Northern Cape, South Africa

Take a four days by kayak from Hopetown, South Africa to Douglas, South Africa. You don't have to go all the way to the Namibian border to paddle the Orange. Less than seven hours drive from Johannesburg, you can leave your deadlines behind and get in touch with the simple things again -- and shoot a rapid or two, of course. Soon after pushing off from Hopetown, you paddle under the first wagon bridge over the orange river, built in 1871 during the Kimberley diamond rush.
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