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
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.
A sleeping bag with a cowl will keep your head and neck warm. Cost: R799 for the K-Way Alpine Cowl
A ground sheet will keep your sleeping bag clean. Cost: R99
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.