Our Richtersveld Safari: Winter 2011

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Our Richtersveld Safari took place in the winter of 2011. This overview provides the route, accommodation along the way, distances and notes for future reference.

The safari spanned two weeks and we visited several arid parks on route to the Richtersveld from Gauteng and then back again.

Our trip included stopovers at:

  • Mokala National Park
  • Augrabies National Park
  • Port Nolloth
  • Richtersveld National Park
  • Springbok
  • Witsand Nature Reserve

Planning our Richtersveld Safari...

Richtersveld National Park Picture taken on our
2011 Richtersveld Safari

...took a fair bit of time. In actual we kept on putting off the trip for 3 years as things kept popping up which prevented us from going.

Eventually we placed a stake in the ground and said this is it.

In the sections below is the route planning, stops, directions and GPS coordinates, courtesy of Garmin.

If you are planning a Richtersveld Safari, I hope that these notes will help you to make the most of a self drive safari to the Richtersveld.

As our trip started in Gauteng we tried to make the most of the long journey to include a few other arid Southern African parks and reserves which we passed on the way to the Richtersveld.

We used these parks as overnight stops and also to break the long trip into stages to make the trip less tiring.

Richtersveld Safari Day 1 - Departure from Gauteng:

We departed Gauteng from Pretoria on the first leg of our Richtersveld Safari early on Tuesday morning, the 27th of June 2011. We left Pretoria at 3 AM to get well out of Gauteng before the daily traffic congestion starts.

Route, Distance and Time from Gauteng to Mokala National Park...

The directions below and GPS coordinates are provided by courtesy of Garmin. Please visit Garmin South Africa for all your GPS needs before embarking on any trip such as this Richtersveld Safari.

Please take note that the times mentioned in the table and other tables further down this page does not include stopping along the way.

These times serve as a guideline only to help you with your planning. Provide for at least for another 2 hours for stops along the route.

Also add additional time if you are towing an off road caravan or an off road trailer as we did on this safari.

This really becomes a factor once you travel along the gravel roads mentioned on this Richtersveld safari.

Richtersveld Safari Stage 1: Pretoria to Mokala National Park
Directions and GPS points by courtesy of Garmin
  Directions: Distance: Leg Length: Leg
Time:
Total Time: Position:
1 Pretoria 0 m

00:00:00 S25 44.458
 
E28 11.455
2 Get on Bloed Street (M22) and drive west 70 m 70 m 00:00:00 00:00:00 S25 44.421
 
E28 11.451
3 Turn left onto Schubart Street (R101) 890 m 820 m 00:00:52 00:00:52 S25 44.454
 
E28 10.962
4 Keep right towards N1/ Johannesburg/ R28/ Krugersdorp
3.5 km 2.6 km 00:02:27 00:03:19 S25 45.807

E28 10.963
5 Take exit 124 to the left onto N14 towards
Krugersdorp/ N1/Pretoria (Oos)/Polokwane
16.4 km 12.9 km 00:10:24 00:13:43 S25 52.163

E28 10.262
6 Take the N14 ramp to the right towards
Krugersdorp
16.7 km 321 m 00:00:20 00:14:03 S25 52.335

E28 10.233
7 Take exit 124 to the left onto N14 towards
 Krugersdorp
17.4 km 677 m 00:00:39 00:14:42 S25 52.690

E28 10.141
8 Percy Stewart Street (R28) and Windsor
Road (R28) and M13
69.1 km 51.7 km 00:31:21 00:46:03 S26 06.829

E27 46.529
9 Turn right onto Windsor Road (R28) 69.1 km 0 m 00:00:00 00:46:03 S26 06.829
E27 46.529
10 Turn right onto Moroka Bypass (N12) 98.5 km 29.4 km 00:24:32 01:10:35 S26 20.503
E27 40.358
11 Turn left onto Quinn Road (N12) 529 km 430 km 04:27:24 05:37:59 S28 43.859
E24 45.884
12 Turn right onto Memorial Road 531 km 2.2 km 00:02:03 05:40:02 S28 44.784
E24 46.463
13 Enter roundabout Traffic Circle 532 km 707 m 00:00:58 05:41:00 S28 45.071
E24 46.177
14 Take the 3rd left onto Memorial Road 532 km 88 m 00:00:08 05:41:08 S28 45.095
E24 46.154
15 Take left ramp onto Bishops Avenue (N12) 532 km 441 m 00:00:32 05:41:40 S28 45.273

E24 45.974
16 Turn right onto Road 588 km 55.5 km 00:35:16 06:16:56 S29 12.067
E24 32.148
17 Turn right onto Unpaved Road 609 km 21.1 km 00:31:47 06:48:43 S29 12.787
E24 19.573
18 Mokala National Park 614 km 5.5 km 00:15:54 07:04:37 S29 10.350
E24 21.014

Stops Along the way...

Our first stop was in Krugersdorp to pick up my wife's sister and my brother in law who accompanied us on our Richtersveld Safari.

  1. Stopped for a body break (Early morning coffee coming through!) and refuelled at Potchefstroom.
  2. Stopped for breakfast at the Wimpy in Klerksdorp.
  3. Stopped for diesel and stretched our legs in Kimberley.

