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3 - 5 Day Paddling

 

Overview:
The Richtersveldt National Park semi desert, through which the Orange River runs, is one of the largest mountain deserts in the world. Over 50% of the plants here are endemic and support fascinating and varied animal and insect life. The banks are lined with Willow and Ebony trees which provide shade and shelter to river rafting clients.

We offer a 3 day, 4 day and 5 day rafting option with two-man inflatable crocs to learners. The trip entails arrival on the first day, sleep over in our camp and then either 3, 4, or 5 days spent on river. Return to camp on the last day, sleep over and depart the next morning. The excursion is a relaxing, yet unforgettable trip with a few challenging rapids. Fitness and paddling experience are not essential as full paddling instruction is given by our qualified river rafting guides.

Distances covered on each trip vary, depending on the strength of each group's paddling. Short, relaxed 3 day trips usually cover 45km, whilst longer trips range between 63 and 86 km. Each day we aim to cover around 15 km (river flow average about 4km/h), stopping regularly for refreshments, lunch and to share in the excitement of the grade 1-2 rapids. 

At Bundi we offer to come and see learners, staff and parents presenting them with all the information and detail regarding the trip such as what to pack and how it all works before the trip begins..

Outcome:
Learners learn a new skill of rafting and experience the outdoors in an unforgettable natural setting.  Learners make friends for life as they get to know each other on a unique level away from the normal everyday distractions such as the internet, cellphones and television.

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Star Gazing

 

Overview:
In the evenings, surrounded by the most magnificent array of stars, learners are orientated in terms of how to find their way using the Southern Cross and how to identify key stars and signs.  Students will have the opportunity to look at stellar highlights such the constellations, nebulas, craters of the moon, the planets and their moons etc. whilst enjoying a camp fire next to the peaceful river. Lying and observing the evenings next to the Orange River is a highlight for most learners.

Outcome:
Awareness and developing an appreciation for the African night sky is cultivated.

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Food & Hygiene

 

Overview:
Learners are introduced to the basic food preparation and hygiene rules.  Preparing food in an outdoor camping environment and the use of fire for cooking is illustrated. Learners are encouraged to assist in the preparation of meals along the river as well as clean up afterwards. Water purification and filtering is also illustrated.

Outcome:
Learning about food preparation and hygiene.

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Fishing & Bait

 

Overview:
The Orange River provides an array of fish species which are well known amongst freshwater anglers from South Africa and abroad. While on river there is plenty of time for learners to fish off a boat or the river bank.

The Largemouth Yellowfish (Labeobarbus kimberliensis) and Sharptooth Catfish (Glarias geripinus) are native to the Orange river system and are the two largest freshwater fish in South Africa. Both the Sharptooth Catfish and Largemouth Yellowfish angling records come from the Orange River which weighed 38kg and 29kg respectively! The large diversity of freshwater fish to be targeted in the Orange River also include carp, smallmouth yellowfish, tilapia and mudfish. The Orange River fish are diverse and plentiful and can offer a lovely fishing experience.   

Bundi guides will be able to train youngsters in the art of tying knots, baiting up, casting, landing fish and identifying fish. Artificial lure fishing can take place from the river bank and from rafts under the guidance of our guides. A small fishing competition can also be launched to encourage learners.

At night time contained fires will be made on the river bank for preparing of meals and to create the necessary atmosphere for groups to discuss their catches and experiences of the day and to hand over competition prizes for the winning contestants.

All necessary fishing equipment must be brought to the river by participants. Fishing equipment will be tied to the boat.

Outcome:
Learning skills of freshwater fishing and freshwater fish conservation.

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Nappy Run

 

Overview:
The nappy run is a fun activity done on the Orange and Breede River. Students take off their life jackets and tie them around their bottoms like a nappy. They then slide down a fast flowing channel of water floating on their bottoms. Students can hold on to each other or make a train while going through the channel. Once through learners walk back to the top and can repeat the process.

Outcome:
Fun and interaction as an individual or in a group.

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Skits

 

Overview:
In the evenings learners are given the opportunity to present skits, a short, usually comic or dramatic performance on various topics given. Often skits related to the camp experience are presented to the rest of the group. This is a fun, interactive team activity.

Outcome:
Creativity and interaction in groups.
 
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