These stunning Richtersveld South Africa photos were taken in June, in the heart of the South African winter. We were expecting to find a barren desert landscape but to our delight we found the National Park covered in flowers!
|On route to the Richtersveld National Park from Alexander Bay to Sendelingsdrift.
The landscape is covered in yellow with the far off mountains in blue.
The Richtersveld, South Africa comprises a huge tract of land with the National Park nestled in the mountains.
Once inside the National Park the landscape changes dramatically.
The road from Sendelingsdrift through Akkedis Pass on our way to our campsite at De Hoop.
|The roads in the park are very bad in places. You have to be prepared to repair tyres if neccesary.
Make sure of your tyre pressures and always have a tyre repair kit, tyre levers and a compressor in your car.
Two spare tyres are recommended.
|Typical Richtersveld views...
...Valleys, mountains and a road disappearing into nowhere.
I love the solitude of this place.
|Between the mountains the roads follow the dry river beds.
The tracks are mostly gravel such as in this picture.
In place it consists of very deep sand and over the mountain passes it is steep and rocky.
The tracks and roads are mostly badly corrugated.
|Beautiful daisies abounded through the park.
We were truly fortunate with the timing of our safari.
|A natural rock garden. Different flowers are found in the mountains to those found on the sandy flats.
The predominant colours were purple and yellow.
|Different flowers but the purple and yellow theme continues.|
|More flower with a lone Tree Aloe dominating the skyline.
We were absolutely surprised by the wide variety of flowers and succulents we found.
We spent hours just walking around and enjoying the abundance of a desert in flower.
|From Helskloof back to De Hoop we crossed another mountain pass with some stunning views of the surrounding scenery.
In the forefront on the right is a Botterboom, a dwarf succulent tree that is found in the Richtersveld South Africa.
|A typical rocky track winding its way over the mountains while the valleys spread out below.|
|Views, views and more views!|
|This is one of the things that I will always remember of this safari...
...tracks disappearing in the distance among fields of yellow flowers stretching as far as the eye can see.
|What a complete contrast!
This is what we expected to encounter in a mountain desert.
This barren landscape is in the central Richtersveld National Park en route from De Hoop to Richtersberg.
|A splash of yellow brightens the harsh desert background...|
|...as the road winds its way through the rocky pass on the way to Richtersberg.|
|A huge quiver tree in the middle of nowhere...|
|Another magnificent view of black mountains surrounding the sandy floodplain of a river long dry.
Tatasberg, Richtersveld South Africa.
|A view from the Kokerboomkloof road across Springbokvlakte in the distance.
|Kokerboomkloof is a wild and lonely spot in the Richtersveld far from any civilisation.
The campsite is situated among the huge rock formations found here.
If you want to get away from it all...
Kokerboomkloof is the place!
|The late afternoon sun and shadows paints the desert in subtle colours as we make our way back to De Hoop.
|The De Hoop camp site on the banks of the Orange River.
Across the river is the Namibia section of the Ais-Ais Richtersveld Transfrontier Park
Camping in the Richtersveld is very basic and you need to be completely self sufficient.
|The bigness of it all makes you feel small...|
|A Quiver Tree in flower. The name is derived from the Nama people who live here who used the branches to make quivers for their arrows.|
|A lone tree overlooking the mountains near the top of Helskloof Pass.
|Stapelia Gariepensis or the Bobbejaan-aasblom as it is called in Afrikaans...
...somewhere along the road through Helskloof Pass.
|Helskloof Pass is a must do drive.
The scenery is incredible and well worth the slow drive along the steep and rock pass...
|...with beautiful flowers...|
|...found around every corner...|
|...and turn of the Helskloof Pass. Richtersveld South Africa at its best!|
|A close up shot of Vygies that are common in this area.
|On the road to Potjiespram...
...the desert transformed by masses of yellow flowers.
The Half Mens is a succulent endemic to the Richtersveld. The name Half Mens translated means "Half Human".
Looking at these plants one can believe the folk tales of the Khoi and Nama people that the Half Mens was an old enemy that was banished from their homeland in Namibia and transformed into these plants while looking back to the north over their shoulders.
|The Half Mens is also known as "Elephant Trunk" and "Ladies Leg."|
|A Half Mens bowing to a Quiver Tree...
...The Richtersveld South Africa is a safari destination well worth visiting.
The remoteness, the scenery and the flora will stay with you forever and like a Half Mens you will always longingly look over your shoulder to return...
I hope you have enjoyed the pictures in this gallery. The contact detailsof the National Park is :
Tel: +27 (0)27 831 1506
Fax: +27 (0)27 831 1175