Richtersveld Safari Day 1 and 2 - Mokala National Park

We arrived at Mokala, our first stopover on our Richtersveld Safari early in the afternoon which allowed us to leisurely set up camp and getting us sorted out for the rest of the trip.

Accommodation:

Mokala National Park Camping at Haak en Steek
-- Mokala National Park

Camping is rustic in a wilderness setting.

There is no electricity available at the Haak en Steek camping site.

There are basic ablutions facilities with flush toilets and septic tank. Hot water is supplied from a gas powered geyser.

The camping site is set among the thorn trees on the bank of a small water hole where the wildlife can drink. Mind the buffaloes and rhinos!

For a complete review of the camping at Mokala follow this link.

Highlights:

Notes for future visits:

We stayed two nights which only allowed us one day to explore the park. It will be well worth it to stay at least three nights to allow additional time for game viewing and just to spend time enjoying this great park.

Remember to bring the bird and mammal guide books! Can you believe it! I actually forgot to pack my Sasol Birds of Southern Africa and The Mammal Guide of Southern Africa .

The evening sky is so dark that it is perfect for stargazing. A night sky map of the southern hemisphere will be very handy as well as a telescope. You can obtain a map free from Skymaps.com. Viewing with binoculars is an option off course but it is a bit shaky.

Departure:

We decided to wait until first light before getting up to pack up camp. Coming from Gauteng we forgot that the further west you go the later it gets light in the morning!

We only started stirring at 7:30 in the morning as it was winter and it only started getting light this late. With early morning temperatures below freezing it didn't help either! The net result was that we only left at about 10AM to our next overnight destination on our Richtersveld Safari at Augrabies National Park

Route, Distance and Time from Mokala to Augrabies National Park...

The directions below and GPS coordinates are provided by courtesy of Garmin. The times mentioned serves as a guideline only. Please add additional time for stops along the way and towing if applicable.

Richtersveld Safari Stage 2: From Mokala National Park to
Augrabies National Park

Directions and GPS points by courtesy of Garmin
  Directions: Distance: Leg Length: Leg
Time:
Total Time: Position:
1 Mokala National Park 0 m     00:00:00 S29 10.350
 
E24 21.014
2 Get on Unpaved Road and drive west 24 m 24 m 00:00:00 00:00:00 S29 10.363
 
E24 21.011
3 Turn right onto Road 5.5 km 5.5 km 00:15:42 00:15:42 S29 12.787
 
E24 19.573
4 Turn left onto Road 15.6 km 10.1 km 00:15:16 00:30:58 S29 15.124

E24 14.132
5 Turn right onto Road 19.9 km 4.3 km 00:06:40 00:37:38 S29 17.390
 
E24 13.755
6 Turn right onto R388 47.3 km 27.4 km 00:41:30 01:19:08 S29 17.092
 
E23 59.603
7 Turn right onto Bowker Street (R370) 82.5 km 35.1 km 00:36:46 01:55:54 S29 03.472
 
E23 46.223
8 Turn left onto R385 84.8 km 2.3 km 00:02:26 01:58:20 S29 02.293
 
E23 46.301
9 Turn left onto R64 112 km 27.6 km 00:29:19 02:27:39 S28 48.082
 
E23 43.273
10 Turn right onto N10 294 km 182 km 02:28:14 04:55:53 S28 53.277
 
E21 58.661
11 Keep right onto Scott Street (N10) 409 km 115 km 01:13:23 06:09:16 S28 27.761
 
E21 14.454
12 Turn left onto Kort Street (N10) 409 km 195 m 00:00:07 06:09:23 S28 27.677
 
E21 14.524
13 Turn left onto Le Roux Street (N14) 409 km 171 m 00:00:28 06:09:51 S28 27.613
 
E21 14.449
14 Turn right onto N14 449 km 39.5 km 00:25:24 06:35:15 S28 42.707
 
E20 58.853
15 Turn right onto R359 498 km 49.3 km 00:32:03 07:07:18 S28 45.582
 
E20 32.096
16 Augrabies Falls - Caravan Park 528 km 29.3 km 00:32:25 07:39:43 S28 35.538
 
E20 20.045

Stops:

  • Groblershoop for Diesel & Body Break
  • Upington for Diesel and Body Break

Richtersveld Safari Day 3 and 4 - Augrabies National Park:

Accommodation:

Augrabies National Park Augrabies National Park

Camping at Augrabies is great.

There are decent ablutions with hot water and electricity. Many of the stands have electricity.

Walking distance from the main falls.

Here is our Augrabies Falls National Park Camping Review...

Highlights:

  • Augrabies Falls and viewsites
  • Moon Rock
  • Oranjekom - Black Eagle floating on the thermals of the canyon
  • Berg Ararat
  • Extended Nature viewing drive through park.  Take a look at our Augrabies Falls photographs...

Notes for future visits:

One day is only enough to drive through the park and to stop and view all the scenic viewsites. If you want to do an extended sightseeing tour to destinations such as Riemvasmaak additional time here will be neccesary.

