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South Africa Holiday: Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

South Africa Holiday: Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

Conjure up a desolate and forbidding landscape, seemingly devoid of life except for something what looks like "people" on the horizon. As you get closer the mirage dissolves into human-like halfmens.

Richtersveld Transfrontier Park has kloofs, high mountains and dramatic landscapes that sweep away inland from the Orange River divulge the fact that you are now in the vast mountain desert that is the |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.
South Africa Holiday: Half-mens in the Richtersveld Transfrontier ParkThis is a harsh land where water is scarce and life-sustaining moisture comes in the form of early morning fog – called ‘Ihuries’ or ‘Malmokkies’ by the local people – which rolls in from the Atlantic Ocean, sustaining a remarkable range of small reptiles, birds and mammals.
A staggering assortment of plant life, some species occurring nowhere else, is to be found here, with gnarled quiver trees and quaint ‘halfmens’ keeping vigil over this inscrutable landscape.
Most of the park is only accessible by means of a 4x4 vehicle, but vehicles with high clearances such as combi’s (minibus) do travel in the park. Sedan vehicles are not permitted. There are no specific routes to book in advance.

South African National Parks provides a variety of accommodation in the park. We recommend three nights, giving you two full days in the park (click on the map opposite to visit SANParks™ website)
The |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park spans about 5,086 km² of some of the most spectacular scenery of the arid and desert environments in southern Africa.
It merges Namibia’s |Ai-|Ais Hot Springs Game Park, which incorporates the famous Fish River Canyon, with South Africa’s Richtersveld National Park, which is owned by the Richtersveld communities but managed by SANParks™. At Sendelingsdrift a pontoon has been established to ferry people and vehicles across the Orange River.
Besides the Fish River Canyon (often likened to the Grand Canyon in North America) and the |Ai-|Ais Hot Springs, the Richtersveld is situated in one of the most species-rich arid zones in the world.
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