Richtersveld Safari 2013: (Challenges)

by Pete July. 26, 2013 4307 views

Vastness, openness, mountain desert, steep hills, pointy rocks and narrow gaps… The Richtersveld is the rugged bad boy of 4x4 destinations.

You won't find any tented camps and quaint little lodges in this part of the world when you are undertaking that long awaited Richtersveld 4x4 adventure.

A lot of people think the |Ais|Ais section is the main destination but there is so much more to this mountain desert. A 4x4 is, of course, essential for driving here.

(personal note.. I need to get a 4x4.. I used my 4X2)

Campsites are like gems you find a long the way and each one has something special to offer. You need to traverse a couple of passes to get to the Richtersberg campsite, but according to those who have camped there, it is totally worth it. Other equally great camps are Pootjiespram, De Hoop, Sendelingsdrift and Kokerboomkloof.
Things to keep in mind while camping on your Richtersveld 4x4 trip

Don't camp right on the riverbeds. There is a terrible sandlouse that comes out at night and the flash floods is said to be very dangerous.
Mind the extreme temperature changes.
Richtersberg is the best campsite in the summer because there is less wind than most of the other campsites.
Kokerboomkloof is the place to camp in the winter. There are granitic structures which are best experienced when temperatures are cool.

I need to go back there soon
enjoy your weekend

Soft sand. deflate tyres

and like we say in Afrikaans… “Mooi” it was beautiful

watch the rocks and pick your line

building road with rocks

doing the squeeeeze

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Sandra Vermeulen 7 years, 4 months ago

Oh yes, what an adventure!!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Pete 7 years, 4 months ago

thanks all

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Farideh_Homam 7 years, 4 months ago

Very interesting.Great post.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Geya Besse Junqueira 7 years, 4 months ago

Wow, I would have liked to be there!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Andrealolita 7 years, 4 months ago

Interesting.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Christa 7 years, 4 months ago

That's one kind of an adventure!!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Mikkal Noptek 7 years, 4 months ago

Beautiful report

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Mona 7 years, 4 months ago

Looks like a fun ride!! Great shots!!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 7 years, 4 months ago

WOW great trip a real challenge.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ann Garratty 7 years, 4 months ago

A wild and rugged terrain... what an exciting adventure!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jennifer Venter 7 years, 4 months ago

Great shot and location !

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
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