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REMEMBER: VALID PASSPORTS ARE ESSENTIAL!
URGENT: ALL CHILDREN UNDER 18 NEEDS AN UNABRIDGED BIRTH CERTIFICATE!
 

PASSPORTS:
SA passport holders don’t need a visa and no one will be allowed without a valid passport.
International students - please check single entry visas for student study permits.
Remember to keep a separate copy of your passport details during your expedition.
If you are not sure whether or not you require a visa, please contact the Namibian Tourism Board on +27 (0) 21 422 3298.

More info regarding the unabridged birth certificate, please click here.

HEALTH:
No vaccinations or malaria prophylactics are presently required.

 

PACKING LIST:
For your 60 liter barrel (2 people sharing):

  • Tent – Compulsory due to weather and insects
  • Black bags to line your barrel (one per day)
  • Sleeping bag & small pillow
  • Anorak / Wind-breaker or warm jacket for evenings around the fire
  • Tracksuit or long pants for the evening
  • Shorts – dry pair
  • T-shirts
  • Woolen hat / beanie (winter nights)
  • Towel
  • Camera / binoculars – both are not essential
  • Headlamp (torch)
  • Toilet paper
  • Toiletries – remember biodegradable soap
  • Insect repellent (certain times of the year the mosquitoes are very bothersome at camp, so please make the necessary provision for this)
  • Plastic mayonnaise/peanut butter jar that you can use as a waterproof container. (Optional)
  • Gloves for paddling. (Optional)

For you to row with:

  • Shorts (preferable knee pants to protect the knees from the sun and double up as swimwear) and or swimming costume
  • Wind-breaker (to row with if you think it might get cold)
  • Cap or wide brimmed hat is better
  • Long-sleeved shirt with collar (to keep the sun off)
  • Wet and dry shoes (strops or floppies or sandals are the best, then you only need one pair)
  • Closed shoes for the river
  • Sarong (very useful for keeping the sun off)
  • Sunscreen / lip-ice
Sunglasses (must have a strap)
 
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For your cooler box (48 liter) that you share:

  • Ground sheet & inflatable mattress
  • Shoes
  • Plate / mug / knife / fork / spoon
  • Personal medication & insect repellent
  • Zip lock bags for personal items
  • Beverages & snacks – see below

For you to find a space or tie it to your raft:

  • Tent – you will need a tent for the first and last night to camp as there are mosquitoes in the camp.
  • Fishing rod – (large-/smallmouth yellow fish, huge barbell (catfish) and carp)
  • Board games & cards
  • Frisbee, bats and balls, cricket bat
  • Chairs with backrest

Please note that this packing list is put together for the most extreme person. You do not have to pack items you will not use.

For a downloadable version of the kit list, please click here.

BEVERAGES and SNACKS:
Bottled water 2 litres per day / soft drinks / alcoholic beverages (in cans, we don’t allow any glass on the river (please decant into plastic containers) TIP: Powered mixes are quite popular e.g. Packets of Game, Clifton etc and juices for children. Snacks for the river like dried fruit, biltong, "droë wors", peanuts, bars of chocolate, super C and jelly babies. We do provide light snacks before supper and after lunch.

VEHICLE:
(Please take note that these rates are subject to change) R220.00 per vehicle / R140 per trailer entering Namibia (road taxes - this has to be cash) Please retain the receipt of the road tax as you have to show it when you leave Namibia.

ZA sticker on vehicle (Purchased at AA Offices - nationwide).

It is not required to have your vehicles' registration papers or insurance certificate.

Please note there is no ATM at the border post.

 

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK?
On arrival, you will be allocated with a watertight barrel (approx 25 liters per person) for your clothes and a cooler box (capacity of 52 cans) per two people.

The 1st night you can buy ice if you want to start cooling your beverages. This is a good thing to do on the 1st night. Please remember to remove your plastic wrapping from the 6 packs that you bought.

You have dry clothes and wet clothes. The dry clothes are for the nights and they go into your barrel. First, you line the bag/barrel with a garbage bag for waterproofing. Then you add your sleeping bag (loose) into the bottom & above this your dry clothes. Normally, you wear the same clothes every night; just change your "undies".

The wet clothes are to raft and swim with. This will dry overnight and be ready to wear the next day. DO NOT BRING TOO MANY CLOTHES! You only need clean clothes to drive home. These you leave at base camp.

You must ensure that you have a minimum 2 litres of non-alcoholic beverages per day. You can keep a 5-litre can of water outside your cooler box, tied to your canoe. Then you have a 1-litre bottle inside your cooler to be refilled with the water from the 5-litre can.

Please note that ice is a commodity on the river. The colder your drinks are with arrival, the longer your drinks will stay cold. Clients, that have done the river a couple of times, freeze their water & drinks (please note some drinks do explode when you freeze them!) before they arrive at camp. Then place their frozen drinks into the cooler box.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any more questions or requests.

At your pick up point at the end of the trip, depending were you get out, there is a bar where you can buy cold drinks etc. So remember to take some cash with if you would like to purchase something there.

 
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