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FFor water-sport enthusiasts, activities along the Orange River are a major highlight. This incredible body of water stretches 2200km from the Drakensberg (in Lesotho) to Alexander Bay (Atlantic Ocean). Fly fishing, canoeing and white-water rafting are all popular along the Orange River, with well-appointed tour operators who take care of all of the details. Several respected South African river adventure companies offer rafting down the Orange River, starting from their respective base camps along the river's course. The trips are well organised and the catering is superb. Each night you stop off at an inspiring natural location in this rugged semi-desert landscape where a meal is cooked for you by your guides. Roast lamb on an open fire in the Richtersveld National Park never tasted so good. Nights are spent under the stars in a sleeping bag or tent. Out here you are on the edge of the world, with no artificial light in sight. Early the next morning you’re awakened by the call of the African fish eagle hunting for its breakfast on the river, and by the smell of fresh coffee brewing on the fire. If you need any further temptation, simply imagine yourself rafting down one of the world’s greatest rivers under the African sky.