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4 Day Orange River Rafting Trail

Route:

Orange River - Richtersveld

About the Trail
Trail distance: 45 – 85 km (depending on the water level) Rafting down the Mighty Orange is truly one of the last, completely un-spoilt, great adventures to be had in this life.

The river cuts its course through the 10 million year old landscape and you will observe the spectacular rock and mountain formations throughout your rafting trail.

We spend our mornings paddling, soaking up sun rays, negotiating rapids before we stop to enjoy a healthy lunch on the banks of the Orange River.

In the evenings we swap stories around a bonfire while the guides prepare a delicious bush style dinner and we sleep under the star studded Richtersveld skies.

When you get off this one-of-a-kind trip, you will in many ways be stronger than when you got on and we guarantee that you will go home with epic tales of adventure.

 

Itinerary:

Sample of Itinerary
Our River Trails start & end at our Growcery Base Camp www.thegrowcery.co.za

11 – 15 July

11 Jul: Arrival day at base camp around 17h00 – briefing and dinner provided – sleep base camp (D)

12 Jul: Day 1 After breakfast the Orange River rafting adventure departs (B.L.D)

13 Jul: Day 2 Orange River (B.L.D)

14 Jul: Day 3 Orange River (B.L.D)

15 Jul: Day 4 Depart after lunch back to base camp, tour ends upon arrival at camp (14h30 – 16h30)(B.L)

B-Breakfast; L-Lunch; D-Dinner

Arrival Procedure
Please inform camp if you are arriving late (+264 81 672 5466) Check in at reception with your voucher and passport Your guide and campsite will be assigned at camp.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Our Trail Include
»Park fees, entrance fees
»Breakfast, lunch, dinner (as indicated)
»Qualified river guides
»Two man inflatable raft (Croc)
»Paddles & flotation devices »60L Dry bag (for personal belongings)
»45L Cooler Box per boat (Ice can be purchased at base camp)
»Transfer back to The Growcery (base camp)

Our Trail Exclude
»Camping equipment (tent, cutlery, crockery etc)
»Water (2l per person per day), juice & alcoholic beverages, snacks for in between meals
»Accommodation & food after your rafting trail

 

Extra information

Suggested Packing List (Items available at Outdoor Warehouse)
»Sleeping bag, roll mat/ blow up mattress, torch/ head lamp, matches
»Camera »Small dry bag for camera & snacks
»Sunglasses (with safety strap), lip balm, hat, sunscreen
»Water bottle, 6 bin liners
»T-Shirts, Khikoi, shorts, strops, sweater, long pants, second skin, swimsuit, towel »Hiking boots »Tent, umbrella, camping chairs, cycling gloves for paddling
»Own drinks (no glass allowed), Rehydrate sachets »Personal medical kit, insect repellent (Stingose), toiletries, bio degradable soap, toilet paper
»Cash (No card facilities at base camp) and a good sense of adventure
»Valid Passport

Border crossing procedures prior to arrival at The Growcery
At the Vioolsdrift border post stamp out of South Africa Proceed to Namibian Customs and get stamped into Namibia Do not pay any road taxes for Namibia as your vehicles should not enter the country Turn around and go back to South Africa without getting any more stamps in your passport The last stamp when you get to our base camp must state entry into Namibia

Facilities at The Growcery include
»Pristine ablutions, hot and cold showers & flush toilets
»Grassed campsites, permanent tents, c hick shack units
»Electricity, washing up facilities, braai area
»Safe parking and a incredible view of the Orange River »Catered meals on request
»The Growcery shop (braai packs, wood, ice, alcoholic beverages, cold drinks, caps, t-shirts & Khikoi)

**Please note no credit card facilities or ATM at camp

Protecting the Environment
No glass is allowed on the river and all waste will be transported along the trail and returned to base camp. Please decanter supplies to plastic containers or make use of cans

Tailor-made Trails
Umkulu Safari and Canoe trail can put together tailor-made trails to give our clients a truly memorable and unique experience. Our unique itineraries will give you the opportunity to combine places and activities that interest you most. Explore the untouched areas of the Richtersveld and Orange River. We offer individual departure dates for large groups.

Meals
Your meals on the Orange River consist of locally sourced fresh produce and none of our meals are pre-cooked. You will receive good quality meals prepared by our guides on open camp fire, contributing to the atmosphere on the banks of the Orange River. We cater for clients with special dietary requirements (vegetarians, vegans etc), if your dietary requirements are very unique, please feel free to bring suitable foods to supplement your meals. Breakfasts: From fried breakfast to cereals and fruits
Lunch: Normally consists of salads, health bread, pastas, and fruits
Dinners: We offer 3 course meals for dinners with salad, main course and desert

Directions to Umkulu Base Camp
Our river trails start and end at our base camp, 22km down the road from Vioolsdrift. From the South African side – just before the Vioolsdrift border post, there is a dirt road to your left saying “Kotzeshoop”. Our base camp is 22km’s down that road (on the South African side of the river). Turn right at the “Kotzeshoop” sign. Travel for 22km on the dirt road and follow the Umkulu and Growcery signs to our camp.