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DORING RIVER
 
KIT LIST
 
PACKING LIST:

For your 60 litre barrel that you share with another person (only 30 litres available for you):

  • Black bags to line your barrel (use one per day)
  • Sleeping bag & small pillow
  • Anorak / Wind-breaker or warm top for evening around the fire
  • Tracksuit or long pants for the evening
  • T-shirt
  • Woolen hat beanie (winter nights)
  • Towel
  • Camera / binoculars – both are not essential
  • Headlamp (torch)
  • Toilet paper
  • Toiletries – remember biodegradable soap
  • Warm water bottle (some people think it must be on the list, I don’t)
  • 1 set of undies

For you to row with:

  • Wetsuit – 3mm shorty is ample (you can rent at camp: R120 per person)
  • Thin windcheater – to row with, fits between wetsuit & lifejacket
  • Cap – optional (must fit under helmet – remove stud on top of cap)
  • Water shoes (strops or floppies or booties are the best)
  • Sunscreen / lip-ice
  • Sunglasses – optional (must have a strap)

For your cooler box (48 litre) that you share:

  • Dry shoes
  • Plate / mug / knife / fork / spoon
  • Personal medication
  • Zip lock bags for personal items
  • Beverages & snacks – see below
 
 

Please note that this packing list is put together for the most extreme person. The stuff you know you won’t use you can leave.

BEVERAGES and SNACKS:
Bottled water 2 litres per day / soft drinks / alcoholic beverages (in cans, we don’t allow any glass on the river – please decant into plastic containers) TIP: Powered mixes are quite popular e.g. Packets of Game, Clifton etc and juices for children. Snacks for the river like dried fruit, biltong, dry sausage, peanuts, bars of chocolate, super C and jelly babies. We do provide light snacks before supper and after lunch.

VEHICLE:
Please take note that the last 40 km’s is gravel road. We have had low cars to our camp, but the last 8km’s you must take very slow.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK?
On arrival, you will be allocated with a watertight barrel (approx 60 litres per person) for your clothes and a cooler box (capacity of 52 cans) per two people. You will share both!!

We do not give ice on the Doring River. Please bring your own or leave your cooler box open the 1st night. It normally gets quite chilly at our base camp. Please remember to remove your plastic wrapping from the 6 packs that you bought.

It is nice to bring an extra blanket for the 1st night in base camp. The camp on river is much warmer than our basecamp. You can leave the blanket in your car when going on river!

You have dry clothes and wet clothes. The dry clothes are for the nights and they go into your barrel. First, you line the bag/barrel with a garbage bag for waterproofing. Then you add your sleeping bag (loose) into the bottom & above this your dry clothes. Normally, you wear the same clothes every night; just change your "undies".

The wet clothes are to raft and swim with. This will almost dry overnight and be ready to wear the next day. DO NOT BRING TOO MANY CLOTHES! You only need clean clothes to drive home. These you leave at base camp.

You must ensure that you have a minimum 2 litres of non-alcoholic beverages per day. You can keep a 5-litre can of water outside your cooler box, tied to your croc. Then you have a 1-litre bottle inside your cooler to be refilled with the water from the 5-litre can.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any more questions or requests.