The stretch we're going to do is from above Hopetown to Douglas (near
Kimberley). It's a truly mellow section of the Orange, with mostly
lazy meandering flats & lovely sandy dune-beaches. There are a few
current accelerations & 'wave-trains' further down, & the river
narrows into a shallow, ebony rock-sculptured gorge.
There are a few
more serious rapids we have to negotiate, but we will decide once we
are there, whether to raft them or not. This is a perfect river for
beginners and good for a relax. The river flows through semi desert
and boasts wonderful night skies, early morning wildlife and great
From Jhb, it's about an 8hr trip by car to get to the start point,
then for the drivers a 2 hr drive around so a full day We meet
Saturday morning, 29th Dec at the storeroom at 6.30am. Sort out
equipment; pack cars; leave (usually if no-one is late by 7:30) and
then drive without unnecessary stopping till lunch, Please bring
some sandwiches etc for breakfast as we won't be doing the wes
transvaal wimpy tour but will stop in Kimberley for a spur lunch, as
the drive around at the end of the day has to be factored in. At
river, drop off equipment. Then drivers take cars around to take-out
point (a farm, where we have the farmers' permission & a safe place to
leave our vehicles); the rest will pump boats/ sort out equipment/
meals/ prepare supper for the evening. The drivers will then return
in one car & leave it at a secure place at the farm where we start.
We'll only get on the river on morning of 30th, then raft till 2nd.
Pack morning of 3rd and drive; drive back to jhb.
As for costs:- Petrol on the way down is included but lunch on the
first and last day is not. Food on the river will be supplied and we
need to know beforehand of any allergies or food preferences. The
Total cost all in should not be more than R 1300 (depending on petrol / cars etc)
If the trip works out cheaper you will get a refund, and hopefully it stays within this budget.
Cars:- please let us know if you are willing to take your car along
for transport and how many people you are comfortable taking with in
your car. We also have lots of gear to get to the river so bakkies
are also welcome
What to bring:-
sleeping bag & pillow(last optional, but we've had many whingers
complaining they didn't know they were allowed to)
gopher/sleeping mat of sorts
mug/knife/fork/spoon (please don't bring a plate as we have plates
that all fit together saving eons of space)
toiletries & sunblock
hat(a peak is good to wear with a helmet)
Shorts & T-shirts
Warmer clothes for evening, eg track suit/ windcheater
Sundowners(especially for New Years' Eve!)
Dry bag if you have - nothing worse than sleeping in a wet sleeping
bag - if you don't have a dry bag please make sure all your "stuff" is
3x wrapped in thick strong bin bags (personally in over 20 years of
rafting I have found the bin bags the best !!
Camera is optional but again make sure it waterproof!!
Please dont bring anything else as space on the boats is not infinite
(it's actually around a 30l day pack per person) and it's no fun
paddling with it on your lap
Please let us know if you have any further questions. Contact either
Sharon or myself, Paul. Will keep you guys posted