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Unread postby reinette » Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:45 pm

We didn't stay over at Sendelings Drift, but it looked real nice (Aug 2006). They were busy with a new campsite as well, which should be finished by now. It all depends on what time you go into the park to where you will be able to go before it gets dark.
We didn't book any specific camp site (didn't know you can) but there is enough space. Sure you are going to enjoy evey bit of your stay there.

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Unread postby reinette » Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:51 pm

Re name::As far as I have it, Pokkies (changed to Potjies) is a local word for goat and Pram - milk. Given a few farmers with goats you can see in the park there should be a connection.

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Overcrowded De Hoop

Unread postby proacc » Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:17 am

We will be visiting De Hoop in the Richtersveld in April 2007. I was told by friends that De hoop was very overcrowded the last time they visited. There was now control on numbers and campsites were taken over on a free for all basis. People camped there without proper bookings being made and generally quite chaotic.

Is this still the case ? No control ? Are there any Parks officials attending to this problem ?

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Mar 29, 2007 4:11 pm

Sadly it was the case on the April/May 2006 long weekend when we camped at PP. We went on a day trip to DH. The main problem was the overuse of the ablution facilities which could not cope. There seems not to be demarcated campsites and people were camping next to the river's edge.

I suggest you contact the camp manager, whose email address is under the section 'contact us' and see what the current status is.
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Recent info needed on Richtersveld

Unread postby Wim » Wed Apr 04, 2007 12:15 am

I would like to visit the Richtersveld NP soon and am looking for recent information that I can't find on the parks' site.
1. Are they ever going to open the Namibia/SA border post at Sendelingsdrift? If so, when?
2. Is the Hellskloof road (between Vioolsdrif and Eksteenfontein) open at the moment? Is so, what is the condition of the road?
3. If the answer to question 2 is "yes", can anybody give me driving indications to get from Vioolsdrif to Sendelingsdrift?
4. Are there any reasonably accurate maps of the park and surrounding area available? (the map at the park's site does not even show all the camps!)
5. In what condition are the roads inside the park at the moment?
6. Has it rained lately? Is it cold at night?
Many questions. Hope somebody who has been there recently will be so kind to answer (some of) them.
Thanks a lot.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Apr 04, 2007 12:43 pm

Howzit Wim,

1. Not in my lifetime
4. Fraid Knot We were given a poor photostat. Here is an opportunity for the map book publishers of Kruger to do something. Although it is a smaller park, with slower throughput of guests, there are excellent map books of KTP and Addo. Opportunity here!
5. The roads are sandy, except for mountain passes where they are rocky. I would not go without 4wd, except to SD & Potjiespram.
6(a). This makes it more interesting.
6(b). The wind blows making it a bit chilly, Capetonians will say it is 'freezing', but 20 degrees higher to them is 'boiling'.

You can swim in the river, even in May!

Enjoy it, I did.
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Unread postby Wim » Wed Apr 04, 2007 3:31 pm

Thanks, both of you, for your useful replies.
I will be travelling in a 4x4.
I agree that a bit of rain makes things more interesting, but I was in the area in I think it was October 2005 after some serious rainfall and then the Helskloof pass was closed to all traffic and people advised me against going to the Richtersveld as most roads would be impassable, even with a 4x4. That's why I ask.
So, any other advise especially on questions 2, 3 and 4?

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Re: Recent info needed on Richtersveld

Unread postby afri-explore » Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:21 pm

Wim,
1 Maybe Sept 2007
2,3 This is a "public" road over the Helskloof pass and very corrugated last time I was there - just follow the road over Kotzeshoop from Vioolsdrift and carry on to Eksteensfontein. Do not confuse this road with the one into RNP at the RNP Helskloof gate. (both called Helskloof) This road was closed for some time after 2006 rains.
4 Visit any camping outfit - most stock the Infomaps at
5 The roads are farm road types. De Hoop to Richtersberg is a 4x4 track.
Send me a pm as I have waypoints and electronic maps.

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Unread postby Wim » Fri Apr 06, 2007 9:38 am

Thanks very much, Sakkie.
The Helskloof road I was talking about is the "public" one.
That one was impassible, even in a 4x4, in October 2005.
So where exactly is the other one???

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Unread postby proacc » Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:37 am

Following my post on the 29th of March, I sent an e-mail to Andy Davies, the park manager at the Richtersveld. This was his response:

It would have been helpful if your friends had provided dates and there reservation numbers as this would have allowed a more measured response.



1) There is control and campers are checked periodically. De Hoop has to be visited by staff on a regular basis for water to be pumped and they check on the numbers of people camped there. If excess visitors are on the site it is because they have booked at one of the other camps and decided to go to DeHoop without consulting reservation staff. Currently a temporary employee is camped at DeHoop to ensure continuity of the water supply and check on visitor permits but this arrangement only holds for peak periods.

2) The campsites are not demarcated and visitors may choose any one of a number of sites along the river in the vicinity of the ablution blocks.

3) There are twelve campsites allocated to DeHoop and this allows for 24 vehicles.

4) We do allow for events such as the Radio Sonder Grense tours and on condition of these groups booking out all the sites along the river at DeHoop, Richtersburg and Potjiespram we allow them exceed the allocated carrying capacity.

5) Currently due to the problems with facilities at Kokerboomkloof we are requesting people booked in there to utilize facilities along the river.





The Richtersveld is particularly busy in April and August and if you find crowds offensive I would strongly advise you not to visit during these months. If you do I would suggest that you book at Potjiespram or Richtersberg as these sites are not so busy.



Regards



Andy Davies

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Tue Apr 10, 2007 1:05 pm

I have camped at Potjiespram and found it to be very pleasant.
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Unread postby Wim » Tue Apr 10, 2007 5:33 pm

Sakkie's message of April 5th had a link removed, presumably because it was considered publicity. The map he was referring to is called "Richtersveld National Park and Northern Namaqaland" is on scale 1:250 000 and seems to be very useful! It is made by InfoMap. As it seems to be the only map available of this area, I can hardly see why this would be considered publicity.
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Unread postby gwendolen » Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:21 am

The link that was removed did not point to infomap.co.za.

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Richtersveld "Road to Hell"

Unread postby Bannavdm » Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:06 am

Hi There,
I heard that there is a 4x4 route in the Richtersveld that is called "road to hell" because of its difficulty. Has anybody ever done this route and can you maybe help me with GPS waypoints, tracks etc. ...
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Unread postby Foxy » Sat Apr 14, 2007 9:24 pm

I was there this time last year and the road was closed due to heavy rain and road being badly washed away.


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