The Orange river is among the most remarkable rivers in Africa. Its source is at an altitude of more than 3,100 metres in Lesotho, far away in the east, from where it crosses South Africa and finally forms the border with Namibia on its last 500 km before reaching the Atlantic Ocean at Oranjemund.
The Orange River carries water throughout the year – a very rare feature in Namibia where the only other four perennial rivers form the northern border. Due to its many cataracts and relatively low water level the Orange River is only suitable for small boats. This characteristic makes the river quite charming. Guided canoe tours, starting at Noordoewer, allow glimpses – which you cannot have by car – of the largely untouched riverine nature.
The road along the Orange River to Rosh Pinah is still relatively unknown though this may change in the near future with the merger of the two national parks which border on the Orange River: South Africa’s Richtersveld National Park and Namibia’s Ai-Ais Hot Springs Game Park.