Adventures in Orange River (Free State)

The section of the Orange River that runs through the Free State is looking at a possible name change to Senqu as the river is known in Lesotho.  The Orange River is South Africa’s longest river starting in the highlands of Lesotho and flowing to the Atlantic Ocean along the border of Namibia.  The Orange river is most famous for its rafting and canoeing adventures in the Richtersveld area, however smaller rafting operations can be found all along the length of the river.  The upper…

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Adventures in Orange River (Free State)
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The section of the Orange River that runs through the Free State is looking at a possible name change to Senqu as the river is known in Lesotho.  The Orange River is South Africa’s longest river starting in the highlands of Lesotho and flowing to the Atlantic Ocean along the border of Namibia.  The Orange river is most famous for its rafting and canoeing adventures in the Richtersveld area, however smaller rafting operations can be found all along the length of the river.  The upper reaches in Lesotho make for some extreme white water kayaking, private kayaking trips can be arranged through operators in Cape Town and Johannesburg.  Many outdoor activities are found along the length of the Orange river including, fishing, hiking, canoeing, boat trips,waterskiing, kayaking and every bodies favourite, Orange River Rafting. 

Herewith some arbitrary information for you to use around the camp fire next time you are sitting next to the river on a rafting trip.  The river is not named after it’s orangey colour when in flood but was named the Orange River by Colonel Robert Gordon in honour of William V of ORANGE on a trip north out of Cape Town in 1779.

Orange River (Free State) Adventures