Extended outing to North Western Cape
West Coast, Richtersveld, Namakwa 4x4 Echo Trail, Riemvasmaak
27 April - 6 May 2018 (10 Days, 9 Nights)


The Richtersveld in Namaqualand - a place of splendour. This rugged, desolate and beautiful far north-western corner of South Africa is the destination for this extended outing. 

The Richtersveld is a mountainous desert landscape characterised by rugged kloofs and high mountains. It is full of changing scenery from flat, sandy, coastal plains, to craggy sharp mountains of volcanic rock and the lushness of the Orange River, which forms the border with neighbouring Namibia. Located in South Africa's northern Namaqualand, this arid area represents a harsh landscape where water is a great scarcity and only the hardiest of life forms survive. Despite this, the Richtersveld is regarded as the only Arid Biodiversity Hotspot on Earth, with an astonishing variety of plant, bird and animal life (much of which is endemic).
Part of the area is inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List due to its cultural values, but remains a favourite amongst nature travellers to South Africa; the landscape is sometimes described as 'Martian'. Though barren and desolate at first glance, closer examination reveals the area to be rich in desert life forms, with an array of unique species specially adapted for survival.

This is a wilderness experience so you have to take everything you may need with you, including food, water, and fuel. The nearest medical facility could be up to eight hours away. All camps have cold showers and toilets. This is a trailer-friendly trail, but only for 4x4s with low range. Distances between fuel stops is around 700km.

Due to the aridness and remoteness of the area, as well as some distances that need to be covered, this trip is not advisable for kids under 8 years of age.

Our adventure starts in Port Nolloth on the West Coast. After two nights exploring the west coast we head off into the Richtersveld for three nights, camping along the Orange River. Then we travel the tracks of the Namakwa 4x4 Echo trail, following and camping on the Orange River. Our final two nights will be at the hot springs at Riemvasmaak.

Total trip distance, from and to Johannesburg - 3400km
Cost per person: Single - R3780, sharing - R3300, kids under 16 - R1200
If you have a SANP Wild card deduct R210 per person.

The cost includes all camping and conservation fees as well as 4x4 trails and guide fees.

Trip will be limited to eight vehicles.

A 50% deposit is required when booking. Balance by 31 January 2018

For any further information please Thorsten Schafer on +27(0)832504525

Download the booking form here 


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