Originating high up in the Drakensburg Mountains of Lesotho, the Gariep (Orange) River flows for 2200km before spilling out into the Atlantic Ocean on the border with Namibia. The river acts as a life blood for many parts of the country and is arguably the most important river in South Africa. The first discovery of diamonds in South Africa was made in this river back in 1867 and diamond mines still operate to this day on the last stretch of river.
The small riverside border town of Vioolsdrift in Namaqualand is the perfect place for a stopover on journeys between Cape Town and Namibia. This scenic spot is the ideal place to relax before heading from or into the vast Namibian desert.
The landscape surrounding the river is green, rugged and beautiful. The Gariep River flows gently making it an excellent place to canoe or raft, which is the best way to experience the river, soak up the scenery and spot the resident wildlife. Birds like the Fish Eagle, Kingfisher and Crane all call the river home and some lucky visitors even get to see the very elusive Cape Clawless Otter.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Orange River, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Africa