Orange River Mouth

The Orange River Mouth from the Namibian side looking south.  Pelicans, cormorants and large flocks of terns are using the sandspit as a roost.
Great White Pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus) and large flocks of terns (Sterna sp.) at the Orange River Mouth.
View of the Orange River Mouth from Swartkop looking west.  The river mouth is in the centre of the picture.
View of the Oppenheimer bridge from Swartkop.

Orange River Mouth

  • Country: 
    Namibia
  • Site number: 
    744
  • Area: 
    500 ha
  • Designation date: 
    23-08-1995
  • Coordinates: 
    28°40'S 16°30'E
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Overview

Orange River Mouth. 23/08/95; 500 ha; 28°40'S 016°30'E. Transborder site with South Africa. The sole perennial river in the region, it forms a linear oasis (floodplain) of islands and sand bars through an arid region. The site provides habitat for a variety of endemic plants and during the summer is the sixth richest wetland in southern Africa, in terms of bird numbers supported. The abundance of three species exceed 1% of their respective global populations. Restricted recreation takes place within the park. In surrounding areas, activities include diamond mining, irrigation, and large-scale water abstraction. Ramsar site no. 744. Most recent RIS information: 1995.

Administrative region: 
Karas Region

  • National legal designation: 
    • National Park
  • Last publication date: 
    23-08-1995

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