Welcome to Khamkirri, where adventure and nature meet
Our River camp base is on the northern bank of the Orange River near Augrabies in the Northern Cape’s Green Kalahari region where the cool waters of our magnificent river provide a welcome respite from the region’s arid landscape
The river is the life force of the region and flows languidly westwards through this landscape of contrasts. The combination of the vivid red Kalahari Desert soil, the thundering roar of the Augrabies Falls and the abundance of xerophyte desert plant species provide the natural beauty of our rugged region.
The Orange River (Afrikaans/Dutch: Oranjerivier), Gariep River, Groote River or Senqu River is the longest river in South Africa. (2,200 Kilometres in total length) It rises in the Drakensberg Mountains in Lesotho about 193 km (120 mi) west of the Indian Ocean and at an altitude of over 3,000 m. While in Lesotho, the river is known as the Senqu and parts of it freeze in winter due to the high altitude. The river flows westwards through South Africa to the Atlantic Ocean and 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.
In its upper reaches the river flows into first the Gariep Dam (the largest in the country), and on to the VanderkloofDam. 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. The Augrabies Falls are located on this section of the Orange. From here it flows westwards for 550 km, forming the international border between the South Africa and Namibia before flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. 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 of Orange.
Khamkirri also offers event hosting such as conferences, weddings and corporate team building and our hospitality and beautiful setting will ensure a memorable event.
Khamkirri has organized and hosted numerous Adventure Events in the past. These include Extreme Marathons, Adventure Races, Mountain Bike Races as well as Horse Endurance Races and Canoe Marathons.
The most memorable of these was the Global Extreme challenge that we did for American Adventure Productions. This multimillion dollar event was broadcasted on OLN and ESPN.
Currently we are the organizers of the Green Kalahari Canoe Marathon which is one of the most successful river marathons in South Africa.www.gkcm.co.za
We offer river rafting and kayaking as well as a wide range of other river and land based adventure activities. Our facilities are family orientated and there are plenty of activities to ensure that your visit is both exciting and memorable for adults and children of all ages. While we provide adventure and relaxation for corporate, business and private clients, our goal is to ensure that they all have fun at Khamkirri, the adventure destination of choice!
During the past several years Khamkirri has played host to location shoots for numerous TV and Film productions in the past. These include a series such as ER and I Shouldn’t Be Alive for Discovery Channel.
Our proximity to the Augrabies Falls, Riemvasmaak and other local attractions also makes us an ideal base from which to explore the greater Green Kalahari area.
As the day’s activities slow, our magnificent sunsets reflected in the river set the tone for relaxed, balmy evenings. A visit to Khamkirri promises an unforgettable outdoor experience in our unspoilt, rugged landscape.