Departure:

Learnt our lesson at Mokala! We got up earlier to break camp and managed to get on the road at a more respectable time.

Route, Distance and Time from Augrabies to Port Nolloth...

Richtersveld Safari Stage 3: From Augrabies National Park to
Port Nolloth

Directions and GPS points by courtesy of Garmin
  Directions: Distance: Leg Length: Leg
Time:
Total Time: Position:
1 Augrabies Falls - Caravan Park 0 m     00:00:00 S28 35.538
 
E20 20.045
2 Get on Unpaved Road and drive south 9 m 9 m 00:00:00 00:00:00 S28 35.537
 
E20 20.051
3 Turn right onto Road 15.3 km 15.3 km 00:17:00 00:17:00 S28 40.673
 
E20 25.777
4 Turn right onto N14 32.9 km 17.6 km 00:26:43 00:43:43 S28 49.676
 
E20 22.418
5 Turn left onto R355 300 km 268 km 02:49:48 03:33:31 S29 39.810
 
E17 53.329
6 Turn left onto N7 ramp 301 km 731 m 00:00:58 03:34:29 S29 39.963
 
E17 53.721
7 Turn left onto R382 350 km 49.3 km 00:31:49 04:06:18 S29 15.331
 
E17 44.508
8 Turn right onto Main Road (R382) 442 km 91.4 km 01:14:47 05:21:05 S29 15.300
 
E16 52.140
9 Port Nolloth 442 km 497 m 00:00:58 05:22:03 S29 15.056
 
E16 52.150

Stops:

  • Returned to Kakamas for Diesel
  • Pofadder for Diesel, body break and brought karoo lamb saddle chops and Gemsbok boerewors to braai in the Richtersveld. Karoo chops are the best tasting lamb you can get in South Africa. First time I ever tasted Gemsbok boerewors. It was great!

Richtersveld Safari Day 5 - Port Nolloth:

Accommodation:

Port Nolloth MacDougalls Bay
Port Nolloth

The McDougalls Bay Caravan Park is right on the beach.

Even though it is the middle of the winter the place was neat, tidy and the manager was on site and ready to assist.

In no time geysers were switched on in the ablution block that we had to ourselves.

We purposely wanted a campsite with electricity to make sure all batteries - Trailer, cameras etc was fully charged before tackling the main theme of our holiday - Our Richtersveld Safari.

Highlights:

Sundowners on the beach...you have to see the sunset over the Atlantic to believe it.

Notes for future visits:

Allow a bit more time to walk along the beach, watch the sunset and of course the sunrise!

Departure:

We set up a minimal camp to be ready to be on our way by 8 AM. We got up early early but being West Coast in the winter the sun only rises at 7 AM. We also considered our land lady's plea that it is Saturday morning and not wanting to get up to early!!! 8AM was a good departrure time.

Route, Distance and Time from Port Nolloth to Sendelingsdrift:

Richtersveld Safari Stage 4: From Port Nolloth to Sendelingsdrift
Directions and GPS points by courtesy of Garmin
  Directions: Distance: Leg Length: Leg
Time:
Total Time: Position:
1 Mc Dougalls Bay Holiday Resort 0 m     00:00:00 S29 16.978

E16 52.826
2 Get on Kamp and drive north 9 m 9 m 00:00:00 00:00:00 S29 16.979

E16 52.831
3 Turn left onto Dougall 161 m 152 m 00:10:00 00:10:00 S29 16.904

E16 52.864
4 Turn right onto Jan Vercuil 560 m 399 m 00:00:25 00:00:35 S29 16.691

E16 52.836
5 Turn left onto R.D.Schoeman Drive 822 m 262 m 00:00:44 00:01:19 S29 16.669

E16 52.996
6 Turn left onto Main Road (R382) 2.9 km 2.1 km 00:02:24 00:03:43 S29 15.564

E16 52.916
7 Turn right onto Main Road (R382) 4.3 km 1.4 km 00:01:15 00:04:58 S29 15.300

E16 52.140
8 Turn right onto Road 111 km 106 km 01:39:47 01:44:45 S28 29.929

E16 39.911
9 Turn right onto Road 112 km 1.3 km 00:01:54 01:46:39 S28 29.965

E16 40.623
10 Turn left onto Road 112 km 202 km 00:00:54 01:47:33 S28 30.070

E16 40.605
11 Turn left onto Road 133 km 20.9 km 00:31:19 02:18:52 S28 27.945

E16 52.268
12 Turn right onto Unpaved Road 176 km 42.6 km 01:03:48 03:22:40 S28 07.452

E16 53.484
13 Sendelingsdrif 176 km 104 m 00:00:27 03:23:07 S28 07.428

E16 53.530

Stops:

We stopped at Alexander bay to fill up with Diesel. We also filled up our jerry cans with diesel and brought a couple of bags of firewood and charcoal to take into the Richtersveld National Park as this was the last place we were sure to stock up.

Richtersveld Safari Days 6 to 9 - Richtersveld National Park:

Accommodation:

Richtersveld National Park On the road to Sendelingsdrift
-- 2011 Richtersveld Safari

Accommodation in the Richtersveld National Park is available at Sendelingsdrift, Potjiespram, De Hoop, Richtersberg, Tatasberg and Kokerboomkloof.

