15-17 February 2024

Pumphouse weir and rapid

Pumphouse Weir/Rapid



Distance from start of the stage : 22.3km
Lat -29.759896 Lon 30.934306
Spectators/Seconds: No
Portage option: Right hand bank

GFXPumphouseThe first Pumphouse weir is shot by everyone down a simple chute down the middle, whereafter most paddlers head to the right hand bank for the portage and a good watering station. Portage down under the new highway bridge, wading through water coming in from the tributary that flows through KwaDabeka and put in for the paddle home 12km away.

The bigger second Pumphouse weir can be shot cautiously, sliding over on the left – about five metres from the bank, pointing right. Once in the river you are committed to the Pumphouse rapid, which is difficult and littered with rubble from the bridge construction.

It should be treated with real caution. There are risks from two sets of bridge pillars and big rocks lying in awkward spots in the main current..

ProTipBirkettAndy Birkett

Unless you’ve had a good look at it beforehand I’d suggest portaging this one on the right.

If you shoot it watch out for the big stoppers in the middle, rather go either left or right.

ProTipMcGregorHank McGregor

Left on the weir then middle right of the rapid after you going under the bridge, watch for hippos!