The Richtersveld is a millenia-old landscape named after our son, Richter de Wet, the youngest of our travelling family. All jokes aside, the Richtersveld is a place for rebirth.
Here you will find yourself in a remote wilderness of harsh mountain ranges, blue sky and the life-giving Orange/Gariep River cutting through this remote corner of South Africa bordering Namibia.
DAY 1 - 6
We meet in Springbok early in the morning and leave in convoy to the Richtersveld National Park.
We drive via Port Nolloth and Alexander Bay. Here the road becomes worse and we take it easy. Tonight we sleep near the gate to the park at the Sendelingsdrift camp. By noon, we will first take the Pont across the Orange River and back to experience this unique crossing point and border post. Now we are in the Richtersveld National Park which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We enjoy our lunch today somewhere along the way. Our first night's stay is in chalets with a view of the river. There is a swimming pool for us to enjoy.
The next morning (Day 2) we enter the rugged, yet breathtaking terrain of the Richtersveld. We drive past the Hand of God Rock formation and the ‘Akkedis’ Pass to De Hoop. We drive calmly and carefully and look at the ‘Half-mens’ plant, rock formations and endless desolation.
We spend three nights at De Hoop where we just relax, go hiking, fishing, rowing, cycling, swimming in the river and enjoying the tranquillity. We are totally self-sustaining and the Toerboer team makes sure everyone has enough food.
From De Hoop, we drive deeper into the wilderness where we spend two evenings in Kokerboomkloof and explore the area here. We are now away from the river and in the mountains.
Today we drive via Springbokvlakte and Helskloof Pass to the other park gate from where we leave the park. We say goodbye at Tierkloof. From here you drive via Kuboes and Eksteenfontein to Vioolsdrift. It is therefore the end of the tour.