We decided to camp at De Hoop as in our viewpoint this is a very central point in the park to use as a base on a Richtersveld Safari.

We booked our accommodation on the SanParks Website http://www.sanparks.org/tourism/bookings/

Highlights:

Just being on a Richtersveld Safari is an incredible experience but the flowers in June/July! The sight was absolutely unbelievable. We expected the harshness of a mountain desert, rock, sand and flat tyres!

Yet the good rains earlier and during the winter transformed the desert into a paradise. 

I cannot believe that we were so lucky to see this incredible transformation so early in the flowering season.

Notes for a future Richtersveld Safari:

Spend at least 2 more nights to make. We camped 4 nights and it was only enough to cover the whole park driving from sunrise to sunset.

I think 6 to 7 nights will be sufficient to really provide enough time to really enjoy everything a Richtersveld Safari can offer.

You need more time to get out, walk and view the treasures that this barren earth offers with enough water.

Someone said that God gardens where He wants to...this is no exception...

Route, Distance and Time from Sendelingsdrift to De Hoop:

Richtersveld National Park Akkedis Pass, Richtersveld NP
-- 2011 Richtersveld Safari

Undoubtedly the highlight of this section of our Richtersveld Safari was the Akkedis Pass with its short sharp turns and rocky ascents and descents.

The scenery along this section is stunning and we ended up spending more than two hours getting to De hoop where we set up camp on the banks of the Orange river.

Richtersveld Safari Stage 5: From Sendelingsdrift to De Hoop Camp Site
Directions and GPS points by courtesy of Garmin
  Directions: Distance: Leg Length: Leg
Time:
Total Time: Position:
1 Sendelingsdrif 0 m     00:00:00 S28 07.428

E16 53.530
2 Get on Unpaved Road and drive east 17 m 17 m 00:00:00 00:00:00 S28 07.437

E16 53.533
3 Turn left onto Unpaved Road 101 m 83 m 00:00:14 00:00:14 S28 07.421

E16 53.581
4 Turn right onto Unpaved Road 145 m 45 m 00:00:14 00:00:28 S28 07.401

E16 53.567
5 Turn right onto Unpaved Road at R1 Route Marker 6.6 km 6.4 km 00:18:37 00:19:05 S28 06.791

E16 56.128
6 Turn right onto Unpaved Road at R2 Route Marker 16.3 km 9.7 km 00:28:00 00:47:05 S28 07.393

E17 00.570
7 Turn right onto Unpaved Road 44.4 km 28.1 km 01:20:36 02:07:41 S28 10.882

E17 10.665
8 De Hoop 44.5 km 153 m 00:00:34 02:08:15 S28 10.948

E17 10.663

Route, Distance and Time round trip from De Hoop to De Hoop:

Richtersveld National Park On route to De Hoop
-- 2011 Richtersveld Safari

This round journey had plenty to offer with different scenery.

The highlight was the pass from the Helskloof turn off back to De Hoop.

The flowers and views along this section was such that we stopped every kilometre or two and just wandered into the desert taking in the grandeur of the views, the floral splendour and enjoying the solitude.

Here we first became aware of it being so quiet that the silence hurt our ears...Heaven on earth is a Richtersveld Safari!

Richtersveld Safari Stage 6: From De Hoop Camp Site, a cirular drive though the centre of the Richtersveld and back to De Hoop
Directions and GPS points by courtesy of Garmin
  Directions: Distance: Leg Length: Leg
Time:
Total Time: Position:
1 De Hoop 0 m     00:00:00 S28 10.948

E17 10.663
2 Get on Unpaved Road and drive north 27 m 27 m 00:00:00 00:00:00 S28 10.948

E17 10.680
3 Turn left onto Unpaved Road 153 m 126 m 00:00:22 00:00:22 S28 10.882

 E17 10.665
4 Turn left onto Unpaved Road at R5 Route Marker 7.3 km 7.2 km 00:20:39 00:21:01 S28 11.097

E17 07.503
5 Turn right onto Unpaved Road at R7 Route Marker 23.6 km 16.3 km 00:46:41 01:07:42 S28 18.333

E17 07.409
6 Turn right onto Unpaved Road at  R14 Road Marker 32.9 km 9.2 km 00:26:27 01:34:09 S28 17.362

E17 02.403
7 Turn right onto Unpaved Road at R13 Route Marker 40.2 km 7.3 km 00:21:11 01:55:20 S28 13.838

E17 03.306
8 Turn right onto Unpaved Road at R4 Route Marker 44.0 km 3.8 km 00:10:59 02:06:19 S28 12.697

E17 05.139
9 Turn right onto Unpaved Road 56.9 km 13.0 km 00:37:19 02:43:38 S28 10.882

E17 10.665
10 De Hoop 57.1 km 153 m 00:00:34 02:44:12 S28 10.948

E17 10.663

Route, Distance and Time round trip from De Hoop to Tatasberg, Kokerboomkloof back to De Hoop:

Richtersveld National Park Desert Landscape
-- 2011 Richtersveld Safari

Once again the scenerty changed with every kilometre travelled. This day we really experienced the harshness of the Richtersveld desert landscape.

