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TThe Orange River offers plenty of canoeing, rafting and fly-fishing adventures for the intrepid traveller. Whether you are seeking a relaxing day out in the sunshine or a week-long white-water expedition, the Orange River is an exciting option.

Canoeing, rafting and fly-fishing are just three adventure opportunities offered along the 2200km-long Orange River which is  South Africa's longest. Serious outdoor enthusiasts can take guided tours that involve sleeping under the stars for several nights while exploring  the river and enjoying its surrounds during the day.

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TThe Orange River was named by Colonel Robert Gordon, commander of the Dutch East India Company, in honour of William V of Orange. In Lesotho, where it rises, it's called the Senqu.

TThe Orange River winds through an assortment of topography, including some majestic mountain ranges on its way into the Atlantic Ocean at Alexander Bay.

Orange River, Northern Cape

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AAugrabies Falls National Park, which is just less than a two-hour drive from Upington Airport, is one of the most popular places from which to start your journey on South Africa's longest river. Other options include the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park and various points in Namibia.

There are several tour operators who offer qualified river guides. These experienced guides will take you on an adventure that could last anything from a day to a week, depending on how much time you have available. Trips down the river can be made by canoe or raft – the latter providing a more comfortable option for those new to river travel.

WWith rapids to test even the most experienced paddlers, as well as flat, serene sections for a relaxing day out, the Orange River provides something for everyone.

Fly-fishermen with a sense of adventure can take a tour from Augrabies Falls National Park. Duration options on these trips range from a half-day tour to a four-day expedition. Longer tours provide access to the wilder, more exclusive sections of the river where, if you're lucky, you might encounter the elusive yellow fish, which can weigh up to 4kg.

Whatever your pleasure, the Orange River will deliver.

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