What is Orange River?

  • (noun): A river in South Africa that flows generally westward to the Atlantic Ocean.
    Synonyms: Orange

Orange River

The Orange River (Afrikaans/Dutch: Oranjerivier), Gariep River, Groote River or Senqu River is the longest river in South Africa. It rises in the Drakensberg mountains in Lesotho, 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 river was named by Robert Jacob Gordon after the Dutch Royal House.

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Onseepkans
... a small settlement on the banks of the Orange River in Northern Cape Province, South Africa ... lands which are supplied with water from the Orange River ... There are small communities on both sides of the Orange River in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of the country ...
List Of Lesotho–South Africa Border Crossings - Geography
... Starting at Mont-aux-Sources, the border runs along the drainage divide between the basin of the Orange River (which flows to the Atlantic Ocean) and the various rivers flowing off the ... It follows this watershed as far as the source of the Tele River near Ben Macdhui from there it follows the Tele to its confluence with the Orange River, and the Orange to its confluence with the ... From this confluence the border runs up the Makhaleng River to a point west of Mohale's Hoek, and then along a series of hills and straight-line segments to ...
Orange River - Literature
... Thomas Kruchem Orange~Senqu ... Artery of Life ...
Alexander Bay, Northern Cape - Geography and Climate
... The Orange River enters the Atlantic Ocean at Alexander Bay ... The Orange River wetland forms the border between South Africa and Namibia ... The Orange River wetland is a declared RAMSAR site ...
Namaqualand
... It is divided by the lower course of the Orange River into two portions - Little Namaqualand to the south and Great Namaqualand to the north ... is quite rich in alluvial diamonds deposited along the coast by the Orange River ... As the name suggests, it is at the mouth of the Orange River which forms the border between South Africa and Namibia ...

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