Night gear

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Nights in the canyon can be bit­terly cold. Make sure you have a warm bed wait­ing at the end of the day. But if you want a lighter day­pack you could forgo a camp­ing mat­tress and pil­low…


The stars cast a bright light in the canyon, but you’ll need a head­lamp when you braai or need to re­trieve some­thing from your back­pack in the dark. Cost: R160 for an En­er­gizer LED


A fleece beanie will keep your head and ears toasty. You can also wear it to bed. Cost: R120 for a K-Way beanie


Block out the snores from one sleep­ing bag over. Cost: R40 for sil­i­cone earplugs

Fleece jacket

Pro­tect your­self against the cold nights with ther­mal un­der­wear (long johns and a long-sleeved shirt) and a fleece jacket. Pack an ex­tra jer­sey if you have space to spare. Cost: R599 for a K-Way Valiant fleece jacket. R480 for a set of ther­mal un­der­wear.

Sleep­ing bag

A sleep­ing bag with a cowl will keep your head and neck warm. Cost: R799 for the K-Way Alpine Cowl

Ground sheet

A ground sheet will keep your sleep­ing bag clean. Cost: R99

Fleece trousers

Th­ese are com­fort­able and warm. Cost: R499 for K-Way Boul­der fleece trousers

Ex­tra pair of shoes

If the wa­ter lev­els in the canyon are high you’ll need wa­ter shoes. Or pack shoes like Crocs or flip-flops to wear around the camp­site. Cost: R999 for Columbia Drain­maker II shoes

A hip flask with whisky will ward off the cold.

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