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Ais-Ais is in Namibia so we will have to take passport with.

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Here is the info on the wildcard. What kind do you have Oumie? For all parks, or a cluster?


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Are Wildcards valid in another country ?

Ai-ais in in Namibia.


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@j-ms....It is |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park now. Have a look on the Wild card page. The info is all there.


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I have looked on both the SANP and Infinity sites and I can't seem to find any information on whether my Wildcard will be valid for entry into Transfrontier Parks from a non-South African entrance. Ai-ais can only be accessed from the Namibian side, not like Kagalagadi where you can enter from the SA side and cross into Botswana.


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Taken from Gwens Wildcard Link

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Dry Cluster

Offering Augrabies, Kgalagadi, Namaqua, |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld and Vaalbos. This cluster conjures up wide arid spaces, rolling sand dunes, typical thornveld, which meets with grassveld. Picture the beauty of our wildlife against this backdrop.

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I understand that Ai-Ais/Richtersveld is covered by my card, but does that cover entrance from the Namibian side as well ?


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Well, if you can only enter it from one side, and they are advertising it, I guess so. Good question nonetheless

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 Post subject: Road condition from Noordoever to Rosh Pinah ??
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Hi everybody,

I'm planning a trip from Noordover to Rosh Pinah along the orange river using an 2x4 condor in early november. As I learned from other forum members it should be no problem with the car. But recently I heared of some heavy rainfall in this region and that the road is closed until further notice. Does anybody know about the (very) actual road condition ?? Thanks a lot for any help with this.


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That gravel road is usually quite driveable in a normal sedan. After heavy rains it is also good idea to contact some people in the area the find out if the bridge at the Fish river isn't washed away. I don't think you should have any problems with a Condor - if the bridge is passable obviously.

The area is soon to become a concession area so the road might be upgraded - especially also with the opening of the Sendelingsdrif border post opening soon.


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Does this mean you will be able to cross from the Richtersveld side to Ai-Ais ?


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Hi George, thanks for your info. I will try to get some recent details by phone. By the way, if the borderpost in sendlingsdrif will be open would it be possible to go to AiAis with the Condor ? All I heard is that its 'very mainly' 4x4 in the park.


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You can surely get to Ai-Ais with a normal sedan car. The tracks up north from the Noordoewer-Rosh Pinah road is quite rough in places (very nasty corrugations on the first section near river), but nothing really requiring a 4x4. Then there is also the 4x4 track to Ai-Ais which you wouldn't be able to do.

The other option is to go north on the M1 (towards Windhoek) and then turn off west towards Ai-Ais on either the D316 or C10 roads. They are gravel roads although in very good condition and almost like tar roads. I'd rather suggest to stay over at Hobas than at Ai-Ais. The facilities are not being maintained very good these days. Hobas is just north of Ai-Ais.

j-ms, I'm not sure of the national parks' planning. The Sendelingsdrift border post is outside the park on the left hand side of the Richtersveld. This implies that the rivier road on the Nam side will be used much more.


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 Post subject: Richtersveld info
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I see there are new images of accommodation in Richtersveld which looks superb. I'm assuming the Hakkiesdoring Hiking Trail is now open, despite the park info saying opening "soon"?

Has anyone on the forums done this or any other hikes in the park yet? As a teenager I walked the Fish River canyon on the Namibian side of the Transfrontier Park and it was a truly magnificent experience. Would love to do similar walks in Richtersveld. The landscape, vegetation and geology is completely intoxicating and a photographer's dream.

I also wonder if the park can supply more information on the web about distances (time and kms) from Sendelingsdrif to the Hiking Camp and to Ganakouriep as I can't see this in the information.

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