Fast Facts - Island
River: Umgeni
Access: 4x4 from left bank
Races on this section:
     50 Miler
     Inanda to Durban
     Dusi Canoe Marathon
     Non-Stop Dusi

Island Rapid- Sneak

Island Rapid is made up of two significant drops around the right of the island, namely Island 1 and Island 2. Only about 5% of the field will attempt this including those who simply have no idea where they are. The rest of the field will take the the sneak left of the island, which meets the the right hand option above what is sometimes referred to as Island 3.

island aerial

The sneak to the left is not always clear but there are some distinct landmarks to help you get orientated. To get your bearings look out for the second large pool after Molweni Causeway. The first large pool you come across has a large cliff face on your right. This is a good landmark for the first large pool where the sneak is not. Do not confuse this pool with the next one, as some paddlers have done, only to find themselves horribly lost trying to find a non-existent sneak. At the end of the first pool there is a narrow channel on the right, leading into a tiny rapid and then into another large flat pool. At the end of the second pool you need to start looking out for the sneak to the left.


The sneak is narrow and tight, but flows slowly. It is 200m long so do not get out too early. Keep nosing forward until you cannot go any further. You will see the bank is flattened and wet where those before you have been. Get out on the right and follow the path across the island. It is only about 60m long.

Put in again and then scape and bump down the left channel looking for the deepest water. Unless there is plenty of water this section is not much fun. At the end of the channel there is a shallow rock slide with some hard protruding lumps down the centre that can damage your boat. To avoid these keep extreme left.


After the slide is Island 3, which is a pleasant chute with a stopper at the end. In high water this stopper is wide and powerful, so make sure you punch through on the softer left side. In very high water preferably aim for the lateral wave coming off the left bank. In low water look for the deepest exit point.

Below are some images of Island 2. We recommend that you only attempt Island 2 once you have a very thorough idea of where you are going and have scouted in on foot. There is a lot of broken concrete and old metal re-bar under the water below the broken causeway, so your line is critical. Considering you are are on the correct line there is still a steep drop and some massive stoppers to negotiate. A swim here usually ends in tears.



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