Description of the area
The |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park measures 6 045 km2 and spans some of the most spectacular arid and desert mountain scenery in southern Africa. It incorporates the 4 420 km2 |Ai-|Ais Hot Springs Game Park in Namibia and the 1 625 km2 |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld National Park in South Africa. It features the world’s second largest canyon, the Fish River Canyon, which meanders for 161 km between the steep, spectacular cliffs that divide the Nama plateau. In places the canyon floor is more than 550 m below the plateau, exposing rock of up to 2 600 million years old.
Other areas will eventually be added to the park, such as the Namib Desert belt along the Namibian coast and the Iona National Park in Angola. This area will measure some 180 000 km2 and will incorporate a wide range of community-based natural resource management programmes.