- 14-21 October 2020
- 9 day / 8 nights (Tented accommodation)
- R13 750 per person (min 8 guests- max 14)
- TOTAL KMS: approximately 800km
- VEHICLE: 4 X 4
Day 1 (Orange River):
(Running water and hot showers)
We arrive at our campsite situated on the banks of the Orange River near Vioolsdrift. Your tents will be set up and you can unpack and relax next to the river.
Late afternoon we take a short ride to a very special and beautiful spot where we enjoy sundowners and watch the sun sink beyond the distant ridges.
While the crew prepares our dinner and you relax around the fire, your guide will provide a detailed briefing on what we can expect for the next 9 days.
From this point, we will traverse dirt roads until the end of the tour.
Day 2 (Tierhoek – Camping wild):
(No running water: hot bucket showers and dry toilet)
After an early breakfast we stop at some san hieroglyphs and pile some stones on cairns. We enter the Richtersveld Conservation Area and drive to Eksteenfontein, a small nomadic livestock farming town on the edge of the Richtersveld World Heritage Site.
Eksteenfontein is one of three little settlements in the Richtersveld Community Conservancy and it is here we learn about the history of this community, the Bosluisbasters and Nama people who farm this remarkable cultural and botanical landscape.
After Eksteenfontein we enter a huge valley with a lovely sand view. This is one of my secret roads and we traverse an open pan with a windmill that are great photographic opportunities.
We visit an old quartzite mine on a hill overlooking Lekkersing (one of the Richtersveld towns). Due to the quarts there are some interesting plants on the hill.
We make our way to Tierhoek, set amongst granite rocks. We are camping wild tonight and our crew will ensure you are most comfortable and although there is no running water – we will enjoy hot bucket showers against an overwhelmingly beautiful backdrop.
The peace and tranquillity of this remarkable mountain desert wilderness makes camping under the stars a memorable experience.
Days 3&4 (De Hoop):
(Flushing toilets and cold water showers / no electricity / No potable water)
At Sendelingsdrift we refill water and fuel before entering the Richtersveld National Park.
Today is spent driving through the Richtersveld mountains along steep and very twisty roads, via the renowned, Akkedis pass, before coming to our next campsite at De Hoop.
Set on the banks of the Orange River this campsite offers soft sand next to the river suitable for swimming, bathing and fishing.
Our first morning in De Hoop we lie in and enjoy a slightly later breakfast than enjoyed during the past few days. Today we can enjoy exploring some of the richest desert flora in the world, the diverse spectrum of small reptiles, birds and mammals while in camp or we can take a short drive to the Richtersberg camp site.
We enjoy the evening in this special mountain desert wilderness area, around the campfire, quietly soaking in the unique vegetation and wildlife.
Day 5 (Kokerboomkloof):
(Flush Toilets but no water on site)
The distinctive vegetation continues as we enter the Richtersveld National Park and head towards our campsite situated between quiver trees – considered popular photographic subjects both at sunrise and sunset and indigenous to this region.
Sunset will be on a granite rock or between the quiver trees. This is the perfect place to relax with binoculars and feel the stresses of the modern world melt away. Here there is nothing to distract your attention from the raw, rugged beauty and incredible silence.
Dinner this evening is around the campfire surrounded by these unusual but iconic trees.
Day 6 (Springklip – Camping wild):
(No running water, bucket showers and dry toilets)
At this time of the year the Richtersveld is exquisite and early morning is spent exploring some natural sandstone figures near Kokerboomkloof.
We head up Helskloof Pass – a long slow pass to traverse, but with visual rewards that make it well worth the drive. The area is renowned for its specialized endemic vegetation that includes an incredible variety of ancient succulents and unique aloes found nowhere else on earth (e.g. Pearson’s Aloes).
Situated in the heart of the Richtersveld – our travels today take us to the remote and dry town of Kuboes, home of one of the oldest indigenous groups in Namibia, and descendants of the Khoikhoi – the Nama people.
We overnight on a koppie overlooking small dunes. The vistas from here is quite something.
Although 30km away we might experience the malmokkie(mist) rolling in from the cold Atlantic Ocean.
Day 7 (McDougalls Bay):
(All amenities available: hot showers & flushing toilets & maybe a BATH)
Leaving our informal campsite after breakfast, we drive over the small dunes to Alexander Bay in the extreme north-western part of South Africa.
Depending on the tides and flood levels, will we foot it to the mouth of the Orange River.
From Alexander Bay to Port Nolloth it is a tarred road for about 95km with chocolates at Spar.
We overnight at McDougalls Bay, 4km south of Port Nolloth in formal accommodation with bedding and towels.
Our seaside cottages are on the beach and a stone’s throw from the surf. We endeavour to arrive mid-afternoon, so we can enjoy this beautiful hidden gem in the Northern Cape.
Dinner is sea food at Vispetti restaurant in Port Nolloth(included in the price).Day 8 (Home):
Due to some guests that want to lie in, walk on the beach or leave early, we don’t serve breakfast the last morning. There are tea and coffee available at the houses.
Sadly, our exploration of the Northern Cape & Richtersveld Trans Frontier Park has come to an end.
From McDougalls it is an easy drive to Springbok and onward back home.
You can also travel via the small diamond mining town of Kleinzee, Koingnaas and the tiny picturesque village of Hondeklip Bay!