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Visitor Tips

  1. Visitors should always have a good supply of water.
  2. A 4x4 is required to traverse the Park.
  3. As outdoor lighting in camps is limited, a torch/headlamp is required when walking outside at night.
  4. Binoculars and cameras are a must.
  5. An extra spare wheel, tools, spares, enough food and extra water containers are essential.

Where To Stay

Things To See

  1. The halfmens succulent - an iconic feature of the Park and a botanical wonder of the world.
  2. The Hand of God rock formation
  3. Jackal Buzzard

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Accommodation

Sendelingsdrif Rest Camp

There is still landscaping work being done and some further construction work is planned.

Potjiespram Rest Camp

De Hoop Camp Site

Richtersburg Camp Site

Kokerboomkloof Camp Site

Tatasberg and Ganakouriep Wilderness Camps

Each camp consists of:

Please note that the water at Ganakoeriep, Tatasberg and Hakkiesdoring is not suitable for drinking and it is recommended that guests should provide their own drinking water.

Hakkiesdoring Wilderness Camp

No information available at present.

Hiking Trails Base Camp

The Hiking Trails Base Camp, which is situated in the panoramic Ganakouriep Valley and accommodates 9 people opened in mid-July. Gas stoves, fridges and hot showers are available. The hiking trail itself is not open due to a shortage of qualified guides but groups under the control of an appropriately qualified guide may be allowed to hike.

It is strongly recommended that they take a person with extensive knowledge of the area with them to enhance their experience and minimise the risks associated with this terrain and climate.

Bookings: This unit will be taken three months in advance until such time as the trails issue has been resolved. It is also an ideal location from which to explore the Park by vehicle. Note that the water is not suitable for drinking and it is recommended that guests should bring their own drinking water.

To view the accommodation prices, refer to Tariffs

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Activities & Facilities

Please note:

There is currently no ATM facility, shop or restaurant available in the Park. Guests are advised to bring their own supplies that will last for the whole duration of their stay. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Activities

Adventure and Outdoor Activities

Guided Trails

Hiking Trails Base Camp

The Hiking Trails Base Camp, which is situated in the panoramic Ganakouriep Valley and accommodates 9 people opened in mid-July. Gas stoves, fridges and hot showers are available. The hiking trail itself is not open due to a shortage of qualified guides but groups under the control of an appropriately qualified guide may be allowed to hike. It is strongly recommended that they take a person with extensive knowledge of the area with them to enhance their experience and minimize the risks associated with this terrain and climate.

Bookings

This unit will be taken three months in advance until such time as the trails issue has been resolved. It is also an ideal location from which to explore the Park by vehicle. Note that the water is not suitable for drinking and it is recommended that guests should bring their own drinking water. The cost of this unit is R600 for the first four people and R100 for each subsequent person.

Facilities

No shops in the park, but fuel and cold drinks can be purchased at a small general store at Sendelingsdrift. The shop is open on weekdays only.

Pontoon at Sendelingsdrif

The old pont, that was last in service in 1988, when South West Africa (now Namibia) was still governed by South Africa, has been restored and offers an unusual and convenient way of crossing the Garib (Orange) River that separates the two countries. Before the opening of this border a very inconvenient 485km detour and about 4 hours drive had to be undertaken to cross from one side of the Park to the other.

Pont Regulations:

Maximum carrying capacity is 6 Metric Tones or:

Hours:

Summer and winter: 8:00 – 16:15 (weather permitting)

For further information please phone the the park on 027 831 1506

Fuel

Please note that there is an ATM available at the Sonskyn Café at Sendelingsdrift.


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Natural and Cultural History

An international treaty, signed on 1 August 2003, incorporated the Ai–Ais Hot Springs Game Park in Namibia and|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld National Park in South Africa, resulting in the establishment of the Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier National Park.

One of the main features of the combined park is the world’s second largest canyon – the Fish River Canyon. At Sendelingsdrift, on the South African side, a pontoon has been established to ferry people and vehicles across the Orange River. The pontoon has a carrying capacity of a 32-seater bus or two fully loaded double cab 4x4 vehicles.


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How to get there

Recommended routes to and from the park

The quickest way to get to the Park from N7 (RSA) 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 traveling. (If you take this route please respect the interests of the Kotzehoop farmers whose crops are affected by the dust from speeding vehicles.)

