9. THE GREAT KEI
Runs: 520 kilometres | Province: Eastern Cape
With a catchment area of 20 566 km2, the Great Kei River is notable for its considerable geographical and historical significance to the people of the Eastern Cape Province. Snaking 525 kilometres from the heart of the province in Queenstown to the small town of Kei Mouth on the Indian Ocean, the river used to form the south-western border of the former Bantustan, Transkei, in the old South Africa. The Great Kei is formed by the confluence of the Black Kei River and the White Kei River, along the N6 highway, just north of Stutterheim. The river and its headwaters follow impressive winding courses. A tourist marvel, the Great Kei estuary drains into the sea, just north of the coastal city of East London. Some of the notable dams on the Great Kei include Xonxa, Wriggleswade and Bongolo.