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    Hello Chaps,
    about 8 or nine years ago I drove from steinkopf to goodhouse along the road ( unmarked on maps)
    Up to the Orange river and from there through to Pella . It was a gravel road. At the orange river the road winds gently along the orange river past reed beds and river full of wild geese.
    Can anyone tell me if it is permissible to put up a tent and camp next to the river? Maybe for a few days at a time
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    That is now the Namakwa Eco Route and can be booked at the tourism office in Springbok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Safari View Post
    That is now the Namakwa Eco Route and can be booked at the tourism office in Springbok.
    What he said.

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    Default Re: orange river near pella

    how is the flow of the Orange river at the moment in Kakamas area? We will be visiting in December time

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    Very low at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bex View Post
    Very low at the moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwayne P View Post
    how is the flow of the Orange river at the moment in Kakamas area? We will be visiting in December time
    http://www.dwa.gov.za/Hydrology/Unve...aFlowInfo.aspx
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    I would recommend taking time out for a canoe safari. There is no better way to commune with the Orange river.

    I worked for a while as a river guide for an outfit callled Kalahari Adventure Centre (based between Kakamas and Augrabies).

    Drifting downstream towards Onseepkans during the day, camping next to the river (just next to the river - not in a campsite) every night.

    Now one of the overnight stops has a large hot spring. This is not a fiberglass pool, just basically a hole in the ground created by the upwelling spring water.

    Laying in steaming 35 degree water under those stars with champaigne and the music of the river and nature in your ears will always, for me, be one of the most magical experiences of my life!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredevans View Post
    Hello Chaps,
    about 8 or nine years ago I drove from steinkopf to goodhouse along the road ( unmarked on maps)
    Up to the Orange river and from there through to Pella . It was a gravel road. At the orange river the road winds gently along the orange river past reed beds and river full of wild geese.
    Can anyone tell me if it is permissible to put up a tent and camp next to the river? Maybe for a few days at a time
    regards
    fred
    Hi Fred
    I have just come back from driving the roads you talk about. As said, this is now the Namakwa Eco Route. It costs R450 to do the route and R200 per night to camp at the "official" wild camping sites (Kamgab, Ramansdrift and Groot Melkhoutboom near Witbank). However, if you just wanted to camp at Kamgab or Ramansdrift I guess you would just pay for the camping as, (if you're approaching from Steinkopf), you're not really on the trail and just doing public roads. You can read my recent trip report under the Northern Cape thread for further info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredevans View Post
    Hello Chaps,
    about 8 or nine years ago I drove from steinkopf to goodhouse along the road ( unmarked on maps)
    Up to the Orange river and from there through to Pella . It was a gravel road. At the orange river the road winds gently along the orange river past reed beds and river full of wild geese.
    Can anyone tell me if it is permissible to put up a tent and camp next to the river? Maybe for a few days at a time
    regards
    fred
    We did the Namakwa Eco Route in Dec 2016.

    Slept right next to river as the designated spots as mentioned.

    Awesome trip, just bloody hot in Dec. Measured 51 degrees the one day next to the river
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lxv View Post
    I would recommend taking time out for a canoe safari. There is no better way to commune with the Orange river.

    I worked for a while as a river guide for an outfit callled Kalahari Adventure Centre (based between Kakamas and Augrabies).

    Drifting downstream towards Onseepkans during the day, camping next to the river (just next to the river - not in a campsite) every night.

    Now one of the overnight stops has a large hot spring. This is not a fiberglass pool, just basically a hole in the ground created by the upwelling spring water.

    Laying in steaming 35 degree water under those stars with champaigne and the music of the river and nature in your ears will always, for me, be one of the most magical experiences of my life!
    Are there age restrictions for doing the canoe safari? Sounds awesome!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by All -in -one View Post
    Are there age restrictions for doing the canoe safari? Sounds awesome!!!
    It is!

    The place I worked has a particularly stunning section of the river - you wont see anyone else, just your party.

    You can choose between self-catering or everything laid on.

    www.kalahari-adventures.co.za

    Their client liabilty insurance covers children 6 years and up.

    Younger, it is up to the parent's discretion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lxv View Post
    It is!

    The place I worked has a particularly stunning section of the river - you wont see anyone else, just your party.

    You can choose between self-catering or everything laid on.

    www.kalahari-adventures.co.za

    Their client liabilty insurance covers children 6 years and up.

    Younger, it is up to the parent's discretion.
    Thanks for this, much appreciated. Fortunately my grand son (lives with us) turns 6 in Feb so all good. When is the best time of year to go? He will start Grade R so will have to be during holiday periods
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    Quote Originally Posted by shfish View Post
    Hi Fred
    I have just come back from driving the roads you talk about. As said, this is now the Namakwa Eco Route. It costs R450 to do the route and R200 per night to camp at the "official" wild camping sites (Kamgab, Ramansdrift and Groot Melkhoutboom near Witbank). However, if you just wanted to camp at Kamgab or Ramansdrift I guess you would just pay for the camping as, (if you're approaching from Steinkopf), you're not really on the trail and just doing public roads. You can read my recent trip report under the Northern Cape thread for further info.
    I read your trip report. Quite
    entertaining
    yet informative. Thanks

    But looks like you guys did quite a bit of wander about. You mentioned that you drove around 500km, what's the actual distance if one does not get lost?

    Also, how to make a booking for the trail and accommodations? Will they allow a small dog? I believe it's not part of national park?

    We plan to go Pella to Alex Bay... but the experience you had with getting lost, not finding tracks, I am rethinking if we should do more or less what you did.

    We are not part of any group, therefore the concern is more.

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    Many thanks for the feedback--
    I will contact the relevant people and make arrangements as nessessary
    regards
    fred
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    Wow - 50 degrees is a bit heavy for a 76 year old just wanting to get away from it all
    when is a good time to visit when not so hot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredevans View Post
    Wow - 50 degrees is a bit heavy for a 76 year old just wanting to get away from it all
    when is a good time to visit when not so hot?
    We went end August this year. Weather super. Also did April 2016 and weather magic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredevans View Post
    Wow - 50 degrees is a bit heavy for a 76 year old just wanting to get away from it all
    when is a good time to visit when not so hot?
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    Default Re: orange river near pella

    April and Aug - Sept have the best weather all round.

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    Avoid any month with an R in it

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