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Richtersveld National Park

The park covers 162445 hectares of rugged terrain and was proclaimed in 1991. It is situated in the north by the curve of the Orange River. Its terrain is undulating and rugged, distinguished by wind-sculpted rock formations. In the park, which is inhabited only by small groups of Nama, you will find singular vegetation with innumerable species of succulents. This is the only place where the remarkable halfmensboom (half-person tree) grows. The top of this succulent tree consists of a bunch of thick, wrinkled leaves that look a bit like a human head, the unusual appearance being the inspiration for its name. The climate in the Richtersveld is extreme with summer temperatures exceeding 50 degrees Celsius regularly. Rain is a rare event. Plants and animals get moisture primarily from the sea fog and the Heavy night time dew occurs in the park.

The Richtersveld National Park is not fully equipped for general tourism. A four-wheel drive vehicle is necessary to travel through the Richtersveld National Park. Especially difficult are some steep and rocky mountain roads and some sandy river crossings. On a surface area of one square kilometer more than 360 plant species of flowering plants (angiosperms) are found at a site with an average rainfall of only 68 mm per year. There are klipspringers, Hartmann's mountain zebra, baboons, vervet monkeys, meerkat, rock dassie, aardwolf, caracal, leopard, brown hyenas, bat-eared fox leopard, pangolin, porcupine, silver Fox, genet, steenbok, duiker and other antelope in the park.

How to get there
The quickest way to get to the Park from N7 (RSA) and B1 (Namibia) is to turn off at Steinkopf and approach via Port Nolloth and Alexander Bay with only the last 80km being on dirt.

For those wishing to vary their route and get a broader picture of the Richtersveld the road from Vioolsdrift, via Kotzehoop, through spectacular scenery to Eksteenfontein and then on to Sendelingsdrift is one well worth traveling.

Vioolskloof is the closest international border post with Namibia. The pontoon at Sendelingsdrift is for mining personnel only.

* The Hiking Trails Base Camp, which is situated in the panoramic Ganakouriep Valley and accommodates 9 people opened in mid-July. Gas stoves, fridges and hot showers are available.

*Sendelingsdrif Rest Camp is anew rest camp has been built which consists of ten chalets (4 x 4 bed units and 6 x 2 bed units).

*Potjiespram Rest Camp has new ablutions have been built and showers (cold water only) are available. There are 18 campsites and an Environmental Education Centre where school groups can stay over in traditional Nama huts.

*De Hoop Camp Site remains one of the most popular spots in the park and ablutions (cold showers) have been built to service 12 Campsites.

*Richtersburg Camp Site lies on the banks of the river, has been upgraded with ablutions (cold showers) to service 12 Campsites.

*Kokerboomkloof has 8 campsites that are serviced by Dry Toilets. No water is available on site and the nearest water point is at Richtersberg (32 km) away.

*Tatasberg and Ganakouriep Wilderness Camps. Each camp consists of 4 x 2-bed self catering units with showers, 12 volt lighting system, fridges and gas stoves.

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