Water, glorious water: take a look at the Orange River in all its splendour

Posted by David Henning on 12 January 2022

Large parts of South Africa have received heavy rains for weeks now, leading to rivers and dams bursting from their seams and flooding in some parts.

The Orange River in particular has been a hot topic as the Augrabies waterfalls are gushing, a wonderful sight to behold.

Vooilsdrift, a small town situated along the Orange River – known as one of the hottest places in South Africa – has also seen some unusually high water levels.

Augrabies Falls in full flood after the good rains. Picture: SANParks

Christine and Graham Bowles at Frontier River resort, a luxury tented camp along the Orange River said they are ‘amazed by the amount of water that flows past us on a  daily basis.’

Picture: Frontier River Resort

Picture: Frontier River Resort

Picture: Frontier River Resort

‘With the river being so full it just seems to give so much more life to everything, the birds are more, there are Fish Eagles, it’s just spectacular. The whole place just seems to come alive,’ Christine said.

They mentioned that only one year ago in February, they had very high water levels from high rainfall in the South African interior too.

Picture: Frontier River Resort

On Saturday, January 8 Vanderkloof Dam was at 107% full, slowly dropping down from 111% recorded on New Year’s Day. Steve Moseley from Adventure Kayaking in Gariep let us know that they have postponed all river trips due to dangerous water levels. ‘By all accounts, there is still lots of rain and more water from upstream to come in the weeks ahead,’ Moseley said.

Take a look at some more videos of the Orange River shared by residents and visitors:


Incredible footage of the Augrabies Falls gushing at full force

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