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  • Stunning views from the tranquil riverbank location
  • Numerous activities and interests on offer along the Orange River
  • This pleasingly modern venue offers a comfortable, restful stay

River Place Manor

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Upington


-28.4531, 21.2649


Set in an oasis of green grounds on the banks of the Orange River, which gives life to the arid Kalahari Desert, River Place Manor offers a wonderful mix of relaxation, pampering and exciting activities. 

The manor is an elegant example of modern styling, mirrored by the manicured gardens and swimming pool area just a few metres from the river’s rushing waters. There are 12 tastefully-decorated rooms, all of which have kitchenettes that allow for self-catering. A bed and breakfast option is available for those who would prefer to enjoy the guest house’s extensive Continental and English breakfast, served on the river-facing patio or in the dining room. Delicious tray lunches and dinners are also available. 

Most of the rooms have their own patios or balconies with lovely river views, allowing guests to relax and let the flowing water and ample birdlife soothe their souls. The deluxe standard rooms do not face the river, instead offering views over the vineyards of the estate.

All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, fridges (stocked on request), tea/coffee facilities, hairdryers, ironing stations, safes and en-suite bathrooms with underfloor heating for the cold winter nights. Sleek wooden floors and top-class fittings add to the elegant feel.

Although all the rooms are very comfortable, the superior rooms offer that extra bit of luxury, featuring extra-spacious interiors. Several are double rooms with King-size beds that can be converted into twins, while the others have two double beds and are ideal for families. A few feature full bathrooms, and the rest are suitable for those who need only a shower. Coming with a choice of King-size or twin beds, the deluxe rooms have en-suite showers.

Apart from providing maximum comfort, the manor allows guests to enjoy the riverside location to its fullest. The picturesque view of rocks, lush vegetation and surging water can be soaked up from the comfort of loungers under the trees, outer seating areas on the lawns or from the swimming pool. Active guests can walk a few steps to the private jetty to launch a canoe, or try their hand at angling for the variety of indigenous fish. Fishing gear is provided for guests who don’t have their own. The bird-watching is good too, with a wide range of species drawn to the river’s fertile essence.

At the end of the day, a magnificent sunset over the river can be ushered in over a braai in a lovely barbeque area. All equipment is sourced for you, and local meat and excellent wine can be provided. 

A variety of services are available to make a stay as convenient and memorable as possible. There are work facilities, while airport transfers and tours, as well as 4x4 rental, can be arranged. The area has a rich variety of attractions, ranging from the arid, game-filled expanses of the Augrabies and Kgalagadi Parks, to urban attractions such as the Kalahari Mall and a casino. In between, guests can go on camel rides, helicopter flips, hunting excursions or tours to bushman paintings. Your hosts are more than happy to provide information about other these and other attractions.

Rates & Summary

5 Superior Rooms

Some sleep 2 in King-size/twin beds
Some sleep 4 in 2 double beds
En-suite bath and shower or shower only
Patio or balcony with braai facilities
River views

5 Deluxe River Facing Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower
Patio with river view

2 Deluxe Standard Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower
Patio with views over vineyards


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B&B and self-catering options available


Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Set on the banks of the mighty Orange River in Upington, a town known as the Kalahari’s Oasis, River Place Manor offers luxury bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation, a swimming pool and a range of activities. Most of the manor’s luxurious, modern rooms have patios or balconies with views of the Orange River, which flows right past the lush grounds. The river is the perfect setting for canoeing, fishing and bird-watching, while there are tranquil relaxation areas on its banks.


  • Stunning views from the tranquil riverbank location
  • Numerous activities and interests on offer along the Orange River
  • This pleasingly modern venue offers a comfortable, restful stay

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Braai facilities
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Nearby: river cruises, rafting, Augrabies National Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, hiking, bushman caves, horse trails, camel rides, helicopter flips, hunting, 4x4 trails, golf, tennis, Kalahari Mall, casino.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant
  • Kitchenette
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Limited business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




Green Kalahari

Northern Cape


The Green Kalahari embraces a large tract of undulating red dunes, mountain desert, and grasslands in the far north of the Northern Cape Province bordering Namibia and Botswana. In the extreme north it is home to the popular Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park where the black-maned lion is king, while in the west lies the Augrabies Falls National Park.

Upington, which straddles the banks of the Orange River where the N10 and N14 intersect, is the region’s main town. Further down river the other important regional towns of Keimoes and Kakamas bask amongst the vineyards. 