Gate Hours

GPS Coordinates

Name Latitude Longitude
Turn-off to Gannakouriep S 28 18.454 E 17 06.202
Turn-off to Hakkiesdoring S 28 23.682 E 17 10.308
Turn-off to Kokerboomkloof         S 28 19.768 E 17 16.758
Turn-off to Sendelingsdrift S 28 27.939 E 16 52.273
Turn-off to Stofbakkies     S 28 29.128 E 16 49.687
Aloe Pearsonii S 28 19.952 E 16 59.430
Basterkokerboom S 28 25.156 E 16 53.052
De Hoop S 28 11.021 E 17 10.682
Gannakouriep Hakkiesdoring fork     S 28 22.014 E 17 09.987
Gannakouriep Camp S 28 23.247 E 17 09.586
Grasdrif ruins S 28 20.137 E 17 22.839
Hakkiesdoring S 28 23.621 E 17 10.148
Halfmensbome S 28 08.335 E 16 58.973
Hand of God            S 28 07.318 E 17 00.579
Helskloof gate S 28 17.958 E 16 57.328
Kodas Piek S 28.22738 E 16.99216
Koerdegab Pass S 28 16.516 E 17 02.612
Kokerboom     S 28 20.196 E 17 14.982
Kokerboomkloof camping area S 28 18.434 E 17 17.476
Kuboes S 28 26.764 E 16 59.522
Kubus Camp and Chalets S 28 26.394 E 16 59.678
Lekkersing turn-off S 28 27.149 E 16 56.869
Penkop Pass or Akkedis Pass S 28 09.832 E 17 01.438
Potjiespram Camp S 28 04.482 E 16 57.789
R1 S 28 06.819 E 16 56.101
R10 S 28 20.827 E 17 19.474
R11 S 28 14.717 E 17 12.095
R12 S 28 15.253 E 17 13.244
R13 S 28 13.840 E 17 03.307
R14 S 28 17.591 E 17 01.875
R15 S 28 16.770 E 16 59.682
R17 S 28 20.730 E 17 09.890
R18 S 28 23.670 E 17 09.256
R2 S 28 07.407 E 17 00.569
R3 S 28 11.582 E 17 03.211
R4 S 28 12.736 E 17 05.541
R5 S 28 11.115 E 17 07.490
R6 S 28 15.851 E 17 08.199
R7 S 28 18.336 E 17 07.423
R8 S 28 19.480 E 17 11.202
R9 S 28 21.923 E 17 14.082
Richtersberg Camp S 28 15.056 E 17 12.793
Richtersveld Park Entrance         S 28 17.494 E 16 56.382
Sendelingsdrift S 28 07.514 E 16 53.496
Springbokvlakte          S 28 19.845 E 17 15.867

Distances to the park (Sendelingsdrif)

From:

Cape Town - 875km
Upington - 720km
Johannesburg - 1 595km
Durban - 1 992km
Springbok - 320km
Port Nolloth - 180km
Alexander Bay - 90km

Distances in the park

The Sendelingsdrif RSA / Namibia Borderpost and Pont

More information will be available soon.

Gate Registration & Indemnity Form


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Park Map

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Tariffs


General Tariff Information

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Vital Information

Climate

Please note that heavy dew sometimes occurs at night.

The |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld climate is harsh and dry, with extreme temperatures of up to 53 degrees Celsius having been recorded in mid-summer. Activities should be restricted to early mornings and late afternoons. Nights are cool, but may become chilly during winter. Heavy night-time dew occurs in the park.

Day Visitors

Because of the great distance involved in getting to the park, day visitation is not recommended unless some form of accommodation is secured in the area.

Petrol and diesel

Telephones

Cellular reception is only available at the park's Reception area or in Sendelingsdrift. Currently Cell C, MTN and Vodacom networks are available in Sendelingsdrift. A Public Phone (Coin Operated) is available at Sendelingsdrif. A satellite phones (if you have available) is also recommended.

Shop and Restaurant

There is currently no ATM facility, shop or restaurant available in the Park. Guests are advised to bring their own supplies that will last for the whole duration of their stay.

Office Hours

Wild Card Information

Hints & Tips

Contact Information

For enquiries e-mail |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park or phone us on the following numbers:


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Birding

Find more birding information and park bird checklist. You can also look at information for birders.


