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Packing for a Rafting Trip

Whenever you’re going on a trip or tour, it is important for you to fully prepare. And that’s why we have put together this kit list. It’s a nice checklist that will help you know what you will need to pack.  It is not necessary for you to pack items you will not use, only pack what you will need. Come for a Rafting Adventure trip fully geared up for an adventurous Orange River experience!

To download a kit list pdf – click here

Please use the below as a packing gudeline

  • 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, so only one pair is needed)
  • 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)
  • Plastic mayonnaise/peanut butter jar that you can use as a waterproof container in your cooler box
  • Cutlery & Crockery: plate, bowl, mug, knife, fork, spoon, teaspoon & dishcloth
  • Cash for our Cash-only, limited bar (no card facilities at our camp).

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
  • 5 Garbage bags / dry bags for waterproofing
  • Zip lock bags for personal items / clothes
    *There are certain times of the year when mosquitoes are very bothersome at camp, so please make necessary provisions. (Peaceful Sleep spray works best)

BEVERAGES & SNACKS
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. To ensure that you have some cold water, it is recommended that you freeze some of your water so that towards the end of your trip, it will have defrosted but will still be cold.
Snacks for the river: dried fruit, biltong, dry sausage, peanuts, bars of chocolate, super C and jelly babies.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS FOR FUN
Fishing rod, games, cards, frisbee, bats and balls or cricket bat.

How It Works

On arrival at our Bundi base camp, you will be allocated a dry barrel (approximately 60 litres) for your dry items as well as a cooler box (capacity of 52 cans) per two people sharing.

How to pack your barrel: First, you line the barrel with a garbage bag for waterproofing. Then, you place your sleeping bags (loose) into the bottom followed by your dry clothes above. 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 can leave clean clothes to drive home with at the base camp. If space is available, you can place any other items you wish to keep dry in the barrel. Be sure to close your barrel correctly to keep it waterproof.

Note:
Please ensure that you have a minimum of 2 litres of water per day. You can keep a 5-litre can of water outside your cooler box. There is a 1 litre bottle inside your cooler box which can be refilled as often as you like. If you decide to bring alcoholic drinks, they must be in cans, plastic containers or box containers since glass cannot be brought on the river.
Please note, 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 our base camp. Then place your frozen drinks in the cooler box.

Your camping gear, such as a tent and chairs, can be securely fastened to your croc. Please keep in mind that the bigger the tent and chair the heavier the load on your croc. That is why we highly recommend that you bring a small 2/3 man tent along with one chair only, if necessary.

Orange River - things to take note

IMPORTANT NUMBERS
Bundi Office (SA): +27 (0) 21 975 9727
Bundi  24 hour Number (SA): +27847647400

PASSPORTS (travelling from outside Namibia)
SA passport holders do not need a visa when crossing the border, and anyone without a valid passport will not be allowed to cross the border. Passports need to be valid for at least six months after exit date.

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)
Valid driver’s license, vehicle registration documents and country sticker. (ZA for South African cars)

HEALTH
Presently, no vaccinations or malaria prophylactics are required.

WEATHER
If you want to keep an eye on the weather for your trip, go to the following link for an up-to-date forecast: https://www.yr.no/place/Namibia/Karas/Noordoewer