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Canoeing

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 3 adventure opportunities offered along the 2200km-long Orange River, South Africa's longest river. Serious outdoor enthusiasts can take guided tours that involve sleeping under the stars for several nights while travelling the river and enjoying its surrounds during the day. 

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

Augrabies Falls National Park, which is just less than 2 hours' 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. 

With 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 4-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. 

Did You Know?

TTravel tips & planning  info 

Who to contact 

Felix Unite River Adventures 

Tel: +27 (0)87 354 0578 

Email: reservations@felix.co.za  

Orange River Rafting 

Tel: +27 (0)27 761 8007 

Email: info@orangeriverrafting.com  

Umkulu Adventures 

Tel: +27 (0)82 082 6715 

Email: info@umkuluadventures.com  

Kalahari Outventures 

Tel: +27 (0)82 476 8213 

Email: info@kalahari-adventures.co.za 

 

How to get here 

There are many points along the Orange River from where to start your adventure; all are easily reachable by car. The easiest is to fly to Upington and access the river from the nearby Augrabies Falls National Park. 

Best time to visit 

Tours operate throughout the year but are most popular in the summer months from November to March. Winter can get very cold. 

Get around 

Hiring your own transport is the most convenient option. There are also numerous guided tours to choose from. 

What will it cost? 

A four-day canoe trip costs around R4500 per adult, which includes all meals. Shorter trips are available at lower rates. 

Length of stay 

Set aside 8 to 10 days if you want to embark on a serious river expedition. 

What to pack 

Should you wish to begin your journey on the Namibian side of the Orange River, you will need your passport. A camera is a must (most tour guides have safe, dry storage space for photographic equipment). And don't forget to bring plenty of sunscreen and a hat. 

 

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