Saturday 12 August
We’re going into the Richtersveld National Park today. The scenery on the way to the park is awesome and we are almost anxious to get into the park to see what it looks like. Just before you get to the park we stopped at the Wonderhole. It is a natural hole in the ground, about 75m deep. We don’t know much more about this hole. Still, very interesting to see.
First view of the park:
We entered the park at about 13:00. I saw a lady with a SANParks uniform walking in the opposite direction we are going, but didn’t make anything of it. Then another parks person stopped us and asked if we are arriving today. On the yes answer, he said: ‘Ek dink die tannie het met ete gegaan, sy sal 14:00 terug wees. Julle kan haar gaan haal.’ [I think the lady went on lunch, she will be back at 14:00. You can fetch her if you want too]. We decided to let her be, we will hang around till she is back. We got something to drink at the shop (not a parks shop). Walked to the ‘castle’ and looked over the river and where they are going to put the Pont for the border crosing. There is some construction work going on at the castle. We found later they are busy renovating it.
There are nice cottages at Sendelingsdrift to overnight in and they are busy building a campsite as well. It will look very nice once they are finished.
Camp site at Sendelingsdrift:
Finally it was 14:00 and we could arrive officially. We found out about the opening of the border and the lady said hopefully next year. The question is still, when next year…
So, there we went again, to our camp site, Pokkiespram (or is it Potjiespram?). The signboards aren’t too great into the park and after 2 wrong turns we got the correct way further into the park. One can see many mining activities on the first part of the road. Into a river bed again, over one or two other river beds and we arrived at the camp site. Site A and B was rather inhabited, at site C there was still a nice spot and we decided to camp there. We were amazed by all the visitors to the park. Good for the park though.
The camp sites are next to the river, but you can’t see it due too the thick bushes. You can only hear how the water flows over the rocks. The flowers, mainly yellow, were something to see. Each camp site (this is now A, B, C) has an ablution block with a toilet and cold water shower for both male and female. It is built out of wood and reeds with canvas windows, very nicely done. We had our own bush shower with warm water; none was brave enough for the cold showers. Bernei did try it, but only once.