Elands River (Wilge)

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Elands River
Namahadi
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The Elands shown as a tributary of the Wilge on a map of 1887
Elands River (Wilge) is located in South Africa
Elands River (Wilge)
Location of the Vet River mouth
EtymologyNamed after the Common Eland (Taurotragus oryx)
Location
CountrySouth Africa
RegionFree State
Physical characteristics
Source 
 ⁃ locationMont-Aux-Sources
 ⁃ elevation3,000 m (9,800 ft)
MouthWilge River
 ⁃ coordinates
28°6′46″S 28°54′11″E / 28.11278°S 28.90306°E / -28.11278; 28.90306Coordinates: 28°6′46″S 28°54′11″E / 28.11278°S 28.90306°E / -28.11278; 28.90306
 ⁃ elevation
1,592 m (5,223 ft)

The Elands River (Afrikaans: Elandsrivier) is a northward-flowing tributary of the Wilge River, part of the Vaal River basin, South Africa. Its sources are in the Mont-Aux-Sources.

This river is named the Namahadi River in its uppermost section in the area of the Fika-Patso Dam.[1] It flows roughly northwards, through Phuthaditjhaba (Witsieshoek) and joins the left bank of the Wilge River about 27 km northwest of Harrismith.

Formerly this river had been known as Donkin River, after Rufane Shaw Donkin, who administered the Cape Colony from 1820 to 1821.[2]

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