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Mammals

Species Checklist

Order Insectivora
Family Soricidae
Crocidura cyanea Reddish-grey musk shrew
Family Macroscelididae
Elephantulus rupestris Smith's rock elephant-shrew
Macroscelides proboscideus Round-eared elephant shrew
Order Chiroptera
Family Molossidae
Sauromys petrophilus Flat-headed free-tailed bat
Tadarida aegyptiaca Egyptian free-tailed bat
Family Vespertilionidae
Eptesicus capensis Cape serotine bat
Myotis seabrai Angola hairy bat (indeterminate)
Family Nycteridae
Nycteris thebaica Egyptian slit-faced bat
Family Rhinolophidaee
Rhinolophus capensis Cape horseshoe bat
Rhinolophus clivosus Geophroy's horseshoe bat
Rhinolophus darlingi
Darling's horseshoe bat
Rhinolophus fumigatus Ruppell's horseshoe bat
Family Hipposideridae
Hipposideros caffer Sundevall's leaf nosed bat
Order Primates
Family Cercopithecidae
Cercopithecus pygerythrus Vervet monkey
Papio ursinus Chacma baboon
Order Lagomorpha
Family Leporidae
Lepus capensis Cape hare
Pronolagus rupestris Smith's red rock hare
Order Rodentia
Family Bathyergidae
Cryptomys hottentotus Common molerat
Family Hystricidae
Hystrix africaeaustralis Porcupine
Family Gliridae
Graphiurus platyops Rock dormouse
Family Sciuridae
Xerus inaurus Ground squirrel
Family Petromuridae
Petromus typicus Dassie rat
Family Cricetidae
Desmodillus auricularis Short-tailed gerbil
Gerbillurus paeba Hairy-footed gerbil
Malcothrix typica Large-eared mouse
Otomys unisulcatus Bush karoo rat
Parotomys brantsii Brant's whistling rat
Parotomys littledalei Littledale's whistling rat
Petromyscus collinus Pygmy rock mouse (indeterminate)
Family Muridae
Aethomys namaquensis Namaqua rock mouse
Rhabdomys pumilio Striped mouse
Thallomys paedulcus Black-tailed tree rat
Order Carnivora
Family Hyaenidae
Hyaena brunnea Brown hyaena (rare)
Proteles cristatus Aardwolf (rare)
Family felidae
Felis caracal Caracal
Felis lybica African wild cat (vulnerable)
Panthera pardus Leopard (rare)
Family Canidae
Canis mesomelas Black-backed jackal
Otocyon megalotis Bat-eared fox
Vulpes chama Silver fox
Family Mustelidae
Aonyx capensis Cape clawless otter
Ictonyx striatus Striped polecat
Mellivora capensis Honey badger (vulnerable)
Family Viverridae
Atilax paludinosus Water mongoose
Cynictis penicillata Yellow mongoose
Galerella pulverulenta Small grey mongoose
Genetta genetta Small-spotted genet
Suricata suricatta Suricate
Order Hyracoidea
Family Procaviidae
Procavia capensis Rock hyrax
Order Perissodactyla
Family Equidae
Equus zebra hartmannae Zebra hartmann's
Order Artiodactyla
Family Bovidae
Oreotragus oreotragus Klipspringer
Pelea capreolus Rhebok grey
Raphicerus campestris Steenbok
Sylvicapra grimmia Duiker grey

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Vegetation

The |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld National Park is a very good example of one of the most interesting mega-ecosystems of the world, the succulent Karoo.

There is no desert flora on our planet, possessing similar species richness and individuality of flora. On a surface area of one square kilometre more than 360 plant species of flowering plants (angiosperms) are found at a site with an average rainfall of only 68 mm per year.

The |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld includes two floristic kingdoms. A magnificent variety of dwarf shrubs with water-storing leaves, belongs to the succulent Karoo region of the Greater Cape Flora, while its western portion forms part of the East Gariep Centre, the most important centre of the Nama Karoo Region. The |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld is divided into two portions belonging to two major climatical systems, the temperate winter rainfall region with its high air humidity, and the inland region with higher temperatures and important summer rains and low humidity, respectively. Both units are closely placed against each other, separated by a narrow transition zone of about 10 to 20 km.

One outstanding example of such unique life forms is the psammophorous plants, i.e. plant species that are fixing a layer of sand to their surface in order to build a protective shelter against the force of sand storms and the related sand blasting.

The |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld is widely reckoned as one of the world’s richest succulent areas. It is estimated that 50 generas out of a total of 160 from the Mesembryanthemaceae family occur here.

A number of endemic plant species only occur in small colonies on the highest peaks. About 30% of the total floristic composition is endemic to the park.

There are four main landscape units: the Orange River and adjacent floodplains; gentle undulating plains (distributed in the summer/all year round rainfall area); rolling hills; and rugged mountains.

Two trees are particularly associated with the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld: the bastard quiver tree (Kiewiet April 2001) and the half-mens (half-human), Pachypodium namaquanum. The half-mens is a succulent with an unbranched, cylindric stem, 1.5 to 2.5 m, and sometimes up to 4 m, in height. Near the top, it has a tuft of branches, which lean northwards at an angle of 20 – 30 degrees. The Namas revere the human-like trees as the embodiment of their ancestors, half human, half plant, mourning for their ancient Namibian home.


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People with disabilities

Wheelchair Access

Accommodation

Tatasberg Wilderness Camp:

Reed Cabin (RC2Z)

The unit is accessible to the mobility challenged. The cabin features two single beds and a bathroom with a shower. The unit also includes a braai facility on deck, gas stove (no oven), fridge, ramp and utensils. Guests have to provide their own drinking water and fire wood. The cabin makes use of solar power and there are no plug points.

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Ganakouriep Wilderness Camp:

Canvas Cabin (CC2Z)

The unit is accessible to the mobility challenged. The cabin features two single beds and a bathroom with a shower. The unit also includes braai facilities, gas stove (no oven), fridge ramp and utensils. Guests have to provide their own drinking water and fire wood. The cabin makes use of solar power and there are no plug points.

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Please note:

Accommodation images may differ from the actual units as refurbishment of various accommodation types occur on an on-going basis.


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