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Orange River "African Magic" Canoe Trip

Orange River 17

Priced from R10 995.00 p/p incl vat
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Turn a standard four day Orange River trip into something magical.

 

We are talking about our infamous Cabana accommodation, glamping on river and butler style service by our APA certified river guides all while you conquer the legendary Sjambok.

 

Paddle down the Orange River in style with Felix Unites African Magic Tour.

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A brief overview of the itinerary…

Orange River Rafting Adventure : AFRICAN MAGIC!

Day 1:

Arrive at Provenance camp after 5pm. Dinner is available under our boma until 9pm.

 

Day 2, Day 3 & Day 4:

After a hearty breakfast and safety briefing, guests paddle off downstream for three days filled with fun and beautiful scenery. When you arrive at camp each evening you are served Sparkling Wine and Appetizers before dinner is served with chairs and china. Each night is spent on the banks of the Orange River in Cadillac style dome tents with air mattresses and bedding all set up by your guide team. All you are required to do is sit back and enjoy the scenery !

 

Last day:

Your last night is once again spent in a very comfortable Cabana overlooking the great Orange River ! Dinner that evening is served in the restaurant and the following morning you will depart home after a leisurely breakfast is enjoyed.

 

Cost per person R10 995.00

 

The above trip includes :

– All Crockery and Cutlery
– Paddling Equipment
– Cabana Accommodation first and last night
– Guide Team
– All Meals from arrival Dinner to last day Breakfast before departure

 

The above trip excludes :

– Excludes your drinks – Soft and hard
– Excludes transport to and from base camp – trip is self-drive

 

 

ZA STICKER
To be visibly placed on the inside of your vehicle’s windscreen or on the rear of your vehicle
Please will you take all vehicle registration documents with you, if travelling in own transport – (This is the doc you receive from the traffic department)

 

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS FOR CHILDREN U18
Please note that as of the 1 June 2015, the Department of Home Affairs have implemented new regulations that all children under the age of 18 years old need to travel with the additional Travel Documentation, link for all these details are on the Overview page.

What canoes do we use?
We use 2 man fiberglass Indian Mohawks.

How do Mohawks differ from crocs?
The Mohawks are faster and more maneuverable; in a headwind they are much easier. They are also more comfortable and can carry more equipment.

What grade is the river?
The river is grade 1 and 2; this means nothing too big and scary – suitable for the entire family.

Will there be a guide to paddle me or my child?
The guides allocated to your trip will have a lot of equipment to carry so we cannot guarantee they can fit an extra person in their boat. Should you feel you definitely need someone to paddle you down please inform us when you book, and there may be an extra charge for this service. Please note this service is not available in season (Easter, September school holidays, December).

Where do we sleep?
You sleep out in the open in tents; under the stars. Due to the wilderness nature of the trip there are no permanent structures any of the campsites.

Where do I go to the toilet?
Each trip takes a portaloo on river with them. This will be set up each night, and we use a paddle to indicate whether it is engaged or not. This will be explained to you upon arrival.

Can I have a shower?
You can have a shower on the first night at our base camp, and when you return to the camp on the last day. Whilst on river, you are able to bathe (using bio-degradable soap) every evening.

What is the weather like?
From November to the end of March it can be very hot (over 40 degrees c). A good hat and sun block is imperative, as well as plenty drinking water. April, May, Sept, and Oct should be a little cooler. But still be prepared for the sun. June, July and August, temperatures are usually in the 20’s during the day, with cooler evenings and nights. You also need to take precautions from the sun, but also need warm clothes for the evenings. It can be colder during the day, so take a light windbreaker.

Does it ever rain?
It is not common but it does sometimes rain, especially in the winter months.

Who carries all my gear?
You carry all your own personal gear in your canoe with you. Felix guides will carry the rest.

How do I keep it waterproof?
We will provide you with 3 x 25 litre buckets between 2 people. Generally you share one bucket for both sleeping bags, and then have one each for your personal gear. These buckets are waterproof as long as they are closed properly. The guides will give you your buckets on arrival and explain to you how to close them & secure them to your canoe.

Do I need to have paddling experience?
No you don’t need any paddling experience; your guides will give you a full briefing on how to paddle.

Are the guides qualified?
All our lead guides are qualified through the African Paddling association.

How many guides will be on my trip?
Each trip will be led by a qualified and experienced guide. He will be assisted by a number of junior guides, with varying levels of experience and qualifications. We generally allocate 1 guide to every 10 guests.