The Tatasberg wilderness camp on a headland overlooking the Orange River is definitely a camp to remember for future visits.

Springbokvlakte and the viewpoints on the way to Kokerboomkloof was an absolute revelation.

Kokerboomkloof campsite is on the top of my list for for any future Richtersveld Safari.

This campsite is the perfect base to explore this remote part of the Richtersveld.

Richtersveld Safari Stage 7: From De Hoop Camp Site to Tatasberg, the Springbokvlakte, Kokerboomkloof and back to De Hoop
Directions and GPS points by courtesy of Garmin
  Directions: Distance: Leg Length: Leg
Time:
Total Time: Position:
1 De Hoop 0 m     00:00:00 S28 10.948

E17 10.663
2 Get on Unpaved Road and drive north 27 m 27 m 00:00:00 00:00:00 S28 10.948

E17 10.680
3 Turn left onto Unpaved Road 153 m 126 m 00:00:22 00:00:22 S28 10.882

E17 10.665
4 Turn left onto Unpaved Road at R5 Route Marker 7.3 km 7.2 km 00:20:39 00:21:01 S28 11.097

E17 07.503
5 Turn left onto Unpaved Road at R7 Route Marker 23.6 km 16.3 km 00:46:41 01:07:42 S28 18.333

E17 07.409
6 Turn left onto Unpaved Road at R8 Route Marker 34.6 km 11.0 km 00:31:32 01:39:14 S28 19.481

E17 11.200
7 Richtersberg Camp 47.4 km 12.7 km 00:36:31 02:15:45 S28 15.278

E17 13.246
8 Get on Unpaved Road and drive north 47.4 km 4 m 00:00:00 02:15:45 S28 15.277

E17 13.243
9 Tatasberg Rest Camp 50.4 km 3.1 km 00:08:48 02:24:33 S28 14.930

E17 14.796
10 Get on Unpaved Road and drive west 50.4 km 3 m 00:00:00 02:24:33 S28 14.931

E17 14.796
11 Turn left onto Unpaved Road at R8 Route Marker 65.8 km 15.3 km 00:43:52 03:08:25 S28 19.239

E17 11.314
12 Turn left onto Unpaved Road 77.9 km 12.1 km 00:34:47 03:43:12 S28 20.017

E17 15.137
13 View Site 79.2 km 1.3 km 00:03:52 03:47:04 S28 19.466

E17 14.776
14 Get on Unpaved Road and drive southwest 79.3 km 26 m 00:00:00 03:47:04 S28 19.475

E17 14.787
15 Turn left onto Unpaved Road 84.0 km 4.8 km 00:13:41 04:00:45 S28 19.768

E17 16.753
16 Turn right onto Unpaved Road 87.3 km 3.3 km 00:09:33 04:10:18 S28 18.442

E17 17.477
17 Kokerboomkloof Campsite 87.3 km 11 m 00:00:02 04:10:20 S28 18.437

E17 17.475
18 Get on Unpaved Road and drive south 87.3 km 1 m 00:00:00 04:10:20 S28 18.437

E17 17.476
19 Turn left onto Unpaved Road 87.3 km 10 m 00:00:02 04:10:22 S28 18.442

E17 17.477
20 Turn right onto Unpaved Road at R10 Route Marker 95.6 km 8.2 km 00:23:38 04:34:00 S28 20.825

E17 19.463
21 Turn right onto Unpaved Road at R7 Route Marker 124 km 28.0 km 01:20:15 05:54:15 S28 18.333

E17 07.409
22 Turn right onto Unpaved Road 147 km 23.5 km 01:07:20 07:01:35 S28 10.882

E17 10.665
23 De Hoop 147 km 153 m 00:00:34 07:02:09 S28 10.948

E17 10.663

Route, Distance and Time round trip from De Hoop to Helskloof Pass, Sendelingsdrift, Potjiespram and back to De Hoop...

Richtersveld National Park View from Helskloof Pass
- 2011 Richtersveld Safari

Helskloof pass...tongue in the cheek I can say that if you have not crossed Helskloof pass you have not been on a Richtersveld Safari.

The road conditions, as elsewhere in the Richtersveld is rough but the incredible views that you are rewarded with certainly makes up for it.

The road to Potjiespram Campsite on the Orange River is another scenic drive on which we were treated to masses of yellow flowers along the way.

This round trip as with every previous day took us the whole day and we arrived at De Hoop after sunset. It is possible to complete any of these trips in much less time but we stopped to explore on foot many times during the day.

This is the reason I felt we needed at least two more days on our Richtersveld Safari to take in everything this wonderful National Park has to offer.

