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Upington has the major supermarkets if you time your arrival there HT.
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Richtersveld Camp Occupation

Unread postby boomerang » Thu May 27, 2010 9:24 am

I'm new to the forum, but I have been following correspondence here for a few months. It has been a fantastic source of information, especially for our first trip to the Kgalagadi.

We are planning for our first trip to the Richtersveld during the September school holidays and are looking forward to enjoying what promises to be an unforgettable experience. I read here that one should 'Plan for the worse and hope or the best', which we are doing.

I have also read on this forum (and others), that during busy times, some visitors are not always sticking to their bookings, resulting in overcrowding of the popular campsites. Is this really the case, and if so, what is park management doing about it?

I hope that this forum has the answers to put my mind at ease. It is a LOOONGG way to travel from Gauteng and a costly exercise, (a member of our party is renting a vehicle at R1000+ per day) so we don't want the experience to be spoiled by overcrowded campsites!
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Re: Richtersveld Camp Occupation

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri May 28, 2010 12:55 pm

Welcome to the forum boomerang.

De Hoop is a popular camp, but overcrowding is relative. AFAIR there are no demarcated camp sites there, and the big issue is the overuse of the ablutions that then 'give up'.

At Sendelingsdrift & Potjiespram, the sites are demarcated and overcrowding is not possible.

The river is lovely at DH (I baptized myself testing the depth though), but also quite nice at PP.

Just don't leave any garbage out - keep it in your vahicle when you travel - the vervets can cause havoc.
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Trip to Richtersveld towing a Scout Nomad caravan

Unread postby Nomader » Fri May 28, 2010 9:13 pm

We are planning a trip to Richtersveld into Namibia in August. I've got 2 questions: 1. Is the pont crossing operating? 2. Will we be able to tow a Scout Nomad caravan to Potjiespram camp site? Many thanks.

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Re: Trip to Richtersveld towing a Scout Nomad caravan

Unread postby afri-explore » Sun May 30, 2010 6:58 pm

The road up to Potjiespram is fine for the Nomad. What I can see is that it is a proper off-road caravan.

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Re: Trip to Richtersveld towing a Scout Nomad caravan

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon May 31, 2010 2:03 pm

AFAIR, the road to PP has one river crossing where the banks are a bit steep to negotiate, but they might have been 'flattened' by others. Otherwise there is no drama. The campsites are under trees, so you might have to be happy with one your caravan can fit into.
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Re: Richtersveld Camp Occupation

Unread postby boomerang » Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:12 am

I've been wading through the Arid Parks info links (PAGES of it & very informative!) since posting this thread on the 27th of May, but I have not come across anything specific on the topic or an answer to the question of controlling the overcrowding. I sent an e-mail to the RTP management on the same day, repeating my concerns.

I am hopeful to still get a response to the e-mail, but I was hoping to get some forum responses in the meantime, based on personal experiences at camp sites De Hoop and Richtersberg during busy times, such as school holidays.

For a start, are my concerns valid?

Any feedback will be appreciated.
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Re: Trip to Richtersveld towing a Scout Nomad caravan

Unread postby WeskusKlong » Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:42 pm

Potjespram have some open sites, like this one in camp C:

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Re: Richtersveld Camp Occupation

Unread postby boomerang » Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:17 pm

Well, I'm very happy to close off my (almost) monologue after receiving a private e-mail from Richtersveld Transfrontier Park staff. It was acknowledged that overcrowding/illegal camping could occur, but that more regular patrols during peak season will take care of this.

Looking forward even more to a unforgettable first trip to the Richtersveld
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Re: Richtersveld Camp Occupation

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:24 pm

Have a great trip boomerang, and remember what your name means. When you get home I am sure you will be planning the next trip.
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Re: Richtersveld Camp Occupation

Unread postby boomerang » Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:56 pm

Bush Baptist - thanks for the kind wishes, and yes, I am forever scheming and planning the next trip, but never return to the same place - just like a real boomerang.

Actually - I studied and taught Aeronautics and found the boomerang a fascinating piece of technology, with a few basic principles of Physics, Dynamics and Aerodynamics all working together!
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Camping around Eksteenfontein (Richtersveld)

Unread postby khumbula » Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:03 pm

Planning an overnight stop in/near Eksteenfontein (Richtersveld). Would prefer to camp. Choice seems to be Sun Valley (aka Kani Kaip I think) or Peace of Paradise. Has anyone camped at either of these sites and if so, how long is the drive to these sites from either Eksteenfontein or Steinkopf? Which campsite would you recommend? And, approaching from Steinkopf, which route would you recommend? Any other advice would be appreciated. We will be towing with a Defender.

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Re: Camping around Eksteenfontein (Richtersveld)

Unread postby WeskusKlong » Fri Aug 27, 2010 1:36 pm

Peace of Paradise burned down a few years ago. In the same area as what Peace of Paradise was I can recommend Aquacade but it is not close to Eksteenfontein, but close to Vioolsdrift. From there you have to do the 2nd leg of the Namaqua 4x4 Echo route through the Nababieb reserve to get to Eksteenfontein - spectacular scenery!

Tierhoek (S28 38 02.8 E17 00 42.7) or Bakkrans Caves (S28 51 47.5 E17 04 31.2) are close to Eksteenfontein/Lekkersing. You can book at the tourism office in Eksteenfontein (0278517108) or e-mail tic@lantic.net. Ask for Volenti. These are not private sites but part of the Richtersveld Community Conservancy and a very worthwhile cause to support.

From the Steinkopf - Port Nolloth tar road take the Eksteenfontein turn-off. Good gravel road to Eksteenfontein (been there a week ago). From there it is a bit rough going but nothing worse than what the RTP currently has to offer. Both the mentioned camp sites are conveniently close to the RTP. You can also try Kubus but I have not camped there before. There are virtually no road signs in the Conservancy area so a GPS with Tracks 4 Africa is highly recommended.

There are other options as well for accommodation. Feel free to contact me (PM) for more information.
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Re: Camping around Eksteenfontein (Richtersveld)

Unread postby Foxy » Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:56 pm

Also Abiqua River Camp on the Namibia side is very nice - just down the road from Aquacade.


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