The Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park lies across the border between South Africa and Namibia. It’s one of the least-visited parks in South Africa, but also one of its most beautiful. An extremely arid region, the park is home to the world’s richest and most diverse desert flora, with up to 360 species found in a single square kilometer. About a third of these plants are endemic.
Richtersveld National Park Highlights
Large animals are scarce and rarely spotted, and this definitely isn’t a wildlife-viewing destination unless you like mice and mongooses. Visit the Richtersveld for its stunning desert landscapes, rocky ochre peaks and the majestic Orange River which cuts through it all. Camping along the Orange River is one of Africa’s most wonderful experiences. Daytime temperatures can get very hot in summer, but the river is warm and safe to swim in, and the stars have to be seen to be believed.
Practical Advice for Richtersveld National Park
The Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park has very limited facilities and visitors are advised to bring everything they might need with them, including adequate drinking water. The roads are rough gravel and the whole park is 4×4 or high-clearance only. Regular cars are not allowed. Camping at one of the basic rest camps is the most common way to experience the park, but self-catering chalets are available at some sites. It’s a long way to drive to reach the Richtersveld from anywhere in South Africa, so give yourself at least a week to explore and enjoy it, or use it as a stopover on the way into southern Namibia. If you would like to inquire about our car hire options, one of our consultants will readily assist with any questions you may have.