Just Before Inanda Dam

1990 saw the completion of Inanda Dam on the Umgeni River. As always, a dam profoundly changes the river and the valley. Yet another river tamed to serve our insatiable thirst. It also changed the Dusi Canoe Marathon, inundating the Day Two sandbanks and creating a 10km flatwater haul to the new overnight stop at Msinsi Resort.

For old times sake I wanted to go down that section before it got flooded, so I took all my boats and borrowed a few more and invited a few non-paddling friends to accompany me. For me a nostalgic trip, for most of them a first look at a section of the Dusi course.

We launched all the craft at a low level bridge and started laughing: They didn’t float, they just plopped onto the sand under a millimetre of water. Talk about LOW water! We dragged the boats the length of the dam-to-be to take out about where Msinsi campsite is now, hardly getting our shoelaces wet.

For me a lovely walk in the river bed, for them (I suspect) a bit of a pointless mission – and certainly not the “paddle” I had enticed them into!

An idea of ‘Before & After’: (better pics needed!)

One thought on “Just Before Inanda Dam

  1. headhuntbds

    Forwarded this to Richard Finlay in Oz. We did a similar thing as they started damming the Umgeni. We took a Raven 200hp outboard and launched it on the southern bank of the dam wall. The wall towered about 150 foot above us. Following the river course we went up stream around trees sticking out the water. Before we got there Finlay managed to hook a petrol bowser outta the concrete as he turned too sharply after we filled up Thurlow`s boat.

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