Modder River
Modder River pontoon bridge.jpg
Modder River pontoon bridge, 1899
Modder River is located in South Africa
Modder River
Location of the Modder River mouth
EtymologyModder meaning 'mud' in Afrikaans
CountrySouth Africa
RegionFree State, Northern Cape
Physical characteristics
MouthRiet River
 • coordinates
29°2′25″S 24°37′42″E / 29.04028°S 24.62833°E / -29.04028; 24.62833Coordinates: 29°2′25″S 24°37′42″E / 29.04028°S 24.62833°E / -29.04028; 24.62833
 • elevation
1,114 m (3,655 ft)

The Modder River is a river in South Africa. It is a tributary of the Riet River[1] that forms part of the border between the Northern Cape and the Free State provinces. The river's banks were the scenes of heavy fighting in the beginning of the Second Boer War at the Battle of Modder River.

There is an inhabited farming place named 'Modder River' just north of the confluence between this river and the Riet.[2][3]

The Modder River is used extensively for irrigation, including the Krugersdrift Dam near Bloemfontein.

See also


  1. ^ Upper Orange WMA 13
  2. ^ Modder River - Description
  3. ^ Padlangs deur Suid-Afrika. 2010 ISBN 978-1-77007-751-5

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