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How To Get There

Sendelingsdrift is the main South African entrance to the Park.

The closest substantial commercial center is Springbok which is just over 300km away, depending on the route you take. You can drive to Sendelingsdrift with a two-wheel drive vehicle, but once in the Park, and to travel many of the alternative routes to and around the Park, you will need a 4×4 vehicle. Sedan vehicles are not permitted.


The quickest way to get to the Park from N7 (South Africa) and B1 (Namibia) is to turn off at Steinkopf and approach via Port Nolloth and Alexander Bay with only the last 80km being on dirt.

For those wishing to vary their route and get a broader picture of the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld the road from Vioolsdrift, via Kotzehoop, through spectacular scenery to Eksteenfontein and then on to Sendelingsdrift is one well worth travelling. If you take this route please respect the interests of the Kotzehoop farmers whose crops are affected by the dust from speeding vehicles.

  • The scenic route via Kuboes, Lekkersing and Eksteenfontein provides an additional dimension of what the region has to offer.
  • Another spectacular route, recommended for 4×4 vehicles only, is over the mountain pass via Helskloof Reserve between Eksteenfontein and Vioolsdrift.

Internal Road Network

Internal roads are ‘farm tracks’, mainly suited to 4×4 vehicles, but vehicles with high clearances such as kombis and LDV’s do travel in the park.

Please take note of the following:

  • Admission and overnight permits must be obtained at the park office at Sendelingsdrift before entering the park.
  • Overnight visitors must arrive before 16:00 to reach camping sites before dark.
  • Due to deep-sanded riverbeds and rough mountain passes, driving in convoy is recommended.
  • Single vehicles must sign an agreement to report back to park headquarters on departure.
  • Sedan vehicles are not permitted.
  • Driving in the park at night is not permitted.

Pontoon at Sendelingsdrif