25+ lesser known rivers of South Africa, and why they’re awesome

2015-06-17 19:30
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Cape Town – Whether you’re after the less-crowded rivers where fish are abundant but the fisherman are few, or perhaps you're looking for the best, undiscovered adventure river in the country, we've got the low down on the best lesser known rivers in SA. 

While the East Coast of SA is well known for its multiple warm Indian Ocean estuaries, the west side of the country boasts with rugged adventure-inspiring rivers. 

Here are Traveller24’s top 25 picks for lesser known rivers in SA, plus why we think they’re cool… 

Lesser known river that have the best estuaries in SA

These estuaries make for the perfect swimming spots, as the water from the rivers usually made the ocean water warmer. Be careful swimming in the estuaries, however, as they are prone to rip currents and irregular tide changes. 

1. Amanzimtoti (Toti) River, near Durban KwaZulu-Natal 

Doesn't get better than this. #Amanzimtoti #beach

A photo posted by Jerome Naidoo (@jeromen007) on

2. Umngazi River,  near Port St Johns, Eastern Cape 

Clint going for a swim #umgazi #honeymoon @umngazi #husband

A photo posted by Charlene Veldman Nortje (@charziepoo) on

3. Little Brak River, near Mossel Bay, Western Cape 

#kleinbrak #kleinbrakrivier #kleinbrakriver #gardenroute #southerncape #southafrica

A photo posted by Anton Joubert (@anton_joubert) on

4. Gamtoos River, between Jeffrey's Bay and Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape 

5. Knysna River, Knysna's Thesen Island, Western Cape 

6. Boesmans River, Kenton-on-Sea, Eastern Cape 

Trying to get that big one! #bushmans #bushmansrivermouth #boesmans #boesmansrivier #fishing #beach

A photo posted by Greg Ritz (@gregritz) on

7. Gourits River, Gouritsmond, Western Cape 

#gouritsmond #holiday #roadtrip

A photo posted by Johann Slabbert (@slabulous) on

Lesser known rivers that are literally IN SA’s big cities

If you're not in the mood to drive out of town for a river adventure, no worries. All of SA's mayor cities boast rivers running right through them. These rivers and riverbanks are not only awesome for picnics and trail running, but also for canoeing and kayaking. 

8. Liesbeek River, Cape Town, Western Cape 

#capetown #foreversouthafrica #tablemountain #liesbeekriver

A photo posted by Jimjam (@jim_o_jam) on

9. Umgeni River, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal 

10. Apies River, Pretoria, Gauteng 

#apiesrivier #PTA #Zoo

A photo posted by Priscilla Mc Cleeve (@priscillam_94) on

11. Jukskei River, Johannesburg, Gauteng 

Love this place! #jukskeiriver #Douglasdale #joburg #lovewhereyoulive

A photo posted by Jolene Snowball (@ivebeenjolene) on

Lesser known rivers in SA that are crawling with wild animals

South Africa is one of the few places on earth (South America's Amazon river aside of course...) where you can still spot natural wildlife in some of the rivers. Although the thought of crocodiles, river sharks (near the estuaries, usually) and hippos lurking in the water can be a scary thought, it's also pretty thrilling.  

12. Mfolozi River, St Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal 

#hippo #lakeStLucia #southafrica

A photo posted by brigittesprong (@brigittesprong) on

13. Levubu River, near Rembander, Limpopo 

#luvuvhu #pafuri #kruger wildlife #nature #ThisIsSouthAfrica

A photo posted by Anthony Catt (@sirantcatt) on

14. Olifants River, in the Kruger National Park, Limpopo and Mpumalanga 

#ellies #olifantsrivier #struwig

A photo posted by Brady Hooley (@brady_hooley) on


15. Crocodile River,
 in the Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga 

Lesser known rivers that are every adventure’s dream come true

Rivers are nature's own adventure parks, and with these gems at your disposal, the fun will never end. 

16. Baviaanskloof River (contributory of the Gamtoos River), Baviaanskloof Mountains, Eastern and Western Cape 

Icey river swim #mountainviews #africanlove #winterdays #girlswillbegirls #lazydays #sunnyskies #baviaanskloof

A photo posted by Bianca Westerdale (@binks_b) on

17. Berg River, near Franschhoek, Western Cape 

#paarltotskooltjie #kanoe #race #k1 #water #bergrivier #river #paarl

A photo posted by Anja (@anjalareman) on

18. Storms River, Tsitsikamma, Eastern Cape 

19. Keiskamma River, between Port Alfred and East London, Eastern Cape 

Sandile Dam near Keiskammahoek, Eastern Cape #keiskamma #dam #easterncape

A photo posted by cherize mattheus (@cherize_mattheus) on

20. Kowie River, Port Alfred, Eastern Cape

Weekend away with the ullies. Stayed over by the hut in the bottom left corner

A photo posted by Frank Schmidt (@fraaanktastic) on


21. Tugela River, Drakensberg Mountains, KwaZulu-Natal

Lesser known rivers that are the best fishing spots in SA

Fishing is one of the unofficial national sports of South Africa and it's a bug that's bitten many avid travellers. The best part is, most of these rivers also double as awesome adventure rivers, too. 

22. Gamtoos River, between Jeffrey's Bay and Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Good evening on the beach #gamtoos #fishing #sunset

A photo posted by Terry (@terryjd12) on

23. Crocodile River, near Dullstroom, Mpumalanga 

Came right first cast! Can't beat that start to the long weekend! #dullstroom #flyfishing

A photo posted by Nic Braby (@nicbraby) on

24. Komati River, southern Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga 

Early bird catches the worm. #fishing #tigerfish #komatiriver #river #komatipoort #nature #mornings

A photo posted by Michelle Pieterse (@michellepieterse) on

25. Sundays River, Zuurberg Moutains, Eastern Cape 

26. Kromme River, near St Francis Bay, Eastern Cape

27. Du Toits Kloof River, Du Toits Kloof Mountains, Western Cape 

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