Many may consider ’green’ a little optimistic where the Kalahari is concerned. However, the ‘Green’, in this case, is in reference to the extensive vineyards that flank the Orange River as it curves through the region. In summer they trace a lush, verdant line against an otherwise arid backdrop of hills and plains cloaked in autumnal colours for most of the year. The vineyards follow the river for 350km and cover over 17 000 hectares making it one of the most intensively farmed areas in South Africa. 

From here table grapes are exported to Europe, while some cultivars are turned into award-winning wines by Orange River Wine Cellars. This five-cellar co-operative, which produces around 30 different wines, is the largest in the country. 

Paradoxically, for a region considered by many to be a desert, there are plenty of water-based activities, all of which are centred on the Orange River - at 2200km it’s South Africa’s longest River. Great river-rafting opportunities can be enjoyed along the stretch between Kakamas and the Augrabies falls.

There’s also fishing, ‘twitching’ along the banks, and in Upington, an evening cruise while supping a few cold beverages to watch the sunset.

Then there’s the varied desert wilderness to explore, from the rocky environs around Augrabies Falls and Riemvasmaak, through the rolling red sand dunes further north, to the vast flat pans in the Mier area. Amidst all this rugged scenery Camelthorn trees dot the landscapes and the large thatched nests of the busy sociable weavers crown both trees and telephone poles alike. 

Game viewing in the Green Kalahari is somehow more rewarding than in areas more flush with rainfall. Perhaps it’s the amazement at the variety in an arid land. 

The prime spot is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, but there’s also Augrabies Falls National Park, isolated areas like Spitskop Nature Reserve near Upington, and a host of game farms.

Birdwatchers, and especially those into raptors, are likely to suffer whiplash from swinging the binos around at the variety, especially in the far north. From the mighty martial eagle to the diminutive pygmy falcon, the region is a birders’ paradise. Wine-tasting, recreation and adventure sports, game-viewing, and bird-watching… and the area is well-known for its dried-fruit production. 

In essence a visit to the region is all about discovery, where visitors can shun the ordinary and expect the unusual. It’s not just an aimless wander through a barren desert, but rather an odyssey across a new frontier far removed from the tourist crowds. Above all, welcomes are as warm as the weather, the hospitality is superb, and the food – especially the meat – is excellent and plentiful.

Look out for

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park - in the far north of the region is a vast wilderness of red dunes, dry savannah, and majestic camel thorn trees along the Auob and Nossob Rivers. It’s a birders’ paradise and there are plenty of antelope and their associated predators, including the black-maned Kalahari lion. The park has 264 bird species, including two thirds of the raptors found in South Africa, however, this list includes many vagrants so numbers vary throughout the year. There is an abundance of smaller wildlife, from mammals to rodents, reptiles, and insects that will keep nature-lovers enthralled for hours. The three traditional camps are Twee Rivieren, Nossob, and Mata Mata, which offer accommodation in both chalets and campsites, and they have shops and sell fuel. However, there are also a number of wilderness camps - some accessible only in a 4x4.

Augrabies Falls National Park - the principal attraction here is the 6th largest waterfall in the world. Other highlights include Moon Rock, a massive granite monolith, and Ararat viewpoint which overlooks some of the 18km gorge below the falls. Although it is primarily a scenic park, wildlife includes giraffe and several antelope species, and 180+ bird species have been recorded. A drive along the network of gravel roads or a walk on one of the trails will reveal some of the region’s sublime mountain desert scenery. Accommodation is in chalets, bungalows, or camp and caravan sites, and there’s a licensed à-la-carte restaurant, a coffee shop, and a shop with basic foodstuffs and curios. Day visitors are welcome.

Orange River Wine Cellars - the cellars at the towns of Upington, Kakamas, Keimoes, Groblershoop, and also at Grootdrink (alongside the N10 between Upington and Groblershoop) offer wine tastings and sales.

Riemvasmaak Hot Springs - 56km north-west of Kakamas, is situated in a deep ravine surrounded by a mountain desert landscape. The 75 000ha wilderness near Augrabies Falls offers visitors a chance to relax in the soothing waters of the hot springs, take up the challenge of three 4x4 trails, break out on foot along three hiking trails, or enjoy other adventure activities. They have basic self-catering accommodation.

River rafting on the Orange - for specialised 4-day canoe safaris and shorter river trips around the Augrabies Falls call Kalahari Outventures. They also do 5-day back road trips through the Kalahari. Khamkirri Private Game Reserve, 30km from Kakamas, is a one-stop activity centre, excellent for those who get bored of routine. They offer game drives, river rafting, angling, horse riding, abseiling, tours to local attractions, 4x4 routes, and bird watching. They also have a range of accommodation.

Dried Fruit - there’s an unbelievable variety of dried fruit that can be bought at farm stalls throughout the region.

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