The Orange River, South Africa's major river, rises in the Drakensberg in Lesotho, where it is known as the Senqu. From where the river leaves Lesotho, it flows westward for some 2200km to where it finally flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Alexander Bay.
This is truly one of the purest adventure trails in Southern Africa. The Gariep River or “great river” as it is called by the local Nama people offers a unique outdoor experience to those who seek tranquillity and adventure. The Orange River cuts through the Richtersveld Desert Reserve and is now part of the Transfrontier Transformation Parks in Africa.
The days are spent with early morning paddling, swimming, floating, bird watching and negotiating some rapids and fast flowing water. Guides will take you through the steps of paddling through rapids, hiking some mountains and in general discover the eco system of the desert.
How to get there:
Follow the N7 North (from South Africa) or, the B1 South (from Namibia).
At the border post (RSA side) follow the sign, Kotzeshoop, which becomes a gravel road, parallel to the river towards the coast for 5 km's.
Orange River - aka - Gariep River