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Norotshama River Resort

Norotshama River Resort

The Orange River forms the border between South Africa and Namibia, and nestled on its Namibian banks is Norotshama River Resort. In a malaria-free valley of southern Namibia’s Karas, Norotshama offers grand vistas across the huge open plains. Though the terrain may seem arid and devoid of life, it is in fact rich in everything . . . except possibly rainfall.

Norotshama River Resort borders the Ai-Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Conservation Park, which encompasses some of the most spectacular desert scenery southern Africa. This park is most known for its unique and impressive variety of plant species.

Norotshama River Resort is ideally situated in the heart of the Aussenkehr Grape Valley, so named because it is home to the largest export table grape farms in the southern hemisphere. As the Orange River has no hippo or crocodile in its waters, swimming in the river is a joy, and water activities do not carry a “crocs and hippos are hungry” warning.

Overnighting at Norotshama or even staying for a couple of nights is a great idea as there is much to see and do in the region. The resort encompasses over thirty resident chalets, all of which have air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. The chalets offer a variety of accommodation options, and most feature great views of the river.

Norotshama also has an excellent a la carte restaurant, which boasts the best flame-grilled steaks in the whole of southern Africa. The main area has barbeque facilities, a swimming pool with easy chairs, a child’s splash pool, and excellent views onto the Orange River and the mountains beyond. The lodge has a number of additional sites at which to enjoy dinner under the stars. These candle-lit meals are undeniably romantic, but the sunset that precedes them, the evening twilight that follows, and the stars that then crowd the sky are even more awe-inspiring.

If you have always wanted to try river rafting, now is your opportunity. The resort offers one and three-day trips. On the overnight trips, guests spend the nights on the banks of the Orange River. This stretch of the river is fairly gentle, so even those who are not fit will find the trip wonderful.

Of increasing popularity is rock climbing. Twelve official rock climbing routes that range grade 15 to 24 have been identified and set out by professional rock climbing experts. Be sure to bring your own gear! Guests can also visit a nearby farm where a German military battalion fought the indigenous Nama peoples during the Nama rebellion of 1903-1906. There is also a small graveyard where casualties of the German Mounted Infantrymen are buried.

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