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Ithala Challenge

The Ithala Challenge

The annual Ithala Challenge is held on the Bivane and Pongola Rivers. The Bivane is a technical river and good river reading, balance and navigation skills are essential to take on the Challenge in a K1 or K2. 

The following video clip, taken during the 2013 event, gives an insight into the character of the race and river as well as the wild, raw beauty of the valley.

Bivane River Video

Rapid 1 - Miss Kinky 8.5 km
Rapid 2 - Meneer     12.5 km Portage
Rapid 3 - Fliparoo    13 km    Portage (most levels)
Rapid 4a - Cruella    14.2 km Portage
Rapid 4b - Marylin    14.3 km
Rapid 4c - Saartjie   14.4 km
Rapid 5 - Meany       17 km
Rapid 6a - Pebbles   17.5 km
Rapid 6b - Big Drop  19 km Portage
Rapid 6c - Mountain Blast 22 km
Rapid 7 - The Ledges 24 km Portage
Ithala Fence    29 km
Confluence      33 km
Finish             42 km

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