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Komati River on R38 east of Dullstroom

Afrikaans name:

Komati River looking upstream from R38

Photo © Steven Herbert


Pictured on this page is the Komati River where it crosses the R38 a bit east of Badplaas. This is just below the dam wall of Vygeboom Dam.

The Komati River is a perennial river that flows from between Hendrina and Carolina and flows east till it eventually reaches the Indian Ocean at Maputo Bay. This gives it a length of around 480 km.

This river merges with the Crocodile River near Komatipoort. Soon afterwards it plummets through a gorge down to the coastal lowlands of Mozambique.

The Komati River is also known as the Incomati River which is derived from the siSwati word for cow. Cows give milk all year round and this river flows all year which gives the link between the cow and the river.

Komati River looking downstream from R38

Photo © Steven Herbert


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