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Access to Sendelingsdrif

Unread post by edgassner » Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:32 am

I plan to visit Sendelingsdrif and will be travelling there from Ais Ais. Can I gain access? Do I need a passport?

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Re: Access to Sendelingsdrif

Unread post by WeskusKlong » Thu Nov 17, 2011 9:42 am

I plan to visit Sendelingsdrif and will be travelling there from Ais Ais. Can I gain access? Do I need a passport?

Yes you can and yes as you are crossing borders you need a passport (unlike in the KTP). Depending on the route you take you may need a 4x4 to get to Sendelingsdrift. If you make use of the pontoon @ Sendelingsdrift, you can enter SA with a high clearance 4x2 but going back (SA to Namibia) you may need a 4x4 to get up the river bank. There are other routes to Sendelingsdrift as well but they are all much longer. If you need more information, I can expand on the other routes as well.

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Re: Access to Sendelingsdrif

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:27 pm

Welcome to the forum Ed.

Just check before you go, because occasionally the river has flash floods and washes things away.
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Re: Richtersveld

Unread post by Kgalagadi Guru » Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:14 pm

Yes route to Sendingsdrift will be accessible with 4X2 kombi. Drive from Alexanderbaai gravel road of +/-90km to Sendingsdrift.

With regards to drive in the park with 4X2 will need to contact the Park.

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Re: Richtersveld

Unread post by Cheréne Pienaar » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:56 am

The Richtersveld is my favourite arid park. Here you can explore nature in its truest form and discover weird and wonderful plants such as the "halfmense" (half humans).
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Re: Richtersveld

Unread post by Johanwb » Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:46 pm

Thanks for all the help. the info I got from the park is that it is solid tar road from Springbok to Port Nolloth and then to Alexander bay. From Alex to Sendelingsdrift it is gravel that they just leveled after the rains, so currently the road is in exellent condition, but it can be the other way around in two weeks time due the mine busses and trucks.

[b]I just want to mention that the staff in the office at Sendelings drift is by far the most helpfull I came across, they really know what it means to give good service and are proud of their park :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: Richtersveld

Unread post by WeskusKlong » Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:54 am

Two bits of advice regarding the gravel road Alexander Bay to Sendelingsdrift:

1. If it rains on the bit closer to Alex, the road surface becomes very slippery and muddy. If it rains a lot it is impassable. Otherwise it is a very easy road.
2. Take extreme caution for mine vehicles - especially closer to the Park. I had a very close call with a mine pick-up towing a generator over a blind hill crest - at high speed in the middle of the road.

As far as the Park itself goes:

I visited it quite frequent up to 2010 and in that time noticed a few things.

1. The condition of the roads vary a lot. Flash floods wash the roads away at some places and get repaired by Parks staff, travelers as time goes by. Depending where you hit this cycle the roads can be passable with a 4x2 or not.
2. The bits that does not get subjected to frequent wash away of the road surface are extremely corrugated - to the extend that it is very unpleasant to drive on - in my opinion way worse than Kgalagadi. As a 4x4er I love a challenging road but corrugations does not fall in that category. I've seen more than one trailer left on the side of the road - shaken to pieces by the corrugations.

From my last experience you should be fine to visit Potjespram but take care as some (optional) bits close to and in the camping area are very sandy and will bog you down. The Halfmens Pass was easy going so you should also be able to drive to the Hand of God (S28 07 18.8 E17 00 34.1) but that is as far as I would go with a 4x2. Akkedis Pass and Helskloof Pass may be a bit much for the buss - if you consider the potential problems you can hit there it is not worth it really.

The RTP is a very special place. Enjoy :thumbs_up:.
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Unread post by KRad » Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:45 am

Hi all
Need some advice.
My hubby, myself and our child will be dirving down from Luderitz back to Cape Town and i thought we could stop at Sendelingsdrif Rest Camp. I see there is a ferry you have to cross the orange river, does this mean you cross the border there? :doh:
I thought you could only cross the border in Vioolsdrif and then with a permit by Alexander Bay? I am now confused as I would hate to have to drive to Vioolsdrif to cross the border and then all the way to Sendelingsdrif - this will be a pretty long drive (almost 10 hours) :slap:
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Re: Ais Ais

Unread post by barryels » Mon Sep 28, 2015 4:20 pm

Welcome to the forums KRad :thumbs_up: .

No you don't have to drive to Vioolsdrift. There is a border post at Sendelingsdrift :thumbs_up: .

Here you can get an idea how it looks like crossing the river via the pond Re: Richtersveld, Namibia and Kgalagadi - an experience to treasure..
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Re: Ais Ais

Unread post by Son godin » Mon Sep 28, 2015 7:10 pm

Hi KRad,

We made use of the ferry crossing in April which you can read more and view a few photos of the trip by clicking on the link.

The operation time of the pont is from 08:00 to 16:00 and you will pay about R120 to cross. The border post on Namibia side is from 6 - 17:00 in summer and 7 - 18:00 in winter. SA side opens from 08:00 to 18:00. If you are a South-African you will not be required to pay any fees to enter, but will be required to show that you have already paid road tax and 3rd party when clearing through Namibia border post.

Also remember the unabridged birth certificate for the child. That is the one indicating both parents ID numbers and names.

You have two options of routes to follow:
1. Luderitz - Seeheim - Ai-Ais - C37 to Orange river- right turn to Sendelingsdrift before Aussenkehr

2. Luderitz - Aus - Rosh Pinah - Sendelingsdrift (shortest route)

The pont can only operate in calm conditions and will close during stormy weather or when the river is in flood. Usually around March - April but this year we had no issues. The alternative arrangement will be Oranjemund (SANParks made arrangements for guest to make use of this route in 2014 when the pont was closed.

When passing through do add a few nights to explore the park. For visits into the park you will require a 4x4.
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