Crocodile River (Mpumalanga)

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Crocodile River
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The river upstream of Kwena Dam
Crocodile River (Mpumalanga) is located in South Africa
Crocodile River (Mpumalanga)
Location of the Crocodile River's mouth
CountrySouth Africa
RegionMpumalanga Province
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationNorth of Dullstroom
MouthKomati River
 ⁃ location
 ⁃ coordinates
25°26′18″S 31°58′35″E / 25.43833°S 31.97639°E / -25.43833; 31.97639Coordinates: 25°26′18″S 31°58′35″E / 25.43833°S 31.97639°E / -25.43833; 31.97639
Basin size10,446 km2 (4,033 sq mi)

The Crocodile River, also referred to as Crocodile River (East), (Afrikaans: Krokodilrivier) is a large river traversing Mpumalanga province of South Africa.


It originates north of Dullstroom, Mpumalanga, in the Steenkampsberg Mountains. Downstream of Kwena Dam, the Crocodile River winds through the Schoemanskloof and down the Montrose Falls. It then flows eastwards past Nelspruit and joins the Komati River at Komatipoort.[1]

The Crocodile River in Mpumalanga has a catchment area of 10,446 km2. Upstream it is a popular trout fishing place.[2] It flows through the Nelspruit industrial area, the Lowveld agricultural area and borders the Kruger National Park. The decrease in flow of the river is due to water abstractions for irrigated fruit and sugar cane farming.

Tourism on the Crocodile[edit]

The river forms the full southern border of the Kruger National Park. It creates the setting for game viewing in and on the banks of the river.

Facilities include:

  1. Leopard Creek golf course, designed by Gary Player
  2. Malelane Rest Camp in Kruger Park[3]
  3. Mjejane Game Reserve
  4. Marloth Park (Estate and wildlife conservancy)
  5. Ngwenya Lodge (time share resort)
  6. Crocodile Bridge Rest Camp in Kruger Park[4]
  7. Old Joe's Kaya Country Lodge


The Elands River and Nels River are the tributaries to the Crocodile. Elands River famous for its waterfalls, rises on the grassland plateau of the Drakenberg Mountains near the town of Machadodorp while the Nels river rises on the Drakensberg as well .[5]

See also[edit]