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|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

|Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

     
 

Phone:

+27 (0) 27 831 1506

Email:

richtersveld@sanparks.org

Website:

www.sanparks.org/parks/richtersveld/

Poaching Hotline:

+27 (0) 800 205 005

 
     

Size:  604,500 ha / 6,045 km2

Nearest major city:  Upington (5h20 approx by car)

Species Numbers:  54 Mammals        226 Birds        66 Reptiles

Big Five:  No

Highlights:

  • - Rich area for succulent plants
  • - Spectacular desert and wilderness scenery
  • - Excellent destination for 4x4 enthusiasts

The Richtersveld National Park encompasses some of the finest desert mountains in the world. It may well be South Africa’s most remote and inaccessible wilderness area, and is a magnet for seasoned 4x4ers and self-sufficient nature lovers who enjoy stark yet stunning landscapes, comprising boulder-strewn mountains and vast sandy plains, dissected by the cool Orange River. The park lies in the far north-western corner of South Africa, on the border of southern Namibia, and lies alongside the curve of the Orange River, where it turns north for about 100 kilometres, before turning west and south again to the Atlantic Ocean.

It is truly a unique place, with some of the most diverse desert flora in the world, uniquely adapted to deal with the searing summer temperatures, minimal rainfall and cold but clear winters. It is also South Africa’s first national park to be owned by the local Nama community – visitors are often surprised to see shepherds and their livestock moving through the park.