Richtersveld National Park
We closed Bayside for May and June this year in order to complete maintenance and then go on holiday and we had heard so much about the Richtersveld we decided to head west first. From our research and speaking to like-minded friends, it seemed like the kind of place you either love or hate. So with an open mind we booked 1 night at Tatasberg and 1 night at Sendlingdrift and set off from Port Nolloth on the first day.
Everything was much more remote than we expected and yes the roads are very very challenging. We did laugh at passing convoys of 4×4 vehicles and trailers which stopped us to tell us we were mad to be doing this on our own! It was a lot of driving but the scenery is incredible what with the contrasting colours of the geology all around you with the bright blue water of the Orange river.
After checking in at Sendlingsdrift we chose the route over the Akkedis Pass to De Hoop on the Orange river – we were immediately fascinated and agreed with the description by a geologist at a U3A talk I had been to calling it “wall to wall geology” of thousands of years old exposed rock formations. De Hoop to Tatasberg Wilderness Camp was a very difficult, slow and bumpy route and we arrived to a warm welcome with such a sense of accomplishment.
We were most impressed with Tatasberg Wilderness camp and went to sleep with the sounds of baboons and leopard shouting at each other. The second day was a big challenge as we decided to do as many roads as we could before the second night at the entrance (Sendlingsdrift). After visiting the Watershed and Tatasberg scenic areas (see map with four blue dots in the middle of the park) we visited Ganakouriep and then headed past Paradysberg over Hellshoogste Pass and didnt see another vehicle for hours and hours. It got quite nerve-wracking as I had incorrectly set the GPS to take us back to Tatasberg!
We arrived back at the entrance gate triumphant that our 20 year old Landcruiser had coped and we had found our way without too much difficulty AND we did not get stuck once.