RICHTERSVELD NATIONAL PARK - MAP:  
     
  Tucked into South Africa’s far north-west corner, where the Orange River makes its final turn towards the Atlantic Ocean, lies the uncompromising mountain desert of the Richtersveld. It may look forbidding (and, with summer temperatures that soar above 50 degrees Celsius, it certainly is), but this radical geography has spawned astonishing riches – an abundance of both endemic plants and diamonds – and a unique way of life. Tough and independent, the ‘Richtersvelders’ have a long tradition of doing things differently, so it isn’t really surprising that it is they who have successfully created the country’s first community conservancy.  
 

 
WHERE TO FIND THE RICHTERSVELD:
Tucked away on the Atlantic coast in the far northwest corner of South Africa, the Richtersveld’s northern and eastern borders are defined by the “big bend” of the Orange River. Its western perimeter lies on the desolated Atlantic shores. Its southern border roughly follows the road linking Port Nolloth on the coast to Steinkopf, which is about 60 kilimoters north of the nearest important town of Springbok.
 
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