The Richtersveld World Heritage Site - previously referred to as the Community Conservancy, includes deep rugged kloofs,
breathtaking landscapes, rich biodiversity and high mountains.
The WHS is bordered to the north by the Richtersveld
National Park, managed jointly by the local Richtersveld community
and South African National Parks, and on other sides by communal
This is a harsh and unpredictable land that depends on the
life sustaining moisture that comes in the form of early morning
fog. Even so, the World Heritage Site is a
From a distance you see only rugged mountains, sweeping deserts,
a giant blue sky and glimpses of the mighty Orange River creeping
along to the sea. On closer investigation however, you realize
that you are standing in one of Africa’s most diverse
The Heritage Site sits
in the heart of what is called the Succulent Karoo Biodiversity
Hotspot – an ecosystem with an astounding 4849 succulent
plants, 40% of which are found nowhere else.
To be declared a hotspot, an area must have incredibly high
species diversity and a high percentage of endemism. It is
quite a unique distinction, as there are only 25 hotspots
in the world. Even more unusual is that the Succulent Karoo
is a desert and is the only arid biodiversity hotspot on Earth.
NATURE AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES:
- Fantastic hiking/ Walking Trails
- The Orange River – swimming, canoeing, rafting and fishing
Nature - learn about the unique plants of the Succulent
- Excursions to local Nama villages, stockposts, and “matjieshut”,
the traditional Nama huts.
- Camping – in beautiful private remote campsites far from
any other people.
- Petroglyphs – the ancient San rock engravings.
- 4x4 driving along the famous Namakwa 4x4 Route
From Cape Town you travel 605 km north
on a good tar road (N7) past Springbok to Steinkopf. You then
turn left towards Port Nolloth on the R382 and 35 km further
will find the turnoff to the right to Eksteenfontein. The
next 50 km is dirt road that can be travelled with a normal
From Johannesburg you can fly or drive up to Upington and
then drive the good tar road (N14) through Bushmanland to
Springbok, before turning north to Steinkopf and Eksteenfontein.
If you are travelling from Namibia you turn off to the right
just after crossing the border at Vioolsdrift and drive on
a rough dirt road through the Helskloof Pass and on to Eksteenfontein
for about 2 hours. This road is not suitable for sedan cars.