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Orange River Kit List
For 60 litre barrel shared by two people:
- Sleeping bag and small pillow
- Anorak / Wind-breaker or warm top for the evening
- Tracksuit or long pants for the evening
- Shorts – dry pair
- Woolen hat beanie (winter nights)
- Waterproof Camera / Binoculars – not essential
- Headlamp (Torch)
- Toilet paper
- Toiletries – remember biodegradable soap
- Insect repellent like Peace Full Sleep
Stuff you can pack/tie into the croc/inflatable boat:
- Tent – Compulsory due to weather and insects
- Ground sheet & inflatable mattress
- Chair with backrest
For you to row with:
- Shorts – knee pants to protect the knees from the sun
- Costume (above can double up as swimwear)
- Windcheater (to row with)
- Wide brimmed hat is better for sun protection
- Collared long-sleeved shirt (sun protection)
- Wet 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)
- Gloves to row with (not essential)
For your cooler box (48 litre) that you share:
- Plate / bowl / mug / knife / fork / spoon
- Beverages & snacks – see below
- Plastic Jar (mayonnaise jar to keep snacks dry)
Other non essential stuff:
- Fishing rod – see various fish on Orange
- Board games & cards
- Frisbee, bats and balls, cricket bats etc.
Please note that this packing list is put together for the 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, no glass allowed on 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. Remember plastic jar to keep all dry.
Please take note that these rates are subject to change – R395.00 per vehicle / R195 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.
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.
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 first night you can buy ice if you want to start cooling your beverages. This is a good thing to do on the first 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, only changing 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. Normally people put the 5L bottles under their rear seat of the croc.
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.)
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