Richtersveld safari 2013 (Sendelingsdrif/Namibia)

by Pete August. 01, 2013 5936 views

In the Richtersveld Transfrontier Park, the Orange River forms the border between South Africa and Namibia. Fortunately your trip doesn't have to end here; there's a pontoon to ferry you across.

Attached to an overhead cable as a safety precaution, the pontoon (or pont) weighs 16 tons and is driven by two 60hp outboards. It is a very simple system that can transport two vehicles or a vehicle towing a trailer/caravan to a maximum weight of 6 tons. This is how you and your laden load get from one side of the Orange River to the other.

On arrival at the border, make your way to the SANParks office for an ablution and refreshment stop. The deck overlooks the mighty vein of water amongst the stark landscape and you can get a good look at the pontoon.

Purchase a transiting ticket at the SANParks office (which you present to the pont operator on boarding) prior to the completion of Immigration formalities. Both cash (Namibian or South African currency) and credit cards are accepted. The Immigration building is diagonally across from the SANParks office at Sendelingsdrift.

It is arguably one of the most relaxed border control posts in Africa! Enjoy the simplicity of the process and the friendliness of the local officials.

Once on the Namibian side after a fun pontoon experience, a quaint cottage-like building serves as the official Namibian border control point. Get yourself stamped into the country, enjoying the lack of queues, and head on into the land of gemsbok, Welwitschia and Tafel Lager.

crossing the border

Orange river


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Pete 7 years, 9 months ago

have a great weekend

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 7 years, 9 months ago

The last one looks so lonely...................not a place to run out of petrol!

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Mona 7 years, 9 months ago

Interesting border crossing point. Love the river and sand views! Great images!!!

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Ann Garratty 7 years, 9 months ago

It doesn't sound like any border crossing I have undertaken before... I wish they were all like that...

7 years, 9 months ago Edited
Christa 7 years, 9 months ago

Love the blue Orange River, but also the desert. What a trip!!

7 years, 9 months ago Edited