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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
cost includes all camping and conservation fees as well as 4x4 trails
and guide fees.
will be limited to eight vehicles.
50% deposit is required when booking. Balance by 31 January 2018
any further information please Thorsten Schafer on +27(0)832504525
the booking form here