Orange River – Goodhouse to Vioolsdrif

This section is uneventful and not as scenic as most of the other stretches. It is not really isolated nor is it unspoilt, owing to farm development along the banks. The only thing to look out for on this section is a high weir about halfway down. It should definitely be portaged, as it is many metres high. Touring kayak and K1 paddlers might find it worthwhile as they can easily cover long distances on flat-water.

  • Ideal for: K1, touring kayak
  • Grade: 1
  • Length: 70km
  • Duration: 2 to 4 days
  • Type: Flat
  • Put-in: Goodhouse
  • Take-out: Vioolsdrif
  • Dam controlled: Vanderkloof Dam, Bloemhof Dam
  • Permits: None

MAP 61

This river description is taken from my book “Run the Rivers of Southern Africa”.
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