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Orange River Crossing South Africa and Namibia

28.7S 17.6E

February 19th, 2010 Category: Rivers

South Africa - January 26th, 2010

South Africa - January 26th, 2010

The Orange River can be seen here flowing westwards 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.

Although the river does not pass through any major cities, it plays an important role in the South African economy by providing water for irrigation, as well as hydroelectric power.

The Orange rises in the Drakensberg mountains along the border between South Africa and Lesotho. It then runs westwards through South Africa, forming the south-western boundary of the Free State province.  At the western point of the Free State, southwest 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 westwards through the arid wilderness of the southern Kalahari region and Namaqualand in the Northern Cape Province to meet with Namibia at the 20th degree of east longitude. From here it flows westwards for 550 km, forming the international border between the province and Namibia’s Karas Region.

Orange River Flowing Across South Africa Near Upington

28.4S 21.2E

December 4th, 2009 Category: Rivers

South Africa - November 17th, 2009

South Africa - November 17th, 2009

This image focuses on a stretch of the Orange River in South Africa, near the town of Upington (located approximately in the middle of the visible river segment). This Southern Kalahari Desert town is situated within the fertile Orange River Valley, a bright green ribbon that brings life-giving water from the Lesotho Highlands and snakes across the semi-arid Northern Cape landscape.

The Orange River that flows through Upington is the result of the confluence of the Orange and Vaal rivers at the town of Douglas, approximately 300 km upstream. The geography in this area varies from sandy red dunes, rock faced ‘koppies’ hills, African veld and extremely fertile agricultural areas.