Orange River


The river runs through

Tutwa, ideally situated downstream from the Augrabies Falls, enjoys 24 km of river frontage providing world-class fly fishing opportunities and river activities. Tutwa’s proximity to this ever-flowing source of water means game will always have access to water, and guess will always have access to game…

The Orange River, carving its way through the eerie and arid derest landscape encompassing boulders and dunes, rocky mountain peaks and hazy plateaux, brings life to the Green Kalahari in the Northern Cape. The Orange River is at it’s most powerful at Augrabies Falls National Park near Upington.  When in flood, the 56m waterfall is a sight and sound to behold.

The Orange River rises on the western slopes of the Drakensberg in Lesotho and courses westward for over 2100km to the Atlantic Ocean at Oranjemund. For most of this distance it flows through arid semi-desert landscapes, forming the natural border between South Africa and Namibia for the last 450km. Two South African national parks are located along its course: the Augrabies Falls National Park, site of the Augrabies Falls, one of the largest cataract-type falls in the world and the Richterveld National Park, a mountainous desert.

The name Augrabies is derived from a Bushman phrase meaning ‘place of great noise’.

The Orange River was named in honour of the Prince of Orange in 1779 by a Scots officer in the service of the Dutch East India Company. It is South Africa’s longest river, and because of it’s isolation, unique scenery, predictable climate and absence of malaria, the Northern Cape section is an ideal holiday destination for those looking for something out of the ordinary. At Augrabies the Gariep or Orange River stops its meandering and plunges over the Augrabies Falls, the eighth largest falls in the world, and into the gorge, a valley of stark desert rock koppies.