Can I get cell phone reception on river?
No

What happens in the case of an accident?
All our lead guides are qualified in first aid, and carry a first aid kit with them. In the case of an emergency, as with any wilderness adventure, the guide will have to make his way to a phone and call for assistance from there.

Can I drink the river water?
Although the river water is clean and you cannot catch any diseases from it, we do not recommend you drink it. We do recommend that you bring at least 3 litres of liquid per person per day.

How do I carry that amount of cool drink? What about my beers?
Each canoe has a cooler box for your drinks and water. We meet you on the second day on river to refill your cooler box with ice.

Can my wife just join us at night in the camp?
Unfortunately there are only 2 access points on the river. One where you re-supply on day 2, and one where you take out.

How many hours a day will we paddle?
This really depends on the group. Some people paddle a lot faster than others.
However in general you will paddle for about 6 hours a day, 3 hours in the morning and 3 in the afternoon.

What time will we have lunch/stop in the evening?
Again, this depends very much on the group; your guide will decide when to stop. Generally lunch will be between 12 midday and 2pm. There are so many variants, such as the time everyone gets up in the morning, if the group wants to float or paddle hard, etc.

What is the minimum and maximum age limits?
We do not advise taking children younger than 8 years of age. There is no maximum age limit, though obviously you have to be relatively fit to do this trip.

What time will we get back to camp on the last day?
In general you should be back at the camp between 11am and 3 pm on the last day.

Will we travel into the Richtersveld National Park?
Yes you do but the scenery is so fantastic throughout the trip, it is not really a significant moment when we get into the park.

Will I see any wildlife?
You will see plenty of wonderful birdlife and perhaps a vervet monkey, or baboon. There are mountain zebra, small buck and leopard in the mountains, but you are highly unlikely to see them.

What time of year will the river be at its highest?
The river is dam controlled so flows throughout the year. However, as it relies on the summer rainfall areas of the country for its water, it should be at its highest in March/April.

I used to be able to get into Namibia with an id book.
This is no longer possible, you require a passport.

GPS Co-ordinates?
28′ 41′ 12.59″ S, 17′ 33′ 26.88″ E

What do I bring?
See kit list

What does Felix Unite supply?
Flights from Cape Town
Experienced and qualified river guides
Catering
Cutlery & crockery + Camping Gear
All river and safety equipment
Basic first aid kit
Watertight containers for personal gear
48 litre cooler boxes
Ice
Braai wood & briquettes
Transport back to our base camp
Cabana Accommodation at the camp
Dinner in the Restaurant on the last night
Breakfast in the Restaurant on the last day

What facilities are available at base camp Provenance ?
1. Restaurant
2. 24 Hour Internet Café
3. Fully Licensed Cash bar facility overlooking the pool area and the Orange River
4. Large Swimming Pool
5. Fully stocked shop with snacks, drinks, clothing and curios
6. ATM Facility
7. Cabana Accommodation
8. Honeymoon suite
9. All Major credit cards accepted

WET GEAR
Costume, shorts, hat or cap, track shoes /strops (something that will stay on your feet)
long sleeved shirt, T-shirts, waterproof windbreaker – Less Is More!!

 

DRY GEAR
Track shoes, underwear, towel, kikoi / sarong
In the winter months a track-suit, woolly hat [beanie] and gloves are advisable for the evening but the days are wonderful and warm!!

 

DRINKS
Bring your own drinks, hard and soft, including water.
This alternatively can be purchased at our base camp to avoid cross border taxes.
Cans or boxes are a good idea (no glass bottles, please!!)
Ice and cooler boxes will be provided and there will be a re-supply point at the halfway mark. [ice only]

 

GENERAL
Camera, small torch, Fishing Rod, Paddling Gloves – if you have a pair, however this is not necessary.
Toilet paper, toiletries (preferably biodegradable)
Insect repellent (please note that there is no Malaria in this region)
Sun protection lotion (a high factor is advisable during the Summer months)

 

PASSPORT
Please remember to bring a valid passport.

 

ZA STICKER
To be visibly placed on the inside of your vehicle’s windscreen or on the rear of your vehicle
Please will you take all vehicle registration documents with you, if travelling in own transport – (This is the doc you receive from the traffic department)

 

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS FOR CHILDREN U18
Please note that as of the 1 June 2015, the Department of Home Affairs have implemented new regulations that all children under the age of 18 years old need to travel with the additional Travel Documentation, link for all these details are on the Overview page.