Get closer to the wonders of the natural world…
Based in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, Orange River Hunting & Safari’s operates within an area of over 20,000 hectares with spectacular grassland valleys, mountain ranges and red sand dunes that the Kalahari is known for. Wide open spaces, red sand dunes and starry night skies are unique to the beauty of the Kalahari.
The region of the Kalahari is also home to a diverse range of bird population, one of which is the sociable weaver (Philetairus socius), also known as the common social weaver. The Social Weaver is a species of bird in the Weaver family endemic to Southern Africa. It is the only species assigned to the genus Philetairus, found in South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana. Centered within the Northern Cape Province of South Africa, they build large compound community nests, perhaps the most spectacular structure built by any bird, and a wonderful sight.
Native also to the Kalahari is the ground pangolin (Smutsia temminckii). It is the only pangolin species that inhabits dry semi-desert environments in the Southern African region. These are animals that are rare and very difficult to spot. They resemble something from an ancient prehistoric world, with the dinosaur – scaly appearance, yet intriguingly the pangolin is a mammal. Orange River Hunting & Safari’s values the beauty of the Kalahari landscape and all its inhabitants such as the endangered pangolin and their continue existence and safety is extremely important to us.
The Cape porcupine or South African porcupine, (Hystrix africaeaustralis), is a species of Old World porcupine indigenous to central and southern Africa. Known in South Africa as an “ystervark“, the porcupine, which is famous for its sharp and rather dangerous quills. The Cape porcupines is the largest rodent in Africa and one of the heaviest in the world. It is the largest amongst all species of porcupines.
Then there is the “Aarvark“, which is the first word in the English dictionary but one which come from the South African Language “Afrikaans”, meaning “ground pig” or “ground hog”. The aardvark is a nocturnal, burrowing mammal native to Africa. It is the only living species of the order Tubulidentata. We hope that you are lucky enough to spot one of these creatures during your visit to Orange River Hunting & Safari’s, because it is a once in a lifetime experience and very special.
One of the activities that Orange River Hunting & Safari’s present is relaxing fishing on the Orange River. Orange River is derived from the Afrikaans/Dutch name of Oranjerivier. It is the longest river in South Africa and the River Basin extends extensively into Namibia and Botswana to the north. Upington is the only city that the Orange River passes through, it does not pass through any other major cities. The Orange River plays a key role in the South African economy by providing water for irrigation and hydroelectric 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.