Duration: 7 days
Unmistakably different – remote, isolated with intense heat in summer – but it provides beautifully situated campsites on the doorstep of the Orange River, where you can swim, fish, canoe and even abseil – this is the Richtersveld! It is the only true mountain desert in Southern Africa, with unique and fascinating flora like the numerous varieties of aloes, of which the Quiver Tree (Aloe Dichotoma) is the best known – the Shepherd’s Tree –Botterboom – Halfmens or Elephant Trunk etc.
No trail is also more suitable for those looking for a wilderness destination in our country with limited safari experience. The rocky and sandy tracks will, however, give you a real off-road challenge.
Situated in the far north-western corner of the Northern Cape Province, the Richtersveld is one of the few remaining wilderness areas in South Africa and it requires a four-wheel-drive vehicle to explore.
We normally spend 4 days in the Park area, while exploring highlighted attractions like “Hand of God”, Akkedis Pass, De Toon-rock formations and the Quiver Tree Forest and also the Mouth of the Orange River near Alexander Bay. What can be better than a venison potjie with potbread and a glass of the Cape’s best wines – on the banks of the Orange River while the peace and tranquility overwhelms you?