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THE GROWCERY CAMP

The Growcery Places of Interest

Richtersveld National Park

Richtersveld National Park
Orange River Mountain Campsites
Orange River Desert Safari

Richtersveld National Park

The Richtersveld National Park is the only mountain desert conservation region in South Africa. It lies in the far North-Western corner of the Northern Cape. It is a very rugged and diverse biosphere with 4×4 track roads and wild camping sites. The Park has joined the cross-border conservation initiative of the Transfrontier Conservation Policies. This is a joint conservation venture between Namibia and South Africa.  These two countries are quite efficient towards conservation. The Richtersveld National Park is known as the Ais/Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park. The Richtersveld is one of the most diverse mega eco-systems in the world, namely the Succulent Karoo. The richness of plants is as much as 360 species per square kilometre and this is with an average rainfall of 68mm per year. The Richtersveld National Park is known for the Pachypodium namaquanum or “Half mens plant”.

We do recommend that you research the park information and plan your visit to the park well prepared. The rough and rugged area offers 4×4 rocky track roads. It is recommended to have a 4×4 vehicle that is prepared for the rugged terrain. We also recommend that you stipulate and plan your routes well. It is essential to have enough food and water for entering this remote area. As a safety precaution, it is recommended to first-time travellers to undertake a guided tour. But if you would prefer this journey by yourself, we would recommend that you at least have a satellite phone as back up on your Richtersveld Adventure.

Richtersveld National Park Accommodation and Campsites. 

Sendelingsdrif Rest Camp

  • 10 Chalets are available
  • 4 units that sleep, 4 people
  • 6 units that sleep, 2 people
  • These are self-catering chalets
  • All chalets have air-conditioning, fridge and two-plate electric stoves
  • All units have showers, front porches with views of the Orange River
  • There is a swimming pool in the camp

Potjiespram Rest Camp 

  • New ablutions
  • Only Cold water showers are available
  • There are 18 Campsites
  • Environmental Education Centre
  • Traditional Nama huts for groups

De Hoop Camp Site 

  • This remains one of the most popular campsites
  • Shared ablutions (cold showers)
  • 12 Campsites

Richtersburg Camp Site 

  • Shared Ablutions As for De Hoop,(cold showers)
  • 6 Campsites

Kokerboomkloof Camp Site 

  • The 8 campsites have dry toilets
  • No water is available on site and the nearest water point is at Richtersberg (32km) away
  • Toilets available
  • Access through Sendelingsdrift
  • No power
  • No shower/wash facilities
  • Very rustic

Tatasberg and Ganakouriep Wilderness Camps

Each camp consists of:

  • 4 x 2-bed self-catering units with showers.
  • 12-volt lighting system.
  • Fridges and gas stoves (hot and cold water).
  • Should problems occur with the lights, paraffin lanterns are available.
  • A caretaker resident on site.
  • The washing of utensils and making of beds will be the responsibility of the guests for the duration of their stay.

Please note that the water at Ganakoeriep, Tatasberg and Hakkiesdoring is not suitable for drinking. We recommend that guests should provide their own drinking water. 

Distances in the park

  • Sendelingsdrif – Helskloof Entry Gate – 22km (25 min)
  • Kokerboomkloof – Helskloof Gate- 78.3km
  • Helskloof Gate-Richtersberg – 68.5km
  • De Hoop – Hellskoof Gate – 53.7km
  • Richtersberg – De Hoop – 8.1km (Deep sand and sharp rocks)
  • Sendelingsdrif-Potjiespram – 9km
  • Sendelingsdrif-De Hoop – 38.2km
  • Sendelingsdrif / Richtersberg / Kokerboomkloof / Helskloof / Sendelingsdrift – 203km (9 hrs)

Richtersveld National Park Directions

Turn-off to Gannakouriep S 28 18.454 E 17 06.202
Turn-off to Hakkiesdoring S 28 23.682 E 17 10.308
Turn-off to Kokerboomkloof S 28 19.768 E 17 16.758
Turn-off to Sendelingsdrift S 28 27.939 E 16 52.273
Turn-off to Stofbakkies S 28 29.128 E 16 49.687
Aloe Pearsonii S 28 19.952 E 16 59.430
Basterkokerboom S 28 25.156 E 16 53.052
De Hoop S 28 11.021 E 17 10.682
Gannakouriep Hakkiesdoring fork S 28 22.014 E 17 09.987
Gannakouriep Camp S 28 23.247 E 17 09.586
Grasdrif ruins S 28 20.137 E 17 22.839
Hakkiesdoring S 28 23.621 E 17 10.148
Halfmensbome S 28 08.335 E 16 58.973
Hand of God S 28 07.318 E 17 00.579
Helskloof gate S 28 17.958 E 16 57.328
Kodas Piek S 28.22738 E 16.99216
Koerdegab Pass S 28 16.516 E 17 02.612
Kokerboom S 28 20.196 E 17 14.982
Kokerboomkloof camping area S 28 18.434 E 17 17.476
Kuboes S 28 26.764 E 16 59.522
Kubus Camp and Chalets S 28 26.394 E 16 59.678
Lekkersing turn-off S 28 27.149 E 16 56.869
Penkop Pass or Akkedis Pass S 28 09.832 E 17 01.438
Potjiespram Camp S 28 04.482 E 16 57.789
Richtersberg Camp S 28 15.056 E 17 12.793
Richtersveld Park Entrance S 28 17.494 E 16 56.382
Sendelingsdrift S 28 07.514 E 16 53.496
Springbokvlakte S 28 19.845 E 17 15.867

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