The River Runs Through Dargle

During the last few days of 2012, when the Mngeni was full and the sun shone for three consecutive days (what a lovely treat!), Dargle residents photographed the river and tributaries. These gorgeous images came rolling in:

The weir at Corrie Lynn sent in by Howard Long first thing in the morning.

weir at Corrie Lynn by Howard Long

Tuber’s Paradise at Knowhere Farm in Dargle, “We have never seen the river so swollen” by Nicky Mann

Tubers paradise at Knowhere Farm Dargle by Nicky Mann.crop.

Mike Weedon sent in these two pictures: A shot of the Mngeni where it passes between Hopedale Farm and the Singisi Forest about a kilometre downstream from the bridge under the D244 in Dargle. A little browner today as a result of yesterday’s rain mainly due to runoff from the D244.


and again, from a higher elevation.


Also at Hopedale, Kathy Herrington took this photo with her dog Chia in the foreground.

our dog Chia and river Dec12 crop.

“The river has definitely been more vigorous and at a higher level – however it is full of sediment and certainly flowing very well after the prolonged rain last evening.”

high river at Aloe Ridge 271212 email

The Furth Stream is the first major tributary to join the Mngeni river after leaving it’s source at Lake Lyndhurst. White waters rush towards the Mngeni although it has another 5 Km to go before it joins up from here.

furth stream white water.

Furth Stream can also be tranquil – these two pics taken by Evert van Bremem.

furth stream res.

Dieter Setz sent in this picture from Wakefield Farm, looking upstream,

Dieter looking upstream at Wakefield res.

and downstream.

Dieter downstream at Wakefield res.

“This is a pic from the area it runs through between Wakefield and Furth. End of next year you will actually be able to see the river, as one of my tasks for the coming year is to clear the river of all wattle on our side.” he added

Dieter wattle on river.res

Nikki Brighton wandered up to one of the many springs in the Dargle hills which turn into fast flowing, unamed streams in a flash

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and gurgle through the Kilgobbin forest on the way to join the mighty Mngeni.

summer cards streams res.

Nikki also photographed the Mngeni disappearing over the waterfall just below Avenol.

Mngeni disappearing over the waterfall in Dargle.res

Hard to believe the river walk team picnicked on the rocks beside the pool below in May – there was just a trickle coming over then.

mngeni river waterfall in Dargle.res

Jenny Gifford took these pictures: “Here is part “our” precious stretch of the Mngeni.”


“Our smallholding, Riverdale, is about 3kms downstream from the falls, and is almost completely bordered by the river as it meanders through the floodplain below the Merensky forest.”.


Rapids on the Mngeni at River Front Farm, Dargle. taken by Vaughan Koopman.

rapids on the river in front of River Front Farm

Tinks Fowler took this picture of water backed up above the Corrie Lynn weir

Umgeni on Corrie Lynn Farm just above weir

and this one of the water gushing over.

Weir at Corrie Lynn Farm

Guests at Invesanda, Dargle had been having a great time tubing on the river, says Lucinda Bate.

Tubing at Inversanda.crop

Mike Crawford took these photos from The Wallows, where the Dargle Stream meets the Mngeni:


and looking upstream from the bridge near Chantilly Water.


Gill Addison of Antheap says “Imagine living with this view?”

antheap view

Gill wished she had been able to capture the moonlight on the water later that evening.

Kathryn Coulson sent in this one of the river at Hebron Nguni Farm

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and their friends and family who have been playing in the river over the holidays –

photo 1 res. crop.

the dogs joined in too!

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Tammy Robartes took this picture as the light faded this evening at Wana Farm.

Umgeni River Wana Farm 2

“This is my little sanctuary and swimming pool” says Gilly Robartes.

Umgeni River Wana Farm 1

Eidin Griffin took these photos of the spot where Penny Rees did a water study with local school kids.


”I love the two types of pathways reflected in this pic.”


Ross Haynes photographed the Mngeni just as it leaves our valley and enters Midmar.


We are very fortunate indeed to have this beautiful river run thorough our midst, which obviously gives such joy (never mind water and energy!) to many.  We also have a responsibility to take exceptional care of it.


2 thoughts on “The River Runs Through Dargle

  1. Isn’t it super to see how relatively clear the water is! The Karkloof river and falls have also been ‘pumping’, and its quite early for Midmar to be overflowing. Super pics, thank you.

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