Orange River – 5 Day Orange River New Year
5 Day Orange River New Year Trail is a bit different to our normal trails as we take our clients off the water on the 31st December to enjoy the New Year’s party at base camp. This is an adventure suitable for the whole family. Enjoy the great outdoors on an inflatable raft down the Orange River. Explore the only mountain desert in South Africa.
Let our experienced guides lead you through one of the most striking landscapes South Africa has to offer. The perfect outdoor getaway with fun filled rapids, hiking and discovering the stark beauty of the Richtersveld desert. Sleep under the stars or in a tent.
Day 1: 27 December 2016: Arrive at base camp no later than 17h00 – briefing and dinner provided – sleep base camp (D)
Day 2: 28 December 2016: After breakfast the Orange River rafting adventure departs (B.L.D)
Day 3,4: 29,30 December 2016: Orange River (B.L.D)
Day 5: 31 December 2016: Orange River – transfer back to base camp for New Year’s party – sleep base camp (B.L.D)
Trail services ends after dinner
(B-Breakfast; L-Lunch; D-Dinner included)
NB – Valid Passport Compulsory
Time Frame: 2 Nights base camp and 3 nights on river
Distance: 45 – 65 km (depending on the water level)
Tour Starts: 8h30 – 9h00 am on morning of day 1 on route plan
Equipment: 2 man inflatable rafts, paddles, floatation devices, cooler box for drinks, dry bags for personals
Starts: The Growcery Camp : www.thegrowcery.co.za
Ends: The Growcery Camp (transfer back to base camp from take-out point)
5 Day Orange River New Year Trail
This Orange river new year rafting trail will start at our base camp and flow through the Nababeep Community and Richtersveld Community Reserve. Over the next few days you can expect to have spectacular mountain views, fast flowing channels and excellent bird life. The river is graded at level 1-3 in difficulty and is suitable for beginners. The Orange River is a pool drop river, which means after every rapid, there is always a pool. The Richtersveld is home to goat herders trekking through the endless desert mountains. We don’t have designated campsites and camp for the day depends on the progress made that day, where we will choose our overnight spot on the banks of the river. This is a truly great combination of rafting, relaxing, hiking and exploring. It is not a race, but rather an outdoor expedition suitable for all with no experience. Our guides will be preparing meals on open fires and guide you safely down the Orange River.
Orange River New Year : What you need to bring
- Own camping equipment
- Own cutlery, crockery
- Water & water bottles
- Own extra snacks , drinks and beverages
TOUR ENDS AFTER ARRIVAL BACK AT BASE CAMP
You can book your stay at the Growcery Camp
Orange River New year ; Suggested Packing List
(Items available at Outdoor Warehouse)
- Sleeping bag, roll mat or blow up mattress
- Torch/ head lamp
- Matches or fire lighter
- 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 is optional , 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)
- GOOD SENSE OF HUMOUR REQUIRED
Protecting the Environment
- No glass is allowed on the river SO PLEASE DECANTER IF NEEDED
- all waste will be transported along the trail and returned to base camp.
- RECYCLE AND RE – USE – please assist us.
NB – Families traveling with children younger than 18 y/o will need an unabridged birth certificate to be allowed to depart and enter South Africa. Furthermore, minors traveling with only one parent, or another party need additional documentation. Please familiarize yourself with the required documentation as minors cannot travel without it.