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Places to Camp along the Orange River

The Orange (Gariep) River is South Africa’s longest river. It rises in the Drakensburg Mountains in Lesotho, running westward through South Africa, draining into the Atlantic Ocean. The river doesn’t pass through any major cities, making it an ideal camping destination where travellers can easily take part in river activities.

Abiqua River Camp, now known as Amanzi River Camp, is located on the northern Orange Riverbanks, 16 kilometres downstream from the Nooroewer/Vioolsdrif border post (halfway between Cape Town and Windhoek). This campsite offers guests big tree-covered lawn areas on which to pitch your tents, giving you spectacular views of the River, as well as the incredible Geelkrans Cliffs on the opposite bank. Caravans and trailers are welcome here, and clean ablutions and hot showers are always available. There is also a well-stocked bar on the camp grounds, and wood, soft drinks, ice, and meat can also be purchased here.  Popular activities include bird watching, fishing, and of course, canoeing. A drive to Fish River Canyon is also a fantastic way to spend your day, whilst a 20 minute walk from the campsite leads you to multiple San rock engravings.

Abiqua River Camp

Abiqua River Camp

The Bundi Base Camp is located on the banks of the majestic Orange River, situated in the old River Rafters base camp that was used during the days of pioneering in order to explore the Orange River Rafting and Canoeing route that is now used through the Richtersveldt section of the river.  The Base Camp offers various types of accommodation that include five campsites, as well as ablution blocks, a communal kitchen, a lounge, a large recreational hall, and sprawling lawns on which the kids can play. Sleeping beneath a blanket of African stars with the gentle sounds of the river flowing by is an incredible and unforgettable camping experience.

bundi_base_camp

Bundi Base Camp

Orange River Tented Camp is located just one kilometre below the Gariep Dam, and just ten kilometres from the main N1 highway. It is perfectly situated between Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Port Elizabeth. The accommodation here is slightly more luxurious, with privately arranged tent houses constructed on wooden decks, with en-suite bathrooms and all modern necessities such as electricity, and electric blankets for colder evenings, as well as a fridge, kettle, and hot showers.  Each tent comes with self-catering facilities that include a braai area with wood, a gas plate, and cutlery. Braai packs with Karoo lamb are even available here. Here, guests can partake in activities such as fly fishing, canoe safaris, horse rides, hunting, bird watching, and hiking.

Settled on the mighty Orange Riverbanks, Fiddler’s Creek Campsite is a haven ideally located for travellers from both South Africa and Namibia. With 200 metres of waterfront on the river, and fourteen grassed campsites, Fiddler’s Creek is essentially a bush camp, equipped with modern conveniences. Some of the bigger camping sites boast large tables and benches as a permanent fixture beneath roofed areas. Also, to ensure guests’ privacy, almost all of the camping sites have been enclosed with reed fencing. At this campsite, you will be able to find a small store, a pay-telephone booth, pay-per-coin filtered water system, bar facilities, a pool table, and a volleyball court.

About Amy Saville

Article by: Amy Saville
on April 2, 2014
Filed under  Africa Blog • South Africa 
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