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 Post subject: Re: Richtersveld
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:13 pm 
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We also travelled via Alexander Bay.


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 Post subject: Re: Richtersveld
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:14 pm 
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I have looked at the map and that will be the way to go. :thumbs_up:

@BB: Thanks for the tip on the fuel. 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Richtersveld
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Yes route to Sendingsdrift will be accessible with 4X2 kombi. Drive from Alexanderbaai gravel road of +/-90km to Sendingsdrift.

With regards to drive in the park with 4X2 will need to contact the Park.

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 Post subject: Re: Richtersveld
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:56 am 
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The Richtersveld is my favourite arid park. Here you can explore nature in its truest form and discover weird and wonderful plants such as the "halfmense" (half humans).


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 Post subject: Re: Richtersveld
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:D Welcome to the forum Cherene Pienaar. :thumbs_up:
Thanks for the info. 8)
Is it the same Ray as on Kyknet? :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Richtersveld
Unread postPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:51 pm 
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:hmz: 4x2 in the park.

You could probably get tp Potjiespram in a 4x2 kombi.

The road to De Hoop etc, has a mountain pass that we used low range to 'walk' over the rocks.

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 Post subject: Re: Richtersveld
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:lol: A 5x2 Kombi. :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Richtersveld
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4 + spare...... :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Richtersveld
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Thanks for all the help. the info I got from the park is that it is solid tar road from Springbok to Port Nolloth and then to Alexander bay. From Alex to Sendelingsdrift it is gravel that they just leveled after the rains, so currently the road is in exellent condition, but it can be the other way around in two weeks time due the mine busses and trucks.

[b]I just want to mention that the staff in the office at Sendelings drift is by far the most helpfull I came across, they really know what it means to give good service and are proud of their park :clap: :clap: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Richtersveld
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Johanwb wrote:
I just want to mention that the staff in the office at Sendelings drift is by far the most helpfull I came across, they really know what it means to give good service and are proud of their park :clap: :clap: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Richtersveld
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:54 am 
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Two bits of advice regarding the gravel road Alexander Bay to Sendelingsdrift:

1. If it rains on the bit closer to Alex, the road surface becomes very slippery and muddy. If it rains a lot it is impassable. Otherwise it is a very easy road.
2. Take extreme caution for mine vehicles - especially closer to the Park. I had a very close call with a mine pick-up towing a generator over a blind hill crest - at high speed in the middle of the road.

As far as the Park itself goes:

I visited it quite frequent up to 2010 and in that time noticed a few things.

1. The condition of the roads vary a lot. Flash floods wash the roads away at some places and get repaired by Parks staff, travelers as time goes by. Depending where you hit this cycle the roads can be passable with a 4x2 or not.
2. The bits that does not get subjected to frequent wash away of the road surface are extremely corrugated - to the extend that it is very unpleasant to drive on - in my opinion way worse than Kgalagadi. As a 4x4er I love a challenging road but corrugations does not fall in that category. I've seen more than one trailer left on the side of the road - shaken to pieces by the corrugations.

From my last experience you should be fine to visit Potjespram but take care as some (optional) bits close to and in the camping area are very sandy and will bog you down. The Halfmens Pass was easy going so you should also be able to drive to the Hand of God (S28 07 18.8 E17 00 34.1) but that is as far as I would go with a 4x2. Akkedis Pass and Helskloof Pass may be a bit much for the buss - if you consider the potential problems you can hit there it is not worth it really.

The RTP is a very special place. Enjoy :thumbs_up:.

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 Post subject: Re: Richtersveld
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Bush Baptist wrote:
4 + spare...... :roll:

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