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9 LONGEST RIVERS

9. THE GREAT KEI

Runs: 520 kilometres | Province: Eastern Cape

With a catchment area of 20 566 km2, the Great Kei River is notable for its considerable geographical and historical significance to the people of the Eastern Cape Province. Snaking 525 kilometres from the heart … Read More

8. OLIFANTS

Runs: 560 kilometres | Province: Mpumalanga / Limpopo

Flowing between South Africa and Mozambique, this river is known by at least four different names. Our Portuguese-speaking neighbours in the north, call it Rio dos Elefantes. As it flows throw the different … Read More

7. GAMTOOS

Runs: 645 kilometres | Province: Eastern Cape

The historically-inclined will recall a severe drought that was visited upon the east coast of South Africa in 1877. The unthinkable happened. The Gamtoos River as we knew it, dried up completely. Well, the … Read More

6. GREAT FISH

Runs: 692 kilometres | Province: Eastern Cape

A typical technique for targeting Yellowfish and moggel in these waters is upstream nymphing. This entails using 5/6 weight rod with a floating line and a nine foot leader. Attach a strike indicator to … Read More

5. NOSSOB

Runs: 740 kilometres | Province: Northern Cape

The KhoiKhoi community of the Northern Cape call this river Nossob which, in their native language, simply means ‘black river’. Covering an impressive distance of 740 kilometres, this dry river bed crosses the border … Read More

4. MOLOPO

Runs: 960 kilometres | Province: North West

Flowing south-westerly, the Molopo River boasts a length of approximately 960 kilometres and a catchment area of 367 201 km2, making it only the 4th longest river in South Africa. It acts as a border … Read More

3. VAAL

Runs: 1120 kilometres | Province: Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, North West

In the mid-19th century, this river (known as Lekwa in Sotho) formed the northern border of Moshoeshoe’s Basotho Kingdom at its height and then later became the boundary between the … Read More

2. LIMPOPO

Runs: 1750 kilometres | Province: Limpopo

Perhaps no man has given a more pertinent description of this quasi mighty watercourse than famed author Rudyard Kipling, who described it in his short story The Elephant’s Child, as “the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo … Read More

1. ORANGE

Runs: 2200 kilometres | Province: Free State, Northern Cape

And now, His Majesty the Orange River! Call it what you will – Gariep, Groote, Senqu – this is the longest and grandest of all South African rivers. The river was … Read More

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