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Orange River, Northern Cape and Namibia, Southern Africa.

Water is the lifeblood of the dry interior of Southern Africa. The Orange River drains most of the area from the Drakensberg westwards – a huge catchment area. The first people who lived here called it the Gariep, meaning “Great River”. This name has now been officially reinstated. Lush vineyards of sultana grapes and groves of date palms grow on its banks. The wines are characteristically sweet with fortified varieties such as Port and Jerepigo being particularly sought after. Upington, Kakamas, Keimoes and Augrabies are the most important growing regions. Many cellars offer tasting.

For the more adventurous consider an extended canoe excursion somewhere along the length of this river. The most popular section is downstream of Vioolsdrif on the Namibian border. Choose between a canoe or rafting trip lasting from 4 to 6 days. The scenery is rugged, passing through the wild and rugged Richtersveld National Park. One can do a similar trip above Augrabies Falls. The stretch above the falls is quite challenging. A half-day trip negotiates a number of grade three rapids and ends not far from the falls. The thunderous sound adds to the adrenalin rush. AIOrange

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Last update: 2014-05-12 16:09
Author: Alan McIver
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