The Richtersveld: Nothing can Compare
The road into the Richtersveld mountains
Today was our first full day in the Richtersveld National Park. It was intense – physically and visually. We drove 80 kilometres the whole day on some tough 4×4 tracks, and saw one other vehicle. But we arrived safely at Tatasberg Wilderness Camp on the Orange River, with golden mountains to our left, right and centre.
The first view of the Orange River
Our river view at Tatasberg in Richtersveld National Park
It’s hard to think it’s a Monday evening. Conventional time seems irrelevant here. Geological time reigns. I am now writing this blog with the stars above me, and the half-moon sliding across the sky, and the sound of the river’s rapids below. The Richtersveld is hypnotic…the mountains pull you into its embrace with an awesome fascination. But it’s not a place to take lightly. It may be South Africa’s most remote wilderness area. Our Ford Everest and Conqueror Trailer brought us here safely today. I’m simply happy to be here. There’s a fine line between ending up dead, and enjoying these desert mountains. If you’re prepared and informed, it can be an amazing experience. But if not, then it can turn tricky.
Tonight this quote from Edward Abbey seems really appropriate to me…
“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach. It is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need – if only we had the eyes to see.”
The Orange River at Sendelingsdrif, the entrance to Richtersveld National Park
Richtersveld National Park
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