Orange River Kit List

REMEMBER: VALID PASSPORTS ARE ESSENTIAL!

Very Important: All children under the age of 18 need an Unabridged Birth Certificate to cross the border. For more information regarding the unabridged birth certificates, please click here

PASSPORTS:

SA passport holders don’t need a visa when crossing the border and no one will be allowed across without a valid passport. Passport must be valid for at least six months after the date of exit and have 2 available pages. If from other countries than RSA, please always check with the Namibia High Commission +27 (012) 481 9100 or visit https://www.visahq.co.uk/namibia/ and select your country of origin.

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Please use the below as a packing guideline
  • Your dietary needs replacement food (if you have a dietary need only)
  • Anorak / Wind-breaker
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Cap or wide brimmed hat (to keep the sun off) / woolen hat or beanie (winter nights)
  • Tracksuit (winter nights)
  • 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 / booties for the river
  • Sleeping bag & pillow
  • Ground sheet / inflatable mattress
  • Towel, Sarong & swim wear – costume.
  • Tent – lightweight (not optional – due to possible wind/insects etc.)
  • Folding Chairs (Optional)
  • Ropes/Straps (to tie extras to boat)
  • Beach Umbrella (Optional)
  • Gloves (Optional)
  • Cutlery & Crockery: plate, bowl, mug, knife, fork, spoon, teaspoon & dishcloth
Accessories
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Torch with batteries or headlamp (this works best)
  • Sunscreen & lip-ice (Zinc works best)
  • Sunglasses (must have a strap)
  • Personal medication
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries – biodegradable soap, toilet paper
  • Garbage bags / dry bags for waterproofing (optional)
    *Certain times of the year the mosquitoes are very bothersome at camp, so please make necessary provision for this. (Peaceful Sleep spray works best)
Optional extras for fun:
  • 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, plastic or box containers as no glass is allowed on river

NOTE: There is no drinkable water at the base camp or on the river. Please pack at least 2 litres of bottled water / non-alcoholic beverages per day. It is recommended that you freeze some of your water, so that it will be defrosted but still cold towards the end of your trip.

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. Note that some meats are prohibited entry into Namibia at times – please check with the border regarding current regulation.

 

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK?
On arrival, you will be allocated a dry barrel (approximately 60 liters) for your dry items as well as a cooler box (capacity of
52 cans) per two people sharing.

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 and only change your underwear.

You will mostly wear your swimwear during the day to raft and swim with. Your wet clothes 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. You can leave your clothes at base camp.

Any other items you wish to keep dry can be placed into the barrel if space allows for it. Be sure to close your barrel correctly to keep it waterproof.

Please ensure that you have a minimum of 2 liters of water 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 however often you choose.

Please note that if you decide to bring alcoholic drinks with you then it must be in cans, plastic, or box containers, as glass
is not allowed on the river. Please check with the border regarding the allowed duty-exempt quantities.

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

Vehicle pay for motor cars, bakkies and minibuses are R371.00 (subject to change). Please click here to view the most recent Government Gazette General Notice as of 28 April 2023 containing prices. 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.

Orange River – Things to take note of

Important Numbers

The River Rafters Office (SA): +27 (0) 21 975 9727
The River Rafters 24 hour (SA): +27 84 764 7400

PASSPORTS (travelling from outside Namibia)
SA passport holders don’t need a visa when crossing the border and no one will be allowed across without a valid passport. Passport must be valid for at least six months after the date of exit and have 2 available pages. If from other countries than RSA, please always check with the Namibia High Commission +27 (012) 481 9100 or visit https://www.visahq.co.uk/namibia/ and select your country of origin.

VERY IMPORTANT:
All children under the age of 18 need an Unabridged Birth Certificate to cross the border. For more information regarding the unabridged birth certificates, please click on the following link:
https://www.travelstart.co.za/lp/travel-tips/unabridged-birth-certificate-for-minors

VEHICLE (travelling from outside Namibia)
Please check FAQ document or with border for requirements.

HEALTH
No vaccinations or malaria prophylactics are presently required.

WEATHER
If you want to keep an eye on the weather for your trip, please check your preferred weather forecaster for weather at Noordoewer or Aussenkehr in Namibia.

Border Regulations

It is your responsibility to obtain and comply with the most updated border regulations and requirements for your trip. Please be sure to contact the border to get the most updated and current regulations.
Herewith the contact details:

Vioolsdrift Border:
Namibia side:
Tel: +264 63 297122
Fax: +264 63 297021
Port Health: +27 27 761 8770
South African Side:
Tel: +27 27 761 8760
Fax: +27 27 761 8931
Port Health: +27 27 761 8770

Nakop Border:
Namibian Side:
Tel: +264 63 280 057
Fax: +264 63 280 058
Port Health: +27 54 571 0005
South African Side:
Tel: +27 54 571 0008
Fax: +27 54 571 0009
Port Health: +27 54 571 0005

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2024 Prices

These prices are valid for 2025, if you pay a deposit of R1000 per person before the 30th of November 2024.

ORANGE RAFTING

½ DAY

* Adults R 1 650
* Students (u/23) R 1 375
* Children (u/18) R 1 100
* Children (u/12) R 825

1 DAY

* Adults R 2 340
* Students (u/23) R 2 200
* Children (u/18) R 2 065
* Children (u/12) R 1 790

2 DAYS

* Adults R 4 675
* Students (u/23) R 4 400
* Children (u/18) R 4 125
* Children (u/12) R 3 575

3 DAYS

* Adults R 4 950
* Students (u/23) R 4 705
* Children (u/18) R 4 400
* Children (u/12) R 3 850

4 DAYS

* Adults R 5 225
* Students (u/23) R 4 950
* Children (u/18) R 4 705
* Children (u/12) R 4 125

5 DAYS

* Adults R 5 500
* Students (u/23) R 5 225
* Children (u/18) R 4 950
* Children (u/12) R 4 400

NEW YEARS BASH

 4-Day NY – Arrive the 27th of December

* Adults R 5 775
* Under 18 R 4 950

3-Day NY – Arrive the 28th of December

* Adults R 5 495
* Under 18 R 4 675

4-Day NY – Arrive the 31st of December

* Adults R 5 500
* Under 18 R 4 675

3-Day NY – Arrive the 31st of December

* Adults R 5 225
* Under 18 R 4 400

5-Day NY – Arrive the 27th of December

* Adults R 6 050
* Under 18 R 5 500

SPECIALS

4 DAYS | 5 NIGHTS FAMILY SPECIAL (specific dates)*

* Adults R 4 850
* Students (u/23) R 4 290
* Children (u/18) R 4 290
* Children (u/12) R 3 750

4 DAYS | 5 NIGHTS STUDENT SPECIAL (Not Available Easter & NYB)*

* Students  R 4 290
* Additional day R 385 per day

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