CAMPSITES IN THE PARK :  
     
 

There are seven camp sites in the park, of which three offer chalets. Only those at Sendelingsdrift are airconditioned.

Also, because the river floods, the chalets are set back from the water, which is not ideal when the temperature in the shade is 45ºC. But if you camp, you can roll off your mattress into the water. There are no markedout sites, simply a general area in which you can choose where to unroll your sleeping bag. All sites have clean ablutions with cold water, good toilets and showers.

Pootjiespram (camping)
Near the river and close to the park entrance at Sendelingsdrift. It's sandy and there is thick riverine forest between the site and the river, making it difficult to access the water. more information on potjiespram


De Hoop (camping)
You drive a spectacular road to get to De Hoop, full of twists and steep mountain vistas. The camp site is spectacularly situated on the river, with grass patches underneath big acacia trees. The riverbed is quite wide with plenty of open areas, so it's easy to set up camp right beside the water. more information on de hoop


Richtersberg (camping)
Further east along the river, Richtersberg is also a special spot, right on the water. There isn't as much grass as at De Hoop and not as much shade, but the river view is more commanding and there is less wind during the afternoons - a critical factor in summer when sand and dust can ruin a quiet nap. more information on richtersberg


Sendelingsdrift (chalets and camping)
This camp is the headquarters of the park and, the chalets are comfortable, and there is plenty of lawn. more information on sendlingsdrif


Tatasberg (chalets)
The chalets are perched on boulders above the Orange River, with great views of the water and the mountains. They are comfortably equipped with two beds, en suite bathrooms, separate kitchen with fridge and each has its own deck on which to eat meals. There is no airconditioning in the chalets and the camp is exposed all day to the sun, the river is a 10-minute walk away. more information on tatasberg


Kokerboomkloof (chalets and camping)
Stuck in the mountains away from the river, this camp is murderously hot in summer, but exquisite in winter. more information on kokerboomkloof


Gannakouriep (chalets)
This camp is deep in the mountains and visitors are required to bring their own drinking water. The accommodation is similar to Tatasberg - a permanent camp manager looks after comfortable and well-equipped chalets. more information on ganakouriep

 
     
  FOR YOUR INFORMATION: SUMMARY OF ACCOMMODATION TYPES:  
 
  CAMPING SITES: Unless otherwise specified, camping refers to sites that can accommodate either caravans or tents. Some sites are equipped with power points while others are not.
  CHALET: Semi-detached, open plan units – one or more bedrooms as indicated.  Larger units known as family chalets.
 
     
     
 
CAMPING IN THE RICHTERSVELD NATIONAL PARK
Don't camp in the riverbeds: "There's a particularly nasty type of sandlouse that comes out at night - and flash floods can be dangerous."
- Be careful of extreme temperature changes: "In September one year, we had 40ºC and then ice on the vehicle the next weekend."
- Best camp site in summer: "Richtersberg is wonderful. There's less wind than at other camp sites and the views are great."
- Best camp site in winter: "Kokerboomkloof is magical when temperatures are cool. There are lots of strange granitic structures."
- Most beautiful area: "Paradyskloof in the west of the park is an always-cool gorge that shelters some unique plants and animals, only found in this area."
- Best view in the park: "It's easy to climb to the top of Tatasberg (1 026m). The sunset views are special."
- Weirdest plant: Elephant's trunk or halfmens (Pachypodium namaquanum).