Dusi Canoe marathon

Dusi Canoe marathon

The Dusi canoe marathon, named after the Umsundusi River, takes place annually during the month of January, and sees thousands of keen paddlers making their way from Durban to Pietermaritzburg, much like the Comrades Marathon. The race is the oldest of its kind in Africa, and is often noted as the toughest too taking place over a time frame of three days.

Founded by renowned conservationist Ian Player, brother of golfing legend Gary Player, the first Dusi took place in 1951, and only saw a field of eight entrants participating. The race took a grueling six days to complete, and was filled with much drama. While making his way along the river, Player was bitten by a Night Adder. He managed to get himself to a local police station, and then collapsed. After receiving treatment for the bite, he then continued with the race, and went on to win it.

The original format of the race was carried out on a non stop basis, but the fifth race taking place in 1956 was set up over three stages as it still is today. Recent years has seen the return of a Non-Stop Dusi as a separate event for hardcore paddlers, with the three stage marathon attracting larger numbers of canoeists. One should not be mistaken though. The Dusi is definitely not for the faint hearted. As founder of the event Ian Player said, "No man who has done the 110 grueling miles can ever be the same again. The memory of the rapids, the steep hills and torturous paths, the aching backs and dry mouths, the burning sun and cold mist and rain, will forever remain in the mind."

The course takes participants through many fast flowing rapids, and extremely dangerous areas of protruding rocks, where racers have no alternative but to carry their canoes along unpassable stretches as far as fifteen kilometers. The route leads canoeists through some of the most remote rural settings in KwaZulu Natal, dotted with traditional homesteads and farmlands.

A portion of the money raised from entrance fees is allocated to the Valley Trust, which seeks to enrich the lives of the locals. A result of this has been the establishment of a canoeing school in the area, of which a number of students have competed in the race.The race finally draws to an end at Blue Lagoon in Durban, where the Umgeni River eventually meets the sea, and celebratory festivities, food stalls and prize ceremonies await the tired paddlers.

Accommodation Near Dusi Canoe marathon

Penthouse North Beach

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

0.1km South West of Dusi Canoe marathon

The Penthouse is situated in the heart of Durbans Golden Mile, and literally opposite Durbans North Beach. The Penthouse is on the fourth Floor and has an exclusive access to the rooftop. It is private and secluded with some wonderful ocean views of the

Sleeps: 4

Durban Beachfront Windermere Penthouse Flat

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

0.2km West of Dusi Canoe marathon

Durban Beachfront (N Beach) 4person Penthouse Self Catering Holiday Flat on Marine Parade. Full views of beachfront and north side of city.

Sleeps: 15 in 3 units/rooms

Penney Private Holiday Flats

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

0.5km South of Dusi Canoe marathon

Penney Holiday Flats, budget accommodation, only 1 minute's walk to Durban's main beach area, making it ideal accommodation for holiday makers looking for sun, sea and sand.

Graded:
Sleeps: 240 in 60 units/rooms

Gooderson Beach Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

0.5km South East of Dusi Canoe marathon

Refresh at the Beach Hotel, right on the ocean's doorstep. Enjoy awe inspiring beach and sea views and spectacular sunsets from the comfort of your spacious hotel room or self catering apartment.

Sleeps: 352 in 88 units/rooms

Gooderson Beach Hotel Self Catering

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

0.5km South East of Dusi Canoe marathon

Refresh at the Beach Hotel, right on the ocean's doorstep.  Enjoy awe inspiring beach and sea views and spectacular sunsets from the comfort of your spacious hotel room or self catering apartment.

Sleeps: 468 in 134 units/rooms

Gooderson Tropicana Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

0.6km South East of Dusi Canoe marathon

Tropicana's versatile accommodation options cater for all. Enjoy a fun-filled family break, travel with a loved one or simply enjoy a private escape in one of our single rooms.

Sleeps: 8

61 Marlborough Holiday Accommodation

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

0.9km South East of Dusi Canoe marathon

3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms 6 sleeper Kitchen lounge Dining Room and Huge Balcony sea facing self catering penthouse apartment on marine parade Durban

Sleeps: 8

Ocean View Apartment

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

0.9km South East of Dusi Canoe marathon

This open plan beach apartment is newly renovated. Located on the second floor of a front row small complex, it offers the perfect beach spot for couples, solo adventurers, and business travelers. Although ideal for just 2 guests, it can accommodate up to

Sleeps: 4

Luxury North Beach Apartment

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.0km North West of Dusi Canoe marathon

Set in a secure estate, luxury self catering apartment is well located along the prime area of the Golden Mile. It has an attractive appearance with well-maintained gardens and a pool.

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Blue Waters Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.1km North West of Dusi Canoe marathon

This classical hotel is located on Durban's Golden Mile, opposite it's own semiprivate beach, less than 10 minutes from the City centre and the International Convention Centre. We are 500m from the new Suncoast Casino Complex.