This is not our first time in the Richtersveld, and we enjoyed it even more than the first time. It's not a place to look for wildlife, unless you are after insects. It is a place of magical rock formations and amazing geology. it is a place for peace and quiet, if you dont camp around the popular river camps, and it is a place where one can lose oneself in thought. Truly relaxing.
The roads are bad, but please leave it like that! It forces you to drive slowly and to take in the amazing scenery. Luckily the distances between places are short so day drives to other places are entirely possible.
The addition of running water to the Kokerboomkloof campsite is a bonus, but with that the solitude of the place will be ruined, as more and more people will want to camp there. We were fortunate to have the entire place to ourselves for one night, and it was fantastic. The silence is deafening, and will hurt your eardrums. It is the complete opposite of Sendelingsdrif where the mining activities seem to run 24/7.
When visiting the Richtersveld, please choose your time wisely, and also enquire about rainfall shortly before you go. Stagnant water after unexpected rains, especially during the warmer months, is what causes the population explosion of muggies. It is not completely unbearable if you are prepared for them. Luckily we were.
The service from the SANParks staff was friendly, polite and courteous as always. The girlie in the shop at Sendelingsdrif was a bit p'ed off when E asked her about the age of the bread on the shelf, and we had a good giggle about that. They sell the basics, but dont expect too much. The bread was actually quite nice... toasted.. and their ice is cold. The immigrations staff was also friendly and efficient. This is something that doesnt happen often on the SA side of the border. So we were pleasantly surprised.
Fish River Canyon. This is my first time and I was awestruck. Most impressive is all I can say, and I know for a fact the pictures I took does not do the place any justice. If you haven't been there before, do yourself a favour. Our camp at Canon Roadhouse was comfortable, but noisy. All the showers and toilets were clean and in working order.
At Hobas we experienced a "deurgangskamp" type atmosphere. Every morning by 09h00 the campsite was empty and from 17h00 onwards there was a bussle as campers came in and pitched camp. It was busy, but never really noisy. This is the best place to camp if you want to visit the canyon.
The roads in Namibia are good..... enough said.