About the Race

When :

Saturday 18th November 2017

Where :

The start at Bivane dam and finish at Ithala.

Entry Fees

The entry is R680 per paddler (juniors R340) and seconders R 170 which includes the following: Race entry, Ithala Reserve gate entry, Bivan Dam entry and Friday camping fees.


The course will be clearly pointed out by indicators and portages will be manned by marshals. No vehicle access is possible along the route. Non-finishers will therefore have to rely on the sweepers and marshals to point out the possible portage/pickup points. The arrangements will be explained at the start. This race ,over 42km, is more suitable for the experienced AR rated paddlers.

NB! Helmets, life jackets and full repair kit is compulsory.


The only point of entry is the website, once you have completed the entry form online, and you select the submit button you will be issued with a online reference number witch you then will use as reference on your bank deposit slip. Print your proof of payment and online registration confirmation, bring this along on registration Friday.
Confirmed entries will be posted.


When you arrive on Friday 17th November, registration will be at Bivane Dam or Ntshondwe Camp Conference Area (Ithala Game Reserve), from 5pm till 9:30pm.
PLEASE NOTE : The Ithala Game Reserve main gate will only be open until 21h00!!


  • Ithala -

    The camp at Ntshondwe in Ithala has been greatly improved with a lush lawn and now a new ablution block complete with hot showers and the all-important flushing toilets! This camping is FREE for Friday night but if you wish to camp on saturday please book with Ithala. Remember to bring your own camping equipment.
    • ring Allen Smale on 034 9832540 for accommodation bookings

  • Bivane -

    you can also camp on Friday at Bivane dam for Free, please note the camping is sponsored so there will be no discount on race entrance if you decide to book the chalets.
    • There are now 7 luxury chalets at Bivane dam, to find out rates and availability, phone 034 41 31314 or 034 995 1846.
    • you can also email info@bivanedam.co.za or go to www.bivanedam.co.za for more information
  • No camping will be allowed at Dakaneni Picnic site where the finish is, on Friday and on Saturday. Paddlers are also encouraged to stay in the units, chalets or bush camps at Ithala as we have secured all the accomodation for the challenge - first come first served - phone 034 983 2540 and mention the Ithala challenge to secure this luxury option.

Please note :

It is your responsibility to phone and book any chalets !
Telephone numbers to book accommodation:
Stay at Ithala Chalets: 034 983 2540 (07:00 - 19:30)
Stay at Bivane Dam Chalets: 034 413 1314 or 0832838291 (07:30 - 16:00)

Food Arrangements for Ithala Reserve

Meal booking procedure (dinner & b/fast) - THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT

  1. All meals must be pre-booked directly with the camp via telephone or e-mail to ithalafb@kznwildlife.co.za
  2. Meal bookings will be made on a first come first serve basis.
  3. All meal bookings must be made by latest close of day on Friday, 17th November.
  4. Reference numbers will be given for each booking made, and these must be used as the reference for bank deposits/transfers.
  5. Pre-payment options for meal bookings are either bank deposit/transfer or credit card. Proof of bank deposit / transfer to be faxed through to the catering department.
  6. No payments will be taken on the day!
  7. No refunds will be given on any payments made for meals!


Phone: 034 9832540 ext 223
Fax2-Email: 086 5055509
E-mail: ithalafb@kznwildlife.co.za


Name of Bank: First National Bank
Acc Name: KZN Nature Conservation
Branch Name: Midlands Mall
Branch Code: 257355
A/C Number: 50931209411
Reference: Ithala Canoe + "Meal Booking Reference Number"

Full Menus and pricing to follow


People camping or staying at Ntshondwe, Ithala, will have to wake early to leave for the start at Bivane Dam. Leave by 06:00am to allow enough time to get prepared. For those camping at Bivane Dam, start at 07:00am.The race briefing will take place at the start at 08:00am on Saturday morning at the river edge.
After the 08h30 start seconders will proceed to the finish at Dakaneni in Ithala Game Reserve to collect paddlers. Prize giving will be at 19h30 at the conference centre and a cash bar will be available. After spending the night in darkest Africa, you will be treated to a cooked breakfast at 08h00. The rest of the day can be spent game viewing before returning home.


Entries close at noon on Friday 13th November 2017. Late entries will be accepted at the discretion of the organisers and will be subject to a penalty of R50.00
ONLY THE FIRST 250 paddlers allowed, so book early to avoid disappointment !


For any race information contact:

General Enquiries Nils : or 0827358461
Entry and website Enquiries Simon Taylor : or 078 544 0412
general e-mail:
Ithala Reception 034 983 2540
Bivane Dam 083 283 9291

We need sponsors!

Due to the few years dry spell we have had to start with a clean slate, please get in touch if you would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities

Nils : or 0827358461