Richtersveld Safari Stage 8: From De Hoop Camp Site across Helskloof Pass to Sendelingsdrift, Potjiespram and back to De Hoop
Directions and GPS points by courtesy of Garmin
  Directions: Distance: Leg Length: Leg
Time:
Total Time: Position:
1 De Hoop 0 m     00:00:00 S28 10.948

E17 10.663
2 Get on Unpaved Road and drive north 27 m 27 m 00:00:00 00:00:00 S28 10.948

E17 10.680
3 Turn left onto Unpaved Road 153 m 126 m 00:00:22 00:00:22 S28 10.882

E17 10.665
4 Turn left onto Unpaved Road at R5 Route Marker 7.3 km 7.2 km 00:20:39 00:21:01 S28 11.097

E17 07.503
5 Turn right onto Unpaved Road at R7 Route Marker 23.6 km 16.3 km 00:46:41 01:07:42 S28 18.333

E17 07.409
6 Turn left onto Unpaved Road at R14 Route Marker 32.9 km 9.2 km 00:26:27 01:34:09 S28 17.362

E17 02.403
7 Turn right onto Unpaved Road 52.0 km 19.2 km 00:54:52 02:29:01 S28 18.001

E16 57.289
8 Road and Unpaved Road 55.2 km 3.2 km 00:09:18 02:38:19 S28 16.582

E16 56.365
9 Turn right onto Road 55.2 km 0 m 00:00:00 02:38:19 S28 16.582

E16 56.365
10 Turn right onto Unpaved Road 73.2 km 18.0 km 00:26:54 03:05:13 S28 07.452

E16 53.484
11 Sendelingsdrif 73.3 km 104 m 00:00:27 03:05:40 S28 07.428

E16 53.530
12 Get on Unpaved Road and drive east 73.3 km 17 m 00:00:00 03:05:40 S28 07.437

E16 53.533
13 Turn left onto Unpaved Road 73.4 km 83 m 00:00:14 03:05:54 S28 07.421

E16 53.581
14 Turn right onto Unpaved Road 73.4 km 45 m 00:00:14 03:06:08 S28 07.401

E16 53.567
15 Turn left onto Unpaved Road 85.9 km 12.5 km 00:35:54 03:42:02 S28 04.548

E16 57.853
16 Potjiespram Campsites 86.0 km 164 m 00:00:27 03:42:29 S28 04.495

E16 57.795
17 Get on Unpaved Road and drive southeast 86.0 km 8 m 00:00:00 03:42:29 S28 04.497

E16 57.791
18 Turn left onto Unpaved Road at R1  Route Marker 92.2 km 6.2 km 00:17:44 04:00:13 S28 06.791

E16 56.128
19 Turn right onto Unpaved Road at R2 Route Marker 102 km 9.7 km 00:27:54 04:28:07 S28 07.393

E17 00.570
20 Turn right onto Unpaved Road 130 km 28.1 km 01:20:36 05:48:43 S28 10.882

E17 10.665
21 De Hoop 130 km 153 m 00:00:34 05:49:17 S28 10.948

E17 10.663

Route, Distance and Time from De Hoop to Springbok:

Richtersveld National Park On the road to Eksteensfontein
-- 2011 Richtersveld Safari

This was our last day in the Richtersveld.

On this leg of our Richtersveld Safari we travelled through the greater Richtersveld outside of the National Park itself.

This included a very scenic section between Kuboes and Eksteensfontein

Richtersveld Safari Stage 9: From De Hoop Camp Site to Springbok
Directions and GPS points by courtesy of Garmin
  Directions: Distance: Leg Length: Leg
Time:
Total Time: Position:
1 De Hoop 0 m     00:00:00 S28 10.948

E17 10.663
2 Get on Unpaved Road and drive north 27 m 27 m 00:00:00 00:00:00 S28 10.948

E17 10.680
3 Turn left onto Unpaved Road 153 m 126 m 00:00:22 00:00:22 S28 10.882

E17 10.665
4 Turn left onto Unpaved Road at R2 Route Marker 28.2 km 28.1 km 01:20:30 01:20:52 S28 07.393

E17 00.570
5 Turn left onto Unpaved Road at R1 Route Marker 37.9 km 9.7 km 00:27:54 01:48:46 S28 06.791

E16 56.128
6 Turn left onto Unpaved Road 44.4 km 6.4 km 00:18:31 02:07:17 S28 07.401

E16 53.567
7 Turn right onto Unpaved Road 44.4 km 45 m 00:00:14 02:07:31 S28 07.421

E16 53.581
8 Sendelingsdrif 44.5 km 101 m 00:00:26 02:07:57 S28 07.428

E16 53.530
9 Get on Unpaved Road and drive west 44.5 km 17 m 00:00:00 02:07:57 S28 07.437

E16 53.533
10 Turn left onto Road 44.6 km 87 m 00:00:15 02:08:12 S28 07.452

E16 53.484
11 Turn left onto Road 87.2 km 42.6 km 01:03:54 03:12:06 S28 27.945 E16 52.268
12 Turn right onto Unpaved Road 99.2 km 11.9 km 00:18:04 03:30:10 S28 26.772

E16 59.375
13 Turn left onto Unpaved Road 99.4 km 230 m 00:00:52 03:31:02 S28 26.820

E16 59.499
14 Kuboes 100 km 358 m 00:00:55 03:31:57 S28 26.720

E16 59.450
15 Get on Unpaved Road and drive southeast 100 km 75 m 00:00:00 03:31:57 S28 26.694

