The Orange and Vaal Rivers join near Douglas, a fast-growing town that serves a large agricultural and stock-farming community. Developments in the area started with a mission station. A town was started in 1867 and named after Sir Percy Douglas, Lieutenant-Governor of the Cape Colony.

Adventure and Sport

Angling: The Vaal River at Douglas is a favourite spot for anglers.

Hunting: Contact the Northern Cape Hunters’ Association for more information.

River rafting: This stretch of the Orange River is a popular venue for river-rafting.

Picnicking: Die Neus (“The Nose”) is a scenic spot 14 km from town at the confluence of the the Vaal and Orange Rivers.


Douglas Wine Cellar: This cooperative was started in 1968 and is one of the oldest cellars north of the Orange River. It produces a wide variety of table and dessert wines under the Avoca label.

Other Attractions

Backhouse Brahman Stud: The largest Brahman cattle stud farm in the country is open to visitors by prior arrangement.

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