Alan Gardiner Challenge 2021
Date: Sunday 14 November 2021
River route: This race is the perfect start for all Dusi paddlers as it covers 23km of exciting B-grade rapids & challenging portages. The race starts at Ibis Point on the Umgeni River just above the Causeway. The route includes Marianny Folay Bridge, Gum Tree Rapid, Tombi Rapid, Hippo Rocks, Marriot’s Rapid, Big Bend Rapid and then a short paddle on the dam to the finish.
NOTE: The finish is at Mbeje store this year
Map to Start (29°38'24.67"S 30°41'28.84"E)
N3 from Durban – take Hammersdale offramp, turn RIGHT over the freeway and continue on past Caltex Garage. Just after garage turn RIGHT towards Nagle Dam.
N3 from PMB – take Cato Ridge offramp left passed Spar. Turn LEFT towards Nagle Dam before Caltex Garage.
THEN – turn LEFT, again towards Nagle Dam following POLICE sign. Follow this road down into the valley. Turn RIGHT at the D1002 / Valley of 1000 hills / POLICE sign. Follow this road till you get to the river and there is a road going off LEFT back and across the river at Mariany Foley Causeway. Go over river and turn LEFT on opposite bank. Start of race is just BELOW the weir above Mariany Foley Causeway.
Remember: Life jackets are compulsory!
Please ensure boats are numbered correctly.