E16 59.485
16 Turn right onto Unpaved Road 100 km 283 m 00:00:49 03:32:46 S28 26.820

E16 59.499
17 Turn left onto Road 100 km 230 m 00:00:52 03:33:38 S28 26.772

E16 59.375
18 Turn left onto Road 105 km 4.3 km 00:06:29 03:40:07 S28 27.153

E16 56.867
19 Turn left onto Road 132 km 27.6 km 00:41:17 04:21:24 S28 40.953

E16 58.944
20 Turn left onto Unpaved Road 169 km 36.3 km 00:54:58 05:16:22 S28 49.327

E17 15.479
21 Eksteenfontein 169 km 37 m 00:00:12 05:16:34 S28 49.309

E17 15.473
22 Get on Unpaved Road and drive south 169 km 2 m 00:00:00 05:16:34 S28 49.309

E17 15.472
23 Turn right onto Unpaved Road 169 km 34 m 00:00:06 05:16:40 S28 49.327

E17 15.479
24 Turn left onto Road 169 km 420 m 00:01:24 05:18:04 S28 49.438

E17 15.257
25 R382 and Road 225 km 56.2 km 01:24:14 06:42:18 S29 15.662

E17 25.915
26 Turn left onto R382 225 km 0 m 00:00:00 06:42:18 S29 15.662

E17 25.915
27 Turn right onto N7 260 km 34.7 km 00:28:34 07:10:52 S29 15.331

E17 44.508
28 Exit left onto ramp onto R355 309 km 48.8 km 00:31:48 07:42:40 S29 39.752

E17 53.604
29 29    Turn left onto R355 309 km 459 m 00:00:29 07:43:09 S29 39.944

E17 53.783
30 Turn right onto R355 309 km 218 m 00:00:20 07:43:29 S29 39.913

E17 53.913
31 Springbok Caravan Park 310 km 953 m 00:01:33 07:45:02 S29 40.402

E17 53.923

Stops:

  • Kuboes
  • Eksteensfontein

Richtersveld Safari Day 10 - Springbok:

Accommodation:

Springbok Caravan park. Brilliant and well managed park with all the amenities you can wish for. Perfect stopover on a trip such as our Richtersveld Safari or if you are on route or back from Namibia.

Highlights:

Back in the civilization! Washing machines hot water etc... After spending time roughing it on Our Richtersveld Safari this was manna from heaven.

Notes for future visits:

Vygie,Springbok Vygies...
-- 2011 Richtersveld Safari

Remember to use this as a base on any flower season trips.

Goegap Nature Reserve just outside of Springbok is renowned for its floral splendour in spring.

For that matter, the whole of Namaqualand becomes a kaleidoscope of colour during the late winter and spring.

Departure:

Packing up camp was a quick affair as we only put up the basics the previous evening in order to get going as soon as the shops in Springbok opened. Our food and other basic necessities was rather depleted after our Richtersveld Safari

Route, Distance and Time from Springbok to Witsand Nature Reserve:

Richtersveld Safari Stage 10: From Springbok Caravan Park to
Witsand Nature Reserve

Directions and GPS points by courtesy of Garmin
  Directions: Distance: Leg Length: Leg
Time:
Total Time: Position:
1 Springbok Caravan Park 0 m     00:00:00 S29 40.402

E17 53.923
2 Get on R355 and drive north 21 m 21 m 00:00:00 00:00:00 S29 40.406

E17 53.911
3 Turn right onto N14 1.3 km 1.3 km 00:01:00 00:01:00 S29 39.707

E17 53.909
4 Turn left onto N14 335 km 334 km 03:32:26 03:33:26 S28 42.707

E20 58.853
5 Turn right onto Kort Street (N10) 374 km 39.5 km 00:25:24 03:58:50 S28 27.613

E21 14.449
6 N14 and Road 464 km 89.4 km 00:57:29 04:56:19 S28 15.576

E22 05.250
7 Turn right onto Road 464 km 0 m 00:00:00 04:56:19 S28 15.576

E22 05.250
8 Road 520 km 56.6 km 01:24:42 06:21:01 S28 41.270

E22 12.180
9 Turn left onto Road 520 km 0 m 00:00:00 06:21:01 S28 41.270

E22 12.180
10 Turn right onto Road 527 km 7.2 km 00:10:50 06:31:51 S28 38.462

E22 15.154
11 Turn left onto Road 549 km 21.6 km 00:32:44 07:04:35 S28 41.801

E22 27.529
12 Turn left onto Unpaved Road 564 km 15.1 km 00:22:47 07:27:22 S28 34.163

E22 29.667
13 Witsand Nature Reserve - Reception 565 km 866 m 00:02:30 07:29:52 S28 33.993

E22 29.240

Stops:

Our first stop was in Springbok to buy a few groceries and to stock up on a few basics. From there we stopped at Pofadder for diesel and to buy some more Gemsbok boerewors.

From there we travelled on to Keimoes and made a detour to visit Kanoneiland. My wife's father grew up there and we wanted to take a look at this historic and scenic farming community.

