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We cover around 55kms during the trip and we aim to have plenty of time to relax, take photographs, read your book, explore the camp surroundings and have some fun. We make our way down river, choosing a different campsite each night.

We will provide you with a tent, inflatable mattress, pillow and sleeping bag (2 people per tent). Our guides will set up camp for you each night and prepare delicious sundowner snacks, served with a drink. They’ll also prepare your dinner, served at a table, with a glass of South African wine. During the day, you will have a choice of soft drinks as well as drink mix whilst on river. We will find out what drinks you want and make sure they are all readily available for you, on ice.

Your first evening will be spent at Klok Inn near Hopetown. You’ll enjoy a light supper under the starry night sky around the campfire and the next morning, after breakfast, your guides will give you advice on how best to pack your dry bags for your trip down river. Before getting on the water you’ll also have a thorough safety briefing and some paddling instruction.

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival

You can choose to self-drive to Hopetown, to fly to Kimberley. We will arrange a transfer from the airport to Hopetown for you.

Night 1 is an early night, with dinner around a camp fire.

Day 2

First day on the water

Paddling consists mainly of flowing channels, small rapids and flat water which takes you under the ‘old Hopetown bridge’, dated back to 1871. This is a steel cast bridge, the first built over the Orange river. We camp under trees on a grassy bank where the fishing is good.

Day 3

Second day on the water

Todaybrings bigger rapids and we enter the ‘Lava Gorge’ through ‘Hell’s gate’, a short compulsory portage. We camp on a black beach named ‘Full Moon’ beach.

Day 4

Third day on the water

Today is a big adventure with lots of class 2 – 3 rapids which are loads of fun. You spend most of the day in the shallow Lava Gorge. We camp above the gorge with a beautiful pool.

Day 5

Last day on the water

Today opens up with fast flowing sections and ends off with fun rapids before take-out.

We head to the accommodation for the final night, ending off with an amazing meal around a camp fire.

Day 6

Departure

We will take you back to the airport for your flight, or you can depart at anytime if you drove yourself.

The package includes:

  • All meals from the evening of arrival, to a light breakfast on the morning of your departure.
  • Snacks and a sundowner drink each evening
  • Fruit juice at breakfast
  • Wine and soft drinks at dinner
  • Accommodation on your first and last nights, 4 full days and 3 nights on river
  • Qualified and experienced guides
  • Boating and safety equipment
  • Tent with mattress and bedding
  • Gift pack including a personalised kikoi – the iconic Orange River multi-use sarong.

The package does not include:

  • Return airfare to Kimberley
  • Airport transfers
  • Drinks not mentioned above
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Insurance

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