Vioolsdrif is one of the border towns between South Africa and Namibia.
Namibia is reached by crossing a bridge over the Orange River.
No-one is sure of how the town got its name but there is a legend that says the original river crossing point was named after Jan Viool, who was supposedly an avid fiddle player ("viool" being the Afrikaans name for a violin).
The surrounding area is very arid. Some rafting tour operators are based in Vioolsdrif.
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