KZN rivers running high

The Meander Chronicle went on a mission yesterday (Wednesday, Feb 13) to the Centocow Mission in the Creighton District (you can read all about it in our online content to be posted in the next few days).

First of all, how did we get there?

Garth left Nottingham Road about 8am and drove to Mpophomeni to pick up Thembelani Mkhize, who is collaborating on this story. We then drove through Boston and Bulwer, out the other side of Bulwer before hitting a left in the direction of Creighton, to the Centocow Mission. This last stretch is a breathtaking drive of about 18-19km down into a stupendously beautiful valley, crossing rivers numerous times, through timber plantations, with the last bit crossing the Umzimkhulu River.

This is really an unspoilt part of the province, the people are very friendly, the scenery magnificent (and fortunately the roads were all clear, no bridges down or storm damage).

One of the smaller bridges on the road approaching Centacow Mission comes under pressure from the swollen river.

The point of this post is that, with the recent rains in the district and further up near Underberg and the mountains, all the rivers including the Umkomaas and Umzimkhulu are choc-full of chocolate coloured water, in some cases inching up perilously close to the base of the bridges.

The rains have greened up the countryside, and with all the water, it makes for quite a sight at the moment.

Pictures and video: Garth Johnstone

And as a bonus we got to enjoy this beautiful landscape approaching Bulwer.