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Places to Camp along the Orange River

Best camping along the Orange River (South Africa)

Embark on a captivating camping adventure along South Africa’s longest river with our guide to the best campsites on the Orange River. From the serene Drakensberg Mountains to its descent into the Atlantic Ocean, the Orange River offers a unique blend of natural beauty, outdoor activities, and tranquil camping spots. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a first-time adventurer, this guide will navigate you through some of the most picturesque and well-equipped campsites along this iconic African 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.

Amanzi River Camp

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

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

Khamkirri River Camp

Khamkirri River Camp is a popular destination for rafting enthusiasts. The campsite is situated on a bend in the Orange River, and offers a range of accommodation options, from camping to luxury chalets. The campsite has a communal kitchen, ablution facilities, and braai facilities. Activities include rafting, kayaking, hiking, and fishing.

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Khamkirri River Camp


Fiddler’s Creek Campsite

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.

Fiddlers Creek Campsite - Review of Bushwhacked Outdoor adventures, Vioolsdrif, South Africa - Tripadvisor

Fiddlers Creek Campsite

Felix Unite Provenance Camp

Felix Unite Provenance Camp is one of the most popular campsites along the Orange River. It’s located on the banks of the river, and you’ll be able to enjoy amazing views of the water. The campsite is surrounded by beautiful mountains, and you’ll be able to go on hikes and explore the surrounding area. The facilities at the campsite are excellent, with hot showers, clean bathrooms, and a swimming pool.

Felix Unite Provenance Camp, Noordoewer

Felix Unite Provenance Camp

The Growcery Camp

The Growcery Camp is a unique camping experience along the Orange River. The campsite is located on a farm, and you’ll be able to enjoy fresh produce and meat during your stay. The facilities at the campsite are excellent, with hot showers, clean bathrooms, and a swimming pool. You’ll be able to take part in a range of activities, including river rafting, hiking, and fishing.

The Growcery Camp Richtersveld - Eco Camp Orange River

Camping along the Orange River offers a memorable experience for all types of travelers. From serene landscapes and outdoor activities to well-equipped campsites, these locations provide an ideal getaway for those seeking to immerse themselves in South Africa’s natural beauty. Whether it’s for adventure or relaxation, each campsite along the Orange River promises a unique and enriching outdoor experience.

About Amy Saville

Article by: Amy Saville
on December 2, 2023
Filed under  Africa Blog • South Africa 
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