We stopped at Upington to fill up with diesel before our journey to the Witsand Nature Reserve.

Richtersveld Safari Days 11 and 12 - Witsand Nature Reserve:

Witsand National Park Witsand National Park

The Witsand Nature Reserve is actually further off the beaten track that I realised.

Luckily the gravel road from the N14 was recently graded and one could travel quite comfortably.

Just be on the lookout for the numerous duiker and other small animals grazing along the verge of the road at dusk.

We saw at least 9 of these little guys along the way that ended up as road kill.

Please people, watch your speed and be aware that their natural instinct is to jump into the open space in front of you when startled to try and outrun you...with disastrous results...for the little guy...who does not have ABS and Air Bags.

Another bonus was spotting a Secretary bird settling in for the night on a communal nest on a telephone pole.

Accommodation:

The camping site at Witsand was a real surprise. It is of the highest standard and quite luxurious. It was a treat to camp in the Kalahari and have electricity, hot showers and ablutions facilities that matches the best you can find anywhere in South Africa.

Highlights:

  • The setting is incredible. Quiet, peaceful and in the middle of nowhere, yet with all the luxuries of any resort close to the main cities of South Africa.
  • The young crowd certainly enjoy the dune skiing but to us it was great just to wander among the dunes simply enjoying the solitude.
  • The waterhole and bird hide was one of our popular stops to view and photograph the birdlife of Witsand.

Notes for future visits:

If you ever want a place in the wilderness where you can camp in luxury and at the same time to get away from it all...well look no further, Witsand Nature Reserve is the place. To us it was the last stop on our Richtersveld safari and a fitting place to end our incredible journey and visits to the arid parks of South Africa.

This reserve is worthy as a destination in its own right.

Departure:

We broke camp well before sunup and was ready to depart by the time the gates opened.

Route, Distance and Time from Witsand Nature Reserve back home to Pretoria in Gauteng...

Richtersveld Safari Stage 10: From Witsand Nature Reserve back
home to Pretoria

Directions and GPS points by courtesy of Garmin
  Directions: Distance: Leg Length: Leg
Time:
Total Time: Position:
1 Witsand Nature Reserve - Reception 0 m     00:00:00 S28 33.993

E22 29.240
2 Get on Unpaved Road and drive south 10 m 10 m 00:00:00 00:00:00 S28 33.994

E22 29.235
3 Turn left onto Road 866 m 857 m 00:02:27 00:02:27 S28 34.163

E22 29.667
4 Turn right onto N14 71.9 km 71.0 km 01:46:29 01:48:56 S27 59.898

E22 42.800
5 Turn left onto N14 102 km 30.2 km 00:19:29 02:08:25 S27 53.931

E22 57.760
6 Turn right onto Market Street (N14) 316 km 214 km 02:16:14 04:24:39 S26 57.430

E24 43.208
7 Turn left onto N14 322 km 5.3 km 00:04:20 04:28:59 S26 58.248

E24 46.225
8 Turn left onto General Delarey Street (N14) 400 km 78.1 km 00:49:56 05:18:55 S26 41.436

E25 27.430
9 Turn right onto N14 461 km 61.2 km 00:39:21 05:58:16 S26 22.814

E25 54.150
10 Turn right onto N14 483 km 21.7 km 00:14:45 06:13:01 S26 24.654

E26 06.523
11 Turn left onto N14 483 km 148 m 00:01:06 06:14:07 S26 24.734

26 06.517
12 Turn right onto N14 504 km 21.1 km 00:13:52 06:27:59 S26 19.588 E26 17.478
13 Turn right onto Kromdraai Road (N14) 661 km 157 km 01:40:55 08:08:54 S26 02.010

E27 43.946
14 Exit left onto ramp onto Kromdraai Road (N14) 662 km 754 m 00:01:29 08:10:23 S26 02.135

E27 44.358
15 Turn left onto N14 672 km 10.1 km 00:06:26 08:16:49 S26 03.702

E27 49.951
16 Take exit 124A to the left onto N14 towards Pretoria 713 km 40.7 km 00:22:33 08:39:22 S25 52.864

E28 09.718
17 Turn right onto Struben Street (N4) 730 km 16.8 km 00:14:00 08:53:22 S25 44.553

E28 10.822
18 Turn left onto Van Der Walt Street 731 km 1.2 km 00:01:36 08:54:58 S25 44.502

E28 11.554
19 Turn left onto Bloed Street (M22) 731 km 165 m 00:00:29 08:55:27 S25 44.413

E28 11.546
20 Pretoria 731 km 229 m 00:00:28 08:55:55 S25 44.458

E28 11.455

Stops:

Richtersveld National Park Richtersveld Safari 2011

The sandy gravel road from Witsand Nature Reserve to Olifantshoek was really badly corrugated and washed out in places.

As a result it took the best part of two hours to reach the N14.

From here on we had an uneventful journey home with stops for diesel and refreshments at Olifantshoek, Kuruman, Vryburg and Ventersdorp.

We dropped our companions in Krugersdorp and ended our Richtersveld Safari at home in Pretoria.

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