THE GROWCERY CAMP
Eksteensfontein lies in a wide plain stretching to distant mountains and Halfmens trees. Like Kuboes, it belongs to the hot, dry semi-desert region of the Richtersveld, home to endemic succulents and desert wildlife. The Richtersveld National Park, as well as the banks of the Orange River, are within a two-hour drive.
With a few days notice, the women of Eksteensfontein, or !Obes, as they are called in Nama will bake delicious fresh bread and cook a tasty traditional meal for you. Locally produced riempie chairs which make great souvenirs and gifts are available for purchase, as well as T-shirts printed with a Halfmens, bokkie (small buck), or other memorabilia at the textile printing centre.
Eksteensfontein and Rooiberg offer you a true wilderness experience with walks and guided hikes taking you through rugged mountains and past lichen and lizards stretching out in the sun. 4×4 Tracks meander across empty plains to the Orange River and mountains of the Richtersveld National Park.
Eksteensfontein is the gateway to the World Heritage Site, a vast wilderness adjoining the Richtersveld National Park. This small town is 50 km from Lekkersing and 80 km from Kuboes, and a 4×4 trail connects Eksteenfontein with Vioolsdrift, where you can cross the border into Namibia. The Gravel road to Eksteensfontein is perfect for a sedan vehicle.
This is a greatly recommended self-drive or guided day trip from The Growcery Camp. Eksteensfontein is 43km from our camp. It is also a popular mountain bike trail. There are a number of indigenous plants on your way and the road towards Eksteensfonetein has many indigenous quiver trees. The quartz deposits are home to indigenous succulents and the remains of goat kraals can also be seen along the way.
We do recommend this as a great Full day trip for the adventure travellers.