The Ai-Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park lies in one of the most diverse parts of the species-rich Succulent Karoo biome. This diversity is partly the result of the influence of two different rainfall systems and climatic zones.
Although the park appears to be devoid of life, a closer inspection reveals a collection of the world’s richest desert flora, of which several species occur nowhere else in the world. Tiny succulents, tall aloes, and quirky ‘half-means’ trees form a miniature garden that clings precariously to rock formation. These desert plants, along with a remarkable range of small reptiles, birds and mammals are sustained by the moisture of the early morning fog (called ‘Ihuries’ or ‘Malmokkies’ by the local people) that rolls in from the cold Atlantic Ocean.
However, the dramatic mountain landscape is a spectacular sight, can only be accessed by 4×4 or vehicles with high clearances (sedans not permitted).