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Marius Spangenberg, owner of Orange River Rafters, was a businessman who spent his holidays on the Orange River. His passion for the outdoors, nature, river rafting, and entertainment encouraged him to sell his business and to start Orange River Rafters. With 23 years of business experience, passion for the outdoors, nature, river rafting, and entertainment, he is committed and dedicated to giving his clients the best service and adventure.

"When clients visit us, they should never forget the adventure” and that is his mission.

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Marius Spangenberg

Service is of utmost importance to Marius and his team and they are ready for all their adventure-seeking clients.

Their business motto is:

  • Our clients are the most important part of our business, they are not dependent on us, we are dependent on them.
  • Our clients are not interrupting our work, they are the purpose of it.
  • Our clients are not outsiders in our business, they are part of it.
  • We are not doing our clients a favour by serving them, they are doing us a favour by giving us the opportunity to do so.

About the Orange River, fish & bird species

The Orange River Basin extends extensively into Namibia and Botswana to the north.

It rises in the Drakensberg mountains in Lesotho, flowing westward through South Africa to the Atlantic Ocean. The river forms part of the international borders between South Africa and Namibia and between South Africa and Lesotho, as well as several provincial borders within South Africa. Except for Upington, it does not pass through any major cities. The Orange River plays an important role in the South African economy by providing water for irrigation and hydro-electric power. The river was named by Robert Jacob Gordon after the Dutch Royal House. Other names include Gariep River (used by the Khoi people), Groote River or Senqu River (used in Lesotho). The Orange River runs westward through South Africa, forming the south-western boundary of the Free State province. In this section, the river flows first into the Gariep Dam (the largest in the country) and later into the Vanderkloof Dam. From the border of Lesotho to below the Van der Kloof Dam, the river bed is deeply incised. Further downstream the land is flatter and the river is used extensively for irrigation. At the western point of the Free State, south-west of Kimberley, the Orange meets with its main tributary, the Vaal River, which itself forms much of the northern border of the province. From here the river flows further westward through the arid wilderness of the southern Kalahari region and Namaqualand in the Northern Cape province to meet with Namibia at 20°E longitude where it flows westward for 550 km, forming the international border between the province and Namibia's Karas Region.

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About the Richtersveld

The Richtersveld is a vast and unforgiving environment; stark and dramatic, yet strikingly beautiful. This route is for the self-sufficient 4x4 traveller only and it is highly recommended that you travel in a convoy as you traverse this largely uninhabited part of the Northern Cape.

It is a mountainous desert situated in the north-west corner of South Africa. To its west is the cold and rough Atlantic Ocean, while the remarkable Orange River, the largest river in South Africa, winds along its northern border. The Richtersveld has the highest diversity of succulent plants in the world (4 849 species, of which 1 940 are endemic), as well as eerie coastal mists, alluvial diamonds and truly indigenous cultures.

While many people already know about the Richtersveld National Park, few realise there is an equally large protected area to the south, previously called the Richtersveld Community Conservancy. This area is the last refuge of the Nama people, living what is known as the transhumant lifestyle – to migrate seasonally with their livestock from mountains to the river and so make sustainable use of the fragile succulent ecosystem. In recognition of this vanishing lifestyle, and of the rare botanical diversity it helps protect, the conservancy has been declared the core of a new World Heritage Site – one of only eight in South Africa. Each small village in the Richtersveld has distinctive features and characteristics. The traditional culture of the inhabitants should be explored and enjoyed. Visiting these hospitable and friendly people is an essential part of any trip to the area.

The Ai-Ais Richtersveld National Park is unique in that it is a contractual park – jointly managed by the local community and South African National Parks. Stock farmers may continue to graze their livestock in the park, thereby maintaining a centuries-old tradition.

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