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Conjure up a desolate and forbidding landscape, seemingly devoid of life, except for some people dotting along the horizon. Make a startling discovery upon closer inspection when the mirage dissolves into the human-like half-mens (half person) and the harsh environment prove to be a treasure-chest containing the world’s richest desert flora.

Hauntingly beautiful and seared by a blistering sun, the lava mountains and sandy plains form southern Africa’s largest Mountain Desert Park.

Though surrealistically harsh (this is the driest area in the Northern Cape), the rugged Richtersveld side of the Park nurtures some 30% of all South Africa’s succulent plant species. With less than 50mm of rain each year, it is home to leopards, lizards and adventurers. This is a harsh and unpredictable land where water is scarce and life-sustaining moisture comes in the form of early morning fog – called ‘Ihuries’ or ‘Malmokkies’ by the local people – which rolls in from the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean, sustaining a remarkable range of small reptiles, birds and mammals. A staggering assortment of plant life, some species occurring nowhere else, is to be found here, with gnarled quiver trees, tall aloes and quaint ‘half-mens’ keeping vigil over this inscrutable landscape.

Paradoxically beautiful, it is a land for those keen to ‘rough it’. You can explore it from the comfort of your 4×4 or paddle the river, taking in the awe-inspiring, seldom-seen purity of a mountain desert wilderness.

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  • Province: Northern Cape
  • Nearest City/Town: Sendelingsdrif
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De Hoop Camping Site

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Potjiespram Camp Site

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Kokerboomkloof Camp Site

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