Orange River Ladies SUP and Yoga Expedition
Welcome aboard a bucket list worthy African adventure! This one, combining the physical challenge and glory of expedition style SUP (Stand Up Paddling) with Tantra yoga and expansive meditation.
I let you have the link to the itinerary before, and I am so happy you decided to join us! Here is that link again for you to refer to.
Below you should find everything else you need to know for now...speak soon wild woman!
Our Adventure Includes:
Park fees, entrance fees
Breakfast, lunch, dinner (as indicated)
Qualified river guides
Stand Up Paddle Board and leash
Paddles & flotation devices.
60 L Dry bag (for personal belongings)
Transfer back to The Growcery (base camp) from our take out point.
Chic shack accommodation on the first and last night.
2 hours of Tantra yoga and expansive meditation each day, over 5 days on the river.
(It may happen, where our numbers are larger and base camp has attracted as few more visitors that some ladies will be in tents at the Growcery rather than chic shacks, in this case we provide tents and all facilities at base camp are enjoyed just the same. We do our best to ensure you have a cozy bed.)
Our Adventure Excludes:
Juice & alcoholic beverages, snacks for in between meals
Airport transfer (contact me if you need help here)
Visa’s (Check requirements for your country of origin for both Namibia and South Africa)
B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner
Day 1: Arrive at Base Camp, sleep at base camp. 17:00 pm (D) – Briefing
Day 2, 3, 4, 5: River SUP (B.L.D) – Camping on the banks of the Orange River
Day 6: Take out and transfer back to base camp between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, sleep at base camp. (B.L)
Roll mat/thin inflatable camping mattress
Camera (if it’s not a go-pro, seriously consider the care of your equipment)
Small dry bag for camera & snacks (15 to 30 litres)
Sunglasses (with safety strap), lip balm
SUNSCREEN...lots of sunscreen
A long sleeve shirt to protect your skin
Kikoi/sarong has many uses
Water booties if you have them
A warm jumper
Own drinks (no glass allowed)
Camping cup, spoon, fork and plate.
Personal snack stash
Personal medication (please inform me if you are taking any medication or have any health concerns/allergies, there will also be a medical form to consider shortly)
Toiletries, biodegradable soap, toilet paper.
Cash (No card facilities at base camp) and a good sense of adventure.
Valid Passport (at least 6 months), and remember to check the visa requirements for Namibia for your country of origin.
We will have a few cafetieres and a big campfire kettle for hot drinks in the morning. Filter coffee and tea/rooibos tea will be in there. Feel free to bring your own teensy weensy little camp gas burner if you have one for quick drinks, bearing in mind this will go into your personal 60 litre dry bag, and will take up space.
Leaving things at base camp
You can totally bring more things with you to camp, fresh clothes for when we get back etc. Umkulu will take care of all our goodies and our vehicles will be safe.
Boards, paddles and safety equipment are naturally provided.
The boards will have bungee cords and spare carabiners for attaching your dry bag and water bottle to, if you are into them and you have these items, it can be handy to have more.
We have large cooler boxes for food and drinks, by all means bring what makes you happy and if we run out of space, some things will have to remain at base camp.
There is a friendly bar at base camp, keeping some things in their fridges is more than welcome.
Your snacks...for elevenses and in betweens, will go with you on your board, not in the coolies, so these need to be things that don’t have to be chilled, obviously exception is made for chocolate :)
It's a good idea to bring a smaller dry bag if you have one for easy access to snacks etc. I have, but more is, more, where dry pouches are concerned.
The ‘schedule’ is dependent on many things including and not limited to:
What time we set off in the mornings
Wild Photo shooting
And so on….each trip is unique in the choice of campsites for the night and the distance to travel each day, based on the distance traveled the day before and our trajectory. It being an adventure means there is always chance of surprise, the guides do their best to get us to the most romantic places at the right times of day, for the splendor of light but this is not always possible to control.
I have basic yoga mats for everyone, if you have your own, feel free to bring it, but definitely not your best one.
Sleeping mats and yoga mats will be on the porter boats, as will our big 60 litre dry bags, these will include clothes, toiletries, shoes, sleeping bag, basically everything YOU need, there won’t be room for more things anywhere else on the boats. In the case of larger groups, dry bags may need to go on your own boards, where we can we let the guide boats have them.
Your ‘day’ dry-bag, the one that goes on your board with you in any case, will include your snacks, camera, sarong and other things you may want easy access to through the day. 30 litres is a good size, and if you want it, a smaller extra dry bag for more sensitive items.
The last cash stop is Springbok, and this is where you will be picking up your last minute water, snacks and whatever else you may want/need. I would say about R 500 cash should be more than enough, this would be for bar drinks and things if you’d like em, emergency stash and dinner on the last night……but shouldn’t be necessary to spend much at all. However you are travelling to base camp, remember Springbok is the last stop.
Please inform camp if you are arriving late, these contact details are subject to change. I will make sure you are updated in good time. (+264 81 672 5466; 027 761 8007)
Make sure you have my number saved! Candace, I prefer Billy (+27 (0)71 345 2453)
Check in at reception, someone will greet you and show you to you shack.
Border procedures prior to arrival at The Growcery:
There is a necessary border procedure before you arrive at camp, more on this a little nearer the time. Don’t worry about the border procedure just now, everyone will understand closer to the time.
Facilities at The Growcery Camp include:
Pristine ablutions, hot and cold showers & flush toilets
Grassed campsite, chic shack units
Electricity, washing up facilities, braai area
Safe parking and an incredible view of the Orange River
The Growcery shop (braai packs, wood, ice, alcoholic beverages, cold drinks, caps, & Khikoi’s)
**Please note no credit card facilities or ATM at camp
Protecting the Environment
No glass is allowed on the river and all waste will be transported along the trail and returned to base camp. Please decanter supplies to plastic containers or make use of cans
Meals and Dietary Requirements:
Our meals on the Orange River consist of locally sourced fresh produce and none of them are pre-cooked. Guides prepare good quality, hearty meals considering the limitations being out in the wild present . Special dietary requirements are considered, do let me know. If your dietary requirements are very unique, please feel free to bring suitable foods to supplement your meals.
Foods are chosen for energy and lightness.
Breakfasts: Filter coffee, tea, fruits and health rusks.
Lunch: Normally consists of salads, health bread or health pastas, and fruits.
Dinners: Braai’s/BBQ’s, roasted vegetables, sometimes meat, stew, gluten free pasta and something angelically sweet for later.
Directions to Umkulu Base Camp:
Our SUP Adventure starts and ends at Umkulu base camp (The Growcery Camp), 22 km down the road from the Vioolsdrift border between South Africa and Namibia.
From the South African side – just before the Vioolsdrift border post, there is a dirt road to your left. Our base camp is 22 km's down that road, on the South African side of the river.
As you approach the border, the dirt road is on your left. Once you have gone through the border, gotten your stamps and turned round to re-enter South Africa the dirt road will be on your right. Take the dirt road that is now on your right , and veer immediately right again onto more dirt road. Travel for 22 kilometres following the Umkulu and Growcery signs to our camp.
Directions to Vioolsdrift:
From Cape Town: Travel along the N7 towards Springbok and on to the Vioolsdrift (South African) and Noordoewer (Namibia) borders. 670 km.
GPS coordinates: Latitude: -28.698041; Longitude: 17.49843