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ORANGE RIVER
 
KIT LIST
 
REMEMBER: VALID PASSPORTS ARE ESSENTIAL!
URGENT: ALL CHILDREN UNDER 18 NEEDS AN UNABRIDGED BIRTH CERTIFICATE!
 
PASSPORTS
SA passport holders don’t need a visa and no one will be allowed without a valid passport.

International students - please check single entry visas for student study permits.

Remember to keep a separate copy of your passport details during your expedition.

If you are not sure whether or not you require a visa, please contact the Namibian Tourism Board on +27 (0) 21 422 3298.

More info regarding the unabridged birth certificate, please click here.

HEALTH:
No vaccinations or malaria prophylactics are presently required.

PACKING LIST:

For 60 litre barrel shared by two people:

  • Tent – Compulsory due to weather and insects.
  • Black bags to line your barrel (use one per day)
  • Sleeping bag and small pillow
  • Anorak / Wind-breaker or warm top for the evening around the fire
  • Tracksuit or long pants for the evening
  • Shorts – dry pair
  • T-shirts
  • Woolen hat beanie (winter nights)
  • Towel
  • Waterproof Camera / Binoculars – both are not essential
  • Headlamp (Torch)
  • Toilet paper
  • Toiletries – remember biodegradable soap
  • Insect repellent (certain times of the year the mosquitoes are very bothersome at camp, so please make the necessary provision for this)

For you to row with:

  • Shorts (preferable knee pants to protect the knees from the sun and double up as swimwear) and/ or swim wear costume
  • Windcheater (to row with if you think it might get cold)
  • Cap or wide brimmed hat is better for sun protection
  • Long-sleeved shirt with collar (to keep the sun off)
  • Wet and dry shoes (strops or floppies or sandals are the best, then you only need one pair)
  • Closed shoes for the river
  • Sarong (very useful for keeping the sun off)
  • Sunscreen / lip-ice
  • Sunglasses (must have a strap)

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

  • Ground sheet & inflatable mattress
  • Shoes
  • Plate (porridge bowl as well) / mug / knife / fork / spoon
  • Personal medication & insect repellent
  • Zip lock bags for personal items
  • Beverages & snacks – see below

For you to find a space or tie it to your canoe:

  • Tent – COMPULSORY due to possible wind/insects etc
  • Fishing rod – (Large-/smallmouth yellow fish, huge barbell (catfish) and carp)
  • Board games & cards
  • Frisbee, bats and balls, cricket bats etc.
  • Chairs with backrest.

Please note that this packing list is put together for the most extreme person. You do not have to pack items you will not use.

For a downloadable version of the kit list, please click here.

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, "droë wors", peanuts, bars of chocolate, super C and jelly babies.

VEHICLE:
Please take note that these rates are subject to change - R220.00 per vehicle / R140 per trailer entering Namibia (road taxes - this has to be cash) Please retain the receipt of the road tax as you have to show it when you leave Namibia.

ZA sticker on vehicle (Purchased at AA Offices - nationwide).

A third-party insurance premium is built into the price of fuel in Namibia and no additional charges are payable. Tokens are not provided for display on vehicles.

Visitors are required to produce their vehicle registration documents if so requested, or alternatively a letter of authority to use the vehicle -- from the owner -- with a copy of the registration documents.

Please note there is no ATM at the border post.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK?
On arrival, you will be allocated with a barrel (approx. 60 litres) for your clothes and cooler box (capacity of 52 cans). The barrel and cooler box is shared by two people.

The 1st night you can buy ice if you want to start cooling your beverages. This is a good thing to do on the 1st night. Please remember to remove your plastic wrapping from the 6 packs that you bought.

How to pack your shared barrel
You have dry clothes and wet clothes. The dry clothes are for the nights and they go into your barrel.

First, you line the barrel with a garbage bag for waterproofing. Then you add both your sleeping bags (loose) into the bottom and above this your dry clothes. Normally, you wear the same clothes every night, changing only 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.

Please ensure that you have a minimum 2 litres of beverages per day. You can keep a 5-litre can of water outside your cooler box.

Then you have a 1-litre bottle inside your cooler to be refilled with the water from the 5-litre can.

Please note that ice is a commodity on the river. The colder your drinks are with arrival, the longer your drinks will stay cold. We suggest that you freeze some of your drinks before you arrive at camp. Then place your frozen drinks into the cooler box. (This is often very difficult for people coming from far.)