Oranje all the way 2021.
Ok, so this tour is for campers, tourers, fishermen, historians, geologists, National park enthousiasts, 4×4 drivers, 4×2 drivers. So very much for everyone.
Our first tour in 2020 under COVID was just so much fun, that I had to do it again. This tour is a modification of the Richtersveld tour. Driving down the Orange river is such a cool thing to do, that I thought it would be great to start our story at the beginning.
The Orange river has a long history and significance for our region that I think it is a must, to experience it.
We start our journey on the Lesotho border and follow the Orange river. First the upper regeons then the confluence with the Vaal, the Kimberly area and the Kakemas wine regeon. The Namaqualand and Richtersveld.
It is spectacular and surprising to find the little spots of paradise next to the river as we wind our way down to the Atlantic.
This tour will have something for all.
We all make our way to the starting point of our journey. We meet at Zastron for our first night.
After breakfast we start our journey. We meet up with our traveling companion, The Senqu, it had just changed its name as it arrived from Lesotho and will now be known as the Orange, or Gariep. We cross the river a few times and end the day on the banks of the Orange at the Van der Kloof Dam. A super delightful campsite that you never knew existed.
We visit the town of Orania. A Banting coffee and koeksister or slice of cake are in order in this little town. We visit the Koeksister monument before heading out to Mokala.
We head over to SANPARKS newest park. Mokala National park. We expect to be in camp early and enjoy a game drive in the park for the afternoon.
After a late breakfast we continue our journey and follow the Orange River further west. Traveling through Douglas where the Vaal river join us. We head towards Groblershoop where we spend the night on the banks of the Orange river. Another little gem of a campsite
We continue following the river until we get to Uppington. Here we pop in for a few supplies before heading to our camp in Kakamas, again on the banks of the Orange river.
Arriving early will allow you to do a bit of wine tasting on the camp grounds. An award winning wine farm where we can stock up for the next few days…
At Pella we break away from the tar and head down to the Orange, now forming the border with Namibia. A remote campsite on the Namaqua 4×4 eco route, on the banks of the Orange is on the cards for tonight. This is a favourite of many guests on this tour.
After a late morning we leave our campsite and complete the section of the Namaqua 4×4 eco route as we head in to Vioolsdrift for the night.
Our last two days comprise of driving the back roads to the Richtersveld and sleeping in the in the Richtersveld on the banks of the Orange for the last two nights.
We take a day drive and explore the park. Or you could do some fishing or just lazy around.
We exit the park and head to the mouth of the Orange. Here our tour concludes and we return home.
Tour specific comments
A normal 4×4 with low range as you buy them from the shop floor. No special kit required.
A 4×2 will also be sufficient, but no towing for a 4×2
No experience required, I personally guide the tour and will give you everything you need as we go.
You may bring your off road trailer.
No passport required for South Africans