Several outfits offer multi-day canoe trips down the Orange River; the two operators below are experienced, with excellent reputations, and can rent out camping equipment. Paddle through dramatic scenery, enjoy excellent campfire cooking and sleep out under the stars. Since these companies cater primarily to school groups and South African families, high-season prices coincide with South African school holidays (generally Sept to mid-Oct, mid-Dec to mid-Jan and over Easter), when the camp accommodation is usually booked up. You can also organize to go canoeing for a day (usually spending about four hours on the river) at short notice.

Amanzi Trails

15km west of the B1, signposted off the C13 after 11km t 063 297255, w amanzitrails.co.za. The standard four-day canoe trip costsN$3160/person, but if you’re feeling less energetic, a half-day paddle from the bridge at Noordoewer back down to camp will give you a taster (N$300).

Felix Unite

10km west of the B1, along the C13; South Africa t (0)87 345 0578, w felixunite.com. Offers half-day excursions (around four hours paddling, no refreshments included), and four- and six-day camping and canoeing trips on set dates. Half-day tripN$395/person; four-day trip N$3850/person

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