage drops into the steep, often muddy dongas known as Devil Cauldron.

It is a tough tedious climb up to the top of the hill where there is an excellent watering point before starting the fast descent down Geoff’s Road back to the river.

Martin Dreyer

If you have a heavy boat or can’t run particularly well then paddle a little further (approximately 1km) before taking out and cut the portage in half by avoiding Devil’s Cauldron.

The surface of this portage is one which, if dry, it’s quite ‘marbly’ and makes it really easy to drag your boat.

ProTipMcGregorHank McGregor

Walk first 100m, steady easy pace to